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Arien Malec
01-06-2011, 10:54 AM
Big conclusion: for young, motivated trainers with their recovery together:


Good article, fits my experience (I buried myself with TM once or twice, only worked if I ate myself into total flabdom, probably would have been better had I not been 38 & 39).

Ben Byram
01-07-2011, 04:24 AM
I concur... At 32 the TM method worked reasonably well for me with some alterations as recommended in PP when I got stuck. It was hard, I got chubby and I'm still pretty weak mind... would have been better at 18 I'd guess.

However, I'm still trying to apply the basic principles of a volume - light - intensity to a 3 day per week schedule to try and get less feeble. Pretty flexible scheme really.

Being pre-occupied with training at the limit week-upon-week (resets aside) I think detracted from the programme for me in hindsight, but I suppose that is what gave quick...ish results.

Arien Malec
01-07-2011, 08:17 AM
Starr has some good stuff on heavy-light-medium training, but he applies it totally differently. There was a decent Milo article a while back.

Ben Byram
01-07-2011, 08:33 AM
I have the Strongest Shall Survive although I don't think the volume of the main template would work for me, I need many sets across I think.

I'm using the RTS guidelines and using them to dictate number of sets for volume or intensity days cycling through 5s, 3s, and doubles. Will need to give it a few months to see what happens.

Do you know anywhere online I might find that article? Not critical, just curious.

Arien Malec
01-07-2011, 09:52 AM
Don't think so. I'll re-read the article tonight and post a summary.

Ben Byram
01-07-2011, 10:35 AM
Nice one. Cheers!

Arien Malec
01-07-2011, 08:06 PM
OK, here's the summary. The article is in: http://ironmind-store.com/MILO-Sep-09-172-Digital-Issue/productinfo/1282-17.2-O/

For beginners:

5x5 ramping, medium has the top weight = the second to last weight of the heavy day, light has the top weight = the middle weight of the heavy day.


Either rotate exercises so the heavy day has the highest volume or rotate intensity.

E.g., bench heavy, press light, incline medium
squat to max 5, front squat to max triple, squat to max 3
squat 5x5, squat 5x5 (top weight 50# less than heavy), squat 5x3

Rotate assistance the same way

But overall, it's just a template: volume (hard), light, medium

Ben Byram
01-08-2011, 01:44 AM