Originally Posted by barrelntrigger That's some awesome advice! What do you think of the ProgramingToWin novice program? I've been checking it out. I like the idea you do bench, squat , and dead lift three times a week. There are 3 phases in the novice program including a deload phase and a heavy phase. Any information on that would be appreciated!
I think the PTW Novice Program is too specific. It lacks in variety and different movements. Its the same problem that SS and SL5x5 has, just repeating the same movements over and over again until they don't force as much adaptations from your body simply because it is used to doing them. The basic template of squatting, benching and deadlifting every session works. I just prefer some variety in the lifts by doig another version of them, say a front squat or snatch grip deadlift instead if a normal squat and deadlift again. Doing the exact same movements again and again is a recipe for overuse injuries and declining marginal benefit.
I think you should also add accessory movements to address whatever muscular, postural, mobility and technique problems you have.
I can only speak from my personal experience and my coach put me on a program with a lot of variety in terms of lifts, reps, sets, and so on, and I still consider myself an early intermediate lifter. I ldo 2-3 different kind of squats, 4-5 kinds if benching and 3-4 kinds of deadlifts every week. Every 4 weeks we change the programming just a little bit. All in all, I don't really belive in doing a set program until it stops working. That does not mean you should be program-hopping, but rather that you should have a long term plan and periodize your training into small blocks, each focusing on different things.
From what I've seen, the Powerlifting To Win programs are actually a set of programs that you should advance in between as your total grows. That would be a good approach, if his programs are sound in the first place.
As I've said, I'd rather do a system of programs that has been run by thousands of lifters in a country, has solid reasearch backing and has produced many lifters at the top international level. Sheiko is imo unparallaled in that regard. Izzy at PTW is simply not as qualified as Boris Sheiko thus he can't have made as good of a program imo. For more advanced lifters, I think Tuchscherers RTS System is great.