Doctors,

I may be answering something you addressed in the podcast (was listening to it on the way to work, white-knuckling it during a snowstorm), and to myself a long time ago, but, for instance, when a person is using a template, such as your Beginners Program, how does training look from session to session when choosing the appropriate load. For instance on Day 1 you squat 1 x 4 @ 8 for 425 (I'm still using my Sets/Reps/Weight formatting) and then on day 2 you squat 1 x 8 @8 for what? Is it based on the calculation you made for day 1 via the RPE calculator, or do you factor in the accumulated fatigue from Day 1 and assess a different @8 based on that session? (Hope this makes sense) Then by what standard to you take Friday's 1 x 10 @8? Is the answer, "Well, it just depends?" or are there basic guidelines you generally apply?

Secondly, how do you assess where you start at a given cycle? Let's say you end a strength building cycle with DL of [email protected] of 600, SQ [email protected] of 525, etc what do you do to determine the starting weights at the next cycle? Do you just pick a random number that is 10% more than what you started the previous cycle at or 25% less then your tested 1RM that you ended the cycle (I'm just picking random number here). If it is something like a pivot block, where do you generally start? And what about the next strength building cycle/block?

I may be answering something you addressed in the podcast (was listening to it on the way to work, white-knuckling it during a snowstorm), and to myself a long time ago, but, for instance, when a person is using a template, such as your Beginners Program, how does training look from session to session when choosing the appropriate load. For instance on Day 1 you squat 1 x 4 @ 8 for 425 (I'm still using my Sets/Reps/Weight formatting) and then on day 2 you squat 1 x 8 @8 for what? Is it based on the calculation you made for day 1 via the RPE calculator, or do you factor in the accumulated fatigue from Day 1 and assess a different @8 based on that session? (Hope this makes sense) Then by what standard to you take Friday's 1 x 10 @8? Is the answer, "Well, it just depends?" or are there basic guidelines you generally apply?

Secondly, how do you assess where you start at a given cycle? Let's say you end a strength building cycle with DL of [email protected] of 600, SQ [email protected] of 525, etc what do you do to determine the starting weights at the next cycle? Do you just pick a random number that is 10% more than what you started the previous cycle at or 25% less then your tested 1RM that you ended the cycle (I'm just picking random number here). If it is something like a pivot block, where do you generally start? And what about the next strength building cycle/block?

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