Monday

A new European workout style... intersting stuff!

There are dozens of methods of workouts out there in terms of sets, reps, rest periods, and other training variables that you need to consider to keep your body from hitting a plateau where your results stop.

For example, over the years, I've tried almost every style of weight training program that I've ever studied to try to keep the results coming... things such as:
  • German volume training - high rep, high set volume training such as 10x10 (10 sets of 10 reps for certain exercises)
  • The typical 3x10 training
  • 1-rep max training
  • 20-rep training
  • 5x5 weight training programs
  • Olympic lifting
  • Density Training (increasing reps in the same exact time period for the exact same weight)
  • and many other styles of weight training
I've tried them all, and they all have their benefits and detriments.

So I just recently stumbled onto this unique new European method of Training, invented by a well-known French trainer and champion bodybuilder... he calls his method - "1-rep-fitness".

You can see his program at:
http://1-rep-fitness.com

I just finished reading through how the program works, and I can't believe I've never thought of this before. It's actually a VERY unique method of combining your sets, reps, rest intervals, and exercises... and it surprisingly has NOTHING to do with 1-rep max training -- it's actually quite different.

I think this can be a great method of training to break out of a plateau and stimulate new results... and I'm surprised that I've never seen this anywhere before.

Now here's the problems I saw with this program and a few minor things that I disagree with:

1. This program focuses a good portion of the exercises (maybe 50%) on single joint isolation exercises. The programs I usually design are about 95% multi-joint exercises (and almost always free weight), and at most, 5% single-joint exercises.

But I will admit, that for certain portions of the year, it can stimulate new results in your body to mix in different percentages of single joint exercises for variation, as long as most of the year, you are focusing on multi-joint, free weight exercises.

And the more important point is that regardless of which exercises you are doing, it can also stimulate results in your body to train in a drastically different method of sets, reps, and rest periods, which is certainly a benefit of trying this new European style of training at least for a good 12 weeks, before going back to my style of training.

So, although I disagree with some of the exercise selection in http://1-rep-fitness.com -- I certainly think that the training style itself can be very powerful in stimulating new results in your body if used for a small cycle.

2. The nutrition portion of this program is very solid, but I disagree with just a couple minor recommendations such as using soy protein... as you know from my writing, I'm strongly against almost all soy except for fermented soy... however, supposedly the quality of soy products in France are much higher, and in limited quantities, shouldn't be a problem.

Just realize that the quality of soy we are exposed to here in the States is not recommended.

Other than just some minor differences such as those, if you're looking for a new style of training to possibly break out of the rut and spur on some new results, I'd suggest giving this new European method of training a try. I thought it was very interesting and am going to start incorporating it into a couple cycles of my own training.

Since this program was just released this week, there is a 50% discount sale going on for 4 more days, so if you're interested in trying this, I'd recommend jumping on this right away to get the half-off sale price:

http://1-rep-fitness.com

Good luck!

I know most people use December as an excuse to stop working out and wait until the new year... but let's make sure not to fall into that trap this year. If you really want a great body and great health, it should be a year-round lifestyle, and NOT something that you only do in January each year.

So let's keep crankin on the workouts throughout December as well!

Til next newsletter,
Don't be lazy... be lean.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder - http://TruthAboutAbs.com & http://BusyManFitness.com

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