What's Next After Linear Progression?

The question always comes up at some point.....what's next? Eventually there is going to come a time when you can no longer add weight to the bar every training session or when you are no longer willing to do what is necessary to continue to add weight to the bar each time.

The initial program here at Black Iron involves running a linear progression. We do this with everyone. We teach them how to squat, push, and pull correctly and have them add weight every session. Doing anything else would be foolish. Regardless of what a person's long-term training goals are, getting strong is always priority number one.

The program we run works great, but eventually it slows down and comes to a halt. When this happens people begin to wonder what is next? They always come to me with questions. At this point we sit down and have a programming discussion.

The first thing we explore during our discussion is if we have truly exhausted the novice phase. A lot of the time I discover that the trainee is just messing something up. Not taking enough time to rest between sets, failing to eat or sleep enough, taking too big of jumps each worko