We return to the foundations of programming before we jump off
into more advanced programming discussions in upcoming podcasts.
Why are simple, hard programs the most effective? How do we decide
what to do out of the countless options.
The concept of MED evolved out of the idea that what coaches
were doing, as opposed to simply jumping from one program (novice
linear progression) to another program (some HLM or Texas Method
variant), was making small changes to modify LP that led to the
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Coaches compared notes and realized this is what others were doing,
and Matt & Scott explored this on earlier podcasts.
And, when you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Changing 1
or 2 variables allows you to tinker and better evaluate which
changes work in general and which changes a specific lifter
responds well to.
With enough consistency over a long enough time, lifters'
programming will get complicated. But we don't need to
unnecessarily complicate things, and we don't want to throw huge
amounts of volume at a lifter because then it's difficult to have
anywhere to go from there. This applies to LP with the intensity as
well. While you may be able to do 30 more pounds on your squat day
1, if you start with your absolutely 5RM, you really don't have
anywhere to go from there.
So, we program simple, hard programming (sorry, but simple & easy
doesn't work). We keep things as simple as they can be. We change
programming based on the lifter's other life stresses (expected &
unexpected). And we build habits & consistency to lead to the
changes we want to see.