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Old 03-23-2013, 16:49   #1
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intermediate full body training

Im having trouble finding another good full body training routine that works for more than a couple of weeks for me. I started using Mark Ripptoes "Starting Strength" and then eventually graduated to a more advanced full body routine found here:

www.bodybuilding.com/fun/hitworkout.htm

I have managed to gain a solid 20lbs within the last year going from 170lbs to 203lbs and then back down to 196lbs. I cant seem to find a workout routine that challenges my muscles anymore and was wanting to hear some suggestions from you guys. I DO NOT want to switch to a split routine so if its possible, keep the suggestions to full body workouts please.
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Old 03-23-2013, 19:54   #2
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Are you lifting with someone, or solo? If solo a good partner is invaluable for forced reps and negatives.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:50   #3
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unfortunately by myself at this point
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:02   #4
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If its not challenging, you aren't pushing enough weight.

Or you can add a 2nd set to everything, done after 30 sec or 1 min of rest. You'll get less reps but it could spark new growth.

There is also a chance you've progressed enough to where you need more volume to make gains.

Just as an example, if you did:

Squats 5x5
Bench press 5x5
Bent rows 5x5

Thats still a total body workout, but without all the isolation movements.

Then the next time do something like:

Deadlifts 5x5
Military press 5x5
Pullups 5x5

Then repeat the 1st workout. That'll give you 3 workouts a week.
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suggestions

1. Ditch the isolation movements
2. Add a few more sets of compound movements
3. Keep an eye out for anyone who can spot you for one set of hard work

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Old 03-24-2013, 13:14   #6
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Rippetoe's Texas Method or you could easily adapt Wendler's 5/3/1 to work for full body workouts.
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Old 03-24-2013, 19:19   #7
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I just checked your link to the more advanced routine. Your problem is not your routine, it is your programming. No group of exercises at a set rep range is going to allow you tp progress unless you have a plan. Read about programming. Any monkey can come up with a routine, programming separates the knowledgable from the monkeys.
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ok thank you for posting that. I had no idea about anything dealing with "programming"...and can you elaborate on what it is to program a workout??

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Well, programming is how you advance. Periodization is an example. Periodization is usually percentage based program. Rippetoe has an entire book devoted to programming. I personally feel that Wendler's 5/3/1 is the simplest to understand. You can glean enough about it on the web without buying the book.

Google Wendler's 5-3-1.

An alternative would be conjugate training but Wendler's is a better starting program.
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ok so i understand a little bit more in regards to programming the different excercises of my routine for maximum strength gains. i will begin wendlers 5/3/1 here in a week when i get back on day shift. thanks alot for the responses guys.
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There are good and bad things about full body work outs. For me they are great for in season training to maintain strength and not be to cashed after im done. How ever if you want to gain strength go to an upper lower split bases around olympic style lifts. Really push the weight. Out if high school I was 175 after doing this for about a year I hit 205. I have been slowly growing stronger and am now sitting at 210 to 215. Im 6' just to give you an idea.

Monday
DB bench 5 x sets of 4 to 6
Hang clean 5 x sets of 4 to 6
Standing row 3x sets 6 to 8
Pull ups max reps
DB row 3 x 6 to 8
Triceps ext ""
Shoulder press ""
Shrugs ""
Throwers 10
Mile run

Tuesday
Squats 5x4 to 6
Dead lift 5x4 to 6
Leg press 3x8
RDL 3x10 to12
Lungs 3x12
Front squat 3x10
Calf raises 3x16
Abs

Wednesday
Mile run
Pull ups
push ups
Dips
Kettle bells
Box jumps
Jump rope
Abs

Repeat Monday and Tuesday on Thursday and friday with a few changes. Think explosive powerful movements. If you do this I guaranty a strength gain. Also ass to grass on the squats. Non of that half way crap. Remember pain is just weakness leaving the body. Just my 2 cents.
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ok so i understand a little bit more in regards to programming the different excercises of my routine for maximum strength gains. i will begin wendlers 5/3/1 here in a week when i get back on day shift. thanks alot for the responses guys.
Good luck. Make sure you follow his advice regarding your starting 1 rm. please report on your progress. 5/3/1 will work for you for quite a while. You can make it a full body workouts by lifting twice weekly. If you bench and DL one day and press and squat the other you'll have two full body workouts weekly. One other advantage to twice weekly is the back off weeks are not required.


While using 5/3/1 I recommend reading Rip's Practical Programming.
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You did not say what your goal is. I assume getting bigger.
Here is the real deal. You should only work out once a week.
If you are working on biceps , for example, do 15 reps with low weight say 40 pounds. Curls. Than for your second set put as much weight on the barbell ,so you can only do 5 reps. If you can do more than 5 reps add weight. So you can only pump out 5 reps. You are now done with your biceps for a week.
Do this for every body part. Should not take you more than 1/2 hour.
THAT'S RIGHT 1/2 hour a week and in a month you will be amazed at your gains.
Also stay away from bench presses. Too dangerous
LASTLY, DRINK A GALLON OF WATER A DAY, DIET IS AT LEAST
50% of your gains
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You did not say what your goal is. I assume getting bigger.
Here is the real deal. You should only work out once a week.
If you are working on biceps , for example, do 15 reps with low weight say 40 pounds. Curls. Than for your second set put as much weight on the barbell ,so you can only do 5 reps. If you can do more than 5 reps add weight. So you can only pump out 5 reps. You are now done with your biceps for a week.
Do this for every body part. Should not take you more than 1/2 hour.
THAT'S RIGHT 1/2 hour a week and in a month you will be amazed at your gains.
Also stay away from bench presses. Too dangerous
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Bench press is dangerous? Sarcasm?

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Old 03-27-2013, 01:25   #15
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No sarcasm at all. Bench presses are to dangerous. It's to easy to pull a muscle and they are not ideal for building a chest.
Just follow my plan for a month and you will see the best gains of your life.
Good form
Heavy weight
Diet
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Rest for 6 days after a workout. That's when one builds muscle
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No sarcasm at all. Bench presses are to dangerous. It's to easy to pull a muscle and they are not ideal for building a chest.
Just follow my plan for a month and you will see the best gains of your life.
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Rest for 6 days after a workout. That's when one builds muscle
There is nothing dangerous about benching.

And a month to the best gains of your life? You sound like an infomercial.
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ok so i understand a little bit more in regards to programming the different excercises of my routine for maximum strength gains. i will begin wendlers 5/3/1 here in a week when i get back on day shift. thanks alot for the responses guys.
Jack made a great suggestion with 5/3/1.

Follow the program as prescribed. Read the entire book.
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No sarcasm at all. Bench presses are to dangerous. It's to easy to pull a muscle and they are not ideal for building a chest.
Just follow my plan for a month and you will see the best gains of your life.
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Rest for 6 days after a workout. That's when one builds muscle
I would hate to break a nail. Lol

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You did not say what your goal is. I assume getting bigger.
Here is the real deal. You should only work out once a week.
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THAT'S RIGHT 1/2 hour a week and in a month you will be amazed at your gains.
Also stay away from bench presses. Too dangerous
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1/2 hour TOTAL, or per body part/muscle group?

If BPs are dangerous then squats are even more so.

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1/2 hour total. That's for a full body workout e.g. Curls. Take a barbell and do one set with 40 pounds. Rest a minute. Than take a barbell and put on 80or 90 or 100 pounds. Just enough where you can't do more than 5 reps. Than you are done with biceps for a week.
Do this for each body part. Your muscles grow NOT in the gym but while at rest.
I'm not looking for a debate. When you quit making progress give this a try. You will be amazed. Or don't try it. I don't care. I'm not looking for an argument. Good luck with whatever you try
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1/2 hour TOTAL, or per body part/muscle group?

I'd day if BPs are dangerous then squats are even more so.
Lol neither are dangerous

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Also stay away from bench presses. Too dangerous
Wow. Congrats for the most ignorant statement of the day. I've been a competitive powerlifter for the past 10 years and have managed to build my raw bench to 530 in that time, without having EVER incurred an injury due to bench pressing. Perhaps you should learn how to bench press correctly before giving out incorrect information. And I assure you, if you can't bench without hurting yourself then you DO NOT know how to bench.



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1/2 hour total. That's for a full body workout e.g. Curls. Take a barbell and do one set with 40 pounds. Rest a minute. Than take a barbell and put on 80or 90 or 100 pounds. Just enough where you can't do more than 5 reps. Than you are done with biceps for a week.
Do this for each body part. Your muscles grow NOT in the gym but while at rest.
I'm not looking for a debate. When you quit making progress give this a try. You will be amazed. Or don't try it. I don't care. I'm not looking for an argument. Good luck with whatever you try
Some folks will make gains on such a routine but such folks would likely make gains no matter what they did.
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