10-Week Peaking Program
A program for strength specialists to set new personal bests
The 10-Week Peaking Program
Are you into high-frequency training with all the bells and whistles? If so, this is the program for you — and I think it’s a pretty effective one, considering that it allowed me to win the biggest powerlifting competition in history and $40,000 at the 2017 US Open. It’s really not for beginners, though. If you don’t have experience with high-frequency training, or if you haven’t completed a peaking program before, I suggest that you start out with the World Record Peaking Program or Unf*ck Your Program first.
Here’s what you have to look forward to in this course:
- 10 weeks of peaking divided into 3 blocks (2, 3 week blocks and 1, 4 week block)
- Training 4 days per week using a full-body split
- Frequent use of close variations to the competition lifts to train and strengthen different ranges of motion
- Moderately high volume and intensity, with a very low amount of supplementary/hypertrophy work
Other benefits include:
- Guidelines for deloading and setting 1RMs
- Flexibility with regard to training days of the week and loading parameters
- Explanations of the reasoning behind each training block
- Lifetime access and unlimited downloads
- Mobile access (iOS only for now)
About Peaking Programs
Peaking — whether for a meet or just to set a 1-rep max — is one of the most difficult parts of powerlifting. Just think about it: you’re trying to plan two or three or even four months ahead of time to be your absolute, 100% best on one particular day. If you’re anything like me, you don’t even know how you’re going to feel tomorrow morning, let alone some random morning four months from now.
On top of that, when you’re getting ready for a meet or 1RM, you’re under a lot of pressure, both mental and physical. That makes sense: the desire to be at your best when you do test your limits causes you to push your body harder in training, too. As I explain in Unf*ck Your Program, you only have a limited ability to deal with stress — and your body doesn’t care whether it’s mental or physical stress. They both can wear you down and burn you out.
So it’s not easy to peak, and you’ve probably realized as much in your own training. How many times have you crushed high-rep sets and volume training, easily cranking out more reps with more weight than ever before… only to attempt a new 1RM and fail miserably, or have a lousy meet, or even get injured? Yeah, that could partly be due to just bad luck, but it’s more likely the result of a suboptimal peak.
A great peak, on the other hand, can help you to far exceed your expectations. If you push your body just hard enough, but not too hard; if you take enough rest, but not too much; and if you pace yourself appropriately, you very well might find that peaking is easier than other types of training, and yet at the end of the program, you set huge new personal records. It is possible.
The course below proves it. I’ve used this same plan with myself and with several of my athletes (lifters of all levels, from beginners to world champions), and I’ve refined it to the point where I’m confident that they have the potential to maximize your potential.
How is that possible? Well, first, it's not just built off of experience and broscience — it's grounded in the principles of periodization, just like all great programs. It uses a balance of volume, intensity, and frequency needed to help you achieve your goals.
So if you're on the fence, remember this cliché: everything works, but nothing works forever. Over time, you’ll need to employ new methods to continue to progress, and even in the short term, trying different methods can help you learn more about your body and how it responds to training. So get at it!