Just a quick tip today for getting STRONG(er)… Enjoy…
What’s up Dungeon family? I just wanted to touch on something today that’s been on my mind and seems to be making it’s way around the strength & conditioning world a little more lately: the concept of BUILDING strength during your training, instead of always TESTING it.
What do I mean?
Jim Wendler (a Captain of all that is awesome and author of the KILLER 5-3-1 Program, a MUST read for anyone serious about strength) explains it in this way: think about the guy that goes in to bench every week, and constantly works up to a one-rep max… The SAME one-rep max as every other week. In a year, he’s in the same place he always was, because he was constantly TESTING, and not building, strength.
I’ve had many of my best gains in strength, size and explosiveness when I focused my training around lighter weights that I could CRUSH (think “no grinding reps”), I wasn’t using overly light weights, but I used weights that I lift with speed and explosiveness and WITHOUT any system-taxing “grinding” reps.
Do yourself a favor, and if you’re constantly maxing out in training, swallow your ego and work with lighter weights and work for multiple sets of QUALITY repetitions for 6-8 weeks and retest your max in that lift… I guarantee you’ll be stronger than before.
For the record, I recently maxed out at 545 pounds on the deadlift, after having pulled no heavier than 365 in training during the three months prior to that max. CRUSHED REPS.
Don’t worry, I won’t leave you guys hanging, and I’ll be putting out a more extensive article soon after more testing and experimenting (insert mad scientist laugh here)
Until next time, stay strong…