Right, that’s what I was saying. Its so temporary that I do not think it would do anything.
Yeah, I happened to lump some MDs in that crazy work schedule. However, I do know of some lawyers and financial services hot shots that work insane and erratic hours (well, used to, Wall Street has crumbled a bit). A lot of the med students I have spoken to in my hospital state that they don’t want to become surgeons because they want a more predictable lifestyle with less erratic work hours.
I am not a bodybuilding expert in the strict sense of the word. However, I would say I am an expert compared to the general population since I know a lot more than most and have done a ton of research by speaking to people AND reading. Both are important, more so the actual observing and speaking to people who do what is good.
A 5 x 5 whole body program - what Bill Starr’s Only the Strong Survive program is - is a strength training program in my opinion. I say this for one reason and one reason only …
No successful bodybuilders do that sort of routine!
They may have done a basic TBT routine like that in the beginning stage but that sort of routine has not produced any successful bodybuilders.
Diet is very imporant for adequate functioning, whether you are a PLer, an OLer, or a BBer or just a gym rat who wants to be healthy. But I strongly disagree when people think that changing your body composition is just a matter of dieting. I think its safe to say that nearly all of the population won’t look like a bodybuilder unless they train like one. Some still don’t understand this. They think they can follow any weight training routine, keep their diet in check, and look like a bodybuilder. I don’t think that is the case.
So, I disagree, and think people should worry about how they are training (ie: sets and reps, split) in order to get where they want to be.
What bodybuilders follow a 5 x 5 or a 10 x 3 set and rep scheme? Almost none. Probably none. I think this says something. Most work up to 1 or 2 limit sets of 6 to 8 or 8 - 12 reps. Some have gone higher with the reps for quads (>15).
Unless someone had the greatest, most balanced leverages in the world, he has to include isolation exercises to look like a BBer, in MY view. Even the most physically gifted men are using isolation exercises to round out their physique.
I would say one could have a “nice” body from weight lifting in general and overall activity. But to stand out as a jacked person, you need to train like a BBer.
Many powerlifters who had to drop down weight classes did so by dieting down AND switching to a bodybuilding routine temporarily. Its far easier to lean out with more muscle on you. 5 x 5 routines will produce muscle but not as much as an all out BB routine. Its actually halfway for both goals I believe; a little bit of strength, a little bit of size. But if that’s what you like, then that’s fine. Everyone has different tastes and goals. [/quote]
a)You make some very good points.True, most bodybuilders we see today train in the 8-12 rep range.But that is because they have a very strong strength base to work from.The 8-12 rep range produces good results for them because they are able to rep big weight.
Lets take the average beginner who can rep 135 for 10 reps on the benchpress.Do you think this guy will get dramatically bigger by doing 4 sets with this weight?The answer is no, this person will gain some muscle but will hit a plateau very quickly.Now lets take this person, and incorporate some low rep, powerlifter type of training in his plan.
He manages, over 3 years, to get a 350 benchpress for a one rep max. If this person then decides to switch to a bodybuilder 8-12 rep range, he will get a lot bigger very fast because he is able to rep heavier weight.
b) I dont agree, however that the 5x5 is only for strength.5x5 produces both strength and size. 25 reps of heavy weight will give excellent size gains.
c)I think you can incorporate both types of rep ranges in your workout.For example, for you can do 5x5 for back squats, and 3x10-12 for front squats, and high reps for isolation exercises.