Alright, since I’m well on my way to the goals I’ve posted for my squat, bench, and deads I’m going to post up some side goals for along the way. At the beginning of each month I’ll get a video of my attempt at that months goal. The month listed will be the month I train for the goal posted next to it. My attempts at this goal will be filmed and posted at the beginning of the following month.
April – 1 Pistol Squat (each leg)
May – 315 x 1 box squat w/ full pause on box
June- 235 x 5 bench press with full pause on chest with each rep
July- BW+100 lbs chin up x 1
August- Bodyweight Snatch
September- Muscle Up x 5
For right now my training will be set up as it was before (M,T,T,F) but I’ll be squatting to a below parallel box with a full pause one every rep, wide grip bench (index fingers on rings) with a full pause on the chest each rep, and more single leg training. It’s nothing crazy, just a slight change up in two of my primary exercises and a variation in the assistance work. Over this year I plan on using primarily Wendlers 5/3/1 as a base program with some slight bastardization here and there. I’m going to experiment with some variations on the primary exercises to see how well they work.
As far as my diet goes I’m going to keep it mostly Paleo (I feel a ton better when I eat this way) and I’m going to experiment with a couple of weeks on the Lean Gains style of intermittent fasting to see where my bodyfat and performance in the gym go. Still not much in the way of supplements aside from Vit D, acidophilous, and digestive enzymes. My real goal right now is to slowly put on some lean mass while leaning out just a bit. The days I lift most of my calories will after my training, the days I don’t train I’ll back my calories down a little.
A couple weeks ago author Gary Taubes went on the Dr. Oz show to debate proper diet. Before I go any further, you need to read Taubes “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. It’s a great book (I’m only about 100 pages into it and it’s excellent) on why the whole diet-heart hypothesis is crap and why cholesterol doesn’t really mean jack.
Basically the Oz show tried to make Taubes look like a hack. I won’t go into a ton of detail because I have a link to the actual show and then Tuabes response on the Livin La Vida Low Carb Man show. Taubes was also on Oz’s radio show several months prior to the taping of the Dr. Oz TV show and it was a much better interview.
Radio Show Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMUGUZ3EEEo
Radio Show Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbw_8vRvbg0
Taubes Response Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQKH3sqjcDU
If you have a little time for some knowledge bombs to be dropped your way these articles are worth reading. You need to read these in order for them to make sense. They’re a little long but well worth the read.
#1- Just Say NO!– Life in Synergy
#2- Here We Go Again– Tony Gentilcore
#3- You Just Got Served– Brett Contreras
#4- Woe Be Unto Ye Who Contradicts the Glute Master!– Tony Gentilcore
You obviously have links to Tony’s blog so if you want to read more of Brett’s ramblings check out http://bretcontreras.com.
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Now some of you may be asking what the heck ROI is. ROI stands for Return On Investment. Basically ROI looks at how much of something you put into a system and how much you get in return for it. This is similar to investing your money in the stock market. When you invest you want something that you can put a little bit of money into yet still get a big return. Fitness should be the same way. Is it really worth obsessing over measuring every morsel of food and timing every single minute of your exercise? Unless you are deep into the prep for a specific event such as bodybuilding, or are a professional athlete then I seriously doubt that your fitness ROI is very high.
In my experience I’ve had a much higher ROI when I focus on high quality foods instead of micromanaging every ounce of poorer quality foods. I’ve had the same experience in the gym. When I tried to implement several different things at once I invariably forgot about one aspect or another. By sticking with one theme for each training session or training cycle you’re going to see much better results.
The trick is to figure out which inputs (strategies) give you the best ROI. You must also take into account the time frame you are working with. If you have no set end period in which to accomplish this goal you’ll probably never get it. Pick a competition or something to showcase the accomplishment of this goal. By doing this you will also be taking advantage of Parkinson’s Law which states that “Work expands so as fill the time for it’s completion.” In other words if you give yourself a goal but not time frame you just kind of limp along in limbo. If you give yourself 6 months to do something (and have a showcase of that goal lined up) you will most likely set an unconscious priority for that goal which will help you get there.