Originally Posted by Axelman 17
I have now been running novice Sheiko for a couple of weeks. A few observations:
- the upper body work has been easy. The lower body work has been moderately challening, particularly the box squats. I have spent far more time training upper than lower historically so this is to be expected
- recovery has not been too bad, much easier on the upper body than lower
- it has hard to tell if the program is "working." I am used to linear progression in which you are able to gauge your progress every day - either the weight is going up or not. On Sheiko, most lifts are at 60%-ish intensity and I have no idea if I am getting stronger. I guess you go through the program and get a sense every six weeks when you retest your 1RMs
Your thoughts are expected given your past lifting programs. My program is like a more extreme version of Sheiko (higher volume, higher frequency, and even lighter weights) and the most common thoughts/problems I have are:
- session felt too easy.
- the question is not if I will make the lift but rather if I have the patience to do all lifts with perfect technique
- going to the gym so often and feeling like every session is about the same
- since every session is light and somewhat similar, I have a very hard time judging my max strength. It has been over my expectactions every meet so far.
So stick with it and see what happens on test day. Just make sure to perfect the technique while the weights are still light.