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Apologies Mr John. I'm being unfair. I'm honored you've replied. I've benefitted from your work at great deal. I think the issue lies with me and the questions you received rather than you. And the thoughts that swirl around in our own minds.I'm sorry for having tried to explain things. It never helps.
Just to clarify. The reason for 3x per week is due to gym and equipment access. My cardio stuff I can do outside of the gym. This is primary reason I do not wish to do Easy Strength 5x per week.you're avoiding work by considering Easy Strength 3x/week, but take note is all I'd do. You've said that you have found yourself overdoing your exercise in the past
I'm not absolutely wedded to ES. But I do like the idea of minimalist programs, where I don't have to track percentages and where I can continue with my running and aerobic work. Back to Dan John. I love the idea that he puts on his website:
"Work each lift, each day, and in the manner of 1,2,3,1,2,3 (ladder format). Because the frequency is high, the volume is low, and so is the density, too. The intensity, in my book, should not be waved—meaning, start your cycle with a “heavy” load, say, your 5 rep max, work that for three months, in the manner just mentioned, or until it starts to feel “light.” Then, reassess, bump the weight up to what is hopefully your new 5 rep max, and repeat the operation.
"In effect, the load has been waved by not waving it at all—no calculating percentages, none of that hooey. You just get strong instead, which, to me, is far more appealing than having to deal with the inconvenience of math. This is strength training in the extremest simplicity."
This is simple genius. The waviness and the progression come from the lifting getting easier over time, then adding. Without tracking weights and percentages.
I agree. I'm not trying to change or alter programs. Honestly, I believe I understand ES. It seems though 3x per week will not bring in sufficient benefit, which was the point of asking, so there's been benefit in this discussion for me.Thank you, everyone, for a good, reasoned, and reasonable discussion thus far.
So I need to rethink the program. Ideas?
I did read that Pavel said PTTP works at 3x per week.