Recently I received a question on breaking through plateaus in Convict Conditioning (actually it was specifically about the sequel, Convict Conditioning 2, but the ideas apply for both these books and more). In this case a guy had a hard time with hanging grip work from CC2.
Although I think Convict Conditioning books are great and there is a lot of cool stuff in there, I would like to propose one major change in workout routines laid out in the books in order to avoid plateaus.
The main idea in both books, progression wise, is to start with one step and move to the next one only after you’ve got to a certain level in the first one. This is generally a good idea, but it’s a mostly linear form of progression. What happens when you try to progress linearly? That’s right, PLATEAUS.
Instead, I think it’s a better to change the intensity of the exercise which will consequently change the volume, help you in the long run and finally stop you from hitting plateaus. To do this I wave the intensity, which also changes up the volume of work done.
In the video above regarding doing grip work hanging from bars, towels or ropes you’ll see several exercises and how you can go back and forth between harder and easier versions to help avoid plateaus.
Don’t underestimate this principle in what it can do for you training. I do this with every exercise I do.