Heading into week 2 of our GPP intensification phase and how are you finding it? Our aim this week is to put a few more kg on the functional rep ranges and aim to get a few extra reps out of your timed pieces on our foundation movements. Reps x weight = total volume – how are these numbers standing up? Another interesting calculation to give you a predicted 1rmp max is weight x reps x 0.033 + weight lifted = predicted max, try it see how you get on there is a lot of thinking out there that says a predicted 1rmp max is far safer and rep ranges from 3-7 are far better predictors of real rounded fitness and strength. How is your oly lifting coming along? We are looking for a good level of speed through the gassy reps. On our breathing days we are asking you to dig into and build those anaerobic bases and push those perceived effort levels a bit higher: you will be getting some extra rest so you can push.
A much discussed and maligned topic in the fitness world is the pull up. We ourselves in the Momentum team have had many a discussion and hold varied views on what’s good, bad and ugly. Strict, negative, weighted, kipping, butterfly, they all have a place somewhere in the wonderful world of CF and GPP. What we all do agree on is that there is a high injury risk (ask Geoff about “slap tears”) and a good structured progression is the way forward. Don’t get stuck in a rut, try another scale version or ask you coach for some tips. Have a go folks but please be mindful of injuries.
Tally Ho and onwards
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Train in the Correct Rep Ranges
The amount of reps you are completing per set of an exercise is a very important component of building muscle. Sets of 1-5 reps are geared for strength gains. You can definitely build muscle mass with these sets, but low reps like this are better for building absolute strength. Sets of 15+ are great to build muscular endurance, but cause less muscle damage and less growth. If you are serious about building muscle, you must spend a significant amount of time training in rep ranges geared toward hypertrophy (muscle growth). Sets of 6-15 reps are great for building muscle, with the sweet spot landing in the 8-12 rep range.
Here’s the kicker – train to failure (or at least close to it). We’ve all seen people in the gym rack the weight on a set of 12 when they clearly have more in the tank. Completing a set of 12 when you are good for 25 reps isn’t going to get the job done. However, for compound, multi-joint leg movements, you must be careful and follow a periodized plan. Training to complete failure on these movements on a weekly basis can have a negative impact on your training and overtax the central nervous system.