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Old 01-23-2011, 11:59 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by BendtheBar View Post
What are your thoughts on the following base structures:

Structure 1

Monday - Squats
Wednesday - Deadlifts
Friday - Squats

Structure 1

(Week 1)
Monday - Squats
Wednesday - Deadlifts
Friday - Squats

(Week 2)
Monday - Deadlifts
Wednesday - Squats
Friday - Deadlifts

I guess the questions become:

1) Do you, or should you deadlift more than once per week?
2) Is squatting about every 5 days enough on this style of lifting?


My choice would be to squat twice a week, and deadlift once a week...so structure A. I think a beginner to early intermediate could handle deadlifting twice a week, but in the end I would rather see a great squat frequency.

With that said, I like both structures enough to think they are viable.
I think the first structure is good. I'm finding that frequent squatting (not always heavy) makes it easier on my legs. When I was on Wendler's, I was squatting once every eight or nine days. My legs were always sore after squatting. Now, when I'm squatting 3x/week, there's no caryover soreness.

More to your questions though. No, I don't think its necessary for a beginner to squat more than once a week. They may be able to do it for a couple of months, but will soon have to cut back to once a week anyway. Once a week starting with 10 pound increments, and moving to 5 pounds when that slows down (about 1.5xBW). As far as squat frequency, I say the more the better, but only one progression per week.
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