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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Just been watching Brian's new DVD and keep fully in mind this is a totally unsolicited review. Which is biased of course because I like variation but my POV here is not endorsed pro or con by Brian himself.

Since we worked together...me riding his coattails... on the JReps trilogy I have made a point to experiment on my own. I have plenty of time as I train 80 plus sessions with clients every week. I have done this because periodically correlating what I am into with Brian is valuable feedback. If he is honing in on certain similar elements it is a good indicator that the direction I am taking is useful.

Now I already read the book as the other thread details so I wasn't even really thinking to watch the vid. Fact is though verbal and visual explanation can breathe a useful dimension into things especially rep/set variations. I was waiting for the better half to finish up with a handful of clients this eve and spotted the DVD at work and put it in the comp to kill time.

Well no models, fancy lighting, not even Brian with a fake tan and muscle shirt. For the first bit my mind was actually wandering a bit because the first whack of demo's were all on the Pendulum LP. I still can't believe I never got one of those multi machines when he was promoting them and jealously distracted me. The LP is a good tool to make the examples clear though but I am so familiar with much of this I was having a tough time staying focused.

By 20 minutes in I suddenly was struck with how...pardon the pun...clustered and dense the video examples were. Again no production values here so it sneaks up on you, just one great twist after another. By the time he got into the max static stuff I was fully engrossed. I had finished off a x-large coffee and a bottle of water and didn't realize until over an hour in I was going to piss my pants lol.

What can I say, the more I related to the choices and patterns and variations the more I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of killer sets. Major, major variation here but all founded on sensible intense and intensity building approaches. I think some guys are going to be loving his isometric routines and ideas if they take the time to fine tune it like we did with zone training.

I get it now that Brian said this was more a project to categorize and document what he had been doing before it was all lost. There is so much which is subtle variations on themes but nothing subtle about the actual sets the twists create. Many people have asked me what Brian has been up to now that he sold the IART, he's been busy - real busy nerding out on this stuff is clearly the answer.

Bottom line this is pure information rich. He has done a lot of homework for you here in that the fluff (going longer or short TUT, lighter or heavier, fine tuning squeeze times etc.) has been thrown away. This is years of experimenting and refining from a true master if not utterly OCD bodybuilder. You'll need to watch this many times and likely best bit off in sections, solid sHIT Mr. Johnston (as Markus likes to say ;n) solid and inspiring as hell. Makes pre workout drinks look like a joke for breathing new life into your workouts. I HIT my better halves triceps right after (luv the use of curl bar/strap handles set up) and what a solid pump, just dummied them lol.

Bravo Sir.

Regards,
Andrew
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Thanks Andrew. That hybrid stuff is interesting. Someone recently asked "why combine the freeweight element with a machine or cable element when you have a proper machine with proper force curve in the first place?" Not much to explain... you have to experience.
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

I think if one sticks to it long enough they will eventually recognize how combining things matters. Fatigue and temporary muscle excitation can be used to sculpt force curves and create unique tension.

I would say those who don't pay attention enough or don't want to pay attention that close are really missing the boat. Tools matter most when applied with real craftsmanship.

Regards,
Andrew
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Acerimmer1

Brian Johnston wrote:
Thanks Andrew. That hybrid stuff is interesting. Someone recently asked "why combine the freeweight element with a machine or cable element when you have a proper machine with proper force curve in the first place?" Not much to explain... you have to experience.


To me it seems like what I've always said. Your just morphing from HIT towards a bodybuilding routine that you might find Charles Glass or somebody teaching. Seems like J-Reps was just a stepping stone to using a more conventional approach of combining exercises which aren't full ROM together to cover the full ROM.

This might still include some partial reps but those are nothing new. And Ronnie coleman combined lower partial squats with middle partial leg press and upper partial leg extensions in his very first training DVD.

Maybe you are using the POF methodology to select those exercises or ROMS?

The titles you use suggests strongly you are aware of the X-Reps authors and their work.

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Acerimmer1

Or to be more accurate it's what I pointed out other bodybuilders already did that was what you had back engineered J-Reps from.
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Acerimmer1

POF would've stated chest training might be

flys (for stretch phase)
Bench (for middle phase)
cable flys (for pre-ehaust)

They did not however suggest elliminating the other parts of the exercise which is where it differs from J-Reps.

They did however state that the reason for doing flyes was only for the stretch phase so only doing the lower phase of that logically follows.

In fact when they added X_Reps which I read before ever knowing about X_Reps I was convinced throughout the introduction and rationale that in X_Reps they would be doing 1/3rd of full ROM for each of the 3 exercises.

I'm not sure why they didn't go with that but it must've occurred to them given what they wrote.
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

I suggest you search the net, expert. I never came up with it... the concept existed years ago (remember Jones and his use of chains with freeweights... and it must be about 8-10 years ago that I saw some Youtube videos on a guy combining things). I certainly don't recall you mentioning anything or even get where you're coming from in regard to how this connects to Zone Training. A person can do regular full ROM reps or apply ANY dynamics application to combining two mediums of resistance. In any case, start your own thread so others can ruin it.
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Acerimmer1

Hmm.

Not exactly sure why I'm so down on Brian today maybe it's because He announces 2 days ago He's doing a new DVD based on "his last few workouts" that he will be releasing after some experiments and then boom here it is after a weekends worth of intense application of Briantific method.

Sorry but that's too quick. I think you skipped out quality control!
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:
Or to be more accurate it's what I pointed out other bodybuilders already did that was what you had back engineered J-Reps from.


You either don't actually know what the JRep method is or your memory is tainted ;n)

So many folks argued against zone training when in actuality they weren't putting it down at all. They're notion of what it was...was incorrect...like saying it's stage reps lol.

Regards,
Andrew
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:
Hmm.

Not exactly sure why I'm so down on Brian today maybe it's because He announces 2 days ago He's doing a new DVD based on "his last few workouts" that he will be releasing after some experiments and then boom here it is after a weekends worth of intense application of Briantific method.

Sorry but that's too quick. I think you skipped out quality control!


Johnston does his homework, transitional reps are likely the result of huge amounts of experimentation.

The problem with variation (and likely why so many avoid or minimize it)is getting lost in the details. This is why Brian set to the task of the last book...to help give him a reason to catalogue it. In my experience two variations can look on the surface to be very similar but in practice one is great and the other next to useless.

JReps wasn't a mainstream hit because it wasn't geared towards saying "ok here is the set, do it exactly like this". It was a method which was meant to be learned and an overall skill developed. The idea wasn't to break specific exercises into specific ROM's and orders of execution. There were examples but the point was to do what YOU needed with the method to provide better and varied stimulus over time.

A craftsman will hold and manipulate a tool to their liking. This stuff is techniques to learn to expand ones repertoire with available tools for enhanced variation.

Variation itself can just end up a hodge podge of and a mess. The techniques must be appropriate.

Regards,
Andrew
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:
Hmm.

Not exactly sure why I'm so down on Brian today maybe it's because He announces 2 days ago He's doing a new DVD based on "his last few workouts" that he will be releasing after some experiments and then boom here it is after a weekends worth of intense application of Briantific method.

Sorry but that's too quick. I think you skipped out quality control!


IGNORANT once again assrimmer. I've been applying this for quite some time but never got around to developing the DVD. It was far too complex (65 minute video) to include with the Variation book/DVD. Hope that clarifies your ignorance. Please remove yourself from my threads... they don't interest you and you're ignorance is not welcomed here. Talk about something you actually know about rather than making up BS like some of the other peanut gallery members on this site.
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Acerimmer1

Brian Johnston wrote:
I suggest you search the net, expert. I never came up with it... the concept existed years ago


Oh then we agree. I was not expecting that.
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Acerimmer1

Brian Johnston wrote:

IGNORANT once again assrimmer. I've been applying this for quite some time but never got around to developing the DVD.


Either you are developing 2 DVDs or it seems to me that you contradicted yourself... Yet again.

Remember writing this?


Regardless, I'm off this site for a while... do you know why? I'm developing a NEW methodology that I'm excited about... one which I'll be experimenting with and likely developing a DVD on (based on the past few workouts). While I'm doing that... being productive so that my training is enjoyable and refreshing... others can bitch and gripe about how others are training.


Well it seems, correct me if I'm wrong, you are asking for payment to reveal details so you are essentially demanding that I pre-judge your idea based on your reputation.

I really hate that. That's what I have a problem with. And apparently I am willing to break my own rules because of it.

Which I hate even more.

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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Let me be very clear since it seems you either like to draw conclusions or your mind is very small. The Transition method is something I have applied for the past two years off and on. Over the past month or so I started to develop it more intensely to gather up all the exercises in which I freestyled the method over the past few years. It was during this past few weeks that I put it to video. Now get off the thread... is this all you have to do on a Saturday afternoon? Maybe start your own thread and begin telling us all kinds of great training tips.
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Two other things, assrimmer... I'm not asking you (let alone forcing you) to buy anything from me. You never have, right? You like to talk about things I've written about without actually knowing, but that's a different matter. There are those on this site who HAVE purchased from me in the past, and that includes IART instructors... THAT is the group to whom I'm offering my information. In fact, I would not sell to you or the other peanut gallery folk on this site... I have zero interest in their BS and inability to grasp what I teach (the freestyle bodybuilding DVD would confuse the crap out of you and the others).

Second, in case you think I suddenly came up with the Transition method in a matter of 1-2 days and decided to put it down on DVD, even a few weeks before me leaving the site temporarily (on Nov. 7), I was in Kingston, Ontario doing a lecture, and while there I trained three of the instructors... including Joey Ryce and Dustin Widger; website PrescribedExerciseClinic.com . They experienced this method first-hand (in a very straight-forward way, and not in as much a freestyle way as I apply it). But don't take my word for it... contact them. And so, two weeks before I even mentioned it on this site, professional instructors were taken through Transitional Training concepts.
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:

Well it seems, correct me if I'm wrong, you are asking for payment to reveal details so you are essentially demanding that I pre-judge your idea based on your reputation.

I really hate that. That's what I have a problem with. And apparently I am willing to break my own rules because of it.

Which I hate even more.



Well that is why someone like me offers a free review.

Time to fine tune Sir, either up the meds or start breaking the pills in half ;n)

Regards,
Andrew
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Acerimmer1

Brian Johnston wrote:
Let me be very clear since it seems you either like to draw conclusions or your mind is very small. The Transition method is something I have applied for the past two years off and on. Over the past month or so I started to develop it more intensely to gather up all the exercises in which I freestyled the method over the past few years. It was during this past few weeks that I put it to video. Now get off the thread... is this all you have to do on a Saturday afternoon? Maybe start your own thread and begin telling us all kinds of great training tips.


Then why did you write this on Thursday the 7th? Are you talking about something else?


I'm developing a NEW methodology that I'm excited about... one which I'll be experimenting with and likely developing a DVD on (based on the past few workouts). While I'm doing that... being productive so that my training is enjoyable and refreshing... others can bitch and gripe about how others are training.


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st3

I'm still working through the DVD but what I'm using already is great!

Been training clients for about 25 years. This stuff is very helpful. Just really creative.

I've always liked Brian's stuff!

Steve
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

For privacy reasons I won't indicate the individual's name (he can volunteer that himself if he so chooses):

"I'm very pleased with the Variation book and DVD you sent me, it has so many great ideas and applications to try out. You were certainly right about having fun using them...I feel like I did when I first started training...super excited about my future workouts..thanks Brian! Top quality stuff...as always! I will definitely keep you informed of my results. I have noticed positive changes already with the little I have implemented....I tried a random mix of applications my last few workouts (lower body & shoulders & arms) of 'Kitchen Sink' method, Quarter Ups & Downs (clustered), Cluster Build Ups and both types of Occlusion method....the muscles 'filled up' and were certainly 'shocked' by this training....was sore for days after and noticed my muscles were very peaked and full. Both were great workouts."

I look forward to hear feedback from others and what variations they have tried or created based on the book's foundations. Thanks!
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

My better half and I train each other. We use some pretty damn complex and varied approaches. When I say Brian has done his homework I mean he has literally saved you hours and hours of experimentation. This is bloody valuable in the practical sense

Yesterday we HIT my arms and shoulders. We used a fairly basic combo from the video combining statics and zones. Mixed of course with her knowledge of my
individuality (for weight and TUT fine tuning, signs of off loading etc) we did a few clustered sets for each body part.

Result...my muscles were like cement was poured into them. They filled out very quickly and were pushed slightly beyond my all time best...this is good sHIT.

Regards,
Andrew
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Acerimmer1

Brian Johnston wrote:
For privacy reasons I won't indicate the individual's name (he can volunteer that himself if he so chooses):


So you posted an endorsement without speaking to the person first and as yet you don't have either their name or their permission?

That seems a bit shifty.
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Acerimmer1

AShortt wrote:

Result...my muscles were like cement was poured into them. They filled out very quickly and were pushed slightly beyond my all time best...this is good sHIT.

Regards,
Andrew


So it seems like maybe, if we take everything here at face value and disregard the fact that your nutrition probably changed drastically after the show anyway. Lets say Brian has achieved the best pump of any routine being sold in the HIT community. How many people in the HIT community are actually trying to achieve a good pump?
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:
Brian Johnston wrote:
For privacy reasons I won't indicate the individual's name (he can volunteer that himself if he so chooses):


So you posted an endorsement without speaking to the person first and as yet you don't have either their name or their permission?

That seems a bit shifty.


How am I being deceitful or evasive (the definition of shifty)? I'm not evading anything... I'm not deceiving anyone. Because this person emailed me that information, it becomes my property.
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Acerimmer1 wrote:
AShortt wrote:

Result...my muscles were like cement was poured into them. They filled out very quickly and were pushed slightly beyond my all time best...this is good sHIT.

Regards,
Andrew

So it seems like maybe, if we take everything here at face value and disregard the fact that your nutrition probably changed drastically after the show anyway. Lets say Brian has achieved the best pump of any routine being sold in the HIT community. How many people in the HIT community are actually trying to achieve a good pump?


Wrong and wrong but don't get me wrong I actually like RenX style statements to help discuss, debate and clarify. I find soft Q & A just doesn't cut it...doesn't help ya dig as it were.

This isn't my first workout after this show and I have plenty of experience gauging rebound effect but that is a good point and why I am happy to apply new stuff right now.

Second I am not talking about superficial muscle pump. That kind of congestion inhibits my training. I can get a killer pump from a resistance band but it never seemed to stimulate gains. We spoke about this deep fatigue and filled feeling back in the zone stuff. I use to measure girths all the time and developed the skill of spotting positive signs.

Congestion feels and looks like air inflation, what I want is that filled to the max with wet cement look and feel. I'm a slow gainer (hardgainer suggests I should be gaining more/quicker which is misleading). I rarely hit sets and variables which stimulate clear gains because I have done this so long. I do have a decent sense of when it has happened.

Regards,
Andrew
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