Something I've harped on for a while. Jim reiterates that point here.
Weak Point Training BS
There is really no such thing as "weak point" training. Just commonalities with people when you combine loss of leverage/fatigue in a lift.
Now I will wait on someone to point to my mention of needing to focus on rows and shrugs more, to help my deadlift. However that was more about neglecting those basics, than weak point training.
Again, if you refer back to the "What Constitutes Strong" post, you will realize that it's still about getting stronger all over. However you don't need a bunch of fancy bars, equipment, chains, bands, and shit like that to do so.
For those of us that lose our way sometimes (and that happens to us all)...
Squat - You need to squat. You can also do pause squats and throw in some front squats.
Deadlift - From the floor, off of blocks, and stiff legs.
Bench Press - Including Db versions and incline.
Standing Press - With a bar or dumbells
Rows - Any kind
Chins - Any kind
Dips - Bodyweight or weighted
Curls - Because biceps are more important than you think, even if you hate em (ok so that's MY own personal philosophy)
Those are the basics and the very simple truth is, you don't really have "weak points" you just need to make sure your technique is good, and that you get STRONGER.
Weak point training is hocus pocus. A guy that finds himself bending over too much when he hits a max squat just needs to get stronger. Guess what will happen when he breaks past that PR, then gets to a new max weight? Yeah, he'll bend the fuck over just like he did the first time. Guess where I fail when I fail on a bench attempt? Yeah, in the same spot every time. About midway up. This isn't a calling for weak point training, it's just a calling to get stronger or get bigger, or both.
Big15 and Strong15 programs -
5-4-3-2-1 back off (Big15 and Strong15 is what I'm going to call it) is in the works. I am working on the spreadsheet with programs designed about splits I have used, how I used em, how you can use em to get bigger and stronger. One is going to be centered around pure mass building (Big15) and one around getting stronger for a meet (Strong15).
They work. Period. This isn't some program that I conjured up, this is the philosophies I have settled on through 21 years of doing this shit. I'm no elite level guy but the strength levels I have built have taken time, and intelligence. And I think that applies more to the everyday lifter than a guy that came out of the womb deadlifting 500.
I hope to have them out with the next week and a half.
What I want to get a feel on is, would you guys prefer an e-book with a bunch of my articles from here, or just the programs? If you want the articles included it will be a little longer. But I have no problem putting in the work to get it done.