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The Slippery Slope

[quote]It�¢??s rather easy to slip backwards in terms of strength training and many are not even aware that
they have done so. What happens is they start substituting a less-demanding exercise for a much more
difficult one. This usually starts with replacing good mornings with almost straight-legged deadlifts.
Heavy pulls off the floor are dropped in favor of a variety of pulling movements done with machines.
Back squats remain in the routine, but are done with much lighter poundages so the workout isn�¢??t
so strenuous. High-skill movements are excluded entirely because they have proved to be much too
demanding. Once this process gains momentum, it�¢??s difficult stopping it. Soon, the strength athlete
who spent time making certain that all of his major muscle groups were receiving equal attention is
suddenly spending nearly his whole workout on his upper body.
It becomes a downward spiral, and the only way to stop it is to step back and reexamine your
goals. Do you still want to be stronger than the average bloke waddling around the supermarket
looking for more junk food, or have you given up that idea? What the majority of the people in this
country want is to have their cake and eat it too. They want to be strong and fit, yet they�¢??re unwilling
to put in the effort to make that dream a reality.[/quote]

You may think, at first, that this should belong in the beginners section. This is not aimed at the beginners of T-Nation, this is in fact aimed at those who think they can stand on their own two feet, but are slowly sliding down that slippery slope. A savage slope it is, when your progress is stuttering and your gains are spluttering, and yet you pass it off as being because you are intermediate now, and you can expect to have slower gains, right?

I will be one of the first, in a long time, to admit that I am sliding. I have looked in to the abyss that is my training. I don’t even know how it happened, but I simply stopped writing down my progress. I stopped tracking every day I trained, and I didn’t know exactly what I was meant to be beating.
Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly had a goal. To beat my bench press. To put on size. To do this and that, but I neither qualified or quantified the steps it took to reach those goals. Bodybuilding is hard, I know, because the only quantification you have is the scale. I know that your goals are hard to reach, and each steak, and every liter of milk you drink seems to count, and that is all you know. But you need to overload…

[quote]Overloading as a training tool only works well if you keep accurate records of all of your
workouts. You multiply the number of reps done by the amount of weight on an exercise, and when
you get those totals you add them all together to get the total workload for that day. From those, you
can find your daily, weekly, and monthly totals. This will give you a numerical picture of what you
did during the month and you can use that information to lay out and revise your program for the
following month.
If this sounds complicated, it isnâ??t. Itâ??s simple math. What makes such a chart so valuable
is that you can find your weaker areas at a glance and make the necessary changes in your program
to strengthen them. Get a notebook and start writing down all of your workouts, including all the
primary and auxiliary exercises, sets, tops, and how much weight was used. Then youâ??ll be ready to
calculate workload and be in a position to use the overloading principle sensibly.[/quote]

It sounds simple, but I am going to ignore what I thought I needed to do. I am going to forget the voices in my head that tell me X is better than Y. I am going to go back to basics, because that is what I need. My body may be far beyond the basics, but it could also be far behind the basics too. I don’t want to guess anymore. I don’t want to gripe over how advanced I am. I will write everything down, and I will see my progress in the records, and with it should come gains.

I am going back to basics. I am Starting Strength.

great post and what you talk about is very true. Constant reassesment of your program is necessary for those who aren’t really advanced or don’t know what they are doing too well. Sometimes people simply forget that observable gains in bodybuilding come over long periods of time and so start switching hard exercises for easier ones because “come on, it’s not like its gonna really matter if I squat today or not.” And after that happens for the first time it starts becoming a habit.

[quote]myself1992 wrote:
great post and what you talk about is very true. Constant reassesment of your program is necessary for those who aren’t really advanced or don’t know what they are doing too well.[/quote]

I’d argue it is 100% necessary for everyone

you should treat your training as a part time job or small buisiness and your product is your progress . constantly acess reacess and make slight adjustments as you need .