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"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
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destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
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aaron_buttress

California, USA

Dr. Darden,

I just started the Beginner Routine #3 today and was really impressed with it! Just a couple of questions:

1) The numbers on my bench and tricep extensions dropped significantly, is that because of doing the lateral raises first, effectively pre-exhausting them and making the chest/tri's work harder? Not complaining at all, my arms and chest were super pumped!

2) About grip - on the deadlift I used a one over, one under grip. But, at about 10 reps I started having trouble with the bar slipping. I think I could've pulled out a couple more reps, but I literally couldn't hang on to it anymore. Should I try straps? Is that just due to me having a weak grip? I was only using 205# - but If I may note, my forearms burned for almost the entire rest of the workout!

Thanks in advance.
Aaron
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chette

Dr. Darden,
I am a 17 year old aspiring bodybuilder. In my modest opinion I feel that I have the genetics to achieve some success. I have been seriously training for 8 months now using HVT with great results my body weight went from 185 to 198 while staying somewhat lean.

But after reading the new HIT I think that I could make even greater improvements using HIT. I was just wondering what would be more beneficial for me, starting with the beginner routine or the intermediate owing to the fact that I already have good form and know how to preform all of the exercises described in the book. Please get back to me whenever you can.
Thanks!
Chette



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Ellington Darden

aaron_buttress wrote:
Dr. Darden,

I just started the Beginner Routine #3 today and was really impressed with it! Just a couple of questions:

1) The numbers on my bench and tricep extensions dropped significantly, is that because of doing the lateral raises first, effectively pre-exhausting them and making the chest/tri's work harder? Not complaining at all, my arms and chest were super pumped!

2) About grip - on the deadlift I used a one over, one under grip. But, at about 10 reps I started having trouble with the bar slipping. I think I could've pulled out a couple more reps, but I literally couldn't hang on to it anymore. Should I try straps? Is that just due to me having a weak grip? I was only using 205# - but If I may note, my forearms burned for almost the entire rest of the workout!

Thanks in advance.
Aaron


1. Probably so.

2. Stick with the deadlift. As you get stronger, your grip will improve.

Ellington



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chette wrote:
Dr. Darden,
I am a 17 year old aspiring bodybuilder. In my modest opinion I feel that I have the genetics to achieve some success. I have been seriously training for 8 months now using HVT with great results my body weight went from 185 to 198 while staying somewhat lean.

But after reading the new HIT I think that I could make even greater improvements using HIT. I was just wondering what would be more beneficial for me, starting with the beginner routine or the intermediate owing to the fact that I already have good form and know how to preform all of the exercises described in the book. Please get back to me whenever you can.
Thanks!
Chette



I believe you should move to the intermediate routines. Work hard.

Ellington

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HITTrainingWien

Dr. Darden

What type of routine, if you remember, did you use while you made your biggest gains in the times when you did compete? I assume you were smart, but definitely not as smart as you are today about training. Did you split, or more wholebody workouts, and was training to complete failure a big deal back then?

Would be nice to get some insight on that.

thank you
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Ellington Darden

I describe my most effective bodybuilding routines on pages 22 and 23 of The New HIT.

Ellington
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Sand attack

Dr. Darden,

I am a 17 year old aspiring bodybuilder with average to above average genetics. I have followed your HIT principles for about a year now with fantastic results. But, In about 3 months I start Wrestling again.

We have practice 6 days every week for two hours for about 4 months. I have been working so hard that I don't want to lose any muscle during the wrestling season. Is there a way to continue my muscular gains during wrestling season without overtraining?

Thanks,
Jeremy Sandow
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Ellington Darden

Sand attack wrote:
Dr. Darden,

I am a 17 year old aspiring bodybuilder with average to above average genetics. I have followed your HIT principles for about a year now with fantastic results. But, In about 3 months I start Wrestling again.

We have practice 6 days every week for two hours for about 4 months. I have been working so hard that I don't want to lose any muscle during the wrestling season. Is there a way to continue my muscular gains during wrestling season without overtraining?

Thanks,
Jeremy Sandow


No, I seriously doubt that you can do what you've described.

Ellington

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jtr9999

Dr. Darden
I posted about a month ago asking you how much potential you think I have. You told me to post some pics here so I have attached those.

I'm about 5'8" 170lbs

Thanks
Jonathan
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jtr9999

Dr. Darden
I could only get it to attache one pic, so I attached the other here.

Thanks
Jonathan
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thew-hit

I am starting phase 1 of the 6-month program in the "the new high intensity training" can't wait to start. and see what I can do---question, how do I start a new thread---Mr. Darden--fantastic book-already have read it twice and I just got it yesterday
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thew-hit

how do yo ustart a new thread-please let me know send me a message, thanks thew-hit
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tdrake15

Hey everyone
What is the difference is between "The New High Intensity Training" and "High Intensity Training The Mike Mentzer Way"?
Thanks
Tom
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HITTrainingWien

tdrake15 wrote:
Hey everyone
What is the difference is between "The New High Intensity Training" and "High Intensity Training The Mike Mentzer Way"?
Thanks
Tom


wrong thread, but anyway

Essentially the books are the same, BUT, the Mike Mentzer Way has gone a little bit too far concerning the recoveryability for each and everyone of us.

I would suggest to read The New HIT first, and after that the MM way, just to get in touch with Mike's Writings and finally make your own opinion on the topic of training.

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chette

Dr. Darden

Is it better to stretch before or after your workout
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Ellington Darden

After, when your muscles are warm.

Ellington
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HITTrainingWien

Dr. Darden,

I was at a local sports equipment store here in Austria lately and have seen a book called "Super Arme" in german, which means as much has "Super Arms" or something like that, and you are the author of that book.

What is the original title of the book because if i would consider to buy it, i would very much like the original version because I can't stand German translations.

What should i expect from the book, or is it better to buy the new bb for oldsql results ?

thanks

Patrick
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Ellington Darden

Patrick,

The original book was titled "Big Arms in Six Weeks." The program described in that manual is a good one, but I believe you'll profit more from "The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results."

Ellington
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jdcumley

I got one question for you, I just bought the HIT book through mens health it talks about a 2 week lean down period. I'm only 175 pounds and have been trying to gsin weight for awhile but I'm doing something wrong. In the book it talks about if your 200 pounds plus. I can not see my mid-sectionthat well should I also lean down?
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Ellington Darden

jd,

I suggest that you skip Phase I and go with Phase II. You can lean down after you've built some muscle.

Ellington
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CATHY

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your post:
DR DARDEN

I have purchased the bowflex blazea few years ago and I followed your body leannes program for the six weeksand had great results. I am still doing the strength training 3 times a week but have not followed the eating program.

I would like to start this again but I am confused with the strength training as I have tried the program again with the high amount of weights but seem to have no luck. Since I have built muscle I need to build more in order to lose the fat.

Do I start with the amount of weights I am lifting now and up the amount every two weeks and do I start with the six excercises for the first two weeks and then up them two more every week. I loved the bowflex leaness program and had followed it to a tee. Could you advise me on how to get started again. Thanks
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Ellington Darden

You'd probably do best by repeating the plan exactly as before.

Ellington
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JustinH14

I read the HIT book and I am about to start the 6-month program with the four different phases. I'm not sure if this is a stupid question but, what cardio needs to be done, if any, and for how long?
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michiganman

Dr Darden,

I have long been a fan of stiff-legged deadlifts, and I wanted to get your opinion on something. In the New HIT book, Andy is shown doing the stiff-legged deadlifts on the floor and you describe that the motion should go to touch the floor.

Do you recommend using blocks, etc., to elevate yourself while doing these to increase the range of motion? Or is this counterproductive? I have always done them while standing on something that would elevate me 6-8 inches off the floor. Thanks!
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Ellington Darden

As long as you are careful, you can use blocks on your stiff-legged deadlifts. Using them does make the exercise harder.

Ellington
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