"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.
Here we go...I had my visit to Doug?s today.Super friendly guy.Short,thick and serious.He told me to walk around and take an unsupervised gym tour.Amazing place!Barbells,racks,platforms,Nautilus,Hammer Strength,MedX!
During a short interview,Doug asked me what equipment I owned in my home gym and that he would model today?s workout with my availability of same or similar equipment.
Then it was time to train.He had me do a few warmup sets on squats,then stopped me and asked,?? Will you squat today,or just bend your knees a little? Get deeper!?
Embarrassed,I went deeper until he was satisfied.I could feel him altering his planned workout as he scratched away on his notepad.
First exercise was Nautilus leverage row for a good,tight 7 reps.Doug?s instruction was to pull the weight cleanly,no yanking,followed by a 2 second pause in the tight position.
Next was MedX overhead press.He guessed the weight just about right and I was able to squeeze out 9 reps,with the last one taking forever to complete.Then Doug gave me 60 seconds to sit there and get myself together.He led me down to the floor and quickly gave me a tutorial on diamond pushups.He had me descend slowly,hold a 3 second pause 1 inch above the floor followed by a push-up.His words were,?Go ahead and try to push fast,but it won?t happen.Each rep will be agonizingly slow!? He was correct.I managed 5 strict reps before collapsing onto the floor.
He the allowed me a two minute walking break/water break.
Next up was body weight chin ups.Doug does not allow kipping,so I was able to eke out 7 clean reps,with a pause at the top of each one.Doug the handed me a 2 inch thick bar and simply said,?Negative only curls!? He brought the bar up the completed position and told me to lower it,not drop it.Over and over for five reps until the bar WAS falling.
He gave me a three minute break and we met at the squat rack.I was disappointed to see that the bar was only loaded to 205 pounds,as I usually squat with much more.He told me,?We?re going deep,fucker! No pussy squats here!?
He talked me through 16 good reps,deeper than I?ve squatted since the 1990s.After that was another break and he crammed me into the Hammer Leg Press.I have no idea what the weight was,but I did 12 or 13 good reps.
Now it?s two hours later and I?m still buzzing.
I?m going back in December!
Here are the two workouts that were described in detail earlier in the thread:
trap bar deadlift - 2 warm up sets
MedX Avenger leg press - 1 warm up set
Weighted Chinup (20 pounds) x6
Negative only pullovers x5 or 6
===Sip of water===
Parallel bar dip x6 or 7
===Sip of water===
Trap bar deadlift (upper handles) 335 x8
===Short break to cool off in front of fan===
Trap bar deadlift (lower handles) 305 x7
===4 minute break===
Medx Avenger leg press x12 or 13
Sorry,but I was working out of town for a while.
The best thing about training under the instruction of Doug is that he seemed to know exactly what I was capable of doing,in terms of weights selected for each exercise.I mean,he nailed it! I asked him how he did it and he said,?? This is what I do !!??
I visited with Doug again today.He was ready and itching to go!
First was trap bar deadlift for a few low rep warming up sets. Then he took me to a work set of 12-15 reps(can?t remember) of an almost puke inducing set.Doug allows no bouncing the weight off the plywood.Every rep must sit before the next one is pulled.
He gave me a big break and then led me to the barbell bench press with a close grip.And as I was getting into position,he told me that he demanded a 2 second pause on the chest of each rep! I hate him! After 7 clean reps and a sloppy 8th,he led me to the dip bars,checked my condition,and told me to do top range dips, only going down a few inches and calling me up before my upper arms hit parallel.Then he gave me a water break and told me to meet him back at the bench press station.He?d stripped off many pounds,but the set fried my triceps and front deltoids like nothing before.
Then,based on my previous workout a month ago,he had me sit in Hammer leg press for negative-only reps x 8 or 9!!
I was his last appointment of the day,so we had time to visit.What a guy!! Great stories about his years in the iron game and the personalities he?s come in contact with! Well worth the drive and the fee!