can some one advise:
In planning the next 4-5 months of my training cycle. As I have done for the last year I base my workouts on theories by Charles Poliquin. With regards to the periodisation element of the programme at its very basics I do:
3 weeks (heavy) INTENSIFICATION PHASE concentrating on maximal strength:
using low reps between 3-7
sets per exercise 4-5
longer rest periods 3-4 mins
no. exercises per body part 1-2
time under tension per set 20 secs - 40 secs
total sets per body part 8-10
3 weeks (light) ACCUMULATION PHASE concentrating on hypertrophy through:
using higher reps between 8-20
sets per exercise 3-4
shorter rest periods 60-90 seconds
no. exercises per body part 2-3
time under tension per set 40 secs - 60 secs
total sets per body part 6-8
The question is this: would it still yield the same results if I mixed up the intensification and accumulation phases for different body parts. An example being, I currently train chest on Sunday AM and then back and shoulders on Tuesday PM
Could I work at increasing my max strength on Sundays Chest workouts (intensification stage) whilst at the same time work on higher rep stuff (accumulation stage) for Tuesdays back/shoulders. Then once the three weeks is up swap around so that chest is working in the higher rep range and back/shoulders working in the lower rep heavier weight range.
Why change what's already working your saying?
Well my concern with how I currently train is that during the three weeks heavy weight low rep stuff I notice that im real beat towards the end of the three weeks. My max strength is still going up from work to work out but mentally I suffer.
I just wondered if I mixed up the two stages for different body parts / days if I would get the same results? Or would it defeat the object of this style of training (ie all body parts working together in the heavy weigh low rep range has a synergistic effect where as if split up this is effect is lost ????)
Admittedly I could just try it and see what results, but like some sort of **** I've got a cycle coming up and could do without any trial & error type works outs if you catch my drift.