January 17, 2024 3 min read
LEARNING FROM THE PAST (Part II): MEET PREP
By Shane Robert
Last week, I shared a training template that harkens back to the type of training that was done in the “golden era” of training (1960’s to mid 70’s). That template is great to run for 4-6 months while focusing on simple progressive overload. I laid out a few different ways to do that in the previous post.
This week, I want to share how I like to transition that template into a meet cycle or, if you don’t compete, a peaking period to test new maxes. The same format is followed with all warm up weights, starting at 60% and making 5% jumps before starting working sets at 80%. This stays the same throughout the cycle and doesn’t need to progress. The heavier top end sets are the focus. The added benefit to this warm up protocol is that you know exactly what to do when at the meet or maxing out.
Before we get to the plan, let’s discuss the concept of “training max,” since this is what we will base our training around. A training max is a weight that is lighter than a true max. It is something you could do pretty much any day of the week, regardless of training period. For a lot of people this might be a weight that is their best 3 reps. An easy way to figure this out is taking 85-90% of your best and calling that your “max.” The benefit of doing this is you ensure all of the reps will be completed with no misses.SQUAT AND BENCH (based on training max or 85-90% of best)
Despite the above, in my experience many lifters do better psychologically when they can handle the heavier loads that they will use in competition. For this reason, you can include one heavy overload set for each movement with the following progression:(based on training max or 85-90% of best)
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