However, instead of jumping into the next workout, take a day off from lifting completely. By doing this, you will allow your body to fully recover so that it can reap the complete benefits of hard training. No one likes training hard for no results—this makes sure that never happens. The book also gives insight into peaking for a meet. To do so, simply add an additional heavy single at the end of every set.
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After said transformation I was left small, weak, and devoid of any sort of physique of which I could be proud. I sucked. I was sure of it. I had excelled at sports up until ceasing to play in my freshman year of high school. Hey, we were poor. I longed to look like the Steiner Brothers, Sting, The Ultimate Warrior, and the rest of my childhood heroes with bulging muscles, and big thick veins all over. Those were fun times now that I look back.
I was packing my lunches for school every day, usually grilled chicken salads, with a fat free yogurt and maybe a Myoplex bar. I worked hard to ensure that I was getting a meal in roughly every three hours, not the easiest thing to do when you are in school. What I did not understand at the time, and came to learn much later, was that I was going about things all wrong.
My diets were based on those of pre-contest bodybuilders; the kind of foods one would eat during the phase prior to getting on stage where shedding fat is the number one objective. You name it, I took it, protein shakes, lean mass stimulators, creatine, HMB, recovery drinks, pre workout stimulants, themogenics, anything that was on the market that promised results.
At the time I only knew one person personally who used steroids, and that was just considered a monstrous, abhorrent thing to do, so those were out of the question for me at the time.
Anything else was fair game however, yet despite my knowledge of supplements, my airtight diet, and my perfect gym attendance, I was looking more and more like a white Bruce Lee, and less and less like the Herculean beast I wanted to be. In addition to the lack of adequate food intake for growth that I was experiencing as a result of trying to emulate the diets of pre-contest bodybuilders, my training was equally ineffective at producing the desired result.
I was working conventional bodybuilding exercises in higher rep ranges like I saw guys doing in the magazines. I emphasized quality of the contraction, time under tension, and all of the cool training ideas that I read about. I was using supersets, giant sets, drop sets, and all of the other stuff that was out there.
My training and diet were in serious need of an overhaul, but I was too young, dumb, and full of bubblegum to know it. After training more in line with a powerlifting style for while, and eating massive amounts of food, I shot up considerably in size. I was unhappy with my overall physique however, as aesthetics and bodybuilding had always been the primary reason that I lifted weights. My body was large, but not lean, and not symmetrical. Once I realized that I could clean the diet up a bit, and still take in large amounts of calories and protein, albeit harder to do, I started to even things out a bit.
There was however, the problem of my physique not being complete, and looking a bit more Mr. PotatoHead-ish than I liked in terms of development. It was around that time that it really hit me. My idol as a kid, Dorian Yates, who I had been trying to emulate in my youthful bodybuilding pursuits must have been taking in a www. He also must have actually gotten strong instead of my assumption that the massive weights he would move just kind of happened as a result of years of going through the motions in the gym.
It all made sense. Lift heavy weights like a powerlifter, while sticking to movements that were known mass builders, in rep ranges that were ideal for growth, while eating large amounts of clean food, and not neglecting the cardio component. How had this eluded me all this time? It was the years of training, reading, experimenting, and training others that followed that allowed me to write this book today.
I came to terms with the idea that I was a bodybuilder at heart, and that building mass while keeping leaner than most was always my number one priority in the gym. I had begun a misinformed bodybuilder, and over a decade of trail, error, and disappointment, had emerged a Powerbuilder.
This book is designed to allow you, the reader to learn from my mistakes, and get on the path that you wish to be on now.
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