Today’s max day.
Monday through Saturday, I’m spreading my HFT routine over the day, careful not to put to much stress on the body. This is due to the fact that I’m training the same muscle groups every day – so overdoing it on one day means extreme soreness and trouble to stick with the program the next day.
So basically what I’m doing day in and day out is teaching my body and nervous system to become more proficient at what it is required to do: pull-ups and push-ups. That puts the phrase „if something’s worth doing, do it every day“ to practical use.
However, I feel that from time to time it’s just necessary to max out and see must how much punishment you can handle. This brings me to the title of this post:
Today is max day.
In a nutshell, „max days“ (for me that’s sundays) differ from „normal“ training days in that all the volume is done in one session. Since the program requires me to do 100 pushups and 50 pullups, I found it practical to spread the total reps over 5 sets, each consisting of 20 pushups and 10 pullups, executed without pause.
As for the tempo, it’s approximately 3-0-1 for both the pull-ups and push-ups (3 seconds excentric, 0 seconds isometric, 1 second concentric). Multiply that with 30 reps and you have 120 seconds. So since each set takes about 2 minutes to complete, there’s also some conditioning benefits to this.
Next week, I’ll take short videos for each set and put them up here.