*There is no real point to the first bit, but I could do with some advice at the end of this post.
This weekend, I ended up visiting a good friend of mine who is at University down in Oxford. Now he’s got to the point where he’s off on holiday in 10 weeks and is desperate to get into shape for it. He knows that I’ve spent the last 3 years reading about all this stuff, (to the point of f*cking up my own university degree) and believed I could help him.
Basically, he’s only been working out for 2 weeks, is 23, 6 foot tall, about 170lbs and I’d guess around 16-18% bf. So I go along with him on Sunday to see how I could help, he brings with him his university buddy Paul.
Now Paul is one of those characters who has always been sporty and thus lean his whole life, whereas I on the other hand was a puny nerd who never exercised at all (until 3 years ago) So I watch what Paul has my friend doing, and I was pretty shocked.
It turns out that he was into doing about 20-25 sets for biceps, some bizarre tricep work, hardly any back work and some high rep bench pressing. Now I didn’t want to piss him off by slapping him across the room, so I merely tried to guide my friend away from his “coach” Paul.
I ended up showing them both how to deadlift and squat and espoused the benefits of building big arms through heavy pulling and pressing. But I lost Paul along the way who drifted back into his 30th set of dumbell curls.
Now, as my friend has quite a low weight, I was going to try and get him into doing the ABBH programme, as far as diet was concerned, he doesn’t eat a lot, but it does seem to consist largely of carbohydrates. So I was going to reccomend he read some of Berardi’s work and concentrate on whacking up his protein intake and getting most of his carbs from fruit and veg.
Is this basically correct, as I have been training westside for the last 4 months and improved my physique much more with this strength oriented style than I ever did with any other ‘traditional’ bodybuilding programme? I have largely been led to believe that your appearance is determined by what you eat, and the training programme, unless hugely flawed, is secondary.