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12/17/2014 1:24:40 PM - Ben
Hey Team EFS, my question pertains to meet cycles and the Conjugate System. I train Conjugate in the off-season and was wondering the basics of writing a meet cycle using this method. In a standard meet cycle lasting 12 weeks or so, how long should one employ special exercises on max effort day? Should I drop them at 4 weeks out? 6 weeks out? Or should the traditional "Max Effort" day be eliminated during meet prep? I plan on keeping the Dynamic Effort days, but was just wondering specifically about ME days. I compete raw, if that helps.

Thank You!!!

I don't like Conjugate at all. But, there are some solid points to it. Basically, all Conjugate (Concurrent, really) is is:

1. Max Effort
2. Dynamic Effort
3. Repetitive Effort

It's actually very simple.

I think special exercises should be used for 3-6 weeks as a second and third exercise. The main competitive lifts should be trained at all times, especially going into a meet. What's the point of not training the lifts you'll e competing in?

ME Day
1. Squat
2. Special exercise to build squat/deadlift
3. Assistance work to build muscle

DE Day
1. DE Squat (no box)
2. Deadlift
3. Special exercise to build squat/deadlift
4. Assistance work to build muscle

Again, I'm not a fan of Conjugate, but it does have its strengths.

Matt Rhodes

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