zig-zagging

Discussion in 'Basic Training Principles and Methods' started by adj, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. adj

    adj New Member

    Hi,

    I have read a few posts, just wanted your thoughts. In my routine it looks like I 'Zig-Zag' my weights (they cross over between the 15's and 10's, 10's and 5's...).

    Is it more beneficial to end on a weight lower than your starting weight for the next phase, or is zig-zagging perfectly ok?

    Just wanted your thoughts on this

    adam :)
     
  2. Dianabol

    Dianabol Guest

    Good day Adj.

    Replying in specific:

    "Is it more beneficial to end on a weight lower than your starting weight for the next phase, or is zig-zagging perfectly ok?"

    It is better to end on a weight higher than your previous max for the next phase. It is also a good thing to end on a weight higher than your starting weight for the next phase (or any phase...).

    The zig-zag really should be step-wise. It still is meant to increase over time to but on a more gradual basis. It's not so much a "take two steps forward one step back" approach but rather, "take one step forward, wait, then take one step forward again" approach.

    Hope I have helped.

    Godspeed, and happy HSTing :)
     
  3. adj

    adj New Member

    Thanks dianabol,

    I have looked at my routine and on some exercises I have been 'zig-zagging' and on others i have started each phase on a weight equal to or higher than the finishing weight for the previous phase. :confused:

    Seeing as I'm off on holiday for a few weeks from next week, I will go through my routine when I get back and sort out all the little 'niggles' that there seem to be in it! a good couple of weeks or so of SD in the sunshine! lol

    Thanks for your help and for giving an explanation to it as well.

    adam :)
     
  4. bymecre

    bymecre New Member

    Because zig-zagging is not a problem!!
    - equal RM is valid for 3-4 weeks = 21 -28 days
    - muscular resistance toward a RM is established later 21-28 days
    - zig-zagging among 10s and 5s is in the 15-17 day
    - in the 15-17 day any resistance is still established to 10RM
    - conclusions: 10RM still valid in the 15-17 day; hypertrophy is safe despite with zig-zagging

    Thanks of everything Bryan!! by Gianluca of Milan :)
     

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