I’m going to hijack this thread and ask some questions of my own…
Is this setup with a relatively low frequency per lift likely to work just as well for a smaller, weaker individual who won’t be able to inflict as much damage to his body as a bigger, stronger person?
To what do you attribute such a massive increase in your deadlift? I mean of course it’s a good program but there’s got to be something else going on here too?
Would it make sense to combine the setup with a step-loading pattern with an increased workload over 3-4 weeks followed by a deload, or would that just make things needlessly complicated for no real benefit?
I would do more carries on the squat and deadlift sessions and increase their length. I don’t like to do cardio around training because it raises AMPK which turns off mTor… when training you are activating mTor which amps up protein synthesis… if you turn it off by doing cardio it’s a bad idea. Personally I want to lose fat right now so I’m doing easy cardio on the non training days… I’m talking cardio that doesn’t require recovery… like fast walking on an incline for 30-45 minutes
Read my tip on deloads… I prefer to use the first week of a new phase as a “deload”… the new exercises or methods will force you to go a it easier anyway, I hate to waste a week by deloading when the first week of the next block is automatically going to be less intense anyway.
You can use a step-like approach for the weeks though.
How are you structuring the week diet-wise? Off days no carbs? Training days medium-high carbs? What would be a nice approach according to this program design to lose fat and gain (or retain) strenght?
Read my previous article on turning rest days into growth days. Understand this: when I design programs it is always with the goal of gaining maximum strength and size. I rarely write a program with fat loss in mind (unless it is specified in the article). I do not really like when people ask how to use one of my growth/strength programs to lose fat since it is sure to limit the effectiveness of the plan.
CT it may just be a mental thing, but is training each group only once a week enough to result in maximum growth? It seems that everything you hear is frequency, frequency, frequency. Thanks for all the advice you post up.
When you squat and deadlift all of your lower body muscles are involved… YES the squat is more quads dominant and the deadlift is more posterior chain dominant, but in both cases all the lower body muscles still work and receive a training effect.
When you bench and overhead press all the pressing muscles also receive some stimulation. Granted the delts will work more in the overhead lift and the pec less… but in both there is still activity from the delts, pecs and triceps, enough to stimulate them.
The back is trained on the deadlift day but when you bench press properly it is involved in the bench also, in fact I often get a lats pump from the bench. And if you do loaded carries on both lower body days, the back receive some work there too.
Only the biceps receive some stimulation only once a week. But you can do a few sets on the upper body days if you want.
Always love digging through this forum for the wealth of info you drop here, thanks for that. A question from a stimulus addict that might help out others in this thread.
Do you have any general rules for “Training minimums” or Maximums ? I know Waterbury has his rules (15 reps for strength, 25-50 for hypertrophy depending on initial load) so I was wondering if you had any generic recommendations based on your experience with your trainees.
This could be a form of a “training insurance” for us stimulus addicts that let us know we have crossed a threshold of training for the minimum, and dont want to go beyond for a maximum. I understand there are individual differences, as many as there are trainees, but since you have trained thousands I wonder if you have picked up any trends.
Wow!! I literally was debating all week since you put out the Growth Day article whether or not to ask (or hoping someone else on the forum would ask) for a recommendation on a training split, glad I waited, so awesome you put this follow-up article CT!
My only other 3 questions were going to be…
Could calves, forearms, neck and possibly abs be trained on a growth day since they usually recover quickly?
If not, could you add those in as a 2nd night time session during the Training days if someone trains with limited time during the mornings?
How do you feel about Two-a-day Training sessions if you do Strength work in the A.M. and light Pump work in the P.M. with this program? Would it matter as long as you stick with not training at all on Growth days?
Pros: you will be fresher for the pump work since you’ll have some recovery time and a few more meals in you. It might increase protein synthesis for slightly longer. You might have a better mind-muscle connection in the second session because the muscles will be more sensitive.
Cons: you miss out on the activation effect of the heavy work. Doing the heavy work then moving on to the isolation worl will help you recruit more muscle fibers in the isolation work. It can easily make you do a loit more training volume and as a result you might hurt your progress.
From my experience, twoi-a-days often end up being of an excessive cumulative volume. And since it is divided into two sessions you rarely notice it.
I feel that two-a-days are an acceptable occasional strategy if that is the only way to get all your work in, but it should not be a usual training approach. Especially if you know that you are prone to doing too much.