Originally Posted by Fazc
Yep, in regards to periodisation that is what we're talking about with 2 weeks heavy and 1 week light. Periodisation doesn't need to be a complicated affair, but the basis of what we're saying here is that the loading needs to be sufficiently heavy in nature to warrant the third week off. What we're discussing here is severe loading patterns for those 2 weeks. The motivation for that is the training of some elite lifters we know of, while we cannot hope to emulate that type of training all the time, i think it's good to shoot for periods of that kind of intense training some of the time backed up with plenty of rest in between.
I fully believe that to be better than average requires harder than just 'average' training which is sustainable for long periods and my experience has borne that out.
We talked in length about specifity with the end result being that we figured weak points could be addressed via partial lifts. So the lifts and their variations form the bulk of the workout.
I find this type of discussion fun
Good points Austin, I'd like to hear more of your input on what i've said above.
I agree with everything you said. The only point I would make is the newer the lifter, the less periodisation they need. When I was a rookie I ran BS 5X5 for for 6 months straight with no deload. I ran the program for a total of around 18 months and the stronger I got, the more often I needed to deload and reset. Honestly consistancy and dedication are much better than knowledge for the beginner lifter. Once a beginner starts to get too smart, they overthink everything and set up a horrible conjugate training system and make little to no gains. It really bugs me when someone with a 700 pound total tries to apply techniques of a person with an 1800 pound total to their training. Mostly because they can get to a bigger number with a much simpler program and have much better results.