Planned Deloads - I don't believe in them. As I've mentioned before, lifting heavy is a very mental issue for me and when I take weight off the bar it messes with me mentally. Second, why do you have a planned deload built in? This is how I view training. The more consistent you can be in your training, and the more weeks you can stack together of productive consistent training, the faster progress will be and the faster you will arrive at your goals. To me, a planned deload is a throw away week. "I'm going to train hard for 2 or 3 weeks then take a week off." Yes I understand the concept behind it, but I don't buy it. Sorry. I also trust my instincts on these things after more than 2 decades of this crap and my opinion is, to train hard enough to illicit strength/size gains then recover. Recovery doesn't have anything to do with sore muscles either. That's a whole nuther discussion.
Leaving two reps in the tank - For the big lifts, this has been like finding the holy grail for me at this point in my training life. I used to grind lifts and go all out on every exercise. Now I save at least a rep, but usually two, in the tank for the big lifts. Bench I might get closer to failure however it's not difficult to recover from a hard bench set. Either way, I like to feel better after a workout, not beat down. This has been a good motto to live by as well.
On the flip side of that, if you're a young guy and are craving size and wanting to fill out your frame then go ballz out. Train as intensely as possible. I've done both high volume and high intensity and I can say without a doubt that high intensity coupled with medium to high reps will put size on a skeleton. Especially combined with a lot of quality food. The problem is, most people don't like or want to train this way.
So when you stack it all together what I am getting at is this...
- Train hard, but leave a few reps in the tank on the big lifts. Allow room for progression there.
- Stack together as many quality training weeks as possible.
- When it's time to "deload" don't plan it. Just take some time off. If your training is dialed in then this shouldn't happen that often.
- Figuring out your recovery threshold will take some time.
- Everyone is different so all of these variables means different things to each person.
It's been great to catch up on movies again. I go through phases where I don't watch shit for a long time and then I find that I have missed a bunch of stuff and I want to catch up on. I have The Wire coming on Netflix and everyone keeps telling me how awesome it is. This could be dangerous because there are 5 seasons and when I get into a show like that I will stay up day and night watching it.
I saw this interview with Bart Scott last night. Man I couldn't stop laughing.
With that said, I hope the Steelers pound the Jets so hard in the ass that afterwards you couldn't bottom them out with Shaq's arm. Rex Ryan is a douche and so is Dirty Sanchez.
I think I'm being smarter than ever in regards to dealing with my injuries. I'm not running on my plantar fascitis, I'm not pressing heavy on my elbow (Kroc's recent tricep tear scared the hell out of me as well), and I am just squatting light on my adductor. In years past I would plow through this shit. This time I'm doing what is right and rehabbing correctly.
Since I have off for Martin Luther The King Day, I feel it's only appropriate that I put up a video dedicated to him.
Train for strength. Period. When I was younger I didn't fully understand how important this was. It doesn't matter if you are a bodybuilder or MMArtist or rugby guy. Training for strength should be at the top of your training priorities list. I've had guys ask me if it's gay to train for looks. Yes, it fucking is. Form without function is Jersey Shore douche bag feaux-hawk hair bullshit. Strength has real life application across the board in every physical activity you do. If you get bigger through volume and light weight bullshit, you will not have functional strength. And what is that? The ability apply your strength in a real world situation. I have known some jacked dudes that couldn't do 5 chin ups or squat 350. I'm talking 220+ guys that couldn't overhead press 135. Yes, I have known quite a few of these guys. Make your function create your form. Get strong, get in shape, and eat 2 or 3 solid meals a day with a few healthy snacks. It's really that simple.
Short and sweet today. As noted, I'm off so I'm going to play some Black Ops and probably train later today.