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Old 07-06-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Questions about The Crusher Routine

http://muscleandbrawn.com/2009/05/the-cr....ts-a nd-squats/

What if, someone has (for example for Squats) a current 1RM of 250 pounds?

He uses the:
60% 1RM x 5 reps
60% + 25 pounds x 4 reps
60% + 50 pounds x 3 reps
60% + 75 pounds x 2 reps x 2 sets
60% + 100 pounds x 1 rep x 2 sets

and starting weights are:
150 x 5 reps
175 x 4 reps
200 x 3 reps
225 x 2 reps x 2 sets
250 x 1 rep x 2 sets

as you see, the last 2 sets of 1 rep, are with his current 1RM.
So I think, he probably would fail at the 2nd 1 rep set, as it is the most likely to happen at the most.

Should he (as prescribed) back off these weights by 30 pounds, and start to cycle back up?
And new starting weights would be:
120 x 5 reps
145 x 4 reps
170 x 3 reps
195 x 2 reps x 2 sets
220 x 1 rep x 2 sets

This is less than primarily suggested to start and try with Crusher method, and it seems a little bit confusing.

It gets more complicated when someone has a lesser 1RM of the above.
For example 220 pounds.

Then the numbers goes as follows:
He uses the:
60% 1RM x 5 reps
60% + 25 pounds x 4 reps
60% + 50 pounds x 3 reps
60% + 75 pounds x 2 reps x 2 sets
60% + 100 pounds x 1 rep x 2 sets

and starting weights are:
132 x 5 reps
157 x 4 reps
182 x 3 reps
207 x 2 reps x 2 sets
232 x 1 rep x 2 sets

232 pounds are more than his 1RM, and I don't think he/she can handle them for 2 sets of 1 rep.


So, is the Crusher routine method only for someone who has a decent 1RM in these exercises, for example from a number of pounds and above, etc?
Or are there any different parameters or alternatives for cases like these above with 250 and less pounds 1RM?

What's your opinions?
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