Back is feeling better, and I have learned that Chiropractors are miracle workers. And thus, I'm back to doing my HCT-12.
During the workouts two weeks before my injury, and the workout yesterday, I have noticed that the Cluster part (2+2+2) isn't that challenging. I do my progression up to a point where I struggle on my 6th rep. Sometimes I do it until I can't even finish the 5th or 4th rep. The problem is, during the 2+2+2 part, I just pump them out without any problems at all. Sometimes I can even finish 3 or 4 reps during EACH of the cluster sets.
For example, here was my bench from yesterday:
135 x 6 (warm up)
155 x 6 (warm up)
185 x 6
195 x 6
205 x 6
215 x 6
225 x 6 (easy)
235 x 5 (couldn't finish 6th rep) +3 +3 +3 (which were all easy)
I do 30 second breaks between sets. I used to do 30 seconds on the cluster parts but I switched it to 15 seconds to try and make it to where I could only do 2, which has still not helped.
Can I just add more weight during those 2 reps sets (like 5 or 10 lbs) and get it to a point where I can only get 2 per? Or am I just doing something wrong during the progression sets?
Or, heck, am I doing it right and putting way too much thought into it?