So I have been working out for a while now just recently started a real program though…any who I have a friend who has made some great gains as has gotten lean…he follows t-dawg 2.0 as his diet but, his training routine is pretty different from what is usually advised.
He does a type of body part split where for example on mondays he will workout his chest and triceps, but instead of really counting reps or exercises he just lifts; changes rep ranges between sets or exercises but pretty much lifts until he is tired, not exhausted. Is there a danger to doing this?[/quote]
I’ve found it the best way to train. I don’t count reps either. I have set rep specifics that I judge for load specifications, but thats it. During the actual lift, my concentration is not on numbers. That’s as big of a distraction as is watching television while your lifting… to me anyway. The nervous system should not take priority in thinking. Therefore, sometimes when loading or deloading I actually don’t know how much is on the bar… especially with stripper sets. I am not counting reps either. I have never payed attention to tempo either. Muscles are there to contract and move weight… I spend my time on more improtant things such as the vision of the lift and concentrating on the muscle actually contracting and expanding.
Putting the mind into the muscle has worked very well for me. This may not be a good idea for everyone, but if you are a spiritual person or someone that can meditate… this might be a good way for you to go about exercising. If you arn’t very focused anyway, my methodology will do nothing for you. This takes years of practice anyway, to establish a mind-muscle connection between your muscles. The calves are very difficult to establish because of a low amount of connective nerves to them; not alot of pathways back to the brain to feel them… this is why so many people have trouble developing them. That, and they don’t understand the toughness of this muscle and what it takes to make it grow.
Dangerous? No! Usefull? Well that depends on who does it. I would say a person with great focus will benefit from this and those without focus, then it probably will do nothing for them.