For the last two months I’ve been doing a 30 year old workout program called “Big Beyond Belief” by Leo Costa.
BBB, as I will call it, has me in the gym four days a week and hitting each of the major muscle groups three to four times a week, with some smart cycling every 3 weeks.
Typical overtraining stuff that I endorse whole-heartedly.
What I like most about it is that you can tell somebody tried this thing out before they wrote it down. It’s hard work but it’s doable hard, if you follow me.
I’m up a few pounds on the scale and I’m visibly larger in my lagging muscle groups, which I call “everything from the waist up”. Some is creatine bloat, some is muscle memory after these last few years of slovenly living.
Whatever. I’m in my forties with 25 years of lifting behind me, I’ll take it.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned:
– I’ve spent way too much time avoiding higher rep ranges.
– Short rest periods with 15 rep sets are absolute murder.
– … but they make you feel like a minor god once you’re done with them.
– You don’t know what you’re missing when you go for a diet of barbell movements and neglect the detail work.
– It’s way more fun to lift weights when you do get variety in your exercises and rep ranges so that you aren’t pounding your head against a heavy barbell.
– It’s really nice not to have to think so much about what you’re going to do at the gym.
This experience is the major thing that motivated me to go back to Squat Every Day and update it for the next decade.
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