Observations week one

As I wrap up week one there are several key bits of information I am carrying into week two. All in all

  • Strength is up
  • Body weight is up 200.6lbs ( just under 2 pounds gain)
  • Frequency is definitely to be questioned at this point since as my strength and intensity increases I am experiencing the need to employ logic to my training despite my training enthusiasm. I love training so much and always have that the greatest risk I run with training is my desire to train everyday. Training enthusiasm left unchecked will quickly lead to over training, especially without the additional help of anabolics.
  • Training split I have been utilizing has me training (3) different days.
    • Chest/Lats/Traps
    • Deltoids/Biceps/Triceps
    • Quads/Hams/Calves

I am first making a switch to set training days and keeping the (3) day split. After two weeks if the results indicate the need I shall reduce to a (2) day split and eventually reduce to a (1) whole body original Jone’s style routine once every 4-5 days and eventually increase rest between to 7-8 days.

With this progression my training days shall be Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

I do very confidently believe a (2) day split will be the next/ needed progression

I know I missed logging two workouts but rather than do it all here I shall start writing down my workouts in a notebook and making certain to do so daily.

Sundays workout 5/26/2019 Delts/Biceps/Triceps

Deltoids

  • Hammer Side lateral machine ( 2 progressive warmups followed by 1 set to Failure) 1×95/11F
  • Cable X rear delt raises ( 2 progressive warmups followed by 1 set to Failure) 1×22.5/11F

Biceps

  • Incline dumbell Curls (2 warmups, 4-1-3 cadence) 1×35/11F
  • Machine Preecher curls 110/5F

Triceps

  • Hammer seated tricep extension 1×110/8F
  • Machine tricep drips 1×190/11F

Nostalgia…IRON…community..

As I have been in this beautiful Iron Game since the age of fourteen I truly miss the old magazines, waiting for the issues to show up at local bookstores ( well before B&N became the only bookstores), the mail order supplement companies that would ship my Beverly liver tabs, Aminos and Protein (giving me a head start with it shipping COD- thats cash on delivery kiddies…yes cash or check). I miss the shorter competition lists and the lack of #Pro’s I see cluttered on IG today offering their “Expert” coaching whatever that means. Quite frankly I miss “gear” being a right to only those with intent on competition and even so after they have initially embarked on that journey being boosted only by training acumen and learning how foods effect their personal physiology.

I miss hard work in the gym and I miss fewer gyms. I miss bodybuilding Gyms being a different place than fitness centers. I miss bodybuilding being a right to those who have had the audacity to stand in front of a small crowd of close friends and strangers in shiny trunks Vulnerable and confident at the same time. I miss oriningal MetRx, I miss Original Blairs protein, I miss Phosphogen HP (Fruit Punch please ), I miss Ironman magazines, I miss TMicheal tops and Platinum everywhere. I miss the bonds that came along with being in the Tribe. We totally fit Seth Godins “People Like US do things like THIS”.

We are not Powerlifters, crossfitters, strongmen or ladies, or the endless training modalities I see online today.

We are bodybuilders. Now instead of being concentrated where we go we are divided into misery all separated and in local facilities.

I still believe that there is something special in digging deep and making a special place just for us. Its not a bad thing. Everyone is welcome but with that welcome and cordiality comes the acceptance that we do things this way here. We are bodybuilders and this is our spot.

Sorry for the off daily focus rant above. See, I began this journey daydreaming in high school about being Mr.Universe, about designing my gym. Drawing equipment plans. Designing floorplans til wee hours in the morning. I walked 3 miles a day to train until I could no longer walk. I cannot help at 47 to believe it can absolutely full circle.

From Boodleys gym at Olney avenue shopping center to every awesome gym I have trained in its still alive in me. The question is If I build it…..Will they COME?

and Do they silently miss that community we let slip away?

Welcome to the Gun show

Nice title huh? Cheesy yes! I know. This mornings workout was a HIT Heavy Duty Shoulder / Bicep & Tricep day. Since I am leaving all pressing to Chest workouts which will also fatigue the anterior deltoids I am focusing on lateral and posterior deltoids .

What I am attempting to implement in my version of HD is to incorporate much better bio mechanics in the selection of exercises. I am utilizing much of the information lifelong bodybuilding champion Doug Bignole covers in his essential new 900 page ebook. (see link )

Doug Brignole website/ Introduction to The Physics of fitness

Today’s training began with walking in with a predetermine course of events in my mind. I find that showing up and going with the flow is a setup for a junk training session.

Once again, No cellphone, No Texts , No web, no selfies..

and here we go

Delts

  1. Seated side lateral machine raises (5-2-5 cadence) 2 low rep warm ups then 1xF 80lbs/7 (last repetition 5 second hold and superslow negative
  2. cable X rear delt extensions (4-1-2) 2 warmups 1xF 22.5lbs/6 repetitions

Biceps

  1. Standing alternate cable curls ( 4-1-4 cadence) 2 progressive warmups 1×27.5lb/8
  2. Machine preecher curls (5-2-3 cadence) 1xF 110lb/5 with 5 second intense static hold and negative

Triceps

  1. Seated Tricep extensions ( 4-1-4 cadence ) 2 progressive warmups then 1xF110/6
  2. Seated Tricep Dip machine (4-2-4 cadence with intense lockout contraction) 1×170/9

and thats all kids

Friday Legs is next ….have a great day today

Train HARD or Train Long, NOT BOTH

Arthur Jones famous quote is today’s title and how absolutely TRUE

The early morning HIT session was Back/ Traps/Chest. Yes, I made the decision to switch up things a bit. I was up at 4:30am and below is my bullet list and actual workout

Upon waking

1 serving Organic beets powder with 24oz lemon water , Multi vit/min, Vescepa Fish oil

1 Cup Allegro light roast coffee

Training

Lats/Traps

  • Dumbell Pullover ( 4-1-4 cadence) 60,80 (warmups) 100/9F superset immediately with:
  • Hammer UH pulldown Iso (4-1-4 cadence) 60,80 (warmups) 1×100 Rest Pause Failure 5, rp3, rp2 (10 total)
  • Dumbell Shrugs (hold each rep in contraction 1 sec) 80(warmup) 1×100/13F superset with
  • Supported rows (each rep 2 second hold in contacted position) 1×90/7

Chest

  • pec deck fly (4-1-4 cadence) 115 (warmup) 1xF 145/13 superset with
  • Incline Press ISO (4-1-4 cadence) 1xF 100/4 immediately to
  • V bar dips (bodyweight) (4-1-4) 1xF/6

and Thats it. 35 minutes in all

Post training walk with my pup ACE and then 5gm creatine , 4 softboiled Organic eggs (one yolk), 1 cup whole oats with banana and berries

Tomorrow morning is Delts/ Biceps and Triceps

I have to figure a manner to take and post pictures/ videos however unlike the many people I witness in the gyms today- I do NOT carry a cellphone in the gym- I TRAIN and in between I think about the work.

Can anyone imagine Arthur Jones or Mike Mentzer’s reaction to generation “selfie”?

Rest? Text? Selfie? I do not think Mike would of been in generation “selfie”

What looks possible is shooting some video content and pictures at a set time early this summer at my big brothers Home Mecca gym.

In the meantime I will keep the regular updates and have a blast

Phones down! weights up!

Deconstructing HIT one repetition at a time

As I have begun embarking on the Heavy Duty journey I am going to write this post to serve the purpose of

  1. Providing the starting point for my journey
  2. Providing the iteration that my particular HD will take on.

*I gave serious consideration to performing the routine verbatim however upon reflection I am choosing to not ignorantly abandon progress and evolved insights. These considerations should prove to impact in many facets of HD version T2 ( nice ring to it ).

The starting point and the scale I shall use at waking point once per week has me at 198.2lbs

I will be doing weekly Sunday morning weigh ins in conjunction with Progress pictures ( just to keep in check that indeed weight gain is not fat gain which I do not desire).

I am ultimately looking to naturally find a good weight that allows me to keep making steady refinements and progress.

As for the training framework I am going to begin posting workouts, all poundage’s and reps (to my best ability as I do lose track when in that zone of torturing myself to the limit)

The split I plan to follow is as follows

  • Back Traps Delts
  • Chest Biceps Triceps
  • Quads Hamstrings Calves

I plan to train by instinct when it comes to days off with limits

  • No more than 2 consecutive training days
  • No more than maximum 4 weekly training sessions

Workouts are going to incorporate Old and New, traditional failure, rest pause and pre exhaustion principles, new innovative exercises and equipment plus standby Nautilus iconic pieces.

The difference will be in the laser focused adherence to HIT principles.

The entire journey will be very interactive and very open to rational iteration IF and when progress should halt.

So, that is my start point. Today May 19th 2019 my workout was as listed below.

7am ( gym doors open time)

  • Cybex Leg press ( 4 second negative cadence , no bounce, 4 second positive ) worked 4 increasing weight sets to final 1×820/13
  • Hammer Hack Squat (superslow) warmup 2x then 1x 250lb/15
  • Leg Extension 1×145/12
  • Seated Hamstring curl 1×145/9
  • Calfs on hammer raise 4x superslow

That is IT

Next workout Tuesday 21st Back Traps Delts

Till then keep INTENSE

Preparing to test drive Heavy Duty

As I prepare to embark on a 6 week course of Heavy Duty training there are some subjects to cover as well as a plan to lay out so I can document the results and post a program snapshot.

First and foremost is the need for a training partner. I will be going to war with longtime friend and competitor Monte Plumb. The need as our mentor Mr.Universe Greg Long attests is that a good training partner pushes us to go beyond on a daily basis and is absolutely essential when digging deep into the mental part of the game that comes with pushing into the realm of true Heavy Duty training!

Selecting the workout days/ and exercises and further which exact units will be used is key as well since it will allow us to best record and measure progress.

The split Monte and I have chosen is a slight iteration on the Heavy Duty posted program.

Training days will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday

The split will be

Day 1 Chest/ Lats/Traps

Day 2 Deltoids/Biceps/Triceps

Day 3 Quads/ Hamstrings/Calves

This allows one day to be hit twice in a week rotation and that to change weekly. That second workout is where we plan to deploy extra intensification tactics such as:

Rest Pause sets- by resting or taking a 10- to 15-second pause between each rep you can actually help increase your strength Opens a New Window. and muscle hypertrophy Opens a New Window. . Restpause training. Opens a New Window. breaks down one set into numerous mini-sets, with 10- to 15-second rests in between.

Eccentric only sets- (also known as negative trainingis a technique that allows you to push your muscles past their normal point of failure. This allows you to lift, eccentrically, 30 to 40 percent more weight that you could normally handle (concentrically).

Giant Sets- ( a Milos Sarcev influence) Giant sets are an advanced weight training technique used to shock the muscles and increase the rate at which muscle strength, density, and size are realized. …Giant sets are performed on one muscle group at a time and generally consist of performing 3 or more exercises per muscle group.

This weeks friday workout will be at the home gym for Monte and I with Greg Longs Gym just outside Philadelphia. We plan to train there every Friday to do Photo and scale updates and the final workout of each week.

Having the guidance and insight of Greg and Dennis Long will prove extremely valuable and that gym- the best energy and equipment if you are truly seeking to make amazing goals a reality!

Next post I will outline the diet- The “180 Diet” which is the Champion maker and developed over 50+ years by Greg Long and we plan to cover it inside and out both here and in the podcast- stay tuned and empoewered!

https://youtu.be/JV-HxzUwfz4 Your Sacrifice- Greg Long, Champion, Icon, Legend, Friend

Respect the Pullover

One thing that remains a absolute cult favorite and justifiably so is the attachment many Old Schoolers’ have for the Nautilus Pullover machine which has developed a mystique for its role as a core element in some of the sports greatest backs namely Mike Mentzer and Dorian Yates.

Pullover and Pulldown combo!

If you can locate a Old School gym with some of the early Nautilus pieces especially the “combo” units you will absolutely be able to minimize transition time in the pre exhaustion sequences .

Preexhaust, as the name implies, is pre-fatiguing or pre-tiring a certain muscle of a body part (e.g., chest, legs, deltoids) using an isolation or “single-joint” exercise first and then finishing with one or two compound or “multiple-joint” movement(s).

In the case of the Lats this comes from a brutal super set of Nautilus Pullovers to Underhand Lat Pull down (Both to momentary muscular failure or beyond)

Next post I will dig into what momentary muscular failure looks like, why this program more than any requires a training partner and some of the intensification techniques to pull out periodically.

As for workout 2 Tuesday/Friday:

Lats:

  1. Nautilus Pullovers
  2. Close grip underhand Pulldowns (2 cycles to Failure)
  3. One arm Rows ( Strict and to Failure)

Traps: ( Often trainers use the term BACK for the entire posterior – WRONG! ..The Traps as the illustration shows are a major muscle group with a entirely separate movement pattern than Lats.

Traps:

  1. Dumbell or Nautilus Shrugs
  2. Upright Rows 2 supersets to Failure

Delts:

  1. Side Lateral raises (Strict)
  2. Shoulder Press ( Strict) 2 superset cycles with rep ranges 10-15 to Failure
  3. Rear deltoid laterals 2 sets to failure ( 10-15 repetitions)

Biceps:

  1. Preferred Curl (for me it is Standing alternate dumbell curls) Reps 8-12 superseted with
  2. Close grip Chin ups (Once 8 strict repetitions are able to be performed with body weight add additional poundages) 2 supersets

If you cannot perform a strict Chinup following curls, jump into contacted position- Hold and control superslow eccentric lowering for 4-6 reps

Til next time!

Mike Mentzer and Heavy Duty training

Technically there is a training “tree” that I have always been deeply fascinated with. That is the lineage stemming from Arthur Jones.

Arthur Jones was a force of nature and his impact and legacy can be seen in the brands he invented, Nautilus Inc and MedX Inc, both of which produce to this day the absolute finest exercise machines period for building the body.

Mike branded his specific High Intensity training Heavy Duty and its evolution began in the late 1970’s. I had the privilege to train with Mike in the late ’90s at which point I was embarked on my first competition period and at that point Mike was advocating a very brief and infrequent protocol.

We may dig into that Heavy Duty phase II and even Arthur Jone’s original 12 exercise programs such as used in the “Colorado experiment” and measure and document progress during later training phases. https://physicalculturestudy.com/2014/12/29/how-to-gain-63-pounds-of-muscle-in-28-days-the-infamous-colorado-experiment/

For now the topic will be Mike and his take on training intensity, volume, and frequency. We will discuss exercises, form as well as recovery.

Part 1 of the Workout as Mike published it in the late 70’s was as listed ( and we shall discuss)

Monday and Thursday:

Legs:

Leg extensions

Leg presses

Squats (barbell) (1 triset to Failure after warm up)

Leg curls 1 set Failure

Calf raises 2-3 sets

Chest:

1.Dumbell flyes

2. Incline press (Db/BB or machine) (2 supersets to Failure after warm up)

Triceps:

  1. Tricep pushdown
  2. Dips (2 supersets to Failure after warm up)
Heavy Duty partial Squats

Episode 2 Ric Drasin, Golden era bodybuilding Icon

Today was my first ever recorded call interview with a dear friend, mentor and Icon, Ric Drasin.

My interview does not do this legend justice however it is part of the process. Start! Create ugly work first and repeat until I wake up one day and I actually can say it is good..I welcome you all on my journey especially while I am learning.

Ric’s website

 

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Ric Drasin on his start in the Iron Game

When nobody cares

As a professional I am amazed at both the opportunities in today’s marketplace as much as I am the limitations.

The limitless opportunities to connect and provide something real to a specific consumer has never been so real.

The limitations in trying to please everyone has also never been so real either.

Nobody cares unless Somebody cares

Brands are so adverse to risk when the greatest opportunities are proportionally attached to the risk of getting specific on WHO and WHAT.

Is it a coincidence BIG brands cannot seem to spend their way to the ubiquitous successes of past glory? I think not. Its the sign that things are working we just have not adjusted as professionals.

24 years ago when my career began it was much more favorable to be one of the Big brands with a wall of skus in every store and to be in every store in the specialty space.

Now those big brands are at a loss. We are in the age of connection and brands that are very specific in what they do, why they do it and ultimately who they do it for.

That is a tough nut to crack for the big brands

The challenge as a professional is where to add the value? Where are we most needed?

I believe that the greatest constraints for big brands is to get out of the “Group think” mentality that accompanies the status quo. To be the one that asks why not and delivers value that is creatively outside conventional thinking. That comes with much criticism as I am experiencing in my career.

Giving people what they want often times serves neither the brand or the professional. It is the goal that matters most.

The small brands that often start from a true desire to solve a specific problem for a specific community have a different constraint altogether- Strategic “conscious” understanding of the process and the ability to navigate this as a experienced adviser to the team.

There is not a map and what we leverage is not relationships to speed the process. The work is the work. The brands part of the deal always remains to its customers and creating experiences for them.

There are lists of questions to be honestly discussed….but it really starts with getting specific because Nobody cares…except specifically somebody