I would like to hear your opinion on the reset; in the books Jim suggests to reset when the weights start to get too heavy and you are not able to hit the minimum prescribed reps on the last sets. My question is: if last cycle I got only the minimum reps (5 reps in the 5plus set, 3 reps in the 3plus set, 1 rep in the 1plus set) and I didn’t have any more reps left in the tank, should I go back 3 cycles (restart from 90% TM) or should I go forward another cycle, trying to get the minimum reps, and reset only If I fail to get them for three weeks? I would like to know If there are any benefits in pushing forward another cycle before resetting.
I am 177cm, 75kg, 21 years old. I am following BBB variation II (so I do the 5x10 sets on the day of the opposite movement) with the deload every 7th week (after 2 cycles done back to back, except for an extra deload week that I took after the first cycle). I have started in september 2014 with my first cycle, now I am finishing my 5/3/1 week of the fifth cycle and next week will be a deload.
My starting TM:
Bench press 70kg
Military press 47,5kg
The TM of the cycle I am finishing:
Bench press 80kg
Military press 57,5kg
For the bench press and deadlift I am adding weight for sure because I got 4 reps in the 3plus sets last week and 2 reps for the bp in the 1plus set 2 days ago (tomorrow I will be doing deadlifts and I am sure to get at least 2 reps in the last set); so the problem is with the Squat and the overhead press, I feel like this fifth cycle my TM was very close (maybe equal) to my real maxes. Will I be able to adapt during the deload week or will my TM go beyond my real max?
Thank you Jim for the program.