This is a sample powerlifting program from our Muscle and Strength Pyramid training book. The explanation section there is fairly detailed, so I have cut it down to give just the overview, relevant notation, and exercise selection explanations. This, along with the Intermediate Bodybuilding Sample Program and Detailed Guide to Training Progression articles bring the site up to speed with the level of training programming that I typically find myself using with coaching clients nowadays. I hope you find them useful.


The Intermediate Powerlifting Sample Program Overview

The Intermediate Powerlifting Program is a four-day program that builds upon the base that was established from the novice program. Volume is increased globally, with a greater increase coming in the form of lower-body and upper-body pushing volume.

Additionally, a second horizontal pull (I advise a free weight option for the heavier rowing session) and a bench and squat variation are added to round out development and ensure that no “weak links in the chain” occur now that the foundations of technical skill have been established.

Four days are utilized to accommodate the increased volume. Unlike the novice program, there is no three-day option.

Heavy loading accounts 70% of the main-lift volume while lighter loading accounts for 30%. A similar proportion of volume comes from the competition lifts and accessory movements, respectively.

A daily undulating model is still the approach used on a week-to-week basis in a similar manner to the novice program.

Higher volumes of moderate-intensity work are performed on Day 1 with a squat variation (I advise a variation that allows you to say upright to give your hips a break if you squat low bar, e.g. front, high bar, or safety bar squat) and bench press. Accessory movements are trained for both strength and hypertrophy on all days, and Day 2 is dedicated to heavy technique work with the competition lifts.

Strength work is spread between Day 3 and 4 with squats and bench press being trained for strength on Day 3, and then the deadlift trained for strength on Day 4 with some moderate load work on a bench variation (if you bench wide, I advise a close grip variation, or you can do a weak point specific variation — see Level 4). Ideally to allow recovery between heavy competition lift training, place a day off between Day 3 and 4 if possible.

As an intermediate, a periodized approach to progression is utilized rather than the single-factor progression model that was used as a novice. A linear periodization model is utilized in a wave loading format for all lifts on a week to week basis.

Savvy readers will realize that they can create versions of this program geared more towards accumulating volume or more towards intensification (determined by the time point in the season) by simply increasing or decreasing the rep range and loads. For example:

  • To make this program more volume focused a lift performed for 3 to 5 repetitions at 82.5 to 87.5% of 1RM could instead be performed for 4 to 6 repetitions at 80 to 85% of 1RM.
  • To make this program more intensity focused, a lift performed for 3 to 5 repetitions at 82.5% to 87.5% of 1RM could instead be performed for 2 to 4 repetitions at 85 to 90% of 1RM.

The breakdown for the Intermediate Powerlifting Program is summarized in the table below:

Exercise Selection Guidelines

Skill development is more important to a powerlifter than a bodybuilder, so the variety of exercises used is fewer by comparison. Sometimes you will have options and in that case, I’ve included links to tutorials on the exercises where I thought this might be particularly useful.

Have a look at the program below and then I’ll explain the meaning of the ‘%1RM’ and ‘1st Set RPE’ notation.

The Intermediate Powerlifting Sample Program

Day 1
ExerciseSets x Reps%1RM1st Set RPE
Squat Variant

variations»Barbell Back Squats (either low or high bar position), Front Squat, Zercher Squat, or Safety-bar Back Squatsclose

3×7–9NA7
Bench Press3×7–967–72.5%7
Vertical Pull

variations»Chin-ups or Pull-ups (Use bands to assist you if too hard to reach the required number of reps, add weight if they are too easy), Lat-pull Downclose

3×7–9NA8
Day 2
ExerciseSets x Reps%1RM1st Set RPE
Back Squat3×1–380–85%5
Bench Press3×1–380–85%5
Deadlift

variations»Conventional Deadlift or Sumo Deadlift. Choose one or the other and do it consistently on all training days you deadliftclose

3×1–380–85%5
Vertical Push

variations»Overhead Barbell Press or Dumbbell Press (standing or seated), Landmine Pressclose

3×3–6NA8
Day 3
ExerciseSets x Reps%1RM1st Set RPE
Back Squat3×3–582–87.5%8
Bench Press3×3–582–87.5%8
Horizontal Pull

variations»Cable Rows, Dumbbell Rows, Barbell Rows, Seal Rows, TRX Rowsclose

3×4–6NA8
Leg Curl3×12NA8
Day 4
ExerciseSets x Reps%1RM1st Set RPE
Bench Variant

variations»Bench variants refer to alterations to your competition bench, such as a closer or wider grip, board presses, flat back or feet up, longer pauses (e.g. 2 count bench), or bench press with accommodating resistance. Close-grip bench press should not be performed with an extremely close grip, rather just closer relative to your competition bench press grip width. The closest the grip width should be is a width similar to that of a push up performed with the elbows tucked at your sides.If you are a powerlifter and you aware of any specific technical faults well suited to a specific bench variant (see the weak point discussion in Level 4 of our book) this is a good place to use that variantclose

3×6–8NA8
Deadlift3×3–582–87.5%8
Horizontal Pull

variations»Cable Rows, Dumbbell Rows, Barbell Rows, Seal Rows, TRX Rowsclose

3×8–12NA8

Rest ~2–3 minutes between sets.

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If you’re interested in why this new version of the program differs slightly from that in the first edition of our book in 2015, see the last FAQ item here.


How to Progress with the Intermediate Powerlifting Program

Now with some weight training experience under your belt, RPE based on RIR can be more accurately used; you should be able to tell with reasonable accuracy how many reps you have in the tank. For this reason, load progression will be based more on RIR than it is percentage of 1-rep max (%1RM). The %1RM is more used as a reference.

As a reminder, ‘RPE’ stands for Rate of Perceived Exertion based on Reps in Reserve. It is a means of managing fatigue which can help recovery and growth, telling you how many reps, ideally, you will stay short of failure.

While you will aim to add load each session, on a scale of 1–10, a 7 means to stop the set when you could perform 3 more reps, an 8 means to stop when you have 2 more reps in reserve.

RPE NumberMeaning
10Could not do more reps or load without form failure
9.5Could not do more reps, could do slightly more load
9Could do 1 more rep
8.5Could definitely do 1 more reps, chance at 2
8Could do 2 more reps
7.5Could definitely do 2 more reps, chance at 3
7Could do 3 more reps
5-6Could do 4-6 more reps
1-4Very light to light effort

If you would like to learn more Eric and I have put together a free email course which you can sign up for in the box at the end.

Progression Rules

Primarily you will be following the intermediate, “Wave Loading Progression” model for all lifts. Intensity will go up over the course of a four-week cycle, while volume will come down. Like the novice program, each day of each week is progressed independently, meaning, you will not compare Day 1 to Day 2 or Day 2 to Day 3, but each exercise progression continues from the same day the previous week.

I’ve published a detailed set of progression rules for you on the site here and that is where you will find the Wave Loading Progression model explained fully.

An Important Note on Sample Training Programs

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this program is actually not for you just to take it and use it exactly as written.

By definition, a sample program cannot be optimal for you, because it is not specific to you and your needs. The programs in our book can get close, as they allow you to match up your goal (powerlifting or bodybuilding) and your experience level (novice, intermediate, or advanced) to the program, and in some spots they allow you freedom to choose a variation on an exercise or the schedule to fit your needs, but they still aren’t truly individualized programs.

Individuality is key to long-term success, and just like it’s not a good idea to use someone else’s diet regardless of whether your maintenance calorie intake or initial body-fat percentage is similar to theirs or not, it’s also not a good idea to jump into a program regardless of how the volume, intensity, or frequency of the program compares to what you are currently adapted to.

The idea behind presenting multiple sample programs in the book is that instead of readers seeing them as “the be all end all” that they just jump right into, they use them primarily as learning tools. The programs are the synthesis of the entire Training Pyramid, combining the concepts presented throughout the book into usable systems. By examining the sample programs they are looking at only a few of the possible iterations of the concepts embodied in the text. Trainers will be able to use the sample programs to help them learn how to create customized programs for their clients, and athletes will use the programs to help them design a more individualized plan for themselves.

The Muscle and Strength Pyramid: Training v2.0

If you have found this helpful, you might be pleased to know it is just a small section taken from my Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid book, written with my co-authors Eric Helms and Andrea Valdez. The second edition, along with the Nutrition companion book, was released this January 3rd, 2019.

Join 16,000+ other readers, get your copies here.

Thank you for reading. Questions welcomed in the comments.

– Andy, Eric, and Andrea


Intermediate Powerlifting Program FAQ

1. Can I re-organize the order of the training days or the days off?

Ideally, you’ll do this: Day 1, Day 2, Off, Day 3, Off, Day 4, Off, because that is what most people will likely recover from best.

However, in life, there is what is ideal and what is practical and sustainable for you. Re-arrange things if you have a good reason to do so. Try not to have more than two days of training back to back.

2. How many weeks should I do this program for?

For as many weeks as you continue to progress using the progression rules. You can then tweak it based on these plateau troubleshooting guidelines.

3. Isn’t day two too easy?

This is purposefully a low-volume, low-rep, ‘technique practice at high load’ strength focus day. It’s natural to not feel as challenged. Remember, the goal is not to hit the gym and hammer yourself as hard as you can every time. This will compromise recovery. Your goal is to deliver the right amount of training stimulus needed to get stronger and grow, then allow that to happen by eating well and sleeping well. Resist the temptation to always do more.

4. Can I add (exercises/sets) to the program?

Well, you could, but the weight of the evidence suggests 10–20 hard sets per muscle/group or movement is an appropriate volume to prescribe when no foreknowledge of individual needs/tolerance/genetics exist.

The novice programs on this site provide a number of sets per movement/muscle group towards the low end of 10–20, this intermediate program towards the middle, and the advanced programs (in the book) towards the upper end.

This may or may not be less volume than what you are already doing, what you like to do, what ‘feels’ right or compared to other popular programs or what your favorite athlete or influencer does or suggests. But, unless you are an experienced lifter who knows from well-recorded observations over years what your specific volume needs are, I’d advise at least trying to progress using similar volumes to what we recommend first, before deciding it’s too low.

If you don’t make progress just do more volume. But in my experience as a coach, it’s just as likely (if not more likely) that you could progress just as well, if not faster, with a lower volume.

In short: Do enough to progress, not as much as possible. Increase training volume when plateaued if you are recovering well. More on this in my guide on breaking training plateaus.

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Jack
Jack

Hi Andy,
With the intermediate powerlifting program is it correct that you complete workout in like 30 mins???

Do you add in accessory exercises eg(Biceps/Triceps/Abs) at your own choice???

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Jack,

1) With 3 minutes rest between exercises, you’re looking at 30-40 minutes for the working sets depending on the day, plus time to warm-up initially and then warm-up sets for the exercises. Probably 45mins to 1 hour is closer to the reality of it.

2) You could (see point 4 in the FAQ section at the end of the article), but it’s not a requirement. This is a powerlifting routine, bodybuilding is here.

Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders

Hi Andy, had a question about chin ups.

Day 1 Vertical pull calls for 3/7-9, 1st set 8 RPE. I can do set 1 for 9 reps @ BW (9RPE). Set 2 for 9 reps @ BW (9-9.5RPE). Set 3 for 9 reps @ BW with a strong band (10RPE).

I don’t feel stronger so can’t seem to progress should I follow your guidelines in your “how to progress with chin ups” article?

Also regarding RPE, as you add weight each session do you still stop at 7 RPE 1st set every time?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Chris,

Use a medium band so that the load is the same for all sets and you can keep to the initial RPE guideline.

I’d use the progression method which accompanies this guide rather than the one I have in that chinup article. This keeps things simple as you have one progression rule set for all your exercises.

Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders

Hi Andy , thanks for the advice i will follow the progression rules for this program .

Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders

Hi Andy , had a question about RPE ? How do you keep the prescribed RPE for the compounds after continuously adding weight ? I find as the poundage goes up the 1st sets RPE gets higher . For example as my squat rises in poundage by the time I’ve completed the 1st set I’m at a 9 RPE when it’s written as 8 RPE . I’ve ordered the RPE course and will re read the article on progression . Thanks for your time .

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

As your body adapts you’ll get stronger and the first set RPE will remain the same. If you’re not finding that, try progressing the weights a little less quickly.

Philip
Philip

Hi Andy!
What exercise would be good alternative to leg curls? I like this program, and I feel very comfortable with it, but I don’t have proper machine do them so I have to make some changes. By the way, I’m not growing, but my strenght does and I’m very satisfied with it 🙂

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan
Scott
Scott

Firstly, Great website and information! It has been very helpful..

Just a few questions for the intermediate PL program:
1. Back to back bench mon/Tuesday. Is there a reason for this? Would it not be better to interchange the bench variant in the Saturday with one of the Monday/Tuesday bench ?

2. No Iscolated AB work. Thinking of adding weighted crunches on Saturday?

3. No iscolated tricep. Thinking of supersetting with the chin-ups on Monday? My arms ‘lag’ so wanting to keep some iscolated movements in there..

4. What is the reason for the 3 set training? I am used to training 4-5 sets with similar rep ranges.. but maybe have been overtraining?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Scott, thank you for the questions.

1. With bench pressing of some kind on every day, back to back sessions are inevitable and as you have identified, it’s all about trying to arrange things in the way that allow for recovery the best. The second day is a heavy technique day, which is not a grueling day like the others so we have it there. Feel free to swap things around if you (see first FAQ item at the end of the article).

2. Correct. Unnecessary. Same reasoning as written in the section titled Why There Are No Shrugs or Direct Abdominal Work in the Bodybuilding Programs of the Bodybuilding sample program applies here.

3. Feel free to add anything you are confident you’ll recover and benefit from.

4. We’ve decided to go with a higher frequency, which necessitates a lower set number per session in order to keep the weekly volume the same. You could flip that. This is just one iteration of how a program likely suitable for an intermediate trainee might look. We have an article on how to build training programs which explains these principles and you might find useful.

Shayne
Shayne

Hey there was wondering if you could add assistant work to some of the shorter days like tri extension good morning those type of things lunges

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

You can add anything you like. Just make sure you have a solid reason for it prior (i.e. your previous experience or training data suggests you’d benefit from it), and then when you add something in, track things and make sure it’s contributing to the result you’re after. Otherwise, consider trying this as is for now.

SHAYNE
SHAYNE

Hey Andy I was wondering if you could tell me how to deload this program?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Shayne, deloading is covered in the progression rules. See the intermediate section.

Alex Holmes
Alex Holmes

Hi Andy,
I’ve been using the intermediate bodybuilding program and loving it. I am hoping to try the intermediate powerlifting program shortly. My only question is how one would modify the program for a peak? Or is this program suitable for a competition as is? Thank you!

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Alex,
In short, reduce the number of sets performed as you approach competition so you can ramp up the load. We have a chapter on this on the book.

Steve Ransley
Steve Ransley

Hi there

Looks like a great programme. Could you just confirm how you know how many reps to do in the rep range and also which percentage of 1 rep max you should do? Also how and when you should add extra weight? Do you do this once you’ve reached the highest percentage of the 1 rep max and then increase your 1 rep max? Huge thanks

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Steve,

Have a look at the Novice Program article, the section titled ‘How To Progress’ as it covers initial weight selection and progression.

Steve
Steve

Thanks for the swift response! Ive had a look at the article. Sorry if I’m not quite getting it, but when you say 70-75% of 1RM do you do 70%, 72.5% or 75%? And when you have a rep range do you do 6, 7, or 8? Do you increase the intensity before you increase the actual weight? Sorry, if not clear, I’m struggling to get what in my head out on paper.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Steve,

1. The %1RM notation stands for percentage of 1-rep maximum. It is a guideline for how much you’ll load the bar the first time you start the program (only) while achieving the target RPE. We’ve given a range because some people will be higher or lower in that range while sticking to the RPE. After this, you’ll use RPE to guide loading only, not percentage max. So, if the percentage max thing is confusing you, forget that column entirely.

2. The rep range is for use with the intermediate progression rules. When using the novice progression rules, use the middle number. You’ll see this covered here: here.

John
John

Hi Andy,

1. Linear periodization, where progress are independant, should I increase intesity equally ? for example: bench press on hypertrophy day and technique day increase on both days 5lbs / 2,5kg per session. ?

2. RPE on technique day: I can 1RM 100kg on bench, but i cannot bench for example 80kg for 3 reps and still have 5 reps in reserve (maybe 2-3 in reserve),
Could it be, that the intensity / rep range – relation dont fit to everybody ? Or what would be your advice in this case.

3. Progression methods: is it possible to progress with linear progression on one bodypart / exercise and progress another with linear periodization ?
Like benching is becoming quite hard but deadlifts limit seems to be more far away.

4. Technique days: How should I do the exercise? Not sure if every rep should be done slowly or fast and ignore the excentric part of the movement.

Thanks

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi John, thanks for the questions.

1/3. Treat them independently./ Yes, absolutely. Here’s my detailed article on progression: How to Keep Progressing as a Novice and Intermediate Trainee.
2. Correct. The %1RM is just a guideline and you’ll need to lighten the load in your case.
4. Lift explosively with good form for the concentric action, return the weight under control for the eccentric. There’s no need to deliberately slow things.

Greg
Greg

Are there warm up sets included with these workouts? I’ve never just thrown 140 kg on the bar and went at it. I’ve always done a few warm up sets to work up to the working sets. something like 60 kg x 8, 90 kg x 5, 130 kg x 5, then the 140 for 3 sets. Am I doing too much volume when I train this way?

I’ve also dabbled with some Olympic motions just for fun. any harm in including a sots press or some cleans at the end of some days? I also love various variations on farmers walks. Is that too much volume? (I just saw an earlier comment where a guy was training for football and was concerned about too much volume. I’m not playing football so maybe this isn’t an issue for me).

Do you just include the odd 20 min cardio sesh or some ab rolling at the end too?

This program looks great and I’m thinking I’ll try it out. Thanks!

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Greg,

1. The purposes of a warm-up are to prepare you for the training to come, potentially enhance the performance of training, and also to hopefully reduce the risk of injury. You want to do enough so that you’re able to perform your best for the exercises and sets programmed, which means without tiring yourself or doing any unnecessary volume. It’s a warmup, not part of your training.

We haven’t listed warm-up sets as that differs from person to person, but if you’d like a more structured guide I have one here: How to Warm Up for Strength Training.

2. Is that too much volume?,
The only way to know is to try and see. However, everything should be added with a purpose, never at random, never based on feeling. This applies for your final question too…
Do you just include the odd 20 min cardio sesh or some ab rolling at the end too?
It’s not common to include ab work with the clients you see on the results page nor cardio. More on cardio here.

Hope that helps.

Nishant
Nishant

Hi, thank you for efforts in putting together a great programme. I had also used the previous version last year with benefit to my training. Just a very lame question but what’s the rationale for not doing close grip bench press as part of the bench variant on the new programme? Thanks!

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Increased risk of injury.

“Close-grip bench press should not be performed with an extremely close grip, rather just closer relative to your competition bench press grip width. The closest the grip width should be is a width similar to that of a push up performed with the elbows tucked at your sides.”

Nishant
Nishant

Gotcha. Thanks.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Most welcome, Nishant.

Ivo
Ivo

How would you approach a cutting phase regarding the wave loading progression ? Would you recommend using micro plates to progress in some way ?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Same. / No, but you could.

See “The Difference Between Cutting and Bulking” in this article for more background.

Matthew B
Matthew B

Hi Andy, I’m doing the Intermediate Bodybuilding plan on Rippedbody and was wondering whether you could swap back extensions for good mornings? Do you suggest any alternatives to chest dips? Cheers.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Matthew, have a look at my guide to exercise selection.

Chinmay Tijare
Chinmay Tijare

How significantly would hypertrophy gains differ on this compared to the bodybuilding program?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

I don’t have a way of quantifying that. Anywhere from a tiny amount to a significant amount, depending on genetic response. If the goal is to get optimize for size but get strong at the same time, do our intermediate hypertrophy program.

Tom
Tom

Hi
Few Questions, could I add extra accessory work to this including face pulls? And if I did would this be too much volume if I’m training American football 3-4 x per week? Last one, does this add much muscle mass or is it purely strength, as I’m also looking to gain weight, aswell as the strength to help with my sport?

Thanks in Advance

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

1. You could.
2. Most probably. You’ll have to try and see, or better, consult with your school’s strength coach.
3. Nah, they both go hand in hand for the most part. I’ll quote my buddy Greg here:

“Gaining size (muscle mass) versus gaining strength is really a false dichotomy for most people; they’re two sides to the same coin.

Now, if you’re brand new to lifting, you’ll probably gain strength (weight on the bar) much faster than you gain muscle mass initially. That’s a simple matter of your nervous system learning the movement and figuring out how to effectively use the muscle you currently have (plus a little extra you build) to move the load.

Once you’ve learned a movement, though, there’s only one way to keep those strength numbers ticking up: Those muscles have to grow.

On the other hand, if you’re training primarily to gain mass, those muscle gains will be slow in coming unless you apply progressive overload (increasing training volume, intensity, or both). And, by doing so, you’ll get stronger. Then, with that increased strength, you can load the muscles even heavier, create more tension, and grow bigger yet.

To get stronger (unless you’re a complete beginner), you need to get bigger, and to get bigger you need to get stronger. Training for one without the other doesn’t really make sense for most people.

In some fringe cases, it may be possible and necessary. For instance, if you’re an elite powerlifter weighing very close to the top of your weight class, then you may need to train in a manner to eek the last possible neural improvements out of the movements without gaining muscle mass that would push you into the next weight class. If you’re a bodybuilder with a long injury history and not much more room for growth in the first place, then avoiding the heavier training that drives strength gains in favor of lighter, more voluminous training may be prudent.

For everyone else, get stronger to get bigger and get bigger to get stronger.” – Greg Nuckols.

Simon
Simon

Hi Andy,

a) The program looks great and I would like to start it. I’m not sure if I understand day 2. RPE 5 looks so easy!?

b) You recommend having a rest day between day 3 and day 4. I would like to do those days on Saturday and Sunday because I feel more recovered, there is no work, I get enough sleep and I often eat more calories on those days. Is this ok?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Simon,

a) It is easier relative to the other days, yes. Day 2 is dedicated to heavy technique work with the competition lifts, and that requires submaximal efforts.

b) Sure, free to do that. Note, if find yourself constantly catching up on sleep on the weekends, that will compromise your results. Make sure you get enough sleep every day.

Simon
Simon

Thank you, Andy!
I will try it and see, if it works for me. Maybe there could be a problem with horizontal pull on Saturday and deadlift heavy on Sunday, but I will just try if it works for me 🙂

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Most welcome, Simon.

Mike
Mike

Hi, I know it’s not ideal, but I would like to have 2 rest days on the weekend, so I was swapping around the days a bit and have convinced myself that swapping day 3 and 1 and doing the program like this would be best for recovery: Mon Day3 – Tues Day2 – Wed Off – Thu Day1 – Fri Day4 – Sat and Sun off. Am I missing something, or would that be best way to recover while having weekend off, or would there be better way to swap around the work outs? Thank you for your program and for your replies here.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Looks fine to me, Mike. The proof of the pudding is always in the eating though. (Try it and see, tweak if necessary.)

Sebastian
Sebastian

Hey Andy,
why did you change the number of sets and exercises compared to the old program?(on day 2 in the old program u were supposed to do 6 sets of bench, on the new one only 3 for example)

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Sebastian,
Actually, I made a small note of that under the training program graphic. “If you’re interested in why this new version of the program differs slightly from that in the first edition of our book in 2015, see the last FAQ item here.”

jerry valenzuela
jerry valenzuela

hi andy what do u mean by 82-87.5% of 1 rm?did you mean after i lift 82% of my 1 rm the next day i will be lifting 87.5% of my 1rm or should i start by 82% den increasing every week until i reach the 87.5% of my 1 rm thanks

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Jerry,
No. The %1RM is used as a reference, we’re setting load based on RIR. See the section titled, “How to Progress with the Intermediate Powerlifting Program”.

jerry valenzuela
jerry valenzuela

in the power lifting program, can I put some accessory movement like triceps and biceps

Jon Williams
Jon Williams

Looks like a great program, I will start tomorrow. One question I have is if I can switch day 1 and 2. So I’ll do day 2 on day 1, raise the RPE to 7-9 to practice heavy singles, doubles, triples. And do day 1 the next day, and lower the RPE to 5-6, for a lighter weight, high volume/ low intensity accessory day.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi Jon,
Sure. As long as you find yourself recovering fine.

James
James

Hi Andy,

In terms of exercise selection; Days 1 – 3 are pretty much the same as the Novice Program, however the Single Leg Variant exercise on Day 3 has been replaced by Leg Curls. I just wondered if there was any reason for this?

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi James,
There are subtle differences which change the overall volume for each body part. The ‘single leg variants’ work the leg as a whole, but we want to isolate the hamstrings specifically to balance out the volume. Do you have a copy of the book? We have the volume counted out in a table comparing each program there with further details.

James
James

Thanks for your reply. I haven’t got the book, but am considering it. Regarding volume, I believe there is a slight error in the table above, there should be 18 sets for Lower, and I think it should be 15 sets for Accessory Lifts (there are 42 set/wk in total).

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi James, thank you for pointing that out. I forgot to update that table when I updated the article. I’ve done it now.

James
James

Sorry to be a pain, but this update is more wrong.

UB Push should be 15 sets (Bench x 4 and Vertical Push x1)
UB Pull should be 15 (Horizontal Pull x 2, Vertical Pull x1 and DL x 2)
Lower should be 18 (Squat x 3, DL x 2 and Leg Curl).

Main Lifts should be 27
Accessory Lifts should be 15
For a total of 42 sets/wk.

6 or less reps should be 18 sets and more than 6 sets should be 9 sets.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi James, thank you for pointing this out again.

I grabbed the wrong table from the book, but still there are some small differences. I believe it should be as follows:

• UB Push should be 15 sets (Bench x 4 and Vertical Push x1)
• UB Pull should be 15 sets (Horizontal Pull x 2, Vertical Pull x1 and DL x 2)
• Lower should be 18 sets (Squat x 3, DL x 2 and Leg Curl).

• Main Lifts should be 27 sets [64%] (the variants count)
• Accessory Lifts should be 15 sets [36%]
• For a total of 42 sets/wk.

• ≤6 reps should be 25 sets [57%]
• >6 reps should be 17 sets [43%]
• Total should be 42 sets/wk.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

I’ve just fixed the article and you’ve likely just saved us this typo from getting in the print editions which I’m going to work on over the next couple of months. Thanks again, James.

James
James

Nearly there with the latest update, but the final table either needs to be re-labelled, or the numbers need to be changed, as it says it is for Main Lifts not all lifts, in which case the total would be 27 sets.

Also I’m not sure how you calculated the numbers, if you have chosen to count the Bench Variant (which is 6-8 reps) as 1 set of 6 or less and 2 sets of more than 6 that’s fine.

Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan

Hi James,
Correct, main lifts not all. Fixed it now.
Yes, we’re counting one of those sets as 6 or less.

Thank you.