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"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
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of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
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stuboy40

Colorado, USA

Hey everyone,

I was wondering if any of you could give me a suggestion.

I started HIT Sep. 1 of this year with the Mike Mentzer routine. Oct. 1, I switched to the Jones/Darden routine.

My problem is that I can't seem to really work out the full body more than once a week. If I try to do it more frequently, I have no strength increases and I become drained very quickly after I start working out.

Also, I still get very sick about 1/3 into my workouts.

They are as follows:

Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl

Pec Deck
Inc. Bench

Pull over
Pull down

Laterals
Bent laterals

Curls

Tri. press downs
Dips

I do only one set for each exercise, and it is to failure. (I also use the pre exhaustion principle for the chest, back, and tris.)

I'm tempted to split up my routine, but after reading numerous books from Mentzer, Darden, and Jones (both bulletins) I really want to persue the full body.

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks,
STU
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Dustin Jordan

Florida, USA

Hi, Stu.
I started the first beginner routine in The New HIT on 9/27. After the first two weeks of taking it easy and holding back, I got the same feeling as you while working out. I was beginning to lose motivation for HIT due to the discomfort and amount of effort. However, today's session( my fifth week) was the first one that I didn't feel sick at all, and I pushed as hard as ever. In fact, I felt elated afterwards. Hopefully, something similar will happen for you.
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Widsith

Wisconsin, USA

I would drop some of the leg work. Leg presses and squats in the same workout has got to drain your energy like crazy. Try alternating them, squats one week, presses the next. Also, only do the extensions and curls on the day you do leg presses. See how that works.

How fast do you move between sets? I misunderstood the speed at which you should move, so when I started the 6 month routine from the new book, I tried to set everything up in advance. I was going from exercise to exercise with under 10 seconds between sets. Pullovers to bench took as long as it takes to walk(stumble) 10 feet. By the time I got to curls, I could barely stand and had to take up to 5 minutes at one workout to recover. I increased the time between sets to 20-30 seconds and can now complete the workout without needing to stop and rest. I am still out of breath, but not dying.
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cmg

Possibly trying an A & B routine might work well. Don't do the exact same exercises every workout. For example the B routine
Leg Ext
Leg Curl
Pullover
Press
Dip
Row
Crunch

There is of course overlap but not the exact same routine.

Ron
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Dustin Jordan

Florida, USA

Stu,
Both Ron and Widsith have good advice. I was just wondering, where did you get the routine you were using?
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crazeeJZ

I agree with Widsith.

You shouldn't do a lot of compound movements and a lot of isolation movements in the same workout, or you'll feel like you've been feeling.

If you want to keep most of the isolation exercises you have, I would take out most of the compound movements you have because they really drain you with the overlap work.

If you want to keep most of the compound movements you have, then you should drop your isolation exercises for the same overlap reason, except the ones for delts and arms.

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stuboy40

Colorado, USA

I got the leg routine from The Viator leg workout that Jones talks about. The rest of the routine I think i got from Jones' Nautilus Bullitens.

Thanks for all of the advice!

STU
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stuboy40

Colorado, USA

Typically, I don't rest at all. I thought that is what Jones advocated in order to completely use up the body's reserves for more growth.

I will try the 20-30 seconds and see what happens

Thanks!

STU
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NewYorker

New York, USA

STU -

HIT is hard work. Sometimes easing into it is a good idea.

I bet this will work:

weeks 1 and 2:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
20 minutes of cardio. You should be able to talk easily while you do your cardio.

weeks 3 and 4:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl
Pec Deck
15 minutes of cardio You should be able to talk easily while you do your cardio.


weeks 5 and 6:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl
Pec Deck
Inc. Bench
Pull over
12 minutes of cardio You should be able to talk easily while you do your cardio.


weeks 7 and 8:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl
Pec Deck
Inc. Bench
Pull over
Pull down
Laterals
10 minutes of cardio You should be able to talk easily while you do your cardio.


weeks 9 and 10:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl
Pec Deck
Inc. Bench
Pull over
Pull down
Laterals
Bent laterals
Curls
5 minutes of cardio You should be able to talk easily while you do your cardio.


weeks 11 and 12:
Leg press
Leg Ext
Squat
Leg Curl
Pec Deck
Inc. Bench
Pull over
Pull down
Laterals
Bent laterals
Curls
triceps pressdowns
Dips
No cardio


good luck!
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