Originally Posted by jarude
Counterpoint: I don't see any reason why assistance lifts should not be pushed. Incremental increases and working within flexible rep ranges allows you to do this very easily.
Keep the context in mind, Mark - charly is a powerlifter and as long as his main lift moves up, he doesn't give a shit what he's doing otherwise. He's paying a coach to give him new routines as needed, where the whole point of those routines is to only move that main lift up... you're starting out on a generic strength program and have a ton of room to push up your assistance work when you can. Yeah, your main lift moving up will eat into your assistance work progress at times, but you shouldn't stick with the same weight for the sake of sticking with the same weight.
Your counterpoint would be valid if I said you shouldn't push yourself.. but I never did.
I push my ass on EVERYTHING.
What usually happens is, for instance, when I start my squat cycle I am using an easy weight on squats and I can go heavier on assistance work.
As the weeks progress, my squat poundage rises linearly for the most part and I get to a point where I'm pushing myself so hard on squats, when I get to my assistance work, even though I'm pushing my hardest, my poundage will be less than what I was doing weeks beforehand.
So in short, if you're busting ass on your main lifts, your assistance work WILL take a hit.
If your assistance work rises all the time, then you ain't pushing your squat/deadlift/bench enough man. Or your overall programming just ain't pushing you hard enough.