I am a week out so I am planning my next training cycle. I am going to try and take my first off season in as long as I can remember. I am going to be keeping my ME exercises at 5 reps. Speed will be kept the same. I am toying with using training for my assistance work. I'm also thinking about having my ME bench day be chest/shoulder/tri assistance and my DE be back and biceps. I trying to break into this hypertrophy thing everyone keeps talking about.
Curious on thoughts and suggestions. Oh yeah, I am planning on dropping 20 lbs. That's the biggest reason I will be moving from singles on ME to fives.
One of the most significant purposes of the max effort method is CNS training, so for someone as strong as you are, you'll probably notice a bit of a drop off in your strength when you transition back to singles but sometimes a person needs to take a break from heavy training.
The hypertrophy thing I've had success with really in how I approach my accessory training. Mixing it up between very heavy stuff to lighter high rep - pump oriented training.
That said, I really love training to a one rep max every week.
I hear you Travis. I just want to take a mental break from maxing singles. It's probably only going to be about a month. Thanks for the input.
Since your goal is hypertrophy and your title indicates an interest in rest/pause, why not take a look at the HCT-12 routine? I have had really good results (strength and hypertrophy) with it, as has everyone I've recommended it to. It doesn't fit your ME/DE protocol, but the philosophy is solid and I think it can point you in the right direction.
Weight Class: 165
Squat (raw): 355
Bench Press (raw): 265
Deadlift (raw): 501.5
I've been using it when short on time. If kids/work got in the way instead of having an hour to train that I only have a half hour, I might hit the major lift well (for me about 3-4 warm up sets, 3-4 work sets), do one heavy assistance (3-4 work sets) and then hit the other stuff for one set with rest pause fashion. It's been a fun change of pace.
It might be harder to program if using all the time if you are really driving the rest-pause sets hard.
I'm going to be making the switch to Carb Nite to drop my weight so I want to keep my sessions short. That's why I am thinking of experimenting with rest pause where it works. I have my program written out so I will give it a go for a month after my meet this weekend. Thanks for the responses all.