[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I just finished reading a few books that were recommended to me: New Rules of Lifting, Huge in a Hurry and Book of Muscle. All of the programs in these books seem pretty complicated to me.
What, in particular, seemed complicated? The rotation of exercises/sets/reps? The layout of the actual workouts?
Could you not see results from doing a simple program of the big lifts (deadlift, squat, press, etc.) with the goals shifting between weight, reps and rest?
See, now I’m confused about what you mean by “with the goals shifting between weight, reps and rest.” The weight you’re using should pretty much always be going up. The sets and reps can be rotated or manipulated based on your specific training goals (strength, hypertrophy, etc.). Rest is a variable that people seem to either overlook, take for granted, or underestimate. It can definitely play an important part in your training, but out of everything you’ve mentioned, it’s the lowest on the list of “things to micromanage.”
Assuming your nutrition is sound and you don’t get bored easily, is that not enough variation to keep your body guessing and adapting for the rest of you lifting career?
Again, it’s not super-clear what you’re asking, but in one form or another, the basic exercises like deads, squats, and presses could pretty much always have a place in your routine. But at some point, depending on your goals, development, and experience, more diverse exercise variety will be necessary.
mr popular wrote:
the simple programs are the ones that work 99% of the time.
I definitely agree.
Overcomplication and overanalysis is the cause of most imaginary plateaus and stagnant training. But there’s fine line between ineffective, complicated training and effective, advanced techniques.
See, we can be civil and on the same page, as long as nobody mentions “that S.S. thing.” ;)[/quote]
The basics don’t change.
Repping progressively heavier weights, making incremental gains in bodyweight, and eating at least 1g per pound of bodyweight in protein daily.
Some programs are just better at the basics than others, but yes we can at least agree on the above. lol