August 1st marks the beginning of a new strength cycle. We have done a squat cycle in the past but this cycle will include squats, strict press, bench press and deadlift each week for the next 12 weeks. Mondays will be Squat & Strict Press followed by either a very short metcon or additional accessory work. Wednesdays will be Bench Press & Deadlift again followed by either a short metcon or accessory work. The remaining days of the week will include our usually Olympic lifting work, metcons, accessory and skill work. Just a few things to think about as we start this cycle…
1. What are you current weights for the lifts we will be working on? We will be working off of a % of your max so please come in to the class knowing what weights you will be looking to use for that day. This will really help us, the coaches keep the class moving. This will also ensure you are following the cycle properly and getting the most out of your lifts. If you are unsure of your max but you know what your 3 rep or even 5 rep is then please talk to the coach before class begins. We will help you to find the right numbers to work off of for those lifts.
2. Listen to your body. This is a jump in volume when it comes to strength work. Please pay attention to how your body is responding to the additional work. This might mean you need to rest on different days to allow your body to recover more. This might mean you need to eat more before you come to the work out or make sure you have a recovery shake after the work out. Listening to your body during this cycle will be very important. Throughout this cycle we will have some heavy days and we will have lighter day (deloads) which will help your body recover and handle the larger volume of lifting. But paying attention to how you feel throughout this process is still important. You can also talk to a coach if you have any questions about how you are feeling.
3. Have fun with it! The process of lifting and getting stronger should be fun, especially when you get to do it with such an awesome group of people!