Joe Joseph wrote:
I’m not picking a fight, but IME this is the case (obviously not for clients who either are not as serious/different goals - or have been training 6 years or less seriously - for them, that simple progression will work. I just mean eventually it does get that complicated)
I know you’re not picking a fight, that’s cool to say though!
Yeah, I do disagree with a lot of the mathmatics and calculations. I think it has a much more specific application to powerlifting or O-lifting than bodybuilding.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any champion bodybuilder that needed to use trig or a calculator to get huge.
We all love Ronnie Coleman and agree on his greatness but does anyone think he sits down at the computer with a spreadsheet to figure out weather or not he’s progressing?
Use a scale for weekly bodyweight checks, a mirror for body composition checks and a notebook to see if you’re getting stronger and screw everything else.
If the supersetted routine you’re on makes your brain hurt and you feel the need for help in calculating your progression, perhaps a simpler routine is in order.
Here’s my checklist if it helps (no sarcasm intended).
Staying lean enough for your own taste/goals?
There’s the three factors you need to progress. Everything else is just a waste of brain power and will quickly suck the fun out of bodybuilding.
The OP’s avatar says it all. I never heard Arnold talking about percentages, trig or anything other that working for the “pump”. None of those guys did.
Dorian Yates, known to be one of the more insightful, intellegent and analytical bodybuilders of all time didn’t get into those types of things.[/quote]
Absolutely agree in the three points. 100%. BUT… I think you would be surprised… maybe not the bodybuilders you mentioned (i CANNOT see coleman sitting at a computer full stop, can you?! Nor Arnold doing anything other than going “auuuustrian ooooaak”) but i am SURE there are successful pro and amateur BB’s who add their volume… i even got a couple links for you from… wait for it… THIS SITE!! AAAGARRrrargghh!! lol!
It is a really quick, and simple (for some of us) way to ENSURE progression is moving in the exact way you want. Do you write the actual minimum reps you need to achieve in your next workout? Well if you do, then doing these simple (addition, multiplication and division) sums will make sure that the reps you put in are above the total load lifted in the previous workout!
But to each his own, and i am not saying no results or lesser results are from your neanderthal ways;), just that doing this is covering ANOTHER angle ensuring the fastest possible progression.
(read the volume bit Derek, you may just be converted!)