Train Like A Pro: How Hard Do You Really Go?

SP004032Everyone thinks they train hard, well at least most of the people I talk to……….that is when I always get the comments of  “wow, it must be nice to be so blessed with genetics like you are” or “man, what supps do you take to look like that”. Here is the deal, Genetics are important, if you have them, great if you don’t……you can outwork your genetics and there is no “magic pill” to get bigger and stronger………..well, not if you want to say you are “Natural”. Every now and then I grab these people who make these comments to me in the gym and say, ” hey, workout with me one day, I think you will like it” needless to say, no one ever volunteers to go another day :-).

I am not saying that I train harder than anyone else, but the mistake that a lot of people make is thinking that if they spend 2 hours in the gym, they are training hard. In the last three years, I have not had one workout that keeps me in the gym more than 1 hr and 5 mins and most of my workouts are done in less than 52 mins……that is kind of the magic number. Every minute you go past roughly 55 mins, your muscles start to lose their ability to fully contract, so let’s say you are training and your workout takes 1.5 hours……..two things are wrong………1, you are obviously resting way too much in between sets and 2, by the time you get to the end of your workout, your muscles might only be contracting up to 75% of their ability, so are you really making any gains at that point?

Stop working out for 2 hours……stop doing cardio for 55 minutes, it is never the time you put in that matters, it is the intensity level and strain you put on your body that matters. We all know people who have come to the gym for years and don’t look any different……don’t be those people!

Structure your workouts with varied eccentric movements and varied rest times, but never ath_jim_cordova_bodybuildingexceed more than 90 seconds in between sets……and that is a long time, I think.

Here is an example of what I am doing right now……..I will be doing this for 3 weeks. I am 7 weeks out from my next Pro Show, where I am hoping to win for the 3rd straight year!

I break my body parts down this way for this cycle:
Monday: Back and Forearms
Tuesday: Hams and Calves
Wednesday: Chest and Abs
Thursday: Quads and Shoulders
Friday: Biceps and Triceps

Here is a sample of this workout……..every body part I will do the same way as I am describing for my monday workout. 10 exercises, 8-12 reps per exercise, no rest in between exercise until you have completed all 10, then rest 2 minutes and repeat 2 more times. All exercises are done with a 3 second eccentric movement.

Chin ups Neutral Grip
Lean Back pull downs pronate grip mid
Seated rows neutral grip
lean back pulls downs neutral grip wide
pull downs pronate grip mid
machine rows pronate grip
hammer strength pull downs supinate grip
rope rows to neck
rope rows to waist
pulldowns neutral grip mid

8-12 reps per MassiveForearms_620x4452exercise, no rest, complete all 10, rest 2 minutes and repeat 2 more times. Once I am done with all 3 sets, I move to forearms, and do the same thing.

I will do this for each body part…………..try it out……you will experience a soreness at the end of the week like nothing before…..remember it takes crazy training to make crazy changes.

Happy Lifting!

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2 comments for “Train Like A Pro: How Hard Do You Really Go?

  1. March 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I used to think that the more time – or longer periods I spent exercising, the better. Once I started to do HIIT workouts, that changed. Your words “…it is never the time you put in that matters, it is the intensity level and strain you put on your body that matters….” says it spot on. The action and reaction of my muscles is what’s going to help change my body shape, etc.

    Thank you for that reminder 🙂

  2. March 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Are Saturday and Sunday recovery/cardio days?

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