As I stated in my previous post a week or so ago, I started training with Josh Bryant and completed my first week last week. I won’t be posting my training in great detail as that would be disrespectful to Josh and all the great work that he does (for a very reasonable price, I might add). However, I will give some of my thoughts into various aspects of the training.
The biggest change and hardest part, mentally, has been the change to 4 days per week training as opposed to my usual 6. I’ve been good and resisted the temptation to add anything. I’m using that time to try and catch up on some of the reading that I’ve wanted to do and really hone in on my programming. I want to go over 3 aspects of the program that I view as unique. Or at least different for usual. As an example:
Dead Bench Press -
Josh has written about this exercise in few articles and people rave about it. I can see why. EXCEPT that I really struggled with it. I was well below my max…like 30 pounds below. Mentally that is tough for me. However I can see how improving on these could carry over to my regular bench. I find that this is kind of an awkward movement and I have a hard time getting into my proper pressing groove. I read this to mean I don’t actually know my pressing groove or, at the very least, am not efficient with it.
3 Board Press -
I’ve never done any kind of board pressing or, for that matter, short(er) ROM training for bench. Though I should be able to use a substantial amount more than my current max, that was not quite the case. I attempted 10 pounds, a mere 3%, more than my max and was able to get it for a single. After one rep and my shoulder tightness was out the window and my left arm was flaring to an obscene amount. I know this is partly shoulder issues but also weak triceps. I knew that this was an issue but I had no idea that it was at this extent.
Speed Work -
I’ve done speed work in the past and didn’t think much of it. The difference with Josh is the weight. He uses percents that are much higher than what is typically called for in “traditional” speed work protocols. In this way, I can see how it would be a better system. Even though the weight may not feel like it’s moving “fast,” the intent is certainly there. This idea of intent is something that Chad Waterbury has talked about for a long time. Fred Hatfield, the progenitor of CAT/speed work, said similar things in his original concepts. I tend to agree with both of these guys. I’m excited to see how this translates to my maxes.
Overall, I’m liking it and plan to stick to it for the long haul. I have some very concrete goals that I want to hit by December and I know that Josh can help me get there. Especially by making my triceps stronger.