I’ve been working well with the periodization in intensity from phase 1 to phase 2, and I get on well with 2 failure sets with my compounds or ‘heavier’ lifts. Going into phase 3 I find a mental block to go to that third sets on my bigger lifts. Such as today I had 3 sets on hack to failure and I just can’t mentally muster it. I’m better off moving on to the next exercise as I’m just battered and I can ‘cope’ with isolation work after. I find I’m better war mode with just 2 sets for that big lift in legs. This is only really for legs. To periodize to phase 3 which is upping volume, if I can’t quite increase to that third set on my main lift, shall I add in a set for another exercise or an exercise in the end that doesn’t require a learning curve of set up? Just for that phase 3 to up volume by 2 sets.
Thanks so much Bryce. To be honest all my loads are still increasing although I’m in a cutting phase. So I’ll probably stick here for a while until things taper. I think for me I’ll stick with the 2 sets on hack just out of personal preference. I seem to go into 2 sets with more motivation and perform better at 2 sets then if I were it I did 3, I think it’s half mental, half I’m just wiped out, so I’ll keep that as that’s good for my progression. Cheers Bryce
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