Hi Jim and others,
I have liked using weight vest circuits for assistance work, as programmed in a couple of templates in the Forever book. Typically, bodyweight assistance is given a range (ex: 50-100 reps of push) that allows for modification based on the level of the lifter and the specific workout in most of the 531 programs. In the weight vest circuits, such as in the Jim Wendler Classic, a specific number is given for pull ups, push ups, and squats.
I can complete the circuit of 25 pull ups, 50 push ups, and 125 squats with a 40 lb vest in less than 20 minutes without much trouble. I am 175 lbs, for reference. Should I just think of this as assistance and maintain this? Or attempt to progress by adding weight to the vest? Or try to simply keep getting better and better at the moves? Or to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete the circuit? Or to add volume to the circuit?
Thanks in advance.