SINGLES VS REP WORK
Picture from today's heaviest single of 260 kg in the deadlift. ☝️ Had 30 minutes to train today, and decided to go for a heavy, strict pull without "amp up" or "being nervous" - just go as high as I could for a good, heavy single under those circumstances, and "pressing it off the ground" today, not jerk in the beginning at all. Very happy with this. Almost a PR in terms of technique (I always jerk quite a bit when I lift 260+ kg, as it increases momentum and makes the lift a bit easier). Now, I thought I'd share a few words on my training philosophy while I'm at it today. Meaning, WHY I train like this. Why just a single? Why not 3x5 with 230-240 kg instead? Isn't that better for getting stronger and bigger?
Well: Let's just start off by saying: For a natty, YOU HAVE to get stronger to grow. I don't give a flying eff what anyone say; if you don't get stronger, NOTHING will happen. Do all the 3x10 work in the world with good form etc., you won't change the slightest. I have my fair share of experience with that from when I was younger. Nope, you gotta get strong and explosive. Lift faster, lift heavier, move heavy weights a lot. That's what I believe in.
Very important to note before I go on: You don't grow in size by how you train, but rather by how much STRONGER your training are making you!
This is the fundament of my whole training philosophy. Whatever makes me stronger = I will do.
So let's get into it (gotta continue in the comment field on this one... hahaha): And for that reason, I've come up with this strange way of training, where I do a looooooooot of singles. I mainly train like this on my compound lifts: I do a lot of singles and doubles with fairly heavy/heavy/extremely heavy weights, I train all the lifts very frequently, and I rarely do anything over 3 reps with weights that I COULD get for 5-10 if I tried. The reason why is: I instinctively know that if I push a set to absolute failure in the 5-10 rep range (especially in the deadlift/squat), I am going to be SORE the next day... (continue in comment field)