Hi Coach CT, I hope you are well?
I have been following your best plan for natties (plan 1). I have done this in order to reduce volume somewhat, or a lot actually.
I am still experiencing the same effects on training after a few weeks that I experience on other plans, i.e. fatigue, slight depression, loss of pump / vascularity, de-motivation etc.
I am making the assumption that volume or something related is the problem, because if I start feeling like this, if I let up completely and just walk for 30 mins everyday for a week or two, I start feeling better and can get after the weights again for a week or two before going down the same road again, and unfortunately, this is no way to make gains or even pick up any sort of conditioning. ( I can see that my resting heart rate creeps up from a low of 44 bpm to a zenith until I stop the weight training.) Indicating some sort of stress.
My diet is fairly clean (I am not in a deficit and am not looking to shred), I also take pre / peri / post workout nutrition and include fair amounts of Omega 3’s (I loosely follow your pulse / feast plan, works for me).
Should I drop compound movements for a while to see how I go? If so, what do I replace them with, especially in the scheme of the best damn plan for natties? Should I just go lighter than my already, relatively light weights? I can’t see my dropping any more volume as my workouts last anything between 30 - 40 mins, which is fairly short as it is…
I would appreciated your guidance as I do not want to adopt a stop / start training style again, for fear I won’t get back into it…