Progression


In Strength Training, Do You Always Progress in a Linear Fashion?

The term that fans of Starting Strength and certain 5x5 programs hang their hat on is linear progression. In reality, the term is meaningless semantic babble. These programs do use something that could be called linear loading, although even this is just throwing a little gild on the lily. Here, I'll look at so-called linear progression and explain why this vogue term in the strength training world is so meaningless.

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Single Double Triple Progression: SDT FAQ

There has been an increasing buzz regarding Single, Double and Triple (SDT) Progression and I think it’s important for trainees to understand these principles correctly.

I’m compiling a FAQ series for this type of progression and I will be updating it as and when new questions arise.

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Keep It Simple Stupid: Simplicity Gone Wrong

The following was originally a forum post back when I was using a different system on the site. As such it was buried in a non-active forum category and I thought it important enough to re-post here in my blog:

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BASIC Progression and Bulgarian Split Squats

I am always bringing up, obsessively you might say, how there are many different ways to progress in strength training. And, in fact, how many different things we do and achieve represent progression that we don't even recognize.

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Strength Consolidation: An Example

All strength athletes, at certain times, must consolidate their gains and they will do this instinctively by adding reps to their present limit. As a matter of fact this is an "old-school" way of training and it is still prevalent. There is not a NEW way that is better by virtue of science or Russian periodization. The ways that work haven't changed…our attitudes and expectations have.1

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Strength Training with Single, Double and Triple Progression

The only other person, besides myself, that I've known to speak in-depth about single, double, and triple progression is Anthony Ditillo. However, to be frank, most of what he said about it makes no sense to me and he seems to have been applying the terms to established styles of training as an alternative to what others had named their training methods, such as "the pyramid system".

When Ditillo spoke of single and double progression he seems to have meant simply allowing yourself to use more than one way to progress. Or in other words to manipulate more than one parameter. This should be fairly obvious since it is an intuitive means of progression for most trainees and if not told most will simply add to what they've done before in some way, be it weight, reps or sets of exercise.

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Can't Do One Pullup? Stay Positive

Countless articles have been written about pullups. MOST of those articles are assuming one has the ability to do at least a couple of pullups already. For those that can't even do one, which are MANY, well, that room is so silent you can hear a pin drop.

And when someone does speak up…it's questionable at best.

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Strength: Simple But Difficult?

QUALIFIED.

That is a very important word. A reason I avoid using terse, oversimplified statements, which I refer to as aphorisms, is because for them to be useful they usually need to be qualified. That is, a set of conditions and explanation have to be put in place so that they fit a general audience. So that they are not taken too far.

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