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Old 05-17-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
Chad Lammert
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Default Percentages vs Going Heavy

I have an opinion question for you guys. What are your thoughts regarding using your programming, but instead of going by the percents, taking the lift or complex to as heavy as you can manage for the day with your prescribed reps and sets?

This has been my approach for the last few weeks, and now I'm curious about your thoughts. I've seen a lot of gains, but that could be simply attributed to greater exposure to different movements (and constant exposure to the squats). Some days my lifts will go beyond what is prescribed, and I'm surprised by how much I'm actually able to manage. Some days, its the exact opposite, and I'm smoked. But in general, the trend keeps going upward, and I keep grinding it out.

So I'm sure you've been asked about this approach already, but I'm curious to know what the benefits are of doing what I'm doing here, vs. what the program says, and I'm also curious about what I might be missing by not following the program to a "T."

Also, if I haven't been clear, here's an example of what I'm talking about:

If the Program said Back Squat - 60%x3, 70%x3, 80% x 3 x 3, I would work up to my heaviest set of 3 for the back squat and then try and do that same weight two more times for a total of 3 sets of 3 at my heaviest weight that day. This same philosophy would be applied to the rest of the lifts for the day.

What do you think? Thanks guys.
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