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    HCT-12: the 2+2+2 Part Isn't Challenging

    Hey All,

    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?
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    You are wearing yourself out on your ramping sets and therefore not using a heavy enough weight on your final set. You have too many sets with small jumps in weight.
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    Okay, thanks Off Road! How many sets would be ideal for the ramping sets, and how much progression for each? Should I try to keep it down to 3 to 5 sets and progess 20lbs until it starts to get challenging and move back to 10lbs?
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    You should have a pretty good idea of what your top weight is going to be. Use 4 or 5 progressively heavier sets to get there, jumping up 20 to 50 lbs at a time. When you get to your top weight for the day, it will either be a grind or it will be easy, decide if you want to attempt more at that time. If you want to add more, decide how much of a jump you want to make. It will either be too much or not enough and you can make adjustments at the next training session.
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    Good answer OR.

    Kendals, ramping in 20-30lbs is reasonable. It changes depending how strong you are; if you were working up to 400lbs then 20lb jumps would have you doing a dozen sets which would be counter productive as OR pointed out.
    Aim for maybe 4 or 5 sets to get to your top weight.

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    Alright sounds good. Thank You both for helping me out.
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