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Pillars of Strength

Myself and 7 of my friends are about to begin CT’s “Pillars of Strength” leg specialization program on Monday.

http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=05-067-training

It should be very interesting. The 8 of us include both males and females from 20yrs old up to 51yrs old. We are going to go through it 3 times for a total of 9 weeks. We will also be taking before photos Monday before we start and then after photos at the end of 9 weeks to see what kinds of results we get.

Has anyone done this program before and if so, how did it work for you? If you have pics please post them up.

This is going to be grueling but I am looking forward to it!

Nice! Definately take before and after:

Photo’s
Measurements
Weight
BF %

Go nuts!

[quote]stockzy wrote:
Nice! Definately take before and after:

Photo’s
Measurements
Weight
BF %

Go nuts!

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Thanks stockzy!

I will have it all fully documented. I will probably even take some video.

I hope you all don’t have to do much walking for the next 9 weeks.

Sounds like fun. I wish I could get a bunch of people together to all try the same (or a similar) routine.

It should be interesting. I didn’t read all of the article yet, but do you think CT would recommend a break between doing it over 3 times? Just a thought. It might not be designed for 9 weeks straight.

I’d also love to hear about this. I plan on giving it a try after my current GVT cycle (which, for those that haven’t tried it, is going very well as far as size is concerned) is over.

Oops, never mind.

I just read more of the article:

[quote]After this, you start over again with week one. Each workout will use a different approach to stimulate maximum muscle mass gains. The three approaches we’ll use are:

Workout A: Heavy compound lifting

Workout B: Rest-pause isolation

Workout C: High volume, post-fatigue

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Sorry about that.

[quote]Tbone2005 wrote:
Myself and 7 of my friends are about to begin CT’s “Pillars of Strength” leg specialization program on Monday.

http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=05-067-training

It should be very interesting. The 8 of us include both males and females from 20yrs old up to 51yrs old. We are going to go through it 3 times for a total of 9 weeks. We will also be taking before photos Monday before we start and then after photos at the end of 9 weeks to see what kinds of results we get.

Has anyone done this program before and if so, how did it work for you? If you have pics please post them up.

This is going to be grueling but I am looking forward to it![/quote]

Nice idea! I think doing it once is enough though (i.e. 3 rotations of workouts A, B, & C). Specialisation programmes can start to become counter-productive if you keep them up too long.

I did it before and added just short of an inch to each thigh (measured about a week after completing the programme). I should stress though, that it was the first time I’d done serious hypertrophy work on my legs with a caloric surplus & I was coming off the back of about 9 months of heavy strength training on a caloric defecit - so I doubt if those results would be typical.

Enjoy your first B workout - that’s all I’m sayin’!

[quote]SWR-1240 wrote:
Oops, never mind.

I just read more of the article:
After this, you start over again with week one. Each workout will use a different approach to stimulate maximum muscle mass gains. The three approaches we’ll use are:

Workout A: Heavy compound lifting

Workout B: Rest-pause isolation

Workout C: High volume, post-fatigue

Sorry about that.[/quote]

No problem. In the article CT actually recommends repeating it 3 times for 9 weeks total.

It is great to have a group to work with. I have what I consider to be a really nice home gym and I train all these people which includes my wife. It is very motivating to have people around you with the same goals to push you harder. Most of them just did a slightly modified version of the V-Diet together (1 meal a day) with great success. Me and a couple of the guys are doing a clean bulk together.

In that vain, I have been dropping in on your thread from time to time and congratulations on the success so far. You are doing great! Keep up the hard work!

[quote]engerland66 wrote:
I’d also love to hear about this. I plan on giving it a try after my current GVT cycle (which, for those that haven’t tried it, is going very well as far as size is concerned) is over.[/quote]

I am going to talk to everyone tonight and see how they would feel about me using the pics and info to do a progress log. Some of the women might be sketchy about posting up the pics, but I plan on taking some pics of just the legs so maybe they will be cool with that.

[quote]t-ha wrote:
Tbone2005 wrote:
Myself and 7 of my friends are about to begin CT’s “Pillars of Strength” leg specialization program on Monday.

http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=05-067-training

It should be very interesting. The 8 of us include both males and females from 20yrs old up to 51yrs old. We are going to go through it 3 times for a total of 9 weeks. We will also be taking before photos Monday before we start and then after photos at the end of 9 weeks to see what kinds of results we get.

Has anyone done this program before and if so, how did it work for you? If you have pics please post them up.

This is going to be grueling but I am looking forward to it!

Nice idea! I think doing it once is enough though (i.e. 3 rotations of workouts A, B, & C). Specialisation programmes can start to become counter-productive if you keep them up too long.

I did it before and added just short of an inch to each thigh (measured about a week after completing the programme). I should stress though, that it was the first time I’d done serious hypertrophy work on my legs with a caloric surplus & I was coming off the back of about 9 months of heavy strength training on a caloric defecit - so I doubt if those results would be typical.

Enjoy your first B workout - that’s all I’m sayin’!

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Thanks for the feed back! I will definitely keep an eye out for any signs of over training. We are going to decrease the volume on the upper body and our diets are really dialed in so we will see how it goes.

I haven’t even done the program yet and I already know that the B workout will be the killer one. The one thing everyone is looking forward to about the B routine though is the double dose of Surge. We are hooked on the stuff like a bunch of crack fiends!

[quote]Tbone2005 wrote:
No problem. In the article CT actually recommends repeating it 3 times for 9 weeks total.[/quote]
I think you may have misread that bit. He says rotate the three workouts A, B, C three times “so nine lower body workouts in total.”

Either way, all the best with it.

[quote]t-ha wrote:
Tbone2005 wrote:
No problem. In the article CT actually recommends repeating it 3 times for 9 weeks total.
I think you may have misread that bit. He says rotate the three workouts A, B, C three times “so nine lower body workouts in total.”

Either way, all the best with it.

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I did misread it. I am going to ask CT for a little clarification and I’ll post up his amswer.

Well today was the first workout of Pillars of Strength.

I definitely underestimated routine A. I was looking past it to the next two which seem like they will be tough. I have never done a double pyramid loading scheme in this very structured way. It is VERY effective and very tough when you go heavy enough, but I had an awesome workout and so did my 7 friends. I definitely had nothing left when I was finished.

I was able to go pretty heavy on all the exercises. I actually started lighter than I should have, but definitely made up for it as the sets progressed. I am not sure if it was due to the excitement of starting something new or training legs on the first day of the week but I definitely was stronger.

I usually do legs on Thursday and didn’t realize how beat up and fatigued I am by then.

I logged everything on everyone. I will post some specifics later but after I was done, my thighs were 3/4" bigger because of the pump and hard as a rock. As I am sitting here about 6 hours later, my legs have that aching feeling that is letting me know I kicked their butts today!

So my initial impression of the program is that it is going to be as tough and as awesome as I expected. I definitely expect to get some great results from this!

Well, today is the second workout for the Pillars of Strength program. Seems like everyone’s legs are finally not sore today.

I just got through training my wife and her 2 friends. They did routine B which even on paper looked like it was going to be a killer. Well, it did not disappoint. I wasn’t sure if the girls were going to make it through the Bulgarian split squats. One of them (not the wife) was almost in tears. But in true T-Vixen style they didn’t give up and persevered through it! I am so proud of them.

The rest of us train at night so we will see how things go. At least my other friends did not have to witness the girls as they did it. I think a couple of them might call in sick! Just kidding. It is going to be a tough night, but I am jacked up and looking forward to it. Tonight I am definitely going to have to bust out a can of Spike!

I’ll let you know how things go.

Man! That was something else!

Without a doubt, routine B is one of the most mentally challenging workouts I have ever done. It was very tough and just physically hurt. My legs were so full of blood that it was ridiculous. It was really a test of your character. I think at some point we all wanted to quit. Mine was during the second set of the Bulgarian Squats. I was thinking on one hand surely I have worked them enough, but on the other hand, there was no way I was giving up and I am happy to say that all 8 of us made it through.

If you want a great leg specialization routine, you have got to give this a try.