Whenever you think you know everything, ...
On my casual morning visit to the SuppVersity (a daily ritual of mine), I came across one of Adel's (Dr. Andro's) most recent articles in his "Step to step guide to your own workout routine" series. I was going through the article, noting a few interesting points, when a certain word, or rather a phrase caught my attention:
"Do 100… if you want to build muscle or get into shape, pick one of the basic exercises, like squats, pull-ups, push-ups, farmers walk, etc. and do 100 reps in as much sets as it takes; try to reduce the number of sets from workout to workout - with the high intensity and the build-in progression, it is quasi impossible that you don't see results."I thought about that for a second. Increase workload to the point of overkill, and with the combination of progression, increased tension, and stress to the muscles, give your body no other chance than to grow? Right! I felt like the guys in those comic strips with the light-bulbs over their heads and the "enlightened" expression on their faces. My creative juices began to flow and I could already see myself training according to my twist of the training philosophy I had just read about... “Do 100”!
Conquering Dr. Andro's "Do 100"
I started brainstorming. First I picked several compound exercises; and, just as Adel's write up said, I picked those exercises I know work best for me - those, where I "don't just move the weight", but "really feel the muscles contract"; those that allow for an optimal mind-muscle connection; and my first choices for chest + shoulders were...
|Image 1: Click on the image to check out the "best" chest exercises in the SuppVersity EMG Series|
- Smith bench press to clavicles
- Hammer strength/ or DB incline presses
- Hammer strength decline presses
- Cable cross-over fly’s
- BB jammer presses
- DB incline side laterals/ or DB isolated lateral raises
- DB front raises
I did the math: With 5-7 exercises and 50 reps for each, I could split those in 5 sets of 10... ok, that would not actually be 100 total reps for each, and neither "only" 100 reps for the total workout, but it would be an intense combination of exercises of which I know that I can benefit from doing them, i.e. 5-7 productive exercises a 50 reps with those reps distributed across roughly 5 sets of 10 reps each... that would be a total of 250-450 reps - sounds wicked!
"Wicked" as as in 2wickedly mad" or "wicked" as in "wickedly productive"?
Before starting or moving forward with a new training regimen, I always like to take a step back and evaluate - in this case the main question was pretty obvious:
|Image 3: Arnold Schwarzenegger's 7(!) Mr. Olympia titles certainly speak to the efficiency of insane training sessions... it should be noted, though, that contrary to Adelfo, Arnold's most anabolic supplement was not Myotropic's Physique 2.0 total milk + WM HDP based meal supplement ;-)|
- Can I handle the workload? I’m pretty confident in myself, and know what my body can endure. I feel like I've been pumping iron long enough to have both the strength and the endurance, it will take to train intense from rep one to rep four-hundred-fifty. And I’ve been finding myself wanting to do more even after my training sessions, as of late (maybe a consequence of the increased caloric intake in this "mini-bulk", see last installment).
- Am I trying to do too much? Obviously, I may be trying to do too much; and that even to a point, where some of you, my dear readers (and I suspect Dr. Andro, the voice of reason *rofl*, as well), may think that this is ridiculous, but you’ll never know until you try. I always like to push the envelope and challenge myself, and to be honest; I really feel that my body needs to be pushed right now.
- Will this be beneficial towards my goals, or counter productive? Now, being able to do something and to benefit from it are two very different animals.
"Do 100… if you want to build muscle or get into shape, pick one of the basic exercises, like squats, pull-ups, push-ups, farmers walk, etc. and do 100 reps in as much sets as it takes; try to reduce the number of sets from workout to workout - with the high intensity and the build-in progression, it is quasi impossible that you don't see results."This quote summed it up for me! When I first read this paragraph; all I read was “build muscle”, “100 reps”, “high intensity”, “build-in progression”, and “impossible that you don’t see results”, and that’s all I needed to see to get excited *lol* (Come one, you were excited, too, right?). It just made sense to me. The only way I see this being counter productive, is if I don’t implement proper rest to let my body recover, and proper nutrition to drive my workouts, and to aid my body to recover, rebuild and grow!
These days the success, or I should say, the popularity of a training program is not only determined by the results it will yield (unfortunately), but also by its name. When I was thinking about an appropriate label, the term "overkill" appeared to describe the principle most accurately; and I guess, you will agree - at the latest, when you see the overall workload of a single workout.
Actually, I had planned to test drive the following three workouts next week, but being so excited about the whole concept, I could not resist and jumped right into the torture yesterday. Kicking it off with my "arm day" (simply because this was on my schedule, anyways):
|Figure 1: MOTP Arm Workou (workout 3, Wednesdays); * signifies that the exercises are done in a superset fashion|
You will perish, if you don't leave your ego at the door
What remains to be seen, though is whether my ego can do the same. I mean, I kept pushing myself hard, but there is a time point, where it does not take much weight to make your muscle burn like fire - and that even more than at the beginning of the session, when you were still pumping with twice or thrice the amount of weight. I know that it will be difficult, but I will have to pace myself throughout the workout, and lift the weights that will allow me to complete the given number of sets and reps - no more, no less:
|Figure 2: Chest + Shoulder (workout 1, Mondays; top) and Back + Traps (workout 2, Tuesdays; bottom)|
I’ll give you all an update next week to let you know if this program was a success or not, and I’ll also shoot some videos, so that you all can get an idea of how things are working out for me. So, stay tuned until next week!