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of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
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This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.
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I read about this on a T-Nation article and it sounds pretty cool. In two weeks you are supposed to lose muscle and feel depressed, train through soreness, and overtrain a lot. Then you take 5 days off and allow your muscles to grow. You train each set to failure as well and are supposed to eat at least 2g of protien per pound of body weight. The actuall article is listed on the home page of T-Nation.com if you want to read it. Here's the workout.
Monday,wednesday,friday- train twice a day
Tuesday, Thursday,Saturday train once a day
Do for 2 weeks
Back squat 5 sets of 4-6
Leg curl- 5 sets of 4-6
note- complete one set of back squats then one set of leg curls rest 100 seconds and repeat until you have 5 sets for both. and do 4 seconds down no pauses and explode up for both.
Lean away chin ups to failure 4 seconds down no pauses 1 second up
rest 100 seconds
Dips in the same fashion as chinups to failure
Snatch deadlift 6 sets of 10 with 3 minute rests bewtween sets 5 seconds down no pauses 1 second up
Seated dumbell press- semisupinated 5 sets of 6-8 resting 100 seconds beween sets and 4 seconds down no pauses and 1 second up
one arm dumbell rows- 5 sets of 6-8 2 seconds down no pauses and 1 second up 100 second rests bewtween sets.
Tuesday,Thursday, and Saturday mornings
Front squats- 5 sets of 4-6 4 seconds down explode up no pauses rest 100 seconds bewtween sets
Kneeling leg curl in the same fashion as front squats.
Close grip pronated pull ups- 3 seconds down no pause at the bottom 1 second up and pause 1 second at the top
5 sets of 6-8 resting 100 seconds bewtween sets.
Incline dumbell press- same fashion as the close grip pronated pull ups except pause at the bottom as well as the top.
Remember each an every set is to MMF
Eat a lot including 2g of protien per pound of body weight
take 30g to 45g of fish oil a day.
Comes off as a half-assed version of Johnston's blitz approach, which he wrote about 6 years back.
BIG BEYOND BELIEFS 4lbs in 10 days program is also very similar, thats over 10years old. It even includes protein starvation but you are supposed to maintain your bodyweight during the overtraining phase with BBB's prog (thats the important difference here).
I tried this (or should I say a "hybrid" incorporating the same principles) a few weeks ago.
First, get a couple of facts straight.
Poliquin did not claim to have invented this, nor did Chad Waterbury who published a similar article on T-Nation around the same time. Equally so neither author mentions Brian Johnson as a source as I would guess that, as a few have already pointed out, this technique (like most) will have been arouund for many years.
Poliquin "The idea of planned overtraining isn't new. I didn't invent this; many have come to these same conclusions. Some have stumbled upon the idea by shear accident........Pierre Roy, one of my earliest mentors in weightlifting methodology, once said that unless athletes start complaining of tendonitis, they're not training hard enough. They should train until they're literally depressed, then back off"
Did I shrivel up to nothing... far from it. I really enjoyed the training as a change of pace/emphasis. Hard work, of a type which I would not recommend full time, but the rewards were good for me considering the limited exposure.
As Johnston clearly points out in the book APEX - blitzing/over reaching tactics are not knew. The point is it has to be done relative to the individual not some canned approach. This is why after APEX came out many (who didn't tactually read it or apply it to the IART RX theory) didn't see significant results.
B.B.er's have been using over reaching (sometimes over training) tactics for a long time. Most found results by accident and just trying to wing it based on feel alone. In the zone material we simply refer to it as cycling demands. That is to say, sometimes I train 3 days in a row, other times I train 2 in a row one off and 2 again, I will also train only once in a week, drop some muscle for a week, take 2 weeks off etc, etc...etc.
ok.... i tried the first part of it. and i quit. There is no possible for me to do that workout without puking. I just felt so sick. So go ahead. say i have no testicular fortitude. But im gonna have to say then that you should try it yourself.