Friday, March 20, 2009

Just wrote myself a kickass new program ....

At least, I think it's a good one. It's like what I've been doing in that there are 4 workouts, 2 of which are upper body focused and two of which are lower body focused. But each workout focuses on a different movement pattern: Workout A is really all about the pull, although each pulling exercise is supersetted with some sort of a pushup because that's just what I prefer. Workout B is all about the squat, with 3 different variations each supersetted with some sort of hamstring focused torture. Workout C is push day, with each of the big push exercises paired with some sort of a pulling movement that's more in the nature of an assistance exercise targeting the rhomboids and rear delts. Workout D of course is deadlift day, with each deadlift variation being paired with some sort of funky quad-focused exercise.

The real beauty of this workout, though, is the set, rep and rest schemes I came up with and/or lifted from workouts created by other cleverer people. One is stolen straight from the SOS playbook: GVT with decreasing rest periods. Another, the Wave, is from NROL. There's also the Filthy Fifty: 1 set of 50 reps per exercise, as few breaks as possible. Finally there's Active Recovery, which is sort of my own invention except that none of this stuff is exactly rocket science, you know? 4 sets of 8, only instead of resting between sets you do 20 reps of a bodyweight exercise (squats, pushups, lunges, mountain climbers). I frankly am not sure it's even humanly possible, but we'll see :)