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Old 05-23-2013, 07:19 PM   #41
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It all depends on how your body is holding up. Will I say its a "must" no, but most people will need at least 1 week during that time frame to deload. I would take the week off before the max attempt week. Then if you felt fine, you could go back into it. I normally suggest that lifters do something different for a few weeks. Some odd lifts they dont normally do, something just for fun. Then jump right back into it.
Thanks for the prompt advice.

Btw, I purchased your book a few months ago and so far am really enjoying the challenging sessions and nice gains. How long do you suppose a 38 year old lifter not wanting to move up from 185 pounds in body weight could run this program? In other words, how strong can I get running "BIG" without the addition of more volume, in one way or another?

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Thanks for the prompt advice.

Btw, I purchased your book a few months ago and so far am really enjoying the challenging sessions and nice gains. How long do you suppose a 38 year old lifter not wanting to move up from 185 pounds in body weight could run this program? In other words, how strong can I get running "BIG" without the addition of more volume, in one way or another?

I think a lot of that will depend on your diet. In theory you should be able to run it as often as you want and any weight gain would be muscle gain. Are you carrying a training log? If so I would love to be able to check it out.
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I think I understand what you're getting at about dieting. It sounds as though a proper body fat test would be very important in estimating where the program could possibly take me while maintaining 185 pounds. You're a very strong and accomplished lifter but you know many will preach that in order to get stronger one will eventually have to add more, appropriately, as their strength increases. Was there a point in your training where this was the case?

As far as a log goes, I was somewhat all over the place for the last couple years until finding your program about 3 months ago. I was stupid and bounced around from Starting Strength, 5/3/1, and some other aimless lifting that just wasted time. It was reading others logs and watching the success people were having that convinced me of Big - Just good Old School Periodization

So far in my limited experience I'd (after much trial and error) say that the numbers I'm reaching for each week are being lifted much more easily in comparison to the other programming I've experienced


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Shit I almost forgot my original question, it was supposed to be the only one...
Do you discourage more back work?
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I think I understand what you're getting at about dieting. It sounds as though a proper body fat test would be very important in estimating where the program could possibly take me while maintaining 185 pounds. You're a very strong and accomplished lifter but you know many will preach that in order to get stronger one will eventually have to add more, appropriately, as their strength increases. Was there a point in your training where this was the case?

As far as a log goes, I was somewhat all over the place for the last couple years until finding your program about 3 months ago. I was stupid and bounced around from Starting Strength, 5/3/1, and some other aimless lifting that just wasted time. It was reading others logs and watching the success people were having that convinced me of Big - Just good Old School Periodization

So far in my limited experience I'd (after much trial and error) say that the numbers I'm reaching for each week are being lifted much more easily in comparison to the other programming I've experienced


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Do you discourage more back work?
Thank you, you're a busy guy, this'll be my last question
Glad the program is working well for you.

I trained for years before I felt the need to gain some weight to make my lifts moved. Even now it isnt much weight. I have weighed within 20lbs of my same weight since 2004.

As far as added back work, it really depends. I see nothing wrong with an extra auxiliary movement for a few sets during the week. Just have to train smart and not beat your body down.

Also dont hesitate to ask questions. I enjoy helping people learn and develop as a lifter.
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JB, This is regarding peaking for a meet on Dec. 7 using your program. My last workout from the program is scheduled 18 days out from the meet. I am planning right now to keep that as cushion, seeing as we never know what life is going to throw at us. If I still have that much time between my last session and the meet, what do you recommend doing for that 2.5 weeks?

Edit: I should probably mention that the first of the 2 weeks is the week of Thanksgiving and the second is Dead Week before finals.
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JB, This is regarding peaking for a meet on Dec. 7 using your program. My last workout from the program is scheduled 18 days out from the meet. I am planning right now to keep that as cushion, seeing as we never know what life is going to throw at us. If I still have that much time between my last session and the meet, what do you recommend doing for that 2.5 weeks?

Edit: I should probably mention that the first of the 2 weeks is the week of Thanksgiving and the second is Dead Week before finals.
From 7 days out till the meet I do nothing! Some people do some light work to keep blood flowing, but I prefer to just rest. I try to hit my openers on different days when I am 2 weeks out. You have a lot to plan around with thanksgiving and then finals. I wouldn't put much stress on it. Your not going to get stronger over the last 2 weeks by lifting, but you can get injured. So no real need to push anything.
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My bench sucks. I can squat and dead 400+, but I can barely bench 250. Should I just rep out 185 or something until I can nail it for a set of 50 and then see where I'm at? Hurt my shoulder a bit ago and I'm not really trying to train with singles or doubles.
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My bench sucks. I can squat and dead 400+, but I can barely bench 250. Should I just rep out 185 or something until I can nail it for a set of 50 and then see where I'm at? Hurt my shoulder a bit ago and I'm not really trying to train with singles or doubles.
I can almost squat 400, deadlift 400+ and my bench max is barely 225
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