View Full Version : Load Drops during Volume Blocks

03-12-2013, 08:16 AM
nathanaarondowell wrote:
I've seen athletes here use fatigue percents with their load drops during intensity protocols such as 1-3 rep maxes and etc but does anyone use load drops and fatigue percents during their volume blocks? For example, squat/deadlift workout for first week of volume block might be 6x4@8-9RPE. Would one best be served by performing the six sets of four reps at that RPE and moving on to the next movement or would one add a load drop with a prescribed fatigue percent to that in order to get even more volume in ie 6x4@8-9RPE load drop 5% fatigue?


03-12-2013, 08:16 AM
Mike Gourley wrote:
If you're using FP's you don't count the number of sets ahead of time. So, using your example, you could have x4 @8-9 with 5% fatigue by working up to a x4@9, dropping the load 5%, then repeating sets until you hit x9 again. That's load drop.

Or, you could use the repeat method by working up to x4@8, then repeating until you hit @9. Since you lost 1 RPE with a x4 that comes out to about 4% fatigue. All depends on what your goals are.

Mike Tuchscherer
03-18-2013, 09:19 AM
Yes, you can and should definitely use FP's in all stages of training. Without them, you end up with fixed volume. Use them and you might get more volume, you might get less, but the key is it will be appropriate to the level of volume you can tolerate right now.