I always enjoy your posts, Jim. I am on the side of periodization as of now. Much, however depends on what the test is. I just read something about a study comparing schemes in the neighborhood of 3x10 to failure beating a periodized routine of 3x10, 3x5, and 3x3. However, the test was more for muscular endurance, and that would have the 3x10 group doing more work in that range. If it was for 1 RM, I'm sure the periodized group would have won.The proposal you make is hard in so many respects. What I envision is that the difference would be so small between Bulgarian and Soviet style that a conclusion may not be drawn. When the difference between 1 set vs. 3 sets is sometimes barely noticeable, I could see no statistical difference resulting. What I think some strength coaches are doing is going on benefit of the doubt. If something has rarely, if ever, shown to be worse, then they go with it. Because, you will never be doing worse with that choice. The question becomes about how much better. I've seen periodization win by 7% and some 1%. I can't recall seeing periodization beat in a non-controversial study.
I am so stoked right now, we just had 3 more guys join the team yesterday. That brings our numbers up to 40! This is awesome, it makes it crazy in the weight room because we only have so many platforms but it is a lot of fun. The head coach is looking into buying some more platforms and bars to accommodate the increase in guys. I am loving it. We are putting together a meet in May. Right now we have 1 other school involved that has committed 20 guys and we are talking to another interested school. If we can get half of our guys to go and the third school involved we could have a decent sized meet.
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