View Full Version : Question: What was the highest amount of volume you managed in one strength session?

Rick Deckart
03-05-2007, 11:18 AM
I am curious, what was the highest amount of volumes (in tons) you managed in one session? Please elaborate!

My alltime high was approximately 50 tons (doing 1000 pushups in 30MIN when I was nineteen; 10 century sets; my scale shows 50kg when I do pushups on it).



P.S.: I would have to dedicate at least 3 month of preparation to pull that off again...

Rick Deckart
03-06-2007, 11:07 AM
64 hits and no reply? Perhaps the point is moot?



Robb Wolf
03-06-2007, 12:19 PM
I did 16 rounds of Mary (5 pull-ups shy of 17) in 20 min. So:
85 HSPU.
170 pistols
250 pull-ups
So...that is 505 movements x 170 and 85850

I'm not sure of the tonnage but that was a doosey.

Linda has 55 reps of DL 1.5BW, PC .75 BW and standing press (I do this instead of bench) .75

So DL=14025
For a total of 28050 moved. I think that was 11 min.

Both workouts ruined me for days.

Steve Liberati
03-06-2007, 12:47 PM
My personal best so far was on Cindy for 26 rounds in 20 mins (5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 deep air squats. Not sure the math though.

...And 16 rounds of Mary is absolutely incredible...like to know how many expressos were downed beforehand. Amazing feat!

Mark Madonna
03-06-2007, 02:26 PM
20 rnds cindy at 235lb in 20 minutes

Allen Yeh
03-07-2007, 03:39 AM

I was honestly struggling to recall more than anything else heh.

Pre Crossfit days: (crazy leg day worked out with a friends friend on AAS and didn't want him to outshine me on legs)
squats - 135 x 10, 185 x 8, 225 x 6, 315 x 6
leg press (weight of plates) - 450 x 12, 540 x 10, 630 x 8, 720 x 6, 810 x 6, 900 x 6, 1000 x 4 and drop set to 450 x 30
I know we did some hamstring curls and calf raises but I have no idea what. My legs were done for almost a week after this ego driven idiocy, but I did make the guy throw up. Total weight in squats + leg press = 53990

Steve Shafley
03-07-2007, 05:40 AM
Peter, 1000 push ups in 30 minutes isn't a "strength" session.

Strength-Endurance, maybe, maybe just endurance specific to the push up movement.

I've done similar levels of tonnage in the past...for example, 10x10 with 345 in the squat (34500 lbs of volume) followed by 5x10 in the SLDL with 315 (~16000 more lbs of volume) that absolutely floored me.

Now I am really of the opinion that frequency and quality is more important than overall volume, but volume can be a very useful and easily manipulated variable, and I would use the old method of "as often as you can, as heavy as you can, as fresh as you can" as a good way to bust a plateau.

James Evans
03-07-2007, 07:15 AM
Stupidly found myself inspired by the SMMF definition over at Gym Jones.

Weight in lbs + age = 203

So 203lbs deadlift for 203 reps...41,209 lbs. Took me 2 bloody hours.

Battle of wills.

Probably pointless, certainly mindless.

Allen Yeh
03-07-2007, 10:29 AM
Stupidly found myself inspired by the SMMF definition over at Gym Jones.

Weight in lbs + age = 203

So 203lbs deadlift for 203 reps...41,209 lbs. Took me 2 bloody hours.

Battle of wills.

Probably pointless, certainly mindless.


Rick Deckart
03-07-2007, 11:32 AM
SMMF=single movement mind f**k, I think---but perhaps it's
sado maso makes fun???

Steve, you are right, I would agree on all points, but back then in the days, once I could do full range century sets I noticed a tremendous transfer into movements which I still consider strength training: one arm pushups. Could do around 30 on each arm without specifically training for it. Still can do relatively strict one arm pushups but not as explosive as back then...

Volume is great when used with care and it can do things for you, other strength protocols can't... And it is a extremely potent confidence builder.



Steve Shafley
03-07-2007, 11:51 AM
Oh, I agree wholeheartedly.

At one point in time I could do 75-85 reps in the push up and 20-25 in a decent 1 armed push up. Lots of fun on the rugby pitch when we used push ups for conditioning and punishment...they'd say drop and give me 20, and I'd do 10 with each arm.

Watching the coach turn purple and fight the urge to scream at me was highly amusing.

James Evans
03-08-2007, 02:13 AM
Peter is correct with his first answer.

If you look at the schedule on the site you can normally click on any of the workout descriptions and get a definition of the parameters and aims of said workout.

The deadlift example is the one given but I note they often post TGUs of 50 and upwards as SMMF. I find that I get friction burns after about 20 of these and honestly the idea of rubbing myself down with vaseline before a session in the gym doesn't appeal. If that makes me a puss then a puss I am.

I guess burpees (100+) would do the trick too.

When I read the definition it was one of those times when you think 'I'm doing that, TONIGHT!'.

I nearly always regret that sentiment.

James Evans
03-08-2007, 02:27 AM
On an aside to the question of volume I read an interesting fact about dustmen (trash collectors or whatever you call them) a couple of years ago.

In an article comparing the fitness levels of various jobs and professions (who is fitter, the Royal Marine or the ballet dancer? Apples and oranges and ultimately rather silly) this rather random idea came up:

A dustman in the UK performs an equivalent amount of work in a day to powercleaning 45kg, 142 times.

Why 142 and not 140 or 145 I don't know. I assume this was just made up nonsense to be honest.

But it lead me to powerclean 45kg, you guessed it, 145 times, which was actually rather fun. I then stepped it up to a powerclean and press and raised it to 50kg.

It left me feeling that the UK's dustmen were stealing a living.