I see this sort of thing often and its really starting to annoy me. No guys im not talking about newbz wondering why doing bicep curls every day isnt making their arms grow. Nor am i ranting about people who call themselves hardgainers who just dont know how to eat (those topics have already been done to death)
Im talking about this sort of thing:
I’ll outline the general gist of it all for those of us who are too lazy read it. the author basically lays down the laws of body building.
"Workout Plan Commandments
- Thou shalt workout each body part once a week
- Thou shalt workout 5 times a week (pick the days that suit you)
- Thine workouts shall never last more than 45 minutes
- Thou shalt stay within the optimum muscle-building rep range of 8-12
- Thou shalt lift for 1-2 seconds and lower for 2 seconds per rep
- Thou shalt seek Progressive Overload every week (you need to keep written logs of your workout progress!)
- Thou shalt take 1.5 to 2 minutes rest between sets
- Thou shalt perform at least 6 sets, and at most 9 sets for each muscle group"
Okay you can see the points in some of his rules.
Rule 1 and 3 is to avoid overtraining and catabolism. Rule 6 is to ensure progress etc.
He then lays out his training program. Note a whole day devoted to biceps. 9 sets for biceps in total. Check out his day for chest a triceps. 6 sets for triceps. 6 sets for legs? Either his biceps are far to undertrained or his legs and triceps are too massive…wait actaully i have another idea…its more likely that this guy doesnt realise his triceps are twice the size of his biceps.
This guy has really no idea what hes on about. Lets say i workout for 60 mins. Anything wrong with that? NO! What if I workout 4 days per week? Anything wrong with that? No! What if I use low reps? No! What if im struggling to lift a weight and it takes me 2.5 seconds to lift instead of 2? No! NO! NO! NO!!!
The worst thing is that people new to lifting are going to use this workout for themselves. Unlike the “hardgainer” who just doesnt eat enough of the new guy who cant get his arms to grow from 25 sets of curls a day this guy is actaully teaching other people harmful stuff…
1- Dont generalise so much! To progress in body building you will need to put your body under strain. You go through peroids of high reps, low reps, workout out for 30 mins working out for 60 mins, working out once a day, working out twice a day. Taking long rest between sets. taking shorter rests between sets etc etc etc.
2- Dont give out advice if you dont know what your on about! There are enough idiots around giving out shit info.
I probably come across as a bit of an idiot myself. Im in no way claiming to be a know it all expert, but this stuff is just common sense…
feel free to point out anything or bag the shit outa me if your bored …