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OVT training


#1

I posted this in CT's forum but got no response so i'll try here
I just finished up an 8 week cycle of HST and got decent results. Now I am looking to start a bout of OVT as everything I have read about it has been positive. I have few questions before I start. The first is should you do eight straight weeks of OVT or 4 weeks then 2 lower intensity and volume weeks and then back to OVT for 4 more weeks. I have read the article and it sounds like 8 straight but on the forum I have heard others talk about 2 phases. COuld you clear this up for me.
Next question is training. I will be taking this week off as it is finals week and wondering what I should do next. I have a bottle of Mag-10 sitting around and really would like to use soon. I am wondering if I should give it a try during the first 2 weeks of OVT or maybe do another program for 2 weeks and then switch to OVT after that. Sorry for the long post and thanks for any help you can give me.


#2

Hey my man,
Your best bet is to do the first 4 weeks of OVT Phase I followed by 2 weeks of lower volume training (I think CT recommended 2-3 training days of 2 sets per muscle group...with HIGH intensity). Then do phase II of OVT. You should be good to go! As for the mag-10...I have no idea, but I am sure somone will hop on here and have some imput on the matter....Tony G


#3

thanks for the clarification tony. Does anyone have any input on the Mag-10 usage?


#4

Mag 10 usage? Use it right when you start the new program to get the double effect of new training stimulation plus better anabolic environment.


#5

Does anyone find that OVT is too high in volume? Essentially you're doing 5x5 eight times per workout. Although the total reps are the same or lower than GVT, that's a lot of sets.


#6

I think that OVT is a great program for your MAG-10 cycle, in fact, I just started the OVT/MAG-10 combo myself. However, I do not recommend jumping right into OVT after your week off. The reason: painful, debilitating soreness. I suggest that you ease back into training with at least a week of somewhat low volume strength training (5X5 or something), and then when you do start OVT, take full advantage of any available recovery techniques (ice showers, cryotherapy...)


#7

drex-o: How are you taking the mag-10? one or 2 doses per day? Are you planning on using it for just the 1st two weeks of your OVT? I would be interested to hear about you plan for OVT with the mag-10 including diet.


#8

I like the idea behind OVT. Some body parts I can can do the whole program, on some I have trouble. For those parts I adapted the program and do the them on successive days in a different split. ie. legs and back two days but half the leg exercises on one day and half on the other. naturally i keep the supersetting. i'm finding this quite effective.