Dave Tate’s FULL presentation from the LTT8 + bonus from GZCL


He does a good job of explaining the basic philosophy behind my method. (Who knows, maybe he’s read it… not likely, but dreamers can dream.) Anyhow, I think it more or less points to how common some of these ideas are but are not spoken about, or thought in depth about, because they’re brushed off as « unimportant » or « unnecessary. »

I say this is common because it essentially stems from the old style of block periodization. With that people would split their training into something that generally followed this style:

Block A (Weeks 1-6): Higher Volume, Low Intensity, Low Skill

Block B (Weeks 7-12): Less Volume, Medium Intensity, Medium Skill

Block C (Weeks 13-16): Low Volume, Hight Intensity, High Skill

That progression through those blocks would be spanned out on a horizontal axis of ‘Time’ as they near a meet. All I’ve really done is turn it vertical, and instead of blocking those goals out over time I’ve pieced them together at the same time. This makes it a sort of conjugate style of training with each goal being accomplished, in some ratio to the others, in one training session.

Generally someone training in my method would follow something like this:

Block A (First 30 Minutes of Training Session): High Intensity, High Skill

This is your main movement. Whatever it is you’re focusing on- powerlifting, weightlifting, basketweaving. This is your 1st Tier. Does this build a ton of strength? No, not really. But what this does is provide a lifter the opportunity to more frequently practice their high skill movements. And more frequent practice means a greater improvement in technique. And like Dave said in the video, that can increase a lift 50% without even becoming « stronger ».

Block B (Second 30 Minutes of Training Session): Medium Intensity, Medium Skill

Like Dave said, this is whatever it is that builds your main lift; what I call the « 2nd Tier. » This is where your strength is developed. Whatever this is movement-wise, is always lifter dependent. Taking from Dave in the video, « find what best correlates to your main movement. » (paraphrased) Identify that movement and train it to accomplish the goal you desire.

Block C (Last 30 Minutes of Training Session): Low Intensity, Low Skill

This is all bodybuilding time. Exactly like how Dave said. Why is it important to actually spend equal effort on building the muscle as it is building a movement? It’s simple, because without that muscle you couldn’t perform the movement. And if you can make that muscle better, wether it be bigger, or you develop your ability to activate it willingly, you can be sure your movements will then also become better.

Now, will everyone spend an equal 30 minutes on each of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tiers? Not usually, depending on volumes and intensities and their progression obviously those will fluctuate. But what I’m trying to point out is that they deserve equal effort and should be balanced. Part of me really believes that all athletes should be at least some part bodybuilder. If they can be better at building their bodies (not with the goal of becoming Ronnie Coleman) their bodies will perform better at their sport. (Obviously the amount of time they spend doing hammer curls and lunges will vary from sport to sport.)

I’ve never been one to say that my method is revolutionary, unique, or advanced. Really, it’s more or less built upon ideas that have been around for a long, long time, but very few lifters have spent any real time considering them. Because like Dave said, everyone is worried about that main lift where they can move the most weight. And I think that kind of shortsightedness is where many lifters go wrong and either end up injured, stagnant, or quit altogether.


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