I've done Meltdown and it's pretty tough. I was dieting and taking HOT-ROX at the same time too. By the 3rd/last circuit, you're pretty much out of breath and your lungs are burning. Definitely good for fat loss if it fits into your schedule.
Right now I'm doing 10x3 for fat loss and like it better. It may not burn as much fat as Meltdown, but you also won't be as fatigued and you won't lose as much muscle.
While I liked the workout from a mental/physical challenge perspective, I found it very dificult to maintain while hypocaloric. I would recommend either CW's 10x3 for fatloss, Ripped, Rugged, and Dense (5x5 scenario), or CT's Fat Loss and Trainig. All are solid programs/strategies that will get you where you are going without tearing you up. Of course, all my opinion. Only way to find out is to give it a try!
I had a great experience with that workout, and I highly recommend it.I always left the gym tired, but exhilarated, and I made good progress. I sent Alessi a PM telling him how much I liked the workout and he sent me an autographed copy of his book--- it was full of good info.
I?m doing meltdown right now! I really like it! It?s really hard!!! And that?s what I like about it!!! But I?m doing only since Monday (today is Friday)? So I can?t really tell if I lost any bf% yet or not!?!?
But I would like to know what other people experienced with meltdown
One of the best workouts I have followed on this site. I have done two cycles with it. Both times experiencing significant fat loss. Well I don't know how significant. I do know though by the end of they cycle I was happy it was over b/c it is physically exhausting fatiguing, you name it.
I have even shown it to friends who followed it to a T and noticed and liked there results. I have had more friends wanting to work out with me now then ever before. This workout is a killer... but great... I will be doing another one in a few weeks when our fall term starts back up.
I'm using as much weight to complete all 10 Reps in every set! If I'm thinking I could use any more weight I use more the next time... But I'm using about 70% of my 5RM (but Ithink I could go up some more!). I'm only using more doing deadlift's, about 80%of my 5RM.
But like you sad it's "very difficult to complete the last set".
It wasn't in the article. It was in one of the many threads on Meltdown posted some time ago. If you search the site for "Meltdown" you'll find it. Most people who responded just used trial and error. Some went as low as 50% 1RM.
Meltdown is brutal but effective. However, it's too much to do if your calories are low as hell (like BWx8-9). Also it's too much if you're on a severely carb-restricted diet like The Get Shredded Diet and probably the V-Diet. Might work well with T-Dawg 2.0 or some kind of carb cycling.
I tried it a few years ago, when it was first published. At the time I was training at my office gym early in the morning before work. I did the workout once, felt fine while doing it, and then as soon as I was done and for 30 minutes afterwards I had such an urge to vomit that I came to work late and never repeated the workout again.
I'd like to try it again (and probably will because there's a similar routine in AC NEW Rules book) because of the chalenge it represents to me - but just be sure that the first time you plan on doing it that you dont schedule anything immediately afterwards until you know how your body will handle it.
has anyone experienced a significant amount of muscle loss while doing Meltdown?
I've built some nice muscle on Waterbury's programs and now I'm afraid I'm gonna lose it when I eventually get to my fat loss/cutting phase...then again I plan on bulking for at least another 4 months...