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  1. I was reading over Building the Gymnastic Body where Coach Sommer was talking about not pushing oneself during every workout, but allowing slow adaptation. He specifically suggested what he deemed in the book to be the best routine that he has created through his experience, the Steady State cycle. In this cycle, one does approximately half of their maximum hold time in a given static position for a set, and works up to a minute's time, or half of the maximum repetitions for a given strength exercise (non-static), and does up 5x5 working sets. The idea is that during the cycle, which lasts 8-12 weeks, neither the sets or reps should be changed so that maximum adaptation occurs before new maximum hold times or repetitions are established for the given exercises. Does anyone still use this method? If so, how has it worked for you? I ask because it does differentiate itself from the strict structure of what is now GymnasticBodies.
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