At this point, ill consider mysel noob. I spent the last 2 years not taking my training “seriously”. Id go in, just workout whatever. id bench, deadlift sometimes squat, focus on isolation movements the most and be obsessed with arms. My diet was meh, id follow something strict for a few days and then destroy it on the weekend. Now, i want to take it as serious as i can. I’m following the anabolic diet (been doing it for the last 2 weeks and feel fantastic) waiting on my HOT-ROX to come in and my MAG-10. If using the madcow will help me get to where i need to be, then yes, im all for it. Im gonna stick to madcow for mon, wednesday, friday, but will toss in complexes on tuesday and thursday, as well as fasted carido on those days before work.
But his primary goal is fat loss. This mentality is entirely counterproductive for fat loss goals.
These forums really gotta cool it lately with just recommending the same mode of training to everyone regardless of goal or experience. It’s getting tiresome wading through all the Madcow, SS, and 5/3/1 recommendations in literally every thread whether they have a strong man comp coming up, rugby season, or are trying to cure prostate cancer. It’s cool if you can hit your goal on ONE lift for a day and then be completely willing to check out and skip everything after, or do it half-heartedly, but this is just terrible advice for a new lifter. [/quote]
Are you referring to starting light or not doing the assistance work?
In either case, I don’t see how it’s counterproductive for fat loss. You’re squatting, pressing and pulling 3 times / week, so it’s not just ONE lift per day. And there is built-in assistance in the program – situps, hypers, dips and curls and extensions on Fridays. What we reacted to was the idea of adding a bunch of additional exercises / volume.
As far as 5/3/1, Madcow, SS etc being recommended all the time, that’s because most of the people posing questions in these cases are beginners who need to develop a base of muscle and strength, and these are proven programs. A guy training for Strongman or an already-strong Rugby player tends to not come to internet forums for basic lifting advice.
People trying to cure prostate cancer will also benefit far more from gaining strength in the big barbell movements than doing high-rep bodybuilding work or fat loss complexes. [/quote]