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    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
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    Pendlay's plan isn't an option because my gym, a really small lifting club in the basement of a school, is open on monday, wednesday and friday only.

    I just got home from lifting and had a great session.
    Set 2 PRs:
    Snatch 60kg x2 (second rep not perfect, will stick to that weight)
    C&J 80kg x1 (quite easy)

    Then bench pressed 80kg x15 and squatted 120kg x8, quite ok for me.

    I'm still a beginner, so why bother with block periodization or other advanced stuff, if simple full body lifting 3 times a week still works for me?

    You know, i read and think about training all the time, for years now.
    Sometimes i wish, someone told me when i was a kid: "On monday, wednesday and friday, you come to this gym. After warm up, you snatch. Then you clean & jerk. Then bench press, then squat. If i ever see you doing something different before you're done with squats, i break your neck. Now go and get strong."
    I sure would be stronger today;-)

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    BillLumbergRKC is offline Senior Member
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    fair nuff. if it ain't broke...

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    You've gotten lots of opinions already; I'll offer another - go for longer than two weeks at a time, e.g., plan a year out do three month cycles, e.g., Oly Jan-Mar, PL Apr-June, Oly Jul-Sep, PL Oct-Dec. You could even schedule a meet in each at the end of your three-month cycle.

    I'm still a beginner, so why bother with block periodization or other advanced stuff, if simple full body lifting 3 times a week still works for me?
    That's actually a very good question, but if what you're doing still works for you, then keep doing it until it doesn't and don't ask here for alternatives. Progress is progress, and as long you're progressing and you're not getting hurt, why change?

    Note also that there's no reason you have to do all these lifts at all - just because getting better at all of them seems cool/good doesn't mean you have to follow that instinct. There's nothing wrong with, e.g., deciding you want a base of strength first so you go with PL only for a few years until you feel like your progress has slowed, then you switch to Oly for a few years - or vice versa.

    Not trying to be harsh here but don't ask questions if you don't really want answers.

    Just my opinion, YMMV.
    -S-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhardt View Post
    I'm still a beginner, so why bother with block periodization or other advanced stuff, if simple full body lifting 3 times a week still works for me?
    You said it best right there. When I first started powerlifting, I got bored quickly doing the basics thinking it wasn't doing that much for me and I needed to do all of this advanced stuff to help "improve" my game. But all it did was confuse me more and more and more. And when I started missing lifts like a jackass. I looked like a moron.

    Then as I got more advanced in my understanding of training and making myself stronger I wondered why I ever did all that super scientific stuff anyway.

    let me tell you a quick story. I was lucky enough to spend about 13 hours with Pavel and Andy Bolton in a room (was told not to tell what they were doing in the room) and I got to ask these guys questions and drive them nuts with all these questions about setting up training and all of these other things. I literally had an opportunity very few people if ever will get like that again.

    Well Blah blah blah to cut the story short and without giving away details on what they were doing, all they kept telling me is to keep it simple. There is no reason to be doing all of these crazy cycles I was doing, adding all these extra exercises.

    Towards the last hour Pavel directly told me "doing more isn't always better", He also told me to stop eating chicken because it makes you weak lmao.


    but keep it simple man. focus on technique and getting strong, staying healthy, and having fun.

    Doing those 5 thing's can make you successful inside and outside the gym.


    Have a good day man.

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    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
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    Thank you, Mike!

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