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Kane 10-15-2008 02:22 PM

Kane's Maximum Strength
 
I've read Cressey's book and seen the results Anuj got, so I've decided to make up something based on Maximal Strength Training. Plus I've been checking in on everyone else's journal, so I figured that now you can all check in on me :biglaugh:

Its a fairly straight forward setup:
4 day Upper/Lower
Monday: Deadlift Variant
Tuesday: 'Shoulder Based' Upper (Cleans, MP, etc.)
Thurs: Squat Variant
Friday: Bench Variant

The way it's layed out volume and fatigue are distributed across the week, rather than day to day (ie.SS). So what that means is Mon is very light volume and Fri is high volume. It also means that I've got alot more in the tank for Thurs Fri, or at least thats what it should mean :D.

Mon and Tues are maximal work using singles. The intensity is varied each week; high (8 singles), medium (6 singles), very high (10 singles), low (2 singles). Of course the amount of singles I do will change depending on how I feel, but that's the general idea of how it varies.

Thurs and Fri are 'maximal work' as well, but in the doubles/triples range. I don't vary them much in terms of intensity except that I do 2-3 sets of 2-3 depending on how strong I'm feeling. On these days I use 'backoff' set to get in some hypertrophy work and accumulate volume while still getting in strength work.

Here are the exercises I have penciled in right now.

Monday:
Goodmornings: X amount of singles
Reverse Lunges:2-3 sets of 8-10 reps
Palloff Press:3 sets of 10

Tuesday:
Cleans: X amount of singles
Pullups: 4-5 set of 4-6
Arnold Press: 3 sets of 6-10
Biceps: 3 sets of 7-10

Thursday:
Hack Squat: 2-3 sets of 2-3
Pullthroughs: 2 sets of 8-10
A2G Squats (Backoff set): Widowmaker (just because I want to do them :D)

Friday:
Close Grip Bench: 2-3 sets of 2-3
Regular Barbell Bench (Backoff set): 1 set of 8-10
JS/Pendlay/Deloaded Rows: 3 sets of 6-8 + 1 set of 8-10
Facepulls: 3 sets of 8-10
Neutral Grip DB Press: 3 sets of 8-10

Kane 10-15-2008 02:30 PM

Tuesday October 14 (Gym was closed on Thanksgiving Monday)

179lbs

Goodmornings 8 singles
185x1
185x1
185x1
185x1
185x1
185x1
190x1
190x1

Reverse Lunges (Using DB's)
40 (in each hand) x 8 reps x 2 sets

Palloff Press
55x10x3

My usual convention is to right down weight x reps x sets, except for singles I just put down weight x reps.

I usually write down the exercise and the weight I used followed by the reps. Half the time i just end up throwing in a x 2 or 3 afterwards lol. I'm sure things will end up getting quite chaotic when straight sets aren't used lol.

Ross86 10-15-2008 02:34 PM

Looks interesting. Best of luck to you with the routine. How often will you rotate exercises?

Kane 10-15-2008 02:35 PM

Wednesday October 15

178lbs

Cleans 8 singles
160x1
160x1
160x1
160x1
160x1
160x1
160x1
160x1

Pullups
+10x5, +10x5, +10x5, +10x5

(+10 means I had a 10lb dumbbell between my feet, so its my BW+10lbs.)

Arnold Press
40x8x3

(40lb DB's in each hand)

Super 7's (yeah yeah, I know. I did them and there's nothing you can do about it :biglaugh:)
55lb BB for 3 sets

EricT 10-15-2008 02:35 PM

I could really see some front squats being in place of those hack squats. Other than that..I loves it.

Kane 10-15-2008 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ross86 (Post 68740)
Looks interesting. Best of luck to you with the routine. How often will you rotate exercises?

Thanks Ross. I'll rotate based on how I feel, how progression is going, if I get bored, etc.. Basically I haven't put in a set amount of time to rotate, it will be based on my experience. Hell, I may end up rotating an exercise the day I'm set to do that exercise.

_Wolf_ 10-15-2008 02:46 PM

Wonderful!!!

Kane 10-15-2008 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eric3237 (Post 68742)
I could really see some front squats being in place of those hack squats. Other than that..I loves it.

So could I, and to be quite honest I had them in there. Front squats are just an exercise I have never grown to love, I may put them in later on and see how they turn out.

EricT 10-15-2008 03:25 PM

It takes some time to learn to love them but it's worth it, I think.

_Wolf_ 10-15-2008 05:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eric3237 (Post 68751)
It takes some time to learn to love them but it's worth it, I think.

I definitely think so.


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