What can I do to improve my current fitness program? Let me know if this makes sense
Upper Arm-Biceps Drag Curl (barbell)- 40 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Forearm-reverse wrist curl (dumbbell)- 20 lbs 10 reps each arm 3 sets
Shoulder-Front Raise- Incline (dumbbell)- 25 lbs 10 reps each arm 3 sets
Shoulder-Internal Rotation (cable)- not sure of the weight, but use 3 plates 10 reps 3 sets
Shoulder-Rear Dealt Row (barbell)- 60 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Upper Arm-Biceps Curl sitting incline- (dumbbell)- 25 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Upper Arm-Triceps Pushdown (cable)- again not sure of weight 6 plates 10 reps 3 sets
Back-Shrug (barbell)-180 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Shoulder-Upright Row (barbell)- 50 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Every workout I do:
Waist-Kneeling Crunch (cable)-160 lbs 30 reps 3 sets
Waist-Overhead Ball Crunch
Chest Dip- have been weaning off of assisted, started with 42 lbs of assistance 3 weeks ago, down to 24 lbs
Chest-Decline Push up
Chest-Incline Bench Press (barbell)- 90 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Back-Supine Row (body weight)-
Back-Bent Over Row (dumbbell)- 90 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Back-Seated Row (cable)- 10 plates 10 reps 3 sets
Chest-bench Press (barbell)- 90 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Waist-Kneeling Crunch (cable) 160 lbs 30 reps 3 sets
Waist-Overhead Ball Crunch 8 lbs ball 15 reps 3 sets
Hip Squat (dumbbell)- 55 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Thigh-Leg Extension (lever)- 100 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Thigh-Seated leg Curl (lever)- 130 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Thigh-(Hack Squat (barbell)- 70 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Hip-Single Leg Split Squat- body weight
Thigh-Straight Leg Deadlift (bumbell)- 55 lbs 10 reps 3 sets
Calves-Seated Calf Press (lever)- 260 30 reps 3 sets
Calves-Seated Raise (barbell)- 130 30 reps 3 sets
Waist-Kneeling Crunch (cable)- 160 lbs 30 reps 3 sets
Waist-Overhead Ball Crunch-8 lbs ball 15 reps 3 sets
3 day cycle and I rarely miss more than one day a week. I try to increase the weight ever week, i do 10 reps of most barbell or dumbbell lifts, for the body weight and push ups I do 15. For the waist kneeling crunch i do 3 sets of 30, for the ball crunch I do 3 sets of 15. Keep in mind I am not trying to bulk up, just trying to tone up.
I just started this workout about 6 weeks ago, but we spent a week in Disney and I sprained my ankle during a lacrosse game, so two of those weeks I did not do much.
Start every workout with about a mile run I told you about earlier. I feel great, lost some weight and fit into my clothes better than ever, but I feel like I am starting to stall out. Like I said, I just want to be fit and healthy and athletic, not big and bulky.
Everything you do will work for a short time period of about 6 weeks or so, but then the effects start to diminish due to your body acclimating to the process. Looking at the sample weekly training provided, it is a simple bodypart split of shoulders and arms on day 1, chest and back on day 2, and legs on day 3 with added gut work daily.
You said your goal was not hypertrophy (bigger size), but increased fitness. Yet, you are training like a bodybuilder would to add size to individual bodyparts by training them separately only one day a week. Therefore, your behavior is contradictory to your goals. Instead of bodypart splits, I recommend a period of full body training. Think of your body working as a complete system as opposed to isolating individual parts separately.
In day 1, you start with a biceps curl, then do wrist curls, then shoulder front raises, and so on. Each exercise is a single joint movement, essentially something you would rarely do in real life if you were not doing these particular exercises. There is some validity to these exercises, but they are much less important than some other more compound movements, so I would do them last in a workout, not first, if you even have the time and energy after performing more compound movements like deadlifts, squats, snatches, cleans, swings, pushups and pull ups. These exercises require more full body movement, more stability and flexibility. And to quantify mathematically what is going in particular exercises, I made the following videos to demonstrate why certain exercises are superior to others in a fitness program. Keep in mind, when you work the body as one single unit, it does not get bulky, but on the contrary gets leaner, tighter and more athletic by teaching different bodyparts to move together. Form always follows function and when you train your body as one piece instead of a collection of individual parts, you will get better results, faster.
Exercise Selection - Why are certain exercises superior to others?
Here is a sample training session with very basic equipment and full body exercises.
1a. 2 db muscle snatch - 2x10
- superset with short rest
1b. pullups - 2x submax effort (stop before you fail)
- rest 60-90 seconds and repeat for required sets before moving to group 2.
2a. 2 db clean & press - 2x10
- superset with short rest
2b. any pushup variation - 2x submax effort (stop before it gets ugly)
- rest 90 seconds and repeat
3a. Squat variation - 2x10
- superset with little or no rest
3b. swing variation - 2x10
- rest as much as Jesus tells you to and repeat
4. Gut and Grip work of choice - x5-10 minutes of various carries and holds, abs and low back stuff
5. Finisher (optional) - 5 minutes of low skill, high intensity training like car pushing, burpees, sled work, hill sprints, nunchucking, finger banging, cockadoodling, banana hammocking or any combination of them all
Start light, build up slowly, eat healthy, train smart and focus your energy on training the largest muscles with multiple joints moving together, preferably while standing on your feet, and not just one joint moving while the rest of your body sits in a chair all chilled out and relaxed.
I did not cover everything, but this hopefully gives a good start to beginning an amazingly effective training program. Any questions or comments, please post up.
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