Sometimes I feel that with all the programs available and all the expert strength coaching advice, we tend to overcomplicate things. With the arrival of Charles Staley’s EDT program, I realized that training should be less complicated. I’ve been using EDT training for a few weeks now, and I really like the idea behind it. My workouts are short, intense, and fairly high volume with improvements nearly every week. But I’ve taken it a step further. I’ve simplified my training to include what I feel are the most basic exercises.
For example, my leg day consisted of front squats, deadlifts and seated/standing calf raises. I spent 20 minutes each on squats and deadlifts which came to 5-6 sets of 5-6 reps. It was a simple, yet extremely effective workout. For my back/triceps day, I use chins/dips, seated rows/triceps extensions and t-bar rows/reverse grip pushdowns. I do 15-minute time frames and complete about 5-7 sets per time frame. For chest/biceps/shoulders, I’ve been focusing on incline benches soley for chest - 20-25 minutes. And hammer curls, dummbell curls and preacher curls (in 10-minute time frames) for biceps. For shoulders, I finish with standing overhead presses.
I’m sure some of you feel that there isn’t enough variety, but with the use of the most basic exercises, you are covering all bases. And every few weeks, I rotate exercises so that it never becomes stale, and I don’t cause any muscle imbalances. So I think it’s important to keep your workouts simple. Why do 5-10 different exercises per bodypart when one or two will work you more thouroughly? This is just a thought I’ve had the last few weeks, and I can attest that it’s working quite well for me. I see too many people trying to put together overcomplicated programs when they would make much better progress just sticking to a few of the basics.