[quote]hit the gym wrote:
Wow, I have to strongly disagree here with “Professor”.
I dont care who you are, not changing your routine for years makes no sense and is just pure laziness or lack of imagination on your part IMO.
Sure I dont have your experience, but Im sure all the coaches here would agree that changing your program every few weeks or months is GOOD! I have read a ton of articles on this site, met with a few personal trainers and see what the big guys at my gym are doing and NONE stick to the same program for 1 year.
Everybody goes through plateaus… That is when you change program. I guess drugs could get you through a plateau?
I really dont understand your reasoning. How can you not agree with the fact that your muscle adapts if you do the same exercise over and over? Furthermore, dont you agree that hitting the muscles in different ways is good for hypertrophy? (one of CT’s recent articles). Changing your exercices with a new program allows you to do that. CHANGE IS GOOD. What the hell are you thinking?
Maybe I am wrong but I will take Poliquin’s, CT’s and Chad Waterburys advice over yours on this one and continue to change my program every few weeks/months. BTW you will not find me kissing your ass like some on this site are doing. I agree with most of your posts but not this.[/quote]
I don’t need anyone kissing my ass. I haven’t asked for anyone to kiss my ass. Thank you for your pledge to hold your lips to yourself, but that was also not needed.
The biggest factor to gaining muscle mass is the weight being used or the volume involed in training. My general exercises used have not changed much at all. There may be times that I do one legged leg presses, or substitute hack squats, but there is not some complete change of my routine. I may add more sets here or there. I now warm up with lighter weights for more sets to get more blood going through my muscle groups, but I am not a beginner and nothing “shocks” muscles more than changes in weight or overall volume.
Why would I change what I am doing if it works? Just to meet a monthly change in schedule? I hate to break this to you, but you won’t see some huge increase in strength every time you hit the gym after you have been lifting for years. If that weren’t the case, there would be hundreds of people lifting over 1,000lbs on bench press.
Minor changes in sets or reps are not what I consider an entire overhaul of what I am doing and what many people label as “plateaus” are often indicators of a need for change in diet or volume in training.
Your belief that the muscle needs new exercises all of the time makes little sense. What happens after those exercises are no longer new? What the hell else would I need to do for shoulders that I haven’t been doing for well over a decade? Is there a lost exercise out there that I need to try?
You are thinking of this in terms of a newbie. I’m not new to this and neither are my muscle groups. I’ve tried most exercises that you may just now be running across. I’ve done stints of doing Arnold presses or adding in sets of one arm lateral raises (which I still do). I have been at this long enough to know what movements seem to work best for me…so I keep doing them with the main stress being volume and weight. Those are the two adjustments that are most important to any ADVANCED LIFTER or even many INTERMEDIATE LIFTERS who have been training for years on a regular basis, not whether you switched up the order of your exercises again this month or found a long lost movement.
If you aren’t making any progress at all, the first place you look is diet. The next place you look is the intensity of your training sessions. The first place you look is not whether you can add a new exercise in July as opposed to June.