So first off, Jim made something awesome in “Building the Monolith”, but I saw a lot of people talk about how workouts were taking them 1.5 to 2+ hours to get done. I’ve got an hour to train in the mornings, and was curious if I could get it all in.
I just finished the third workout of week 1 and managed to keep all workouts under an hour. I took video of all 3 workouts (I plan to do an indepth write-up of my experiences when all 6 weeks are done). I wanted to share for anyone looking to do something similar (don’t worry; I use 4x speed a lot so you don’t have to watch me train for an hour)
For those that don’t have time to power through the videos, here is the strategy per day
-Giant set the squats and presses with chins. I did sets of 4. It went Squat-chin-press-chin-repeat. Only rest long enough to change plates.
-Once you get through the presses, things change to squat-chin-pull apart-dip-chin-repeat. That being said, I found that doing squats after dips SUCK, so I may end up 86ing them in the set and saving them for the very end of the workout. Still sets of 4 with chins. This timed out so that I got 100 knocked out with only 1 extra set needed.
-Giant set as deadlift-curl-bench. I stuck with sets of 10 on curls.
-This was the hardest nut to crack. It only had 4 movements, but I find rows to really interfere with recovery between sets, so I had to save them until everything else was done. Best way to include them was as part of cleaning up my equipment (yes, even when it’s your gym, you should keep it clean.
-I DID have planned program deviation on this day, in that, instead of the 5x5 bench, I employed the original 5/3/1 reps/sets and a FSL set. This is primarily because that has been working REALLY well for me and my bench is finally moving in a good direction for the first time in a decade, so I’m not going to abandon it.
-Similar giant sets as day 1. Squat-chin-press. Once you’re out of chins, go to Squat-pull apart-press. Once you’re out of squats, go shrug-pull apart-press. Once you’re out of pull aparts, do shrug-press.
-Did sets of 20 for pull aparts and shrugs went 25,20,15,15,10,15.
-I took all the presses off the floor, just because. It’ll probably go even faster if you take it out of the rack.
Hope that helps anyone in a similar position. Be happy to answer questions about my strategy. And once again, Jim wrote an awesome program here.