First off, most that know me, know that I am very regimented with my training (as well as nutrition). I plan all my workouts. Target reps for each set and weight...ect I demand progression (as long as I am in the right stage of my diet) and for the most part, I always get it.
But now two years into training like this, I am wondering if I need to re-think this. I have gotten to the point where I am moving decent weights in my major compounds. The good part about my progression scheme is I always DEMAND progress. My mind refuses to accept not making progress and I just make the lifts like I am supposed to. But this is coming at a cost. Even though I still only do 3 workouts a week, I am getting run-down all the time. I am achy and not able to recover like I was when the weights were lighter. (eg: Benching 315x10 is a lot tougher on you then 225x10.) Sure they say weight is relative, ...but I am finding that recovery from heavier lifts is now taking me longer to do properly.
Also with these regimented workouts, I will run myself into a hole because I demand the performance in the gym. I dont care if my body tells me it does not want to lift it, I will decided it has to be done and do it. This is all coming at a cost like I said. I spent the last 3 days in bed sick totally run down. Went to the chiro today with a pulled hip flexor...etc.
I am thinking about adopting a more "instinctive" form of training. I can still focus on my big 3...but instead of working progression every workout, just do what I feel I need. Maybe change up exercises here and there....play around a little. I dont think this is something a rookie could do, but I think I have enough experience in the gym where I could see good results out of this. It would allow me to push myself right up to the line.....but not over. (which I have been doing lately)
So any guys out there With good experience in the gym (either powerlifting or bodybuilding), do a instinctive routine? Has it worked well?. How was progress on it?. Did it allow you to heal up nagging injuries...etc.
I would love to hear some guys thoughts on this.