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I finished the Chad W. Smiths Juggernaut Method program last week so I thought I’d give a review.
My first impression was that it was very similar to Wendlers 5/3/1, which he openly states that Wendler is where he got a portion of his ideas, and I was little skeptical to be honest. Long story short though is that it’s a solid program. The first two waves are pretty high volume and very challenging. I was worried about my 1RM but the extra volume did nothing but help. I was feeling good this last week so instead of going for rep maxes I went ahead and tested out some singles on squat, bench, and deadlift. Military press I stuck with a rep max.
Bench Press- 235 x 1 (+10lbs from March)
Squat- 335 x 1 (+15lbs from March)
Both of these were about a 8-9/10 effort. Add some adrenaline, a belt for bench, and some knee wraps for the squat and I think I’ll have some great improvements at the meet.
I was a little beat up by Friday so I only went up to 385 for a single. It felt heavy and slow but my training partner said it looked like I pulled it easy which tells me I have way more in the tank. I’m going to continue training for the next two weeks instead of taking a deload week. My wife and I are going out of town for a week at the end of September/beginning of October and I probably won’t be lifting when we’re gone. I’m working on my new training cycle to get ready for my meet in November.
120 x 1
130 x 1
140 x 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
FG DS DB Row-
95 x 12, 8
Defranco Shoulder Tri-Set-
25# Lateral/Clean & Press, 35# Plate Front Raise x 10, 10, 8
BW x 36
Pause Wide Grip Machine Row-
120 x 15
Used just a touch of leg drive on my last 5 sets of military press. Kept my feet flat on the floor but got a little knee drive. Progressed in either weight or reps on all my other exercises too so I’m happy. Looking forward to some squats later today!
This blog post started out with the goal of highlighting the number 1 mistake people make when attempting to lose weight. The problem was that I couldn’t just pick one! So without any more preamble here are the top 3:
#1- Lack of Consistency
It’s very common for people to attempt to mix and match training programs and diets. They take the parts they like from several different sources and attempt to create their own hybrid program. If you are a skilled trainer you can get away with this but for those who aren’t you need to pick your path and stick to it. Even if you can’t jump in the deep end and go 100% with a diet or training program then you either need to pick something else or make a plan to work into that program 100%. You have one butt, you only get to ride one horse so pick a path and stick to it. Once you have your program chosen stick with it for 8-12 weeks so that you can truly see whether or not it actually works for you. Anything less than that 8 week mark and you won’t truly know since changing the body takes time.
#2- No Method of Progression
This is an issue for both training and nutrition. Many people will jump onto a low calorie diet along with a high intensity or high volume training program. This does not work in the long term because you have nowhere to go once progression stalls other than to eat less and train more. This will eventually burn you out and tank your metabolism which sends you right back to square one or worse because you then have to fix what you old planned messed up before you can get back to making progress. In general when starting a weight loss program you need to eat as much as possible and train as little as possible and still get results. Then when progress slows you can make adjustments to your diet or training to keep progress going.
#3- Trying to Train Past Poor Diet and Sleep
Weight loss is a multifaceted issue involving sleep, stress management, diet, and exercise. Just focusing on one area and excluding all the others will get you nowhere fast. As strange as it may sound, weight loss is about 90% diet, sleep, and stress management and 10% exercise. Exercise does not make your body burn fat, it makes your body burn calories. Whether those calories come from stored fat or not completely depends on how you are feeding and resting your body. Weight loss is a hormonal game. Food and sleep affect us on a hormonal level and if they aren’t in balance then weight loss comes to a screeching halt.
Taking small steps to fix these 3 problems will go a long way to getting you back on track!
Here are my last two sets from yesterdays bench session. If anybody has any advice let me know in the comments!
185 x 7 sets x 3 reps
55 x 8, 8, 8
30 x 8
35 x 8, 8
Flat DB Bench-
55 x 12, 12
50 x 10
60 x 10, 10
Good day. I’m day 1 of going caffeine free for a bit in order to get my fat loss back on track. I realized that I’ve become a little to dependent on my coffee and other stims throughout the day and I don’t like it. Aside from just the general drag that I’ve had my fat loss has ground to screeching halt. I’m pretty sure that my adrenals are really sensitive stims so I’m knocking them out for awhile. I’ll still have a little decaf coffee every now and then but in general my only “caffeine” source will be some green tea that’s not brewed very strong. I have a video of my last two sets on bench that I’ll get posted up later.
36 inch box x 3 sets x 2 jumps
225 x 7 sets x 3
BB Reverse Lunge- (clean grip)
95 x 5/leg
105 x 5/leg
115 x 5/leg
BB Hip Thrust- (bench supported)
135 x 3 sets x 3
EZ Bar Curl-
115 x 2, 2, 2, 2, 6
I’m going to be working the hip thrusts and try to get damn strong at those. It was a great glute/hamstring exercise that put zero pressure on my lower back. Didn’t get any video but I’ll try to get some benching and deadlifting later this week. Off to the gym for some sled dragging and cardio!
125 x 7 sets x 3 reps
FG Deadstop DB Row-
95 x 10, 7
Defranco Shoulder Tri-Set-
25# Lateral/Clean & Press, 35# Front Raise x 2 sets x 10 reps each
BW x 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6 (30 total)
Felt a little run down but the training session turned out great. I’m trying to keep my military press as strict as possible since the past couple weeks it’s gotten a little sloppy.
It’s finally here and I’m freaking ECSTATIC about it! Driven Body Boot Camp is ready to roll on Monday, August 30th!
Now, what the hell is Driven Body Boot Camp?
Short answer is it’s Salinas Premier Weight Loss Boot Camp! When you join up you don’t just buy your way into a boot camp where someone screams at your for 2 hours a couple days per week. Here’s what you get with DBBC:
-Driven Training Systems Weight Loss Nutrition Manual
-Driven Training Systems Sleep & Stress Management Manifesto
-Free Fitness Evaluation and Assessment
-Monthly Weight Loss Support Group
-Continuous Nutrition Counseling
-A Fun, Challenging, and Positive Training Environment
-Monthly Tracking of Progress
-Success Barrier Evaluation and a Personalized Barrier Removal Plan
-30 Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee
Here’s the problem with most other boot camps.
#1- No Periodization
Periodization is a big fancy word for having a plan. Most boot camp instructors just throw together random exercises and call it an effective workout. At DBBC we always come with a plan in order to maximize your results and decrease the amount of time you need to spend in the gym.
#2- Zero Nutritional Support
Most of the time if your instructor gives you nutrition advice it’s nothing more than eat frequently, drink water, and take fish oil. If you aren’t losing weight then the only answer is to eat less and train more. We work closely with our clients to develop a nutritional plan that they can sustain over the long term and get sustainable results! Developing healthy habits then building on those at the table, in the gym, and out of it is the first step in getting you where you want to be.
I’ve heard of boot camps that run up to 2 hours per session! When you figure in that 99.99999% of all boot camp workouts are built around high intensity interval training you get the perfect recipe for overtraining. Overtraining in the general sense is pushing your body beyond it’s ability to recover. Here is what happens in your body when you overtrain:
-Metabolism shuts down and you burn fewer calories
-Muscle recovery declines making you sore all the time
-Your body panics and starts hoarding calories so that you can actually GAIN fat despite your best efforts
-Motivation hits an all time low because not only are you not losing weight, your performance during the training session declines, and your nervous system (which plays a HUGE role in fat loss) shuts down
-When your nervous system shuts down you stop losing weight and lose muscle tone as well!
-Sleep quality declines so you don’t feel rested and have no energy
-Because of the poor sleep quality you crave carbs making your blood sugar bounce all over causing huge energy swings, makes you cranky and irritable, and effectively shutting down fat loss!
This ties back into #1 and having a plan. By having a plan and monitoring participants closely we prevent you from burning out and keep you on track to reaching your goals!
#4- Negative Training Environment
Who wants to be screamed at for two hours at a time by someone they don’t even know? You have enough stress to deal with without some random trainer jumping down your throat to do one more freakin squat! While we will do whatever we can to help motivate you we will never treat you like you are actually in a real life boot camp. We are ALWAYS 100% invested in you reaching your goals and maintaining those results. That means that we’ll be strict and give guidance where you need it, hold you accountable for showing up and working hard, and praise you when you reach each new goal.
Most boot camps run 4-5 weeks then take 3-4 weeks off. They absolutely must do this because usually by the end of boot camp their participants are so burned out that they have to take 3-4 weeks completely off before they feel like doing anything again! It’s a vicious cycle that is an perfect example of 1 step forward, 2 steps back. In some cases it’s more like 1 step forward, 3-4 steps back! Driven Body Boot Camp runs continuously 12 months out of the year. We can do this precisely because we don’t just beat you into the ground every time you step into the gym. If you want to reach your goals and maintain those results it takes CONSISTENCY.
Intensity is great but it’s not sustainable long term. I guarantee you can’t maintain very high intensity over 30-45 minutes let alone 1-2 hours! Attempting to do this multiple times a week for several weeks in a row will leave you burned out, overtrained, unmotivated and most likely back at square 1.
To find out more call Trey at (785) 443-1589 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Don’t have the details in front of me but I hit all my reps on bench and deads last week. My back, however, wasn’t really agreeing with the deads. I was sore then I helped move my grandmother in-law move on Saturday and I was crazy stiff all weekend. Got into the chiropractor Monday and got it put back in but I’m not going to be squatting or deadlifting this week. The military pressing went great Monday night (hit 140 for 8 reps) then did some machine work for back then some random stuff for shoulders. I attempted to squat yesterday but I was still feeling my back a bit so I called it am just taking it easy. I’ll be sled dragging today and Friday and possibly Saturday in order to make up for it. I will be benching tomorrow and hopefully get some video. I’ll also have some updated pictures and measurements to post Saturday morning.