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December 17, 2008 at 3:47 am #6227

yeah you could do that –

But really the whole point of the matrix training is more than just 21’s, it is not based on lifting nicreaseingly heavier loads
Instead it uses sequences that get progressively harder – it the movement that gets harder as it progresses….

i.e.
5 full, 5 half up and 5 half down and 5 full is the very basic set and I dont use this at all now as I am in stage 2.

Although ti takes more concentration to committ sequences to memory, just have a sheet of paper in front of you, after a couple of sessions you will notice their is logic to each sequence

For example my current matrix bench press consist of 4 sets

SET 1 (hold in the half up or down position for specified time)
5 full reps
1 half up (hold 5 secs)
2 half down (hold 4 (secs)
3 full reps
4 half up (hold 3 secs)
5 half down (hold 2 secs)
6 full reps

20 seconds pause then….

SET 2
5 full reps
1 3/4 up
1 3/4 down
1 3/4 up
1 3/4 down
1 3/4 up
1 3/4 down
5 full reps

25 seconds pause then……

SET 3
1 full rep
1 half up
1 half down
2 full reps
2 half up
2 half down
3 full reps
3 half up
3 half down
4 full reps
4 half up
4 half down
5 full reps

40 seconds pause then

1 full rep
2 half up
3 half down
4 half up
5 half down
6 full reps

1 minute rest into next chest exercise etc etc

As you can see that is much diffrent to just doing the basic matrix set….

Just try it…..

I am only up to stage 2 of 4 stages, so the sequences will get even more intense – my only complaint is the volume, so I shorten the workouts to fit into 45 mins or less….