Originally Posted by glwanabe
Your lifts estimated 1rm. Lets just set you up to use a progressive scheme from the beginning, and make it easier on you. This is not how I had Carl and Tim do it, but they were a bit more advanced than you.
BB row 130
DB Bench Press 70's
DB press 55's
BB curl 50
What you worked with the second week. Use these weights as your second set weight, and use 50% of your 1 rep number as your first set weight. Lets use your squats as an example. See below.
Squat 3x10 165lbs
DB/BB row 3x10 95lbs
DB Press 3x10 35's lbs
DB Bench 3x10 40's lbs
BB curl 3x10 35lbs
BB calf raise 3x10 135lbs
Example squat set.
1x8x135 50% of 1 rep, leave this as starting weight
1x8x165 60% of 1 rep, hold at 180lbs,after adding weight, 65% of 1 rep
1x8x175 add 10lbs for third set, and continue to work program.
When adding weight, only add weight to the 2nd and third set. Stop adding weight to the 2nd set when it reaches 180lbs. This is 65% of know 1 rep max.
Continue to add weight to the third set until it reaches 205lbs. This is approx 75% of known 1 rep max.
When you have completed your squat sets to 12 reps at those weights, then start adding weight evenly to all three sets again.
When you have done this, add 5-10lbs to each set, and continue.
5lbs is still plenty of weight across all three sets, and the whole week.
There are lots of ways to work your progression, and it can seem confusing. I'm working on another writeup about progression. The progession scheme in the original post is just 1 way it can be worked.
I was looking forward into working with straight sets, since I havent used that progressions scheme before, and I think I can make good progress with it. But this progression scheme looks good too and if you recommended it to me, I should really consider in doing it. To be honest, straight sets seem to be a very solid approach, and I really enjoyed working that way in these 2 weeks.
Still Im open for trying anything that might improve my experience with full body workouts