[quote]mr popular wrote:
If your goals are bodybuilding, I’d avoid programs like that. Chad Waterbury isn’t a bodybuilder, as far as I know he doesn’t train any bodybuilders (successfully), and in fact he has even openly stated on several occassions that he DISLIKES bodybuilding.
So he would be the wrong person to take bodybuilding advice and programs from.
Honestly, the “research” you could do on volume, frequency, etc. is not going to help you as much as you think. In fact, it will probably steer you in the WRONG direction, and give you a mentality of self-limitations and fitness dogma.
The best research you could do, would be to find guys that have gone from where you are now, to where you want to be, and find out how they did it. This could be online (bodyspace.com is a great resource for this), or in your gym, or tnation, or wherever.
That is what got me heading in the right direction after spinning my wheels trying to learn about the perfect scientific way of training and eating and blah blah blah, its all crap! There is NO REPLACEMENT for finding out what works for you, and your body alone.[/quote]
I have to disagree…to a degree. To say blatantly that CW programs are NOT conductive to bodybuilding is wrong. Here’s why: A guy coming off of a VERY low volume training program should NOT jump into a very HIGH one (high in comparison to Madcow’s). His body AT THIS POINT IN TIME doesn’t need high volume of work. Probably just a few extra sets than normal.
BUT…I do agree that in the long run, CW’s programs are NOT the best way to go. For one, a bodybuilder should progress into a more volumized program for each muscle group, comething CW’s programs dont really do. And then there’s CW’s constant set/rep changing. Obviously thats not a good thing b/c the whole point to the muscle buildng process is to get stronger, something you cant do if you keep changing things.
So to sum up what im saying…people should progress gradually from low volume/high frwquency programs to high volume/low(er) frequency program. And I simply think this guy is not ready yet for high volume. HighER volume (than madcow’s) for sure. I just think that people starting out dont need alot of sets for a growth response, so they mine as well go total body until they realize they need more volume for a growth response. Like for me for ex. When I started out, 2-3 sets was all I neede for a growth response. Working my entire body in a single session resulted in a total of 24 sets. And my NRG levels remained relatively high throughout the workout. So I mine as well have performed total body workouts. BUT now that my body needs more volume, I split things up, working each muscle group with a volume of about 13 sets and working them every 5-6 days.