*end up*as Sean describes, that this is the end result of differing strategies and that

*is*the progression result? I think it simplifies things to say 'this is where each person ended the 12 weeks and this is the end result of their chosen strategy'. Then we can start comparing..

Adam carries two 25-pound rocks (50 pounds total) in his arms all the way up without stopping, walks down, and does it again (no rest). He can do 20 repeats in an hour, so he does 1,000 pounds of work an hour.

For Adam, well let's face it, he's a blue collar punch the clock and wait for beer:30 kind of guy. He's strong but not exceptional.

Brian's chosen strategy is to explosively throw 100 pounds to each landing. He throws, walks up the stairs, throws again, etc. He can do 10 of these an hour, so he also does 1,000 pounds of work an hour.

Brian, OTH is an absolute beast, he's having to hinge/squat/press/put(as in shot) in an extremely violent and explosive display of raw power a 100 lb rock 10 feet up to the next landing. There are 3 landings plus the top deck, which means 40 beast tosses per hr or 320 beast tosses per day.

Charlie loads himself up with 250 pounds of rocks. He climbs the stairs carefully but not taking more time than needed, and rests (dropping the load) at each landing enough to be able to make it up the next landing, and is able to make the trip 4 times in an hour - so he is also doing 1,000 pounds of work an hour.

No doubt Charlie gains lots of raw strength and muscle.

I'm no expert on this and I think in terms of power production (watts per kg BW) Brian wins. This is my gut feeling and completely non scientific. It would be interesting to see an analysis done with respect to limit strength, strength endurance, force production and power production to see who falls where in each category.