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We approach strength, health, & fitness with simplicity & logic, believing that barbell training is for everyone. We provide expert advice & discussion on nutrition & programming, technique & conditioning, voluntary hardship & self-improvement.This channel aims to be a breath of fresh air in the fit… read more


S6Ep10 - The Beginning of MED Series: All Roads Lead to Block

Block or conjugate programming is an advanced program that MED programming leads to naturally if a trainee lifts consistently over a long enough period of time.  It is essentially a 3 phase or block program, divided by deloads, where the primary stress is initially volume, then both, then intensity.  

During the initial accumulation block, the lifter complete completes a high amount of volume at a relatively low intensity.  Supplemental lifts tend to emphasize greater time under tension or longer range of motion.  This is followed by a deload week, with an only limited decrease in intensity or no decrease in intensity with volume being peeled back.

The transmutation or intensification phase, the volume is moderate and the intensity is moderate and increased.  This means total stress is high and fatigue will exist.  The lifter tends to not feel great toward the end of this, and a deload allows some fatigue to dissipate.

The realization or peaking phase peels back volume but the weights are heavy.  Some fatigue is still present, and there is a balancing act between peaking too early and not removing the fatigue prior to the peaking.  Lifters may worry about their performance during this time.  This phase both allows for practice of heavy singles and allows fatigue to dissipate toward the end to peak performance.  

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