Effort level on defined program
I started the 12 Week Complete Cycle in an attempt to build my overall strength and to continue to get comfortable with the olympic lifts, and as I was going through the first couple of days a question keeps popping up.
How difficult should the lifts feel? I know its just the beginning of the cycle, but they seem pretty effortless to me. For example, here was today's workout, my weights and how each exercise felt to me:
- Jerk behind the neck - 70% x 3 x 5 (135#x2 / 145#x3) First two sets felt easy so I added 10#s. First set of 145# was easy and then I didnt feel any difficulty until the last rep on the last two sets.
- Push Press - 75% x 5 x 4 (125#) - All four sets went up pretty easily, with only the last 2 reps of the final set feeling difficult.
- Jerk dip squat - 80% (of jerk) x 5 x 3 (160#) - I bumped the weight up a bit compared to the jerk behind the neck, but it still felt pretty easy.
I based today's workout off a 190# jerk 1RM and a 165# push press. Granted, I have not tested these in about 6-7 weeks, but I wouldnt have expected them to jumped significantly over that time period.
At no point during the workout did I feel like I was being challenged by the weight. So, I've come up with some possible explanations, but I'm not sure which, if any, apply.
1. Its early in the cycle so as time passes the program will require more effort and feel more demanding. In short, what I am feeling is normal.
2. I am resting too long between each set. Currently resting between 2-3 mins, where as in the past I've usually rested 60-90 secs.
3. My 1RMs have increased significantly over the past 6-7 weeks and I need to recalibrate my #s for this.
4. My form is sloppy and I am cheating the lift. I don't think this is it, as I work out at a CF where the instructors are technically sound and are pretty vocal in form correction.
Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated.