Recently at the Box you would have noticed that we been completing a strength cycle called Wendler, if you havent where have you been?. Our spin on the Wendler cycle can be different to another Box or individual and hopefully it is a tool that you may want to implement for your open gym sessions.I hope that you have enjoyed seeing your strength and techique improve and progress through the four lifts of Power clean,Deadlift,Back Squat and Shoulder Press.
As a coach I have been encouraged by those individuals who have meticulously worked with their numbers week in week out during the cycle. I know that it takes time to figure out the exact percentages.Trust me you will be rewarded in the long run. An athlete that knows their numbers will strive to be better than they were the previous day, week or month.The athlete that takes a stab in the dark will often under estimate or over estimate their capacity thus limiting their capacity of work in a strength session or WOD.
It is so important that you work to the exact number. Place your body under different stresses for different amounts of repetitions. The body needs to be in a constant form of adaption.
It is quite common to see a member break their technique under pressure during a Wod situation. What the wendler cycle has proved to me as a coach is that members can handle an increased load in a controlled manor. I am seeing people addressing the bar in a more confident state of mind and pushing the body to new levels of achievement.
I guess the question going forward is are you capable of Keeping the same mechanics and consistently as we add intensity.