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Old 02-23-2014, 12:05 AM   #1
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All right. Sorry. I wanted to reply in "Introduce Yourself", but I started a new thread instead. Anyway I wanted to ask you a simple question about that transition between beginner and intermediate. My training age is about 1 + 1/2 (1 for actual powerlifting and the other half for all these years of on and off lifting which must account for some experience). I have been making very good progress from April to October on a three-day full-body routine (a Reg Park's 3 x 5) with linear progress (for example, DL gone up from 135 to 325 for sets of 5), then, as gains slowed down, I kept training this way, but started using RPEs with sets typically at 3-5 reps, and alternating between volume-based training (3 weeks) and intensity-based training (3 weeks) which is basically following Mike Tuscherer's RTS Manual, but only the first chapters. I still gain well on such regimen; my bench has gone up from 215 to 245 for 5 reps in only three months and I have recently hit 415 on deadlift (a double) and 355 on squats (a triple), lots of these gains coming from doing something like 6x3 reps at RPE 8 and stopping when it gets to 9 or 9.5 (so no failure). My training is going well, but is it too soon to use such tactics? Would it be a case of "not recommended, but it works for me"? Thanks! I'll definitely do some higher rep work (6-8) on bench and squat to see how it goes.

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Old 02-23-2014, 12:33 AM   #2
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i dont think what you are doing is wrong or "bad" in anyway for your training experience. i say this because even though what you are saying might sound "advanced" or "intermediate" you are keeping the programming simple which is what someone with your experience needs. newbies often make the mistake of jumping into the game with a routine they saw from a magazine that mr olympia uses with little to no knowledge of how a routine like that works or how it affects the body in terms of recovery. as long as you are making progress and do not feel as though you are in any danger of injury keep doing what you are doing.
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