My philosophy is to push as hard as I can to break through my comfort zone and allow me to feel more confident and increase strength like so…
If I could perform 10 reps of 40kg iso row, I would then build up to a weight that I feel uncomfortable with and maintain for as many reps as possible before my training partner helps me finish the set. This will allow me to gain strength and break the barrier that keeps me comfortable. When I then drop back down to 60kg for example, I will easily be able to go 10 reps on my own. This is what seems to be working for me and I will continue to do it this way.
2 months ago I was doing 8 reps of 40kg iso row. Now I’m doing 5+3 reps with 100kg. If I dropped back down to 60-80kg I will be able to do 8 reps with good form.
I am training flat out at the moment. My weights are increasing which I’m lifting, my body is aching more and more. I’m not sure how much longer I can train with this much intensity until my body decides it needs a break. My plan is to see if I can get up to week 6 and then have a very light week to allow me to fully recover.
I’m doing my very best to make sure I leave the gym knowing that I have given it 100%. For the last 5 weeks I can say that I have trained flat out for what I plan on doing. Obviously I’m training to the best of my knowledge at this moment in time.
I’m happy with how everything is progressing. I’m aching all week from different parts of my body.
The bottom line is to not drop the weight back down and to keep pushing harder. Time will tell, I’ll just keep doing my best.