So I took a week off from Ripped to Shreds. I had a lot of pain in my joints. I wanted to start-up again on Monday, but Amy convinced me to finish out the entire week. I’m glad I listened cause I feel refresh and I’m going to kill it tomorrow.
Except I’m not killing it on anyone’s program. I’m customizing my own. I’ve had a decent share of experience with coaching and other programs where I feel comfortable enough to address my own goals and desires on my own. This will give me practice as a coach for the future as well.
I may be acquiring a few clients soon, which will be nice to really kickstart my goals.
As far as anyone I oversee, Don and Farris are still training and doing their things. I don’t get as many updates as usual, because we all have been caught up doing our own things. I do know their numbers though, but I’m going to be reformatting this blog and going to do a lot more writing than just people’s training logs. Unless, of course, I feel like on a particular post. (I’ll be posting some videos of Farris on this one.)
Don has been modifying his own programming, bouncing ideas off my head and trying stuff out on his own. He is very happy with his programming. Farris has been pretty strict to his programming, but we have modified a few things to keep training simple and to the point with the time allotted in his weeks to achieve his goals.
Amy is still training with me, but I decided to modify her programming as well. I removed bench pressing from her routine and am currently training her on the push up. We’ve also removed one day of weight training to incorporate more intense conditioning. I want to keep her training basic as much as I can, because her time to train is limited as well. As things improve and progress, I’ll open her mind up to more workloads. Speaking of her mind, she is suffering from some pretty serious seasonal migraines. We’ve been doing some mobility on her upperback and neck to relieve some tightness and stress in the areas, thus relieving some pressure off her brain. She also frequents a masseuse, but I think the problem may be deeper than just tight spots in the fascia, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Farris’ intensity (the past two weeks):
That’s a pretty good squat. I would have liked him to go for singles on this day, but he chose to leave it in the tank. He didn’t like how the bar felt on his back, but from what I see, I don’t see much discrepancy.
Rough. We backed his volume off a lot from this. Depending on how his next bench attempt goes, I may just call him to deload.
I’m convinced he could have pulled this for a 5RM, but I’m happy with this triple. Once I saw this, I modified his deadlift programming a little. The following week I called for him to pull 290 for a double. After that, I asked him to pull 300 for a single (or more, if possible). After that, I’ll deload him for a week. Then, ask him to go back to 275 and get five, 290 for three, and 305 for one or more (then deload again; moving on each week with a new 5RM, 3RM, or 1RM per month).
The following intensity proved interesting:
He texted me immediately after his second single and said he didn’t feel comfortable going for third. So we agreed to deload his squat back to the week before his last 5RM (225lbs), so we landed at 220. He will be adjusting the volume to match this accordingly. After he accomplishes this, depending on the quality of the reps, we will determine how we will structure his volume. We are taking his volume/intensity discrepancy week by week, and not just automatically increasing volume haphazardly. The goal is to build a significant weight difference, as I feel this was the problem for some of his lifts. The proof is in the pudding with his press:
I think the reduction in volume helped this a lot (115 5×5). I asked him to hold his volume constant and go for 142.5 next press intensity. Same concept as aforementioned.
Solid double. I’m also convinced this could be a triple. I like that he is keeping reps in the tank, though. It’s an underrated strategy. He will be going for the 300 next intensity after this