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I came across this article while browsing through the inter webs for knowledge and it’s too good not to share.
Christian Thibaudeau is one of my favourite and his knowledge is phenomenal, you’ll enjoy this read.
I will certainly be giving this a go as I am currently short on time in my own training.
The introduction and more frequent use of ‘back off sets’ has become quite popular of late.
You’ll find you can use them to determine suitable loading for your next session, increase total TUT and even help you maintain your progress if you find your gym training time has been chopped down due to life getting in the way.
In the past this has happened several times and as such a way and to be found to get in some quality work, here is an option for you, it will take anywhere from 20-30min tops, try not to spend longer than 30min (especially if your time is limited), just focus on hard work.
This protocol will:
– Provide suitable mechanical tension for strength
– Generate metabolic stress for adaptation
– Create muscle damage for new growth
All you need to do is follow the guidelines and put in all your effort, eat the calories required for your goal (I’ve written about this previously), sleep and stay focused.
Let’s get down o the details.
– Use compound movements (Squat, DL, Press, Chin, Row, etc)
– 1 or 2 per workout (A1/A2 pairing)
– Ramp up your weights each set, start off with 5’s and work to one heavy set, then add a little more weight for a 3, then finally a little more for 1 single. The triple/single aren’t all out efforts, only the 5, they’re just for extra neural stimulation.
– Take 70% of the top 5 and perform 1 back off set of 10-20 reps unbroken
– Rest is minimal between sets, go as soon as you feel ready
– 3 sessions per week is a good minimum to cover the full body
You will be in and out in no time at all.
This short style of workout will allow heavy enough loads to trigger a host of positive things and the back of set will further potentiate this.
If you find you’re doing all of this in 20min then use the extra 10 for some accessory movements (arms, calves etc).
The protocol above is nothing fancy, it’s devised to get maximum results out of minimum time and as such leaves no room for dilly-dallying.
Stringing exercises together one after the other with the same piece of kit if known, no rest and not putting said kit down is often known as a complex.
You can do them with dumbbells, barbells and a personal favourite, kettlebells.
Here are three short kettlebell complexes to hit the entire body and build strength, lean mass and strip fat (provided calorie requirements are also correct).
Each complex is done with 2 kettlebells.
– Push Press
Start off with one rep of each, then two, then three, aim to work up to 5 without stopping. 3-5 rounds of this will help create an impressive upper body, increase the weight of the bells by 4kg once you can do 5 rounds of 1-5 unbroken.
– Swing to Pull (pull elbows towards hips)
Reps, sets and progression as above.
– Lunge (any variation of your choice)
– Rack Tip-Toe Walk or Rack Walk
Reps, sets and progression as above.
Now this could be one workout three times per week, several smaller workouts during the day (morning, afternoon, evening) or a short 10-20min workout for each day depending on your commitments and available time to train.
This style of training is one that lends itself well to daily practice (push day, pull day, leg day, repeat works well).
These are by no means the only options, they’re just simple ones to get you started, you’ll find some great complexes in the writing of Dan John.
Give them a go.
I’m sure you’re aware that you can build an impressive upper body without the need to lift weights.
If not then in this post you’ll learn how.
Training your upper body is something that’s quite easy to do without any equipment, the same can’t be said for lower body so you’ll need at minimum a barbell and plates for total body development, no one likes chicken legs after all.
20 rep breathing squats, heavy low rep front squats, fat grip deadlifts, snatch grip deadlifts and cleans or snatches will be ample for lower body development.
Back to the point of the post.
Bodyweight mastery can provide you with a most impressive upper body if you give it your all in these handful of exercises:
- Plyo push ups
- Handstand push ups (supported, working to wards free standing)
- Chin Ups
- Pull Ups
Those 5 will enable you to workout essentially anywhere, here is the suggested rep/set schemes for your consideration:
- Ladder sets – pick 2 exercises, start at 1 rep for each & add a rep until you hit 10 or more if you choose. If you lose form or break set start again at one.
- Multiple singles, doubles or triples
- Sets to momentary muscular failure
Those three options will get you started, you’ll find that aiming for 50-100 reps per session on 1-2 of those movements will help you build the upper body you desire.
This approach to training is very simple but very effective.