New Training Methods/Cycle

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It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote any of my training sessions down. I apologize to any of you who were actually following. The last couple months my progress has slowed and I have been thinking about what needs to happen in order for me to start improving. I’ve decided to increase my training frequency, while dropping the number of assistance work to focus more on the actual competition lifts. Call it Bulgarian or whatever you want, but that’s what I’m going to try as long as my knees can handle it. Right now my tendonitis is on the fritz and this first week on this cycle I’ve been living on my normal diet with a new additive, an abundance of ibuprofen. I know, it’s not good, but it’s what I have to do for now to be able to train with this much frequency. I’m hoping my body adapts quickly. I’m not going to write out every set like I had been doing previously, but I will just write a overview of each training week. This overview will include repetitions for each lift (including warm-ups) and their respective percentage of the total volume, as well as total repetitions for the week. I should note that I run my training weeks starting on Sundays and ending on Saturdays. At the bottom I will include ratings on how I feel from week to week. I’ve never tried to actually monitor this, but I feel it will surely help the cause to progression. Here is the first week…

Week 1: 7/5 – 7/8

Total Reps: 222

Snatch: 80 (36%)

Clean and Jerk: 64 (29%)

Back Squat: 15 (7%)

RDL: 41 (18%)

Push Press: 12 (5%)

Clean Pulls: 10 (4%)

How do I feel?

Psychologically

Overall: 9/10

Willingness to Train: 8/10

Physically

Overall: 7/10

Knees: L-4/10, R-7/10

Willingness to Train: 7/10

This was the first week, so I’m hoping that, with today (7/9) being my first day off since 7/4, I’ll be recovered somewhat to start week 2 off tomorrow and go a possible 5 straight days. I’ll report in next week!

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