Marc Keys is a fantastic strength and conditioning coach who walks the walk as a Commonwealth National Champion Powerlifter. You can follow his training log here (Mongsquat) on the PropaneFitness forum. He takes a simple approach to training, consistently reminding us that lifting weights isn’t rocket science, and that for the most part you should use simple progressions and train hard, even when you think you’re too special.
A few of us have been using his pressing template and getting great results, and thought we just had to share it with you. The progression has brought my incline bench up from 75kg x 2 to 95kg x 7 in about 6 weeks. That was partly because I hadn’t trained this movement before – but regardless, that’s a huge gain.
This is a pressing strength progression and can be incorporated into your weekly full body split. It applies only to the main lift of the day: Bench press and Overhead press, which should be done on separate days. Assistance can be directed to your goal.
1) Base Set – Goal: 9-10 Reps
2) +10-20kg: Heavy Set – Goal: 1-3 Reps
3) -10-20kg: Down Set – Goal: 10+ Reps
4) -10kg: Pump Set – Goal: 18+ Reps
The base set is the most important, and should be the big set of the week. Start with a weight you can get 6-7 reps with. When you hit 9 or 10 for the first time, increase the weight of all sets and continue. That’s it.
The rationale here is that it’s easier to add a rep to a set of 8 than it is to add a rep to a double. Can’t really argue with that. As the weeks go on, you’re adding a rep here and there and pushing up your top end strength. The heavy set is just to keep you used to the heavier loads.
Give it a read, and subscribe to his blog. Some of the clearest information you’ll ever find on strength training.
Think you’re too advanced for this template? If it was good enough for Marc’s 202.5kg bench press, then it’s good enough for you.