Why are some people on this site so fucking fixated on doing programs with names like Madcow,broz, doggcrap,sheiko, smolov, jerkov and all the rest of the fucking russians haha… are you lacking any imagination that you can’t figure out what works for you and do that? [/quote]
There are all these programs because everything works.The problem is, nothing works for ever. Even the shittiest program, you can get 3-6 week of improvement out of.
So, some asshole makes this stuff up, decides it is the best program ever after 6 weeks, and gives it a stupid Russian name. Then novice lifters with the attention span of a goldfish eat it up, run it into the ground, then jump on something else. I am not knocking the lifters that try these programs out, I did a bunch of stupid shit when I first started training for strength as well. Just use some common sense.
If you see a program that looks like one you’ve already done but is a little bit different; it’s the same fucking thing. For example, the base cycle on Dick Bob’s 7x7 (you already did that and felt like shit all the time and got weaker) but, Lift Everyday Guy’s 7x8 program seems just different enough to be the magical combination for strength and maximal chick slaying. Well, it won’t be.
Here is how you can tell if a program is worth doing. Read the program in it’s entirety, read and research the means and methods into how the program came to be, and find people who have used the program with success. Once you have learned everything about it, the final question you need to ask yourself is “Is this something I can do for the next twenty years straight?” Because that is the measure of a good training regime. Something you can stick with and make progress on for the rest of your natural life.