I have pondered this myself, as I am always one for experimentation when it comes to training, but the overwhelming reason why you wouldn’t want to do this is recovery.
The biggest way to work on weak points is to technically master the main lift. If you are performing variations of the main lift on other days, you will never be recovered and able to hit the main lift as hard as you’d need to.
Next, if you’re swapping upper and lower accessory movements, you’re talking about loading your back 4x a week. You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to figure out that in the long term this isn’t a good idea. Don’t forget, if you’re benching properly, this will also tax the back.
You can only benefit from what you can recover from. If you’re digging a hole too big, you’ll never be able to crawl out. Hit a lift hard, recovery and then hit it again. If you’re doing it right, there will be no reason do look for extra work.
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Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class.
Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!