At Westside Barbell, Shane Sweatt lives by the maximal-effort method.
It’s a conjugate system, “which is exactly what you guys do,” he says in this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.
The rotation of exercises not only allows for variety but can also be a useful coaching tool, says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.
“A great thing about conjugate is if I have a client come in and I can just see that they’re off that day what I like to do is I give them an exercise they’ve never done before. Let ’em set a PR,” he explains. “I’m not going to kick them while they’re down. I want to build them up.”
A couple of weeks later, when the client is feeling good again, Sweatt takes a different approach.
“I’m going to take them to a movement that is either going to translate to an event coming up or I’m going to take them to a personal record that I know is going to mean something to them.”
He adds: “It’s a lot easier to get in the gym when you’re getting results, right?”
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Additional reading: Left-Coast Westside by Mark Bell, published Feb. 16, 2011.