Even Easier Strength question/clarification

Tirofijo

Level 6 Valued Member
I know we have folks that have done Even Easier Strength. Is this the rep scheme as laid out in this article? Even Easier Strength

Day 1: 2 x 5
Day 2: 2 x 5
Day 3: 1 x 5, 1 x 3, 1 x 2
Day 4: 2 x 5
Day 5: 2 x 5
Day 6: 2 x 5
Day 7: 6 x 1
Day 8: 1 x 10
Day 9: 2 x 5
Day 10: 1 x 5, 1 x 3, 1 x 2 (???)

Day 10 is the one I'm not sure about.

thanks.
 

Steve W.

Level 7 Valued Member
Day 10: 1 x 5, 1 x 3, 1 x 2 (???)

Day 10 is the one I'm not sure about.
No, 5-3-2 means one set of five hundred and thirty-two reps. Why not 5-3-3? Then it wouldn't be EVEN Easier Strength.

Obviously I'm joking -- you have it right.

But one thing to keep in mind about this program is that the sets and reps don't really matter. Just do about 10 total reps, at a load that feels a little too light, and add weight when it feels REALLY too light. Every once in a while, if you are feeling strong, test yourself with a heavier session. But mostly follow the principle of "Train today like you are going to go for a personal record tomorrow. Then train the same way tomorrow."

The set and rep schemes laid out day by day in the article were more Dan's attempt to make things a little more structured for people who had trouble just following the more general principles.
 

Alan Mackey

Level 6 Valued Member
But one thing to keep in mind about this program is that the sets and reps don't really matter. Just do about 10 total reps, at a load that feels a little too light, and add weight when it feels REALLY too light.
This. ^^^

Whenever I'm following a PttP/Easy Strength template, my set/rep scheme of choice is always 3x3 (except on test days).
 

freeflowme

Level 4 Valued Member
The set and rep schemes laid out day by day in the article were more Dan's attempt to make things a little more structured for people who had trouble just following the more general principles.
I don't mean to demean anyone, truly, but I've always struggled to understand how the 40 Day Program could need any more explaining than the program itself gives. I think the 40 Day Program takes a lot less thinking than Even Easier Strength does... do 2x5 of posterior chain, upper body push, and upper body pull; a set of 20-50 swings (or other explosive movement); and 1x5 anterior chain. I get that EES is slightly modified in its choice of movements, and that a loaded carry that it adds in is an amazing exercise to be practicing daily, but I still feel like the 40 Day Program's initial outlining was so simple, succinct, and excellent that I struggle to understand where the questions came in in the first place.

I suppose it's possible that my understanding of the program is incomplete, and I'm unwittingly one of the exact people that Dan had to perpetually write explanations for ROFL
 

Tirofijo

Level 6 Valued Member
I don't mean to demean anyone, truly, but I've always struggled to understand how the 40 Day Program could need any more explaining than the program itself gives. I think the 40 Day Program takes a lot less thinking than Even Easier Strength does... do 2x5 of posterior chain, upper body push, and upper body pull; a set of 20-50 swings (or other explosive movement); and 1x5 anterior chain. I get that EES is slightly modified in its choice of movements, and that a loaded carry that it adds in is an amazing exercise to be practicing daily, but I still feel like the 40 Day Program's initial outlining was so simple, succinct, and excellent that I struggle to understand where the questions came in in the first place.

I suppose it's possible that my understanding of the program is incomplete, and I'm unwittingly one of the exact people that Dan had to perpetually write explanations for ROFL
Well, you can read the original EES article and I defy you to tell me where he says what the rep scheme is for Day 10.

But Pavels original one-paragraph program became a book, a one-hour video lecture, an easier version, a couple articles in T Nation and elsewhere, countless threads and even has a couple different names (that people don’t always agree on. Is the 40 day program another name for Easy Strength or Even Easier Strength?).

So it’s probably safe to say that a lot of people have questions about the program and didn’t get (or trust) Pavel’s original program. :)
 

freeflowme

Level 4 Valued Member
Well, you can read the original EES article and I defy you to tell me where he says what the rep scheme is for Day 10.

But Pavels original one-paragraph program became a book, a one-hour video lecture, an easier version, a couple articles in T Nation and elsewhere, countless threads and even has a couple different names (that people don’t always agree on. Is the 40 day program another name for Easy Strength or Even Easier Strength?).

So it’s probably safe to say that a lot of people have questions about the program and didn’t get (or trust) Pavel’s original program. :)
Challenge accepted :)

That's kind of my point, though - I feel like the original 40 Day Program was much simpler than Even Easier Strength is to follow / understand, given that EES has varying rep schemes over a 10 day period vs. essentially just do the same thing every workouts for 40 workouts.
 

freeflowme

Level 4 Valued Member
Reading Dan's write up on EES, it looks like Day 10 is another 5-3-2 day?

“Easy Strength” for an Experienced Lifter
Week 1
Mon (1) 2 x5 Tues (2) 2 x 5 Wed (3) 5-3-2 Fri (4) 2 x 5 Sat (5) 2 x 5

Week 2
Mon (6) 2 x 5 Tues (7) 6 Singles Wed (8) 1 x 10 Fri (9) 2 x 5 Sat (10) 5-3-2

Later in the write up he states:

"Day Ten is often the day where people “test” themselves a little and this can be fine as long as you feel like going after it. Again, don’t miss."

So my understanding would be do 5-3-2 again as on day 3, but push yourself a little more than you did last time or usually would on EES (so, still not near maximally) as you're at the end of this 10 day "cycle."
 

Denny Phillips

Level 5 Valued Member
This template was submitted to Dan and he gave it his approval. The answer appears to be a 5-3-2 day. Dan specifies that Day 10 is the day when people often feel the need to "go for it." Just like a normal 5-3-2 day he feels that it's important to make the double..
 

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