I didn’t want to hijack the earlier thread , but nonetheless i am a little frustrated with my abbh experience.
What was i doing wrong??
here we go with some backstory:
- previous regimen:
prior to abbh, i was working out 3 or 4 days a week, completing a “cycle” every 8 days - cycle = horiz. push/vert. pull day + horiz. pull vert. push day + DL day + squat day.
usually i did 5x5 for the “biggest” exercise (increase strength) plus 3x8 for 2 or 3 excercises to supplement the main one, varying angles, etc. i.e., on bench day, i would add db inclines, and lunges on squat day.
i ate big, although i didnt count calories, and gained 5-7 lbs, and looked bigger too. i am 5’11" and started at 175 - and hit 182 7 wks later.
after 7 weeks of the old, i decided to go for abbh (right when abbh2 came out)in order to save some time and put some order in my routine.
i did it exactly as proscribed, although once or twice early on i skipped the ab part of the workout, and many times i would add a few sets of DB dorsiflexes to rehab my shinsplints.
my experience was that i always felt like i was underworked, and did not see any size gains! strength also went down, but i think this was because i used my “imputed” 1RM from a calculator, and my real 1RM might be fairly close to my 3-5RM since i am still a relative beginner.
this was in all exercises except front squat and pullup, which i hadnt done too much… if nothing else, abbh1 did teach me how much i love pullups!!!
so, i might have used too little weight. also, another factor is that i lost some of my free time and ended up eating worse during abbh1, or, actually just less i should say.
broke abbh routine
i hit day 17 according to the plan, and then managing the rest of the days (19,21,23) over the next 2 weeks.
i have laid off 3 weeks and have seen 5lbs weight loss, probably i think due to creatine. in fact, now that i think about it, it is possible that the whole time i was on my old plan and abbh1, the 5-7 lbs weight gain could have mostly come from creatine/water.
SO,… what does the readership think? i would value any suggestions about what to add to the program: i would like to try abbh again, but this time maybe get the weights right. i want to see some growth within 2-3 weeks, and am not adverse to trying something with a tad more volume, more sets, more intensity, etc.
humble apologies for the length, and THANKS for any help!!!