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Old 01-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by strkout35 View Post
I think, for me at least, heavy squats 3x a week doesn't work well. I'm currently doing higher reps 3x a week and thats fine but when i was using ~85-90% of my max doing 3x5 every monday wednesday friday pushing to add 5 lbs a session it really made my lower back hurt. I did max awesome progress though....... who knows
Heavy 3x/week on squats will lead to burn out awfully fast. Although I do like squatting 3x/week. I'm using a HLM approach to squatting, and pushing for a 5 - 10 pound increase weekly.

That said, I think any beginner program should have squats as a core lift. A rank beginner could probably do well with a A/B split for a couple of months, but as the weights increase, squats should taper off to HLM. Deadlifts once per week at most. Maybe alternate between floor pulls and rack pulls.

A beginnr program should not be too fancy. Get the lifter rooted and grounded in the big 3(4), but allow enough flexibility to personally customize it (ie. bi's/tri's once a week, abs once or twice a week). The vanity lifts are what alot of beginners want to do anyway. Might as well allow some of that action.

My modest $.02.
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