From the First 5x5 Cycle thread: Aaron, I'm not trying to argue with you here, just seeking some clarification about loading & deloading, dual factor training, and why this is not recommended "for beginers to intermediate lifters." Here are a few quotes from Pendlay. While I know he is not in favor of strict and carefully planned out periodization and unloading/deloading schemes for beginners and intermediates, it seems to me that he achieves the same effect, just without the meticulous planning. (http://forum.mesomorphosis.com/showpost.php?p=401451&postcount=2) (http://www.midwestbarbell.com/totalel....8&st=20) (I can't find a link but I saved it on my computer) How is any of this different from dual factor? The way I see it, Pendlay's training philosophy isn't all that complicated: start off with linear progression until you hit a wall and can't increase the weights any more, then alternate between periods of high volume and high intensity. During the high volume periods, it is hard to achieve PRs because of the accumulated fatigue. The high intensity periods that follow allow for supercompensation and achieving new PRs. Isn't this basically the same as dual factor or loading/deloading, just without the fancy periodization and advanced planning?