There are many mistakes people can make in the gym, from men wearing Lycra sort-shorts, to women walking around with selfie sticks and their faces stuck in a permanent duck face. But the king and queen mistake of the gym world has to be the Bodybuilding body split programs. Leg-day, Chest-day Back-day, arm-day, what ever way you want to mix it up, having one day a week where you train a muscle to absolute exhaustion and then let it rest and recover for a week is possibly the most rubbish way of growing a natural muscular physique you can think off.
Now i know that at this point many of you will be spinning in your chairs, your protein shake covering everything in a 2 meter diameter around you while you face is contorted in a combination of shock, disbelief and maybe even anger at the very thought that anyone could ever question the possibility that the most popular training plan in 40 years cold possibly be wrong. But that is exactly what i am going to do.
Frankly there is a lot of nonsense talked about, written about and sold in the fitness business. Every time you open a magazine or switch on your computer you are told how training only this-way or that-way will give you the results you want. Or how, unless you are lifting in this rep range or that rep range, you might as well be at home scratching your arse. And let’s not forget, if you don’t eat this, “magic wonder food” or if you don’t take that “man making supplement,” then your arms will turn to spaghetti and yours legs will turn to jelly. Well here at Dynamic identity we don’t hold with any of that bollix.
The deception is all the stronger because most of what you hear has a grain of truth to it but when you are never shown the whole picture, everything sounds like it is the only thing that works… until next month that is, when you will be told how it is in fact another thing that works.
Okay, so leaving out the supplements, (which would cover many articles all by them selves), for the moment, you might be asking, why, if all the training works and all the diets work then what, for the love of god, is this man ranting about…?
Good Question. So lets get to the answer.
The problem is not the programs, the problem is who is doing them and when. When a program is being designed it needs to a purpose, hypertrophy (muscle growth), conditioning, strength, weight loss, or perhaps a sport specific goal; whatever, take your pick. But as well as a purpose it also needs to have a target audience. In other words it needs to have a very specific group of people in mind who are at a certain point along a curve to a specific goal. And the very same goes for the diets. In fact the two are completely intertwined.
In other words people who are over weight and on low carb diets should not be doing a lot of cardio based training to lose weight. It’s counter productive. Yes they will lose loads of weight, but a large amount of that weight will most likely be muscle so the end result will be a thinner, but proportionally fatter person who will pile the weight back on the moment they burn out just a few months in.
Likewise, a skinny ectomorph who wants to put on as much muscle possible has no business following intermittent fasting protocols while spending 3 days a week in the gym for about 20 minuets at at time doing singles like a power-lifter.
Now there is nothing wrong with cardio, low carb eating, Intermittent fasting or power-lifting. They are all valid, very helpful and serve a purpose. But if you don’t know what that purpose is or how and when to apply it, then chances are you are just hitting the gym and fridge in a mindless gamble that what you are doing is going to get you to your goal.
So i have had some minor rants (i believe i have contained myself rather well) at quite a few of the gym mistakes that i see around me every day but now it is time to get back to my number 1, THE BODYBUILDERS SPLIT. The only reason i can think of as to why this program has become so popular is because almost all the training articles that have been written and published in almost every bodybuilding magazine that has ever existed, right from the very start have been written by steroided athletes. You see steroids and the body split kinda go hand in hand. They were designed for each other. One pounds the muscle to pulp and the other heals it and grows it. But for normal Joel’s and Josephine s things are a little different.They don’t heal like the writers of the articles and they don’t grow like them either.
So the question has to be, if you don’t heal like a juiced trainer and you don’t grow like a juiced trainer then what the hell are you doing training like a juiced trainer?
I said earlier that everything works as long as you know how and when to use it and this is also true for the body builder split. If you are not on the gear then i would recommend doing two six week phases of full on body split training per year and no more. The rest of the year stick mostly to full body training an you will get much better results,