Today's A.M training was good, I must say my arms are a little sore between working the rings and enough chin ups to join the circus. Went something like this:
15 min HIIT Cycling
Push Ups- 6 x50
Remember I just want my total to increase everyday. This is the most simple and straight forward yet effective method of progressive overload that I can think of. I like Non Linear Periodization models but with BW training it seems like it'd be a hassle to organize, not to mention the fact that I can really take advantage of my weaknesses and newb like capabilities. I can't fucking stand when guys want to jump the gun and one night over 20 drinks they'll be like "Fuck it bro, I'm going in there tomorrow and I'm going to fucking kill it man!"
Next day they're in there doing 2 hours of steady state cardio (cringe) and they'll keep it up for 3 days. Right out of the hole they've fucked themselves over from a progression standpoint. If I'm not going to do more in the gym then I did the last time I was in, I'd rather not go. As I'm working the rings a mutual friend came up and asked me about his N.O Explode and what I thought.
He's a pretty good guy so I wasn't about to give him a hard time about it but fuck. I can't say I wasn't there at a point in my life and I was pretty lucky to have a couple people show me the ropes, stare me to T-Nation and teach me a thing or 2. The thing is this guys about 20 years old and has been training for years. You figure me not being in the gym for the last 2 years the guy would've at least learned a thing or 2.
I just suggested to him that perhaps instead of wasting his money on those god forsaken hyped up supplements to buy some books, learn how to train, eat and get an understanding of some simple basic principles. I had to explain to him that by reading a good book on training he would get the information necessary to get way bigger than any piece of shit hyped up supplement would. Of course books are not always an overly successful sales pitch for anybody let alone younger people who know F$&*ING everything.
After that failed I just explained to him that if he really wants to know if something works he should probably just give it a go for himself. I told him about how when I was in the hospital they put me on a "Glutamine and Muscle Wasting Protocol" This was when I was at my worst, weighed 123. At this point I was being fed through a tube but back to incorporating fluids into my diet.
They couldn't bare to see me lose any more weight so my dietary team knew I used to be into the field, so they suggested Glutamine in supplementation with my usual absurd amount of ensure. That's another spill in itself, fucking ensure. Anyways the Glutamine didn't do jack shit and they eventually concluded it was ineffective. I said "Well, wait a minute? I know guys who throw around 100's of pounds in the gym on a daily basis, are 100% healthy and have their nutrition locked down to a tee.
They take upwards of 30g a day and they might put on a couple pounds at best. You really think a kid with cancer, recovering from a stem cell transplant, throwing up 24/7 from GVHD on 3-5g a day, being fed through a tube, who's lived in this room for 8 months and hasn't moved from his bed in weeks is going to gain shit from it?" I think the lesson here is for majority of the time you really can't take peoples word on a lot of things, especially dietary supplements.
If your buddy who doesn't know jack shit about training, nutrition or anything for that matter doesn't get results off a supplement, wtf do you expect? Like I said dietary supplements if supplemented with dialed in training and nutrition might get a guy a few pounds of muscle at best. I had to take a psychology class last semester and one of the most valuble things I learned from that course was how to evaluate and interpret a study properly. If guys are referencing absurd medical studies like the one I was part of then wtf good is that? You really have to look at studies and references and understand the factors and variables involved.
''The organization and planning of training should be considered an art that is based on science. The implementation of a well-organized and scientifically based training plan eliminates the random and aimless training practices, which are sometimes still practiced by ill-informed coaches. A well devised training plan removes poor training concepts or philosophies such as "intensity all the way" or "no pain no gain" and replaces them with practices that are logically devised, meticulously planned, and based on science.
The goal of training is to stimulate specific physiological responses according to planned design so that certain performance outcomes are stimulated at the appropriate time. Nothing that occurs during training should be an accident; responses should occur as a result of the design of the training plan, The old adage that "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail" is true of the training process."
If everyone could just mull that over and understand it, we'd all be so much better off. "Periodization, the Theory and Methodology of Training" Going to be finishing the book up today. Best 400 pages of tiny font I've ever read. Post back later, have to catch a nap and crush a few Robertson articles to get my knowledge on. Cheers.
***Maurice - You know what time of year it is in B.R...Sun Splash...yes, that may mean getting Jerry's cars ready for the car show half way through training. Only at the pit.
- "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. "