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EDT Training, Hypertrophy and Strength

I just started the EDT program and want some first hand experience’s of do’s/ dont’s. I want to maintain/ or improve my strength and decrease body%.

Also, any T-vixen’s that have tried the EDT program, I’d like to hear from you, too!

(I have purchased the program from Charles Staley and I am waiting on its delivery)

Bueller, anyone?

My biggest mistake when I started EDT was taking too much rest between sets. The 15 minutes goes by pretty fast when you are focused and keeping rest between sets minimal. Another major point that I have learned is that recovery is everything on EDT. It’s very taxing on the body when done right and recovery is of upmost importance.

Proper diet, 30 min. walks per day, and tissue work with my foam roller has done wonders for my recovery. EDT is great for fat loss and packing on some muscle.

[quote]BlacknGold wrote:
My biggest mistake when I started EDT was taking too much rest between sets. The 15 minutes goes by pretty fast when you are focused and keeping rest between sets minimal. Another major point that I have learned is that recovery is everything on EDT. It’s very taxing on the body when done right and recovery is of upmost importance.

Proper diet, 30 min. walks per day, and tissue work with my foam roller has done wonders for my recovery. EDT is great for fat loss and packing on some muscle.[/quote]
how much time would you recommend resting after the first few sets? i was thinking of resting like 15 secs. too much? too little?

Some people have used little to no rest at the begining and as they started to drop reps to 1-4 per set they rested longer. Some people need to time their rest in order to reach their goal. Personally, depending on what lifts I am doing, I rest long enough to catch my breath and long enough to knock out the next set of 5. Once I start needing to take longer rest periods to knock out 5, I drop my sets to 4 and so on to sets of 1. I would say I usually take 15-30 seconds between sets. I’ll pick it up around the 12th minute if I need to in order to reach my goal amount of reps.

On the subject of rest, I’m going to do my last repgasm workout on friday. I work out at home, and my chinning bar is outside the house, my dipstation is in the basement.

For my rest period, I run the stairs and then immediately start my next set when I reach the respective station. I haven’t gained or lost any scale weight since starting the program, but my arms are bigger and my abs are starting to look a lot better.

I never went on a set program, but I’ve used the EDT principles for a few 2-3 week cycles at different times. If you focus on lower rep sets with heavy weight the strength gains are pretty good. However, like other said, monitor your recovery.

Also, if she doesn’t reply here PM Jillybob, I think she had some Staley coaching a couple years ago.

[quote]DarkHelmet wrote:
I just started the EDT program and want some first hand experience’s of do’s/ dont’s. I want to maintain/ or improve my strength and decrease body%.

Also, any T-vixen’s that have tried the EDT program, I’d like to hear from you, too!

(I have purchased the program from Charles Staley and I am waiting on its delivery) [/quote]

I’ve been getting good results by doing something aerobic (ellip, swim, row,…) for 45 to 90 minutes, then do an EDT session. Being able to do a hard anaerobic after an aerobic will challenge you. Its counter to the general theme around here but I seem to do well that way.

Good Luck!!

Great help! What is a good rep goal/PR? I do want to keep my strength during my EDT weeks.
Has anyone done a ME lift, then use EDT training philosophy?

[quote]DarkHelmet wrote:
Great help! What is a good rep goal/PR? I do want to keep my strength during my EDT weeks.
Has anyone done a ME lift, then use EDT training philosophy?
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Staley recommends you should aim for around 50-60 reps of each exercise in a 15 min PR zone.

If you are interested in doing a heavy lift followed by a PR zone, check out the EDT for Body Composition program. It is not exactly max effort, but repeated heavy singles followed by the PR zone.

[quote]DarkHelmet wrote:
Great help! What is a good rep goal/PR? I do want to keep my strength during my EDT weeks.
Has anyone done a ME lift, then use EDT training philosophy?
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In his latest article, CS points out that he wants you to be creative. He suggests a rep range, but you can play with it. I am using 5 reps with my 10-12 max and get around 50 to 60 reps per exercise.

Try the EDT after a good aerobic session. If you stick to it, you’ll soon be lifting your previous numbers when you’re DOG Tired. And, if you compete in something, its usually the guy who is the LEAST tired at the end who wins.