Right now, I am in the first week of CW’s Total-Body Training, my first foray into total-body workouts. I used to work out five days a week using body part splits and gaining nothing (Of course, I wasn’t using Massive Eating then as I am now). I chose to do TBT because I like Chad’s programs and, from looking at the reviews it has received, it seems to be one of the best programs in T-Nation for hypertrophy, my current goal.
I am currently involved in a competition with a friend (with a good amount of money at stake) as to who can reach the better physique by early May. I plan to bulk for seven more weeks or so, then go maintenance cals for two weeks, and then cut until our pseudo-showdown.
To this end, I have a few questions. First, it is not too late to turn back on TBT and select another program if one is recommended highly as better for hypertrophy. And second, if I do stick with TBT (or even if I move to another program) what else can I do to further my goal on off days or after workouts, etc. This question was promted by Dr. Berardi’s 5 Hours thread and his admonition of the importance of at least five hours of exercise a week (which I am not getting through TBT’s three hours) and the fact that I feel that I have recovered pretty easily from the workouts thus far and have a desire to do more. In addition, I am hesitant to do cardio as in this phase I am concerned about allocating adequate calories to grow muscle. Any thoughts will be much appreciated and I apologize for the length of this post.