Bodybuilding Basics 3
The dieting is done, the contest pics have been taken and Ed has taken a nice break from his training. Ed told me he had scarfed down lots of junk food including the KFC double down as shown below:
. Lee Priest, 2007 Night Of Champions
So now the question is – WHAT STYLE OF OFF SEASON TRAINING DOES ED DO?
Here are some parameters that Ed follows when planning his mass building, off season training:
- Brief but intense bodybuilding sessions.
- Heavy training while controlling the negative.
- 6-8 weeks in length, followed by a short break.
- Organized and systematic – you don’t use “guess work” if you’re training for size.
- Something fun yet challenging.
- A proven strategy that’s guaranteed to get you results.
It has been used all around the world with GREAT success. It’s not mainstream, it’s underground but the results are astounding if you follow the basic principles correctly. Go ahead, ask around your gym. See how many have heard of DC Training. Maybe one or two but of those one or two, they’re probably not sure what this type of training entails.
And unless they’re following a progressive style of training, keeping records and adding weight to the bar, 95% of people in gyms across this country aren’t gaining muscle and are wasting their time.
My friend and DC Expert practitioner, Jason Wojo tells me that the majority of people out there are doing it wrong.
This is important because if you’re going to follow a proven system, you need to make sure that you’re following it correctly.
Watch this highlight video of Ed showing you how he approaches the chest/shoulder part of his workout using the DC Training method? After watching the quick video, if you decide you want to see the rest, enter your email on this page (top right or below) and we’ll send it right to you.
If you ever find yourself growing stale with your current routine, you’ll love this tip.
Sometimes a change in the weather can trigger it, a transition from on season to off season or the need to switch up everything. If you find yourself finding excuses to keep from going to the gym, here’s a great tip from Ed Brown, Jr. to change things up.
This is a small change but one that can make a great big difference in you bench press strength. With floor presses you’re able to work on the top half of the exercise. A lot of bodybuilders and powerlifters get “stuck” at a certain point of the bench press. Performing floor presses allows you to just focus on strengthening any sticking points that you may have.
Once you’ve warmed up properly, use 50% of your 1 rep max
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a wide grip
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a medium grip
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a close grip
If you are a beginner or intermediate level bodybuilder, perform floor presses in the manner below:
6 sets of 6 reps
- 2 sets wide
- 2 sets medium
- 2 sets close grip
Be sure to use good form and don’t go too heavy. Have a spotter handy.
Floor presses will really work your triceps and will take the stress off of your shoulders since you’re not going as deep on the negative as you normally would with regular bench presses. If you’re looking for extra stimulation, be sure to squeeze your pecs at the top of the movement.
In the video below, Ed talks about the need to improve one’s muscle endurance. Ed’s philosophy is that if you can bench press a certain weight for 10 sets of 10, then you’ll have no trouble increasing your 1 RM. Ed recently used this exact method to improve his top bench press to 475lbs (raw).
He benched 10 sets of 10 reps (German Volume Training) with 315lbs.
That takes a lot of endurance and will definitely result in a bigger bench.
You’ve probably heard of super sets, where you do two exercise consecutively without resting in between. Have you ever tried doing three different exercises? This works extremely well with chest exercises. The advantages of doing tri-sets for chest is that they allow you to stimulate the muscles from 3 different angles. An example of 3 different exercises would be:
- Barbell Bench Press
- Bar Dips
- Incline Dumbbell Flyes
Notice in this sequence of exercises that you have to change your grip with each set of the tri-set. This is a great way to create an crushing chest workout that will initiate more muscle growth as long as enough intensity is used. One key of getting the most out of these tri-sets is to alter the grip on each exercise. For barbell bench press, you can use a “palm grip”, for bar dips you can use a “true grip” but without squeezing the bars too much, for flyes you can use a true grip and squeeze the dumbbell handles HARD! Try this technique over 2 weeks and see if you get a new level of stimulation and soreness in any bodypart that you choose.
MIX UP YOUR SPLIT
Maybe it’s time to change up your routine split. If you’ve been doing the same routine – chest, arms, back, legs, shoulders for months on end then switch it up. Arnold use to like training Chest and Back on the same day for the pump effect. So do Chest/Back, Biceps/Triceps, Quads/Hamstrings, and Shoulders all on different days.
Stick with your new routine for at least 3-4 weeks so you can get a good idea of its effectiveness.
All of the above are some simple ideas for you to try with your bodybuilding routine. The point is not to get stale. Check out the video below of Ed Brown Jr explaining one way to switch things up! Be sure to subscribe to the youtube channel for much more!
Being interested in bodybuilding means that you must be eager to gain as much information on bodybuilding as possible.
If you want to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lee Priest, here’s the thing, you’re going to need the best information, a ton of motivation, a desire to work hard, thick skin so you can ignore the haters. Oh, and good genetics are pretty important too.
Learning from those who have actually done it is a sure fire way to have the best success. The most important place to start has to do with goal setting. Know what your goal is. Want to gain 10lbs by the end of Winter, write it down. Want to improve your Barbell Squat by 50lbs by July 4th, write it down. Ask yourself the following questions: Why do I want to be a bodybuilder? Why do I want to have a fit body? Whatever your reason may be, whether you want to be healthy or want to look good, just make sure that you are doing this for yourself. A high percentage of bodybuilding fitness programs are successful mainly because the participants are looking to improve themselves.
You can also keep a bodybuilding fitness logbook to record your progress and the goals you have achieved during the program. For instance, you can place an entry in your bodybuilding fitness logbook that you want to do 10 reps today. Then later during the day, you can put in some comments on how you did, whether or not you have achieved the goal you have set for yourself. A simple record-keeping habit can make a whole lot of difference for bodybuilding success.
Below are a few more bodybuilding fitness tips to get you going:
1. To guarantee success in your bodybuilding fitness plan, make a commitment to yourself and make the effort to change your habits.
2. Accept the fact that to achieve your vision of the perfect look might take some time. Building muscle, losing fat, reshaping your body, and learning how you respond to diets and supplements takes time. As a matter of fact, the best bodybuilding fitness plans continue on indefinitely.
3. Be prepared for a lot of hard work and sacrifice. bodybuilding fitness means going to the gym on a regular basis and maintaining strenuous exercise routines. But all that pain and discomfort is what makes bodybuilding worth it. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, give it time.
4. Change your diet. To get the best results out of your bodybuilding plan, you will generally need to eat 4-6 meals a day. Eat small but frequently. Increase your protein intake for better muscle growth and development. Drink more water to optimize muscle volume. Limit your salt intake. Take less sugar and alcohol.
5. Sleep. In bodybuilding, you push your body to the limit and your best weapon to prevent it from breaking under the tension is sleep. So sleep.
6. Never ever forget your goal in taking up bodybuilding in the first place. Get that ideal muscled body you’ve always wanted. Don’t let the hard work drag you down. Strive for success.
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