"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
Arthur Jones believes, "has all but
destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
MUCH of that "something."
This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.
To find out more about McCutcheon and his training, click here.
Alright I started lifting again after a 19 year lay off. OK, long story short I started off with a typical HVT program and went from 280 to 240 in 5 months. Bench went from 225 to 315. I had to take some time out from the gym and got fat. Then I started a multi set HIT type program 3 days a week. I went up from 265 to 300 lbs in 3 months! My strength went up (bench up to 420 now)and I put 6" on my shoulder width! I am doing leg presses with 720 for 8 reps.(no Im not on AAS) I want to drop the fat I have and get bigger and stronger. So I bought Dr Dardens book and plan to start the program 7/15. At 39 years old am I crazy?
I am stronger than I have ever been, but I would like to lean out. I have been around 20 to 23% body fat all my adult life and I want to get in the low teens or better.
I have the genetics to get huge(muscle belly lengths and frame)and strong, but is it too late in the game? Why is it so easy to gain muscle now at 38 when I could not gain at 20? I am happy with my progress so far, I'm leaner at 300 than I was at 280 when I first started but I don't really want to weigh 300lbs.
What can I expect from HIT at my age?
I am 6'2" Not much to look at yet, just a big ole boy haha. I'll post my before Pic on Monday when I start the full program. My wife is going to do a BF% test on me Sunday with calapers from her work, so I know where I am on Monday. I'll also be measured that day and post it all. I do know my arms are 18.5 cold and 19.75 pumped up. My calves are 19 cold. I'll have the rest soon.
What I was doing was a thrown together workout that used stuff from different workouts I read about. Mostly I was doing 2 sets of 8 to 10 reps, 12 sets per body part, with a chest, back, arm, shoulder, leg split working one every other day. I started that in April and ran it till the end of June. I had done a hodge-podge workout before 5 on 2 off HVT thing that left me sore and tired but no gains.
I found the HIT book by mistake looking for a fitness book for my wife. I flipped thru it and saw Coe and Viator, I remembered how we all wanted to look like them when I was in high school(in Louisiana) so I bought the book. Now I'm gona give it a shot, see what this body can do.
I believe it was in the Nautilus Bulletin#2 that Arhur Jones believe atleast back then that the prime age for building muscle may be 32 for a man. Your not far off from that. This may not be accurate and science may have proofed this wrong but i would guess that at some point Arthur Jones had trainees in their 30's that were able to change there bodys with some degree of success.
Hope this motivates you.
Also I help train my dad who is 53 now and we are close to him beating his previous best strength numbers from when he was in his mid 20's.
Good Luck with your training.
No way are you too old and you sound like you have good potential. However a 720 lb leg press @ 300lbs bw is not that impressive condidering your size,plus you have a 400+ bench? I would have imagined you should be doing in excess of a 1000 lbs at that weight and size.
I'll go see what my 1 rep max on leg press is tonight. The 720 is for 8 slow reps, so my one rep should be a good bit more.
I start cutting cals tomorrow and will kick the workouts off Monday.
I'll be following the same program as in the book. I'll be cutting back from 12 exercises to 5 to start the program but with the cal reduction I think this makes sense.
Just got back from the gym... I leg pressed 1000!! (+what ever the sled weighs came up pretty smooth). I progressed up from 720 to 810 to 900 then I added 90 more plus 2 5s for 1000. This was after peddeling around for 40 hours this week in 96+ deg weather. I think I could do more but the two guys in the gym were scared I was going to crush myself and they could not do anything, so I stopped at their request haha.