I got them following email this morning from Matthew Perryman:
I lose the internet for a few weeks and you sell out? I knew it was coming.
Good reading though, I figured it’d mostly be drunken insults and incoherent ranting.
Here’s a question for you if you want to tackle it:
When you’ve got a particular strength goal in mind, say the bench press or deadlift is lacking by 20-40kg off what you’d like it to be, how’d you go about setting up your cycles for that over time? What I’m getting at…you mentioned awhile back that you had a guy that had just benched around 150kg and you expected him to hit 180kg in the near future — what kind of setup are you using to make that happen? I’ve got a good idea of what you’ll say, I think, but I’d like to see you actually flesh it out.
Firstly, let me just say that Perryman doesn’t have a clue what I’d say…if he did…he’d have a blog like me and not a stupid website.
Secondly, these are the sort of questions I want for this blog? Because this is exactly what I want to do. If you ask me a question I’m not going to give you a lecture on muscle physiology or nerve innovation…we all have copies of Supertraining (some people I know have even read it) and if you want that sort of information you can get it…google works pretty much everywhere in the world…you can use it to get those answers as well.
I’m also not going to give you a break down of differing training philosophies and methodologies or any of that crap. I’m going to tell you and show you exactly what I ACTUALLY do and I’m going to give you the details of where we start and where we finish the training cycles. I want to show you the people actually doing the work. I want to discuss the issues and problems that arise in planning and implementing a training cycle…because we all know…sometimes life gets in the way…and we’ll deal with that as well. I’ll show you where we end up at the end of a training cycle and also answer any questions that get posted about anything to do with the training cycle along the way.
Now I know some of you are sitting there saying to yourselves…’Will…why the hell are you crapping on about this in your blog you idiot?’…the reason I’m doing it is because I want anyone who does happen to read it to know where I’m planning on going with it. I’m not going to write articles or publish research reviews…and some of the questions like this one that Perryman asked is not going to be answered in a nice pretty fashion.
I’ll lay out the plan…you can follow it’s implementation and I’ll show you the results.
I’d also like feedback from anyone who’s reading this regarding what it is you think I should show along the way. I’m undecided as to the best way to get things across?
Here’s what I’m thinking…I’ll give the stats and background as I have to date…as in height weight and testing scores at the start…layout the program and then test at the end. What I’m fuzzy about is what people want to see between the start and the finish? Do I actually post some of their key sessions? What they did and how they went? Do I give a weekly update? Do people want to see them performing key exercises…as in see examples of their set and reps so you can see what their form and execution is like? What about the coaching…is that something people are interested in…as in how I coach the lifts? I’m planning to try a bit of everything anyway and try to figure out what works best as far as conveying the information that people might find interesting. I’m just saying…even people tell me what they want…that might speed up the process and give a bit better structure to how I get information across?
So it is up to you guys….if you want to sit back and read the blog and just let it develop into the inevitable ‘train wreck’ that we all know it will in all likely hood it will become then that is fine.
If on the other hand you want to get into the ‘lets give him rope to hang himself’ mindset then that would be even better.
The way this blog develops or doesn’t will be as much in the hands of the people who bother to read it as it will be mine. I’m OK with either…I just think it would be better if people actually said what they wanted to see or know about.
Anyway…the reason for this post is that I got a call last night from an Irish Colleges Rugby representative player. The purpose of the call was discuss doing almost exactly what Perryman was enquiring about….he wants to get his deadlift and squat up…this guy is already a great athlete with a extensive training history…I’ve never worked with him before other than to have given him a little advice in the past…I’ve never written a program for him before or coached him so we are starting off fresh.
So…in short…I thought this might make a good ‘project’ for the blog? So…if you are interested in this…let me know what you want to know?