With the wrap up of our 6-month strength cycle last week we are branching back to two strength programs. So depending on what your goals are, or what you would like to focus on you will now have the options of one or the other.
Firstly, what is our General Strength Program designed to do? General strength will be working low volume (short reps and sets), designed to build general brute strength. This is really great for those who would like to increase their numbers on the barbell or who would like to continue to increase their numbers.
Base strength is designed to build hypertrophy and strength endurance. Which means being able to maintain reasonable weight under a longer duration of tension so think of sets of 6+ reps. This is a really great tool to transfer directly into our conditioning pieces, where you are asked to perform a high number of reps under high intensity. Having base as the backbone of your training will assist in making your conditioning easier. That being said you will also see an increase in your strength numbers, it just won’t be as rapid as general strength.
So which one to choose? Both have their individual benefits. Base strength aims to build the little stabilizing muscles that are sometimes switched off in our heavier sets. If you are just starting out base is a really great place to start. It will help you build strength safely and prevent any niggling injuries. If you feel you are plateauing in your strength, base also offers an alternative way to work your muscle fibers and will be incredibly effective.
There is really no right or wrong way, just whatever works for you.
Personally I like to cycle between the two to make sure that I am constantly working muscles in different ways. And despite base being lighter, it does get heavy quickly and it a good way to psychologically prepare yourself for those high volume conditioning sets.
One piece of advice. Once you choose a program stick to it for its entirety. You will not see the benefits from either if you pick and choose and float back and forward between the two programs. This cycle will not be as long as the last and I will keep you updated when we are moving into the next phase.
If you need some advice, have any questions or would like any more information before choosing which program to follow please feel free to email me- firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the rest of your week.
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