Would you all say The Giant C & P plans yield similar results to the ROP C & P plan? Not including the ROP swings and snatches just the C & P ladders. For those who have run both, what specific results did you get from The Giant C & P as opposed to ROP C & P?
I am only doing The Giant 1 arm version now.
Hard to say. In both cases my clean and press got stronger, my conditioning improved, and I saw some shoulder size. I think for size I see a lot more effect of reps, so those higher rep sets of 6+ really help me grow. Doing Giant with a single bell really hammers the conditioning - a set of 8 + 8 has me huffing and puffing and trying to find a little pigs house. But doing the lower reps of a ROP ladder really builds the volume, and by manipulating rest it can really get me huffing and puffing too ... Really its a toss up - whatever I want to do is going to produce some great results if I work hard and stick with it.
The main reason I ask is lower rep sets seem to work better for my body. So, the Giant 3.0 w my 28kg feels good. But I just tried 1.0 with my 24kg and after the 20 m mark my back started feeling a bit tight. ROP C & P seems would seem to potentially be less problematic since the up and down ladders 1-5 reps instead of straight sets. Just trying to put together a long term C & P plan that my body agrees with,
I would suggest filming your set and either reviewing it yourself or posting it here for review. The "problem" with reps is that there is more chance for fatigue to creep in and seduce us into poor technique, which might contribute to what you're describing.
If doing lower rep sets means you avoid this problem, then rock on. Over time you'll build your technique to be more fatigue-resistant and you'll get use to more volume, and then you'll likely be able to handle the higher rep sets without issue.
An easy in between option is to keep running the Giant 3.0 until you can do 10 sets of 3 in 30 minutes, or after completing a month of 3.0, add a rep to each day (so month 1 is 1 - 2 - 3, month 2 is 2 - 3 - 4). If Giant 3.0 is working no need to make a big change - you can make a little change and keep killing it. This gradually adds reps to each set giving you time to control everything nicely under fatigue, as well as slowly growing the volume your body can handle.