Now a days, I do not think I need much volume. I train 3-4 days a week in a very Bulgarian style. I don't do a lot of front squats personally anymore just because I don't need to really and they tend to beat me up (in the torso) a lot while back squats are easy as pie and get the same results. All lifters I coach front squat much more than I do these days.Hope this helps.
Ryan,I did train like this somewhat in high school (constant heavy singles in lifts) before I went to the OTC and it worked well for me. Dragomir's programs were volume oriented and benefited me greatly in terms of building work capacity which has to be done when the lifter is young if ever, and it worked to increase my squats. I think it was a beneficial stage in my career but I ran into problems due to technical issues in my jerk (posture problem/excessive back arch), the sports med department was absolutely terrible (long stories), and to be honest the atmosphere was not good there back then for me- too regimented and some negativity to my ambitious goals some/all the lifters thought were impossible (i.e. Jr Wold medal). Also, when the program was increased from the original 6 or 7 (after adding Mark Henry) to like 15 with a bunch of jr lifters that simply weren't ready for Dragomir's programs, the program became watered down. Dragomir was spending most of his days driving people back and forth to college classes and trying to help the jrs. I feel the original 6/7 suffered as a result although Tim McRae and Wes Barnett certainly continued to prosper there. So, without the technical problems (which wasted a lot of the strength gained by Dragomir's volume oriented programs), with a better sports med department (which I think has improved since then), and a better atmosphere and more tolerance for my peculiarities (severe insomnia, ambitions goals, etc), I think I could have also benefited from Dragomir's programs longer. Whether I could also have done as well or even better with a Bulgarian program, I am unsure of but tend to think I could. My personality is well suited, especially when young, to lots of heavy lifts. Dragomir had to really spend a lot of time selling me on the high volume and even then I tended to go heavier than the program called for on a very regular basis, even when also increasing the volume over the original plan.Now a days, I do not think I need much volume. I train 3-4 days a week in a very Bulgarian style. I don't do a lot of front squats personally anymore just because I don't need to really and they tend to beat me up (in the torso) a lot while back squats are easy as pie and get the same results. All lifters I coach front squat much more than I do these days.Hope this helps.
However, regarding your training do you work up to what you are capable of and may be shoot for 3 to 4 singles in the near max - reliant on your own intuition and subjective feelings. Are you more in tune of how your body can perform for a particular day given your experience?
Shaun,Thanks. The most reps I have ever done 190 for is 5 but I weighed 3-4 kgs more then. I am probably at my best ever squat strength right now as everything done so far has been easy. I think I can do 215@59 right now which will be a lifetime PR. If I was allowed to compete, I don't think anyone in the USA can beat me at anywhere from 56-62. I believe I can do 115+150 at 62kgs next weekend if allowed. Regardless of competiton, I am having fun lifting.
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