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Ellington Darden

JThorpe wrote:
Dear Dr. Darden:

I have been reading a lot about Med X equipment, and especially their "Core Spinal Machines". Apparently no conventional lower back exercises come remotely close to isolating the lumbar muscles as perfectly as the Core Lumbar machine. According to MedX you can be fantastically fit, yet have very weak lumbar strength. What is your opinion on this subject, and what can I do using your methods to work the lumbar area effectively?

thanks,

Joseph Thorpe


The MedX machine really targets the lumbar spine. I recommend it highly.

Ellington

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JThorpe

Dear Dr. Darden:

what conventional exercises come closest to duplicating the lumbar isolation that the MedX Lumbar machine is capable of?
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Ellington Darden

JThorpe wrote:
Dear Dr. Darden:

what conventional exercises come closest to duplicating the lumbar isolation that the MedX Lumbar machine is capable of?


If I had to pick two, I'd say the still-legged deadlift and the prone back raise.

Ellington

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mnmwagoner

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Darden,
I have been doing HIT now for a couple of weeks. It was a little stressful at first because I have to vary where I workout. I work in one town and live in another and I have a rotating schedule. But, now that I am getting into the swing of things, the HIT routines are becoming more focused and my intensity is picking up.

This is the first time in my life that I have felt like I really have a lot of support in achieving the fitness and physique I have always wanted. Thanks for the books and the web-site. All of the articles are really helping me stay motivated and on-course.

Matthew
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mnmwagoner

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Darden,

I work out at two seperate gyms with two different makes of machines due to my work schedule. Does it matter as long as I am taking notes for each? Or, should I attempt to just work out at one or the other?

Matt
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Ellington Darden

Matt,

If you're not that experienced, then I'd stick to one gym and one group of machines . . . at least, for six months or so.

Ellington
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fabricio B. L.

Texas, USA

Hi doc,I am reding your book(the new hit),I can tell that Its changed my life,in the last page you showed this web site for readers.

I have a lot of questions about many things,but I need to know what could you tell me abot steroids.The hit routines mixed with a especific cycle would be great?
Please,answer my question,I need so much talk to you!!!
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fabricio B. L.

Texas, USA

Hi doc,I am reding your book(the new hit),I can tell that Its changed my life,in the last page you showed this web site for readers.

I have a lot of questions about many things,but I need to know what could you tell me abot steroids.The hit routines mixed with a especific cycle would be great?
Please,answer my question,I need so much talk to you!!!
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kjo4jc

I'm new to training on my bowflex and have been using the plans in Dr. Darden's "Bowflex Body Plan" book.

Pushing to muscle breakdown and then adding 10 pounds the next workout has been going great for me but now I'm at the max weight on the machine for Leg Press, Leg Extension, and Leg Press.

Since I cannot add more weight I just do reps until I have a breakdown.

Now since this is going beyond the 8-12 reps recommended, am I really only hurting myself by going on to 20+ reps?

Thanks for any help!
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Ellington Darden

kj,

Perform your maxed-out exercises with one leg and then the other. That should help.

Ellington

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MCarty18

Colorado, USA

Dr. Darden,
I've recently begun using HIT, this week in fact. But I have been lifting weights for about two years.

Anyway I'm currently using the Beginner HIT routine and I was just wondering is it alright to use a bench press machine rather than the barbell bench press since I can't find a spotter.
Thank you very much for writing the New HIT.
All the Best,
Matt
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Ellington Darden

Matt,

Sure that's fine.

Ellington
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pyro13g

Ohio, USA

Leg Excercises on a Bowflex.

I also maxed it out and can't add more power rods. So I do leg extensions one leg at a time. I assume one leg squats are risky. Are they?
I have an extreme two so I have no leg press options.

Just finished reading The New High Itensity Training. Great book. I have the following question. I've been training in a H.I.T fashion with routines from the Bowflex Body Plan for about three months. Can I jump somewhere into the 6 month routine, or should I take a short break and start at week one?

I've been training twice a week for the last 5 weeks due to lot's of physical labor this summer.
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wildozer

Dr. Darden

My work out buddy and I decided to give your HIT program a try after about two years of really no great gains in our former routine. That being said, the first five weeks of the beginner program were fantastic. my partner and I both saw a full inch increase in our arms not to mention strength increases across the board, such as 25 pound increase in my bench press.

Our problem now is that after finishing the first six weeks and going to the second routine, it seems as if we've hit a wall. I no longer feel as wrecked as I did before even though the work seems to be the same. Do you have any suggestions on how to kick start our routine again. I kind of suspect that a lack of intensity in the leg section of our routine may be the culprit. Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.
Will
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acasari

Dr Darden,

I first learned about HIT in the early 90's with Mike Mentzer's original 'Heavy Duty' if I recall correctly Mike did prescribe a total body workout 3 times per wk. I remember trying it with no results(perhaps my calorie intake was not sufficient). I tried 'Heavy Duty 2' a few yrs later, now Mike was prescribing less frequency for training, once again I saw no results.

By then I was about 30 yrs old and had been training since my late teens with a few small gains here and there. The yrs passed, I tried even less frequent workouts and still the gains I seeked were eluding me. By age 39 I'd totally abandoned the concept of HIT when I began a sound program based on traditional cycling progressive overload, that was 3 yrs ago. Together with sound nutrition finally I began to see results and rapid too on a weekly basis. After about a yr I was very pleased with my results but gains gradually grinded to a halt. Anyway here I am now, not too far from my desired size, and considering giving HIT another shot. With all the reviews about other training methods, one thing is for sure, there are many ways to skin a cat but some ways are better then others.....

Well, the big question is do you believe that I could benefit from HIT. I've currently been hitting each body part 2 times per wk with moderate to high volume to failure,no more than 60 mins per workout, please note, I don't feel overtrained.

Another thing Dr,is the book available as an E book? if not, any plans for it to be.

looking forward to your reply, and thank you for your time reading this.

Alex
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Ellington Darden

Alex,

HIT absolutely will work for you. Start with 8-10 exercises, one set to momentary muscular failure, three times per week. When you plateau on half of the exercises, reduce your frequency from 6 times in two weeks to 5 times.

That should keep you progressing for 3-4 months. Report back afterward.

Ellington
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acasari

Ellinton,

Thank you for your speedy reply,

I don't have the book yet, may I ask which exercises you would suggest?

Also if I can perform some as supersets...I like cardio style pace.

Thanks in advance.

Alex

p.s I read your interview with Tim p and now realise that the likes of Heavy Duty began to move in the wrong direction.
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Richy

Ellington,

I have used HIT to gain about 22lbs of muscle over the last year but havent worked out now for 3months due to working and injury.

During which I've lost 1/2'' on my arms and a bit of strength.

If I eat enough to gain muscle like before, how long would you suspect it would take to re-gain that 1/2'' ???

Thanks

Rich
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Ellington Darden

Rich,

You can probably gain it back in half the time that it took you to lose it.

Ellington
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karthik2504

Dr. Darden, I have just ordered my book and am waiting for it to arrive. I live in India and love the sport. I have been an avid HIT follower.

Thankyou for providing an excellent insight into HIT through your books.

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Nightbird

Oklahoma, USA

Dr Darden, you need to check out the latest issue of IRON MAN. They give a pretty good tribute to the Memory of Arthur Jones (well, good by my guess but I never knew the man, it could be terrible), but there is something even more valuable in it.

There is an interview with a man named Roger Callard who was a bodybuilder with Arnold and all those guys back in the 70's at Golds Gym. You and all those who adhere to HIT need to hear what he had to say.

There is even a section of the article where he admits that Joe Weider posed those guys with WOODEN PLATES on the bar to make it look like they were using more weights.

As I read this article where Mr. Callard laughs off stuff like this, like it isn't a big deal, I can't help but wonder how many guys have herniated discs, blown out knees, torn rotator cuffs, and the like because they tried to be like all those bodybuilders in Weiders mags.

It just makes me furious that there would be such an abuse of influence and frankly, the more I read and understand about all those guys that we lift up like Arnold, the more I dislike them.
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theblade

Arizona, USA

Dr. Darden

Over the years I have had occasion like many of us to pick up some equipment to do some training at home. It's always so frustrating to me to look at the enclosed training manuals that they supply, because they're usually of the multiple sets, more is better school. So you can imagine how pleased I was when I opened up the enclosed training guide, and the first thing that they advocated was doing only one set to failure of each exercise.

They also went on to promote the need for recovery, and to avoid the desire to train in between workout days. The only downfall was the recommendation of a split routine, this usually encompassed doing back, chest, arms one day, then having 3 to 4 days off, followed by the lower body routine, and again another 3 to 4 days off. Needless to say it doesn't completely embrace the HIT principles, but its the closest I've ever seen any equipment company come to your training.

I found myself saying aloud, "Well it's about frigging time the rest of the world caught on" So I actually decided to do something that I routinely advise people against, and that was take a look inside a bodybuilding magazine. I thought, hey maybe the bodybuilding world has finally caught up. A couple of pages later, actually a couple of sentences later, and, well,......I was wrong.

The Blade.
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Ellington Darden

Blade,

Glad to have you around. Keep sharing your opinions.

Ellington
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Riker1964

Not sure if it has been covered on this board or not (I'm new here), but after the 54 weeks outlined in "The NEW HIT" book by Dr Darden, where do you go from there?

TIA
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theblade

Arizona, USA

If you've completed the program, then you should already have an excellent grasp of high intensity training. From here you can arrange your own routines, and work in specialized cycles as you see fit. If your hungry for more knowledge, then I recommend The New Bodybuilding for Old School Results by Ellington Darden. It's not more of the same, as in many books by other authors. This new reference will provide you with more knowledge and routines than you'll likely ever need.

The two books together truly provide one with a program of training that you can never become bored with, or outgrow, if you use it right.

The Blade.
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