I’ve got one thing going for me – I workout.
Bro do you even lift? Yes, yes I do. I started weightlifting when I was 14. I played football and part of being on the team was lifting weights. It was total bro lifting: bench press, preacher curls, shoulder press and I think we did squats. That was a long time ago so the memory’s a bit fuzzy. I’m glad I got an introduction to weights when I was young. I’ve always loved it and starting so young removed any fears or quibbles I had about lifting weights.
Since then I’ve done lots of different exercise programs. I got Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, I’ve done the Ketogains Bootcamp, P90X, Body For Life, 4 Hour Body, Stronglifts 5×5 and I was even an ACE certified Personal Trainer back in 2005. During June I completed Phase 1 of German Volume Training which is essentially 10×10. If you have questions about any of these aforementioned routines let me know.
My 2 favorite routines from the past year are the Stronglifts 5×5 program and Layne Norton’s PHAT. Both are great!
Stronglifts is outstanding if you’re a beginner lifter or coming back to weights after a long time. It’s simple and focuses on compound exercises. You add 5 lbs. every time you workout as long as you complete 5 sets of 5 reps. You can download the free mobile app which has everything you need: videos, explanations and an easy way to record your workouts. My favorite feature of this app is the timer. The timer is essential to muscle fatigue and keeps your workouts moving without getting distracted.
Start light with Stronglifts. If you start with too much weight you’ll plateau too quickly. Trust me, it gets heavy fast.
I did Stronglifts after a long time away from the gym and it was a fantastic way to get back into the groove.
After Stronglifts I got into Layne Norton’s PHAT routine. I absolutely love it and I’m going to start it again in July. For me this is the perfect routine. It combines the heavy weights of Stronglifts, but it also adds a high rep, low weight component to increase hypertrophy. You do a full-body workout twice a week. It was when I got into this routine that folks started asking me if I was working out. That’s always the best!!! When your hard work in the gym is evident to others you know it’s working. You’re usually the last to notice your gains. (That’s why photos and measurements are crucial!)
Hitting the gym is the easy part for me. Diet and nutrition? Now that’s a whole other topic for another post.
What workout routines do you like? Which ones have given you the best results?