In the next week or so I need a deload, and then I think I need a few weeks of lower-intensity, presumably higher-volume training. Looking at Peter's suggestions on the 5/3/1 thread in General:
So, thinking about EDT. I can't find any of Charles Staley's articles, as T-Nation is blocked on our network, and I can't seem to find his site, google as I might. I wonder if it's been taken down.pdellorto wrote:So I'd recommend going higher reps with significantly lower weight - enough to matter for your reps but not so much total that it crushes you. You might want to look at something like EDT, or back off to a bodybuilding-type phase (3-5 sets of 10-20 reps of lots of smaller exercises) for a couple weeks, and then get back on the intensity horse. You can also try just taking a week or two for practice - pick a couple exercises you don't normally do (TGUs, Windmills, clean and press, farmer's walks), a weight you can handle pretty easily with them, and just practice for an hour or so. It'll end up being a fair amount of work done but nothing insane.
Personally, I kind of like EDT, done with technically simple exercises. It's really hard, but the weights are never so heavy that any given rep is hard. After a few weeks, it's nice to back off to heavier weights for fewer reps, no matter how much heavier that is.
I'm also thinking about exercise selection. I love DL, but I've gotten to the point that I'm pulling pretty heavy, and my back is not recovering well. In fact all my lifts are at very low rep weights. So, of course, bench is in, probably in some form at least twice per training week. Maybe keep a heavy day, and move the other to 10-15 something, maybe 3 sets (my limited imagination only allows 3 sets). Maybe sub DLs out for now, do some swings or GMs or something. Squat leave in, but sort of maintenance , mostly high-volume modest load, occ heavier singles to stay in touch with my max. Maybe there should be something more conditioning oriented, like Peter suggested, like TGUs or farmers' carries (though I don't have any decent equipment for that. Maybe I should build some. I'm feeling like the lost soul of the gym. I'll wander in tomorrow and carry on with the current template, but I've got to stir things up soon.