I have exhausted linear progression. I have run LP for over 20 years, and during the course of the last 4 months have driven linear progression into the ground. Though I am making small, minor gains, my constant training at 100% is beating the crap out of me.
So for several months I knew it was time for a change - a big change. But I just didn't know what to do. So I read and read and read, and finally came up with some challenging and unique approaches that I liked.
Understand this is an experiment. And I have no idea if it will work. But here is what I'm doing:
Drunk Russian Strength Program
***I will be training Monday through Friday and have weekends off***
--Squat and Deadlift
. Right now I squat and deadlift heavy every week, and it's beating the snot out of me. My new goal is to train the squat and deadlift as follows:
- Never use heavy squats and deads.
- Use speed squats and deadlifts each week.
- Rely heavily on good mornings for both squats and deadlifts.
- Use a battery of assistance lifts - front squats, zerchers, etc., to help train the big lifts.
--Chest, Back, Shoulders
. One exercise each. I will train these group each day - 5 days a week. I will work up to a 5 rep set on each day based on how I feel that day. There are no set heavy or light days. Everything is based on my energy, injuries and mojo.
. I will perform good mornings every day. My daily rep scheme will be: 5, 7, 9, 11, 3. On Monday I start will 5 singles, Tuesday 7, etc.
I am beginning this program at about 70% of my 1RM for good mornings (give or take). Each Friday I will add 5 pounds and reset the reps down to 3. Once I start feeling "too stressed" by the weight, I will begin micro loading each week.
. I will be training for squats and deads 5 days a week as follows:
- Monday - Zerchers, work up to 5 singles
- Tuesday - Speed Deadlifts - 8x1
- Wednesday - Front Squats, work up to 5 singles
- Thursday - Dimel Deadlifts
- Friday - Speed Squats 8x2
. I will also have beach work each day, as follows:
- Monday - Barbell Curls
- Tuesday - Heavy Abs
- Wednesday - Calf Raises
- Thursday - Dumbbell Curls
- Friday - Heavy Abs
Note: I will do what I feel for bonus work each day based on energy. Max 3 sets per exercise.
So to recap I will be performing good mornings every day, adding weight weekly on Friday. I will be benching every day, doing what I can based on how I feel. And I will be training posterior chain every day.