A few of us got into a discussion at the gym today about whether 2.5, 5, 15, 35 pound plates were even necessary for most people that go to the gym.
To get to 405 on a lift this would be the progression over time:
95 / 115 / 135 / 155 / 185 / 205 / 225 / 245 / 275 / 295 / 315 / 335 / 365 / 385 / 405
Guy 1 at gym : Thinks this is stupid
Guy 2 at gym: Thinks this will force people to go for it instead of going up 5lb at a time
Guy 3 at gym: Thinks people have been doing this forever, because back in the day weights were more fixed or limited
Guy 4 at gym: Thinks if only using 45/25/10s that double progression should be the method used to increase weights since it forces you to increase reps first.
Me: I currently doing this, and I find it great to only use 45/25/10’s. It forces me to use volume and more reps to build my strength up, but also allows me to take some bigger jumps and face my fear of being under a heavier weight.
If any of you were doing this, how would you program this?
How many reps or sets or total volume would you get to on a particular lift before making the jump?
Just wanting to see how the rest of you would setup, alter, or adjust to only having to use 45, 25, 10lb plates.
EDIT: I know plenty of you are very strong and 45/25 are probably all you really need. I’m just wondering for people that are weaker (for example under a 405 squat) how would you pound the reps before making a jump?