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TheSeeker
07-02-2008, 04:11 AM
Can you please make a list of ways to avoid plateaus? Plateaus that prevents us from adding poundage to our lifts. They're despicable!

Louie Simmons have suggested switching ME exercises every week. It has worked quite well for me. He also stated that the conjugate method prevents you from reaching a plateau. HOWEVER! one of his friends who trains at westside by the name of Matt Dimell has once reached a plateau in his squat. That is shocking if you think about it because Louie's methods are all about progressing and progressing and progressing....... Matt has fortunately broken through his plateau by doing a special exercise that he called "dimel deadlifts."

Aside from switching your exercises, doing speed work, adding bands/chains, doing extra RE and all sorts of stuff, what other things that can avoid you from reaching a plateau??? Things that can bring up a 1050 pound bench press (Ryan Kennelly!!) into 1500! lol. Are there still ways out there that are still unseen by Louie? Or are they all discovered? I wanna know...

Isaac Wilkins
07-02-2008, 09:47 AM
Plateaus happen to everybody. That's why you don't have normal gym rats, or anybody, benching 1500.

Changing programs is one method of avoiding a plateau. Deloading, increasing work, decreasing work, altering tempo/load, altering recovery methods, changing diet/supplementation, etc are all other ways of getting through a plateau.

You're 16. Chances are that if you're putting forth great effort and taking the occasional break you won't plateau for a long time. You're very young as far as real and training age. I've met very few progress problems from a 16 year-old that can't be fixed by a couple of days off and/or more food.

At this point in the game, you shouldn't worry about what's worked for Matt Dimel, Travis Mash, Dave Tate, Andy Bolton, Ryan Kennelly, or any other big lifter. Other than a passing interest it simply doesn't apply to you. They use all of the advanced techniques because the basics have plateaued for them. You need to focus on the basics before utilizing advanced techniques.

As a side note I've found that most young lifters do better sticking with a ME exercise for 3-5 weeks before switching it up rather than just a single week. At this point you don't have the neurological efficiency to exhaust that movement in one week and you'll be able to make progress for several. The more progress you can make in one lift the more likely you'll be to increase your strength across the board.

Travis Bell
07-02-2008, 11:42 AM
Nothing is new to Louie. He knows all


lol I'm kidding of course, Lou is always looking to learn something new as are the rest of us. Lately he's been doing alot of prehab stuff with the bench (db benching, kettelbell benching, pec deck) that I've been doing as well and notice it works great for keeping me fresh.

its hard to specifically say what you can do and you'll never ever hit a plateau. they are a little different for everyone

Fuzzy
07-03-2008, 06:50 AM
Ok, now you are making me narky.

YOU WILL NMOT PLATEU AT THIS AGE. THE END>

TheSeeker
07-03-2008, 06:54 AM
Thanks alot guys. Yall did a great job....

Anyway, all I really have to do is to do some basic **** and I'll keep on progressing? SWEEEEEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...I still wanna talk to Louie. Hey Travis Bell, do you know his phone number and email address???

Fuzzy
07-03-2008, 06:56 AM
Thanks alot guys. Yall did a great job....

Anyway, all I really have to do is to do some basic **** and I'll keep on progressing? SWEEEEEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...I still wanna talk to Louie. Hey Travis Bell, do you know his phone number and email address???

Oh good god! Last thing Louie wants is some kid ringing him up.

You do not need to talk to Louie SImmons!!!! JUST SHUT UP AND LIFT.

TheSeeker
07-03-2008, 07:20 AM
Oh good god! Last thing Louie wants is some kid ringing him up.

You do not need to talk to Louie SImmons!!!! JUST SHUT UP AND LIFT.

Yeah, nevermind then....

Thanks for the help everybody! Especially you Borris! You pretty much clarified everything to me. This will be my last post in this thread.

Jeff Roark
07-03-2008, 07:57 AM
Seeker you are one of the weakest trolls I have seen in a long, long time. Rock or Mason ought to show you the door.