Originally Posted by kyleb
Very surprising you are keeping on with linear progress at 160 lbs. BW. (I assume you haven't deviated much from this)
Have you thought about resetting the squats before thinking about intermediate programming? At any rate, that's very impressive.
163-166 range now vs 158-161 at start of log
I think there are a few key reasons I have been able to make a good deal of linear progress.
-I was far from a novice when I began SS. I've done Front Squats, Back Squats, Band Squats, Split Squats, Lunges, etc. for a long time with strength and conditioning coaches for track. However, they saw my build and always kept my weights relatively light because getting heavier was not going to help my 800 time. Basically, I was working with a strong strength base to begin with.
-I also started off at a weight that I felt really comfortable with as I was coming off stress fractures and did not want to re-injure myself. Due to this, I was not strictly following the guidelines of linear progress. For a long time, I was doing at least two workouts at a given weight before moving up even if it was "easy" the first time.
- I have purposefully taken a week off a few times during the programming to allow my body to recover. I had been so accustomed to doing a 10-12 week program and then doing a deload that it was something I wanted to continue doing.
-I have never had any significant amount of body fat since like fifth grade. Throughout HS and College I think the highest I ever tested using a caliper was 3.9% and the lowest was probably 2.7%. Granted this was not correct but you get the picture. My BF% has definitely gone up by but my LBM is much higher than most people my weight who work out.
I guess the debate I am having right now is whether a reset would have the effect I want it to. Currently, I think I can do the prescribed weights if I am completely recovered. However, when I wake up the second day after squatting and my legs still feel slightly fatigued, I don't think this is the case. From my understanding, this is a pretty strong sign that it is time to think about moving away from linear programming.
Either way, I should probably reset now and reevaluate my programming around the New Year considering I am not sure what my gym situation will be like from Dec 13- Jan1 due to not being at school. That's actually around the time I should be taking a week off so it should work out well.
Squatting heavy three times a week is not going to be something I think I can do for much longer.
Originally Posted by kyleb
Skipped your long post about CF, as I am wont to do.
Most people here don't like the CF affiliates that are taking over the organization: They don't coach the Olympic lifts, they prescribe stupidly random WODs that are scaled back for older or women trainees, and it looks a lot more like Jazzercise than actual planned workouts. It's basically impossible to hold huge classes and bring new people in without an on-ramp program, something that many elite places who have quit CF complain about.
Both Thremp and I have visited CF affiliates that fall squarely into the above description.
I would have snap-joined a CF affiliate if they would have offered the following things:
-Unlimited access to their gym
-Coaching on the Olympic lifts
-Structured workout planning for individuals
Not a single one I talked to met those criterion.
I agree with what your saying. The CF gym I checked out in Columbus for free was the same way and when they asked why I chose not to sign up I gave them essentially the reasoning you have laid out in the past/above.
The fact that CF affiliates do not have structured workout planning for individuals is the biggest joke considering the amount they are charging. The argument that a generic WOD meets everyone's fitness needs is horrendous and something that the trainers tried to tell me.
I may try and structure my own programming by stealing from a few different sources I have found that I like along with J Brown's log. There is definitely space in one of the gyms on campus I work out in and pretty much all the necessary equipment other than kettlebells.