Multiply Squatters - How often do you use straight weight?
Pretty simple question to all the multiply squatters out there. Last year training at 220 and multiply our squat training basically consisted of a DE day on fridays rotating bands and chains for 3 week waves. The 3rd week we would go "strength speed" and throw the suit bottoms on. This was always done off a BELOW parallel box. Max effort day was always a raw very low box squat with a narrow stance and various bars.
Up to the contest, we never put the straps up once nor free squatted. This is how my gym owner (a 1000 lb squatter in numerous weight classes) has always trained. I ended up doing pretty well at that show.
This time around we are going to do pretty much the same thing with a few changes. I have mentioned the idea of max effort free squatting every month or so.
What do you guys do, specifically the ones who follow a traditional ME/DE split?