"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.
I only think it would be a problem if you were a strength athlete trying to increase the amount you could lift on certain exercises ie bench, deadlift, squat, clean and jerk, snatch etc or exact events to be used in a strongman contest.
To get good at those lifts or strongman events, you need to practice them on a fairly regular basis. If you are just trying to get strong in general or improve your strength for a sport it shouldn't make one bit of a difference.
I change workouts every session... with myself and clients (including competitive athletes). No one is suffering as a result and the changes are positive. Read Hans Selye's book Stress of Life.
Adaptation to training happens fast and is basic GAS, which seems to go over a lot of people's heads. They remain to consistent and complacent in their approaches and limit their results as a consequence.
I know that generally, you can stay with a set routine for 4-6 weeks, however, I change my routine every two weeks. Does anyone see a problem with this? Why?
I see no problem Ben. The only thing is that I would test my strength (8-10 reps) with a couple exercises (bench, leg press, leg ext, ..)once a month - pick a couple that you may not be doing that month to see if strength is decreasing.
I agree change can be very good however I notice sometimes when I workout out of town - I am on different machines and my performance can easily slid (not work to complete failure - sloppy) and will be weaker on key exercises. It's easy to slack off and not even know it.
I agree, that's one of the reasons I document each workout. When I change a routine, I look back to the last time I did a certain exercise and use that as a guide. I may have to start off with lower weight/reps than I ended with the last time, but I figure that as long as I'm stronger at the end of the present two weeks than I was at the end of the previous two weeks - that is what counts.