Bang For Your Buck Weight Training
I’ve been building muscle for 13 years now. In that time I’ve trained in about 10 – 15 gyms across the globe (Each gym experience being mostly the same, except a few special hot spots). And if there is one thing I notice every single time I worked out, it is the fact that most people are not training to their fitness goal advantage.
You may say…
But Shaun, how do YOU know what these peoples goals are. Why don’t you just mind your own business. You don’t know their history, their past errors, what they’re correcting, or whatever that persons business is.
What you stated there is something everyone in the gym should be doing.
MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS!
(Unless they’re actually genuinely trying to help of course)
But what I am talking about here is a time period ‘after’ I have trained, naturally communicated and networked with these individuals. And over the years of doing so, I find that most of these people really are not training to their advantage. What tends to happen is that they start off correctly. You know… choose a upper body workout day, a lower body workout day and so on. But then they make the mistake of…
DOING TOO MUCH!
Thinking that doing more and spending more time in the gym will make them grow bigger and quicker. And then those same folks wonder why they look the same year after year (At those who are actually trying to look different and not just ‘maintain’).
What these individuals need to be introduced to is the concept of…
Bang For Your Buck Weight Training
What is Bang for your buck weight training?
The simple formula:
- 1 x compound lift per workout (Mandatory – Something you MUST do)
- 2 to 3 assistant weightlifting exercises (Variable)
No less, No more
If you stick to that plan (which you should!) your workout may seem slightly short, yes. But if performed with the utmost intensity, the time it takes to complete your workout will be the last thing you’ll be thinking about. Getting some good post workout nutrition and serious rest is what you’ll be thirsty for.
The common mistake
Let’s take chest day for example…
We know that the bench press exercise is the undisputed king of all chest related exercises. But some individuals feel the need to follow it up with FOUR exercises to assist.
Why so much?
I understand that it’s important to hit all angles of your chest, but doing THAT many exercises can and will work against you if your goal is to actually ‘grow’. Especially after that 30 day muscle building honeymoon period (If you are new to weight training) where you can pack on 14lbs of muscle or more. Because after that, the gains will indeed slow down. That’s just how the human body works ‘naturally’. If it didn’t we’d all look like this guy.
Can you imagine that. Masses of young to middle age hulk size folk walking the streets, terrifying ordinary civilians. The government wouldn’t allow that surely. With the penalty of growing to such a size being sent to war in the middle east, or some place.
Any how, in all seriousness, the point is this…
You don’t need to perform as much as you ‘think’ you do
Bang for your buck workouts (as the title reads)
Performing exercises that will give you the best gains, instead of exercises that won’t!
Let’s take a 4 day split routine for example…
#1 Mandatory exercise = Deadlift
#2 Bang for your buck assistant exercises = Lunges, Full hanging leg raises
#1 Mandatory exercise = Military press
#2 Bang for your buck assistant exercises = Dips, Dumbbell rows, Shrugs
#1 Mandatory exercise = Squats
#2 Bang for your buck assistant exercises = Leg press, Leg curls
#1 Mandatory exercise = Bench press
#2 Bang for your buck assistant exercises = Pull ups (weight assisted with progression), Barbell rows
Each workout looks pretty basic… right?
If you focus on actually progressing over time with that same workout routine structure, with the utmost intensity, you will indeed feel ‘smashed’ after most workouts.
Now, there are obviously tons of exercises that you can perform out there. Each have their specific purpose. What you need to do is find your reason for performing them them. Not just to look cool, or feel good about yourself (Weird point that one is, but that’s the mindset the some people have when they workout).
My favorite weekly exercises at present are…
- Weight assisted Dips/ Pull ups/ Chin ups
- Barbell rows
- Stiff leg deadlifts
And I choose those particular exercises because I KNOW they are helping me.
- Strengthen the weaker areas of my body (Upper chest, build on my hard to gain naturally long arms)
- Compliment the said mandatory exercises, also known as the big four (Stiff leg deadlifts build lower back strength, which aids the big and powerful deadlift movement. Barbell rows assist with the bench press exercises).
- Build a balanced and symmetrical body (It’s very easy to mess this up if you start your weightlifting journey the incorrect way)
- BUILD MUSCLE (That’s what we’re all here to do. Those exercises will give me the best bang for my buck)
Some other good exercises include:
- Smith machine military press (Good for those who find the military press to be a frightening and risky to perform exercise)
- Dumbbell press (Incline/Decline)
- Leg extensions/leg press
- Deadlift performed on a smith machine
But again, be very clear as to why you need to perform them. If not, then don’t do them. Period!
Seriously, I’ve been guinea pigging it for several months now, met a ton of new people, and noticed some common mistakes amongst many. Let’s stop for a moment and look at this recent quote to myself from a fellow gym goer.
‘Shaun man, week after week…. it just looks like you keep growing, week after week. Seriously… is it genetics?’
And guess who that quote came from?
- Stay in the gym for 1 hour or more
- Perform ENDLESS amount of exercises
- And give ME a weird look when I arrive after and leave the gym before they do!
Oh and don’t you worry. New progress pics are coming (Because I know that’s what you are wanting to see right now :). It’s ok, I’ve always been a great mind reader).
When you hit the gym next, put a big X through the mistakes listed above (That’s if you’ve been making them. Most of you probably have).
Approach your workouts with a bang for your buck mindset. This will at least give you a good kick start until Stay-Fit Bug really takes you to the next level.
See you in the comments.
A tip for tall guys
Focus on building your quads, glutes and wings.
It is a lack of development in these muscle groups that make you look long and lanky (even if you are ripped to bits underneath your clothes) at certain angles. Building on these muscle groups will give you the much needed ’3D effect’. Once you do… long and lanky no more. Big brutal sexy beast you will be.
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