I have long been a fan of Ed Coan and power lifting. I like the minimal side of the training and i much prefer it to bodybuilding as a sport. I have nothing against bodybuilding i just find all the puffing, blowing up and light weights to be somewhat annoying.
I also like to do some cardio. Only for health reasons and not for burning fat. Little people know that power moves like the squat and the deadlift contribute much more to fat burning than diets and any runs on a treadmill. Well if the public found out that little nugget of information gone would most of the diet schemes and slimming bars and drinks overnight.
It’s not necessarily that the information isn’t being shared as most say power trainers and in the know bodybuilders are fully aware of this. Most of this information has been suppressed by the amount of useless cosmetic information the sports industry and health industry puts out. It is how they make their revenue after all.
So the next time you go for a 45 minute treadmill run and you start to wonder why you aren’t shifting any weight or toning up areas of flab you need to redesign your training schedule. Many people think you need to squat massive weights or lift 300kg off the floor in a deadlift for it to be effective. How wrong!
Powerlifters like Andy Bolton had unique training cycles. He lifted 457kg in a powerlifting meet. But 10 weeks out from his meet he was only lifting 220K for reps. Heavy for me and you, but light for big Andy. 2 weeks out from the meet he only lifted 330. Then he took a week off and went for 457 and got it. That’s over 1000lbs!
So the moral of the story is you don’t have to train like a crazy person in the gym all the time. If you do not only will you burn yourself out, but it is also extremely ineffective. The top guys and gals in any sport all know how to cycle the intensity. Training cycles allow you to recover and then cut back and then work up to and beat your previous best.
Unless you are working to a goal then going to the gym is like anything else in life. After a while it will start to feel aimless. That is the reason people go from one training cycle to another. They are looking for quick fix solutions and aren’t prepared to the put the time in and work on a common sense program. Training 6-7 days a week doing split body parts is only for looneys.