- Sep 17, 2017
X, have you tried Jordan Peters approach?
What's weird is that I would plateau much more on DC training. But on Jordan's approach, i can go loooong periods of continually beating log book stuff. Strange i know. It is microloading, but its progress.
For whatever reason I can hype myself up for one failure set pretty easy. But when its three consecutive ones, stuff gets wonky. Even running DC (which i haven't in years), i juuust focused on that first set to failure. If i beat my reps there, I'm all good.
I also think that the older I've gotten the more I had to realize that if I want to log stuff, i need to be accurate and accountable in my sleep and nutrition too. I cant have a shit night and then expect to be prepared to rep 405 on incline bench.
Microloading is underrated. Big jumps in weight and reps occur because neurological adaptations are happening initially. Then our bodies become a smartass and slow everything down to maintain homeostasis. So when someone gets stuck at 315 for 8 reps on an exercise:
315 x 8 = 2520
315 x 9 = 2835 is quite a big jump in training volume.
320 x 8 = 2560 is smaller, but still may be too much.
316 x 8 = 2528 is the most manageable and you can inch your way up to 320.
When first doing a new exercise you obviously take full advantage of the 5-10 lb jumps and multiple rep increases. Microloading is a tool for stalling. And like Jordan said on Fouad's podcast, even if you only add a pound a week to an exercise, that's 50 lb at the end of the year. I'd be happy with that.