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Shiny New Toy

By Marcus | In Philosophy | on March 6, 2013

Hands on barbell

Last week we cranked through our baseline workouts and many of you set new PRs in various lifts. Congratulations to those of you who did, and you deserve to give yourselves a pat on the back for work well done.

Now for some tough love…

You’ve got a shiny new toy, aka a new 1RM (one rep max), whatcha gonna do with it?

Answer: not a damn thing.

For those of you on a linear progression, some of you will be sorely tempted to make bigger jumps than the 5-10 lbs we coaches recommend. Others of you will eagerly want to rush for the calculator to plan a new “training max” for Wendler’s 5/3/1 program. Don’t!

You made progress and you have every right to be proud of that. However, that linear progression or training max that got you this far ain’t broke. so don’t fix it! What your coaches have had you doing all along is to thank for those new PRs, so don’t get so big for your britches that you think you now know better.

The way is patient and steady. Think about it — what are you in a rush for? There is only one person at Intrepid that I know is currently training for a powerlifting meet, and even he has no excuse to buck what has steadily gotten him to this point.

…and if the underlying reason you want to bump your weights up is simply to satisfy your ego by being the cock of the walk, do I really need to explain how pathetic that is?

In case you think I’m making this up, here’s Wendler’s own answer to this same question…

Retested max, way higher than training max. What should I do?

  • Don’t recalculate. Keep the path you’re on now. If you are getting stronger, the program is obviously working

Reminder: Next Wednesday, March 13th at 11pm is the deadline for the March J&J Grassfed Beef order! You can begin placing your order right now.


WOD 03.07.13

Clean & Jerk 2-2-2

Run, Isabel, Run

3 rounds for time:

  • 10 Snatches
  • 240m Run

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