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    Hulk Smash! LouPac's Avatar
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    Resetting your CNS?

    I was alking to a powerlifter on another forum and he said about 2-3 weeks every year he'll do lighter weights and unusual exercises to reset his CNS. One thing he was doing was DB bench press w/ 50lbs on one hand and 70lbs in the other and then switching. Does anyone do anything like this here? He's a pretty strong guy and always has video to back up his claims, at 265-270 he benches 705.

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    Crap, just noticed I posted this in the wrong place.
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    Senior Member Anthony's Avatar
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    It's good to deload on a regular basis. Whether or not you use uneven/odd lifts is up to you, but there's nothing wrong with it.
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    how to deload? Maybe..Rest 1-2 weeks and then start off with light weights for sets of 12 reps and gradually work down to 4-6 reps again? ... or maybe 1-5 reps.

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    I've always liked Jim Wendler's stuff. Always clear and insightful.

    As far as the original post, (not to be nitpicky but) I don't understand the "resetting the CNS" business exactly, as far as using unilateral exercises, etc. I think it's a good idea, but I wouldn't necessarily call it "CNS resetting". There was a pretty old PLUSA video with Jay Schroeder (1997?) advocating using one-arm DB bench press as a bench press variant.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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