Ask The Trainer #130 – What’s The Best Workout?

Ask The Trainer #130 - What's The Best Workout?

QUESTION:

Dear Sir, I am currently following Greg Plitt’s MFT28 workout. I am not a big fan of supplements and only focus on nutrition. Till date I am proud to say that I have not consumed a single granule of any supplement in the market but still have got a physique that everyone is jealous and all girls in my office ogle at.

Following MFT 28 is all about shocking my body. This is my observation. No Doubt that i have seen good results, but still in my mind I have worries that this workout will not help me reach my Goal. My Goal is to have an athletic body. A combination of speed, agility and power. Like all athletes who have to think quickly, I want to have same kinds of reflexes. Doing Standard sets have become a bore.

Please clarify my query as to follow MFT 28 or should I design my own workout or follow the new workout called “Build by Science”.

Regards,

Alex


ANSWER:

Like so many others, I know you are looking for the best workout. It sounds like you’ve obtained some significant results without using supplements up to this point! While you may not need supplements to build an impressive physique, I feel there are some that can help you make progress quicker and also maximize your full muscular potential.

You do not need to use tons of exotic supplements. But,I’ve found that taking just a few, like Kre-Alkalyn, GlutaZorb, and Training Ground PRE, have improved my results tremendously.

I’m also not familiar with either of those particular workouts. However, I am familiar with the reasons why people reach sticking points in their training routines and cease making progress.

These Need To Increase

If you want your muscles to grow progressively larger and stronger, then something about your workouts must also progressively increase as well. That something is: 1) the intensity level you reach and 2) the amount of recovery time you implement between your intense workouts to compensate for the increased stress on your physiology, which is a result of the strength increases you’ve worked up to.

This is where many people get confused. People make the mistake of thinking that as they grow stronger, they should increase the duration of their workouts to make further progress. This rarely works because the body has a very limited supply of biochemical resources to support recovery and growth. So, people who practice this strategy inevitably end up overtraining.

Consequently, their progress comes to a complete stop, or they actually regress in their progress. At this point, changing up exercises or routines won’t help much because your body will still be overtrained, having not yet regained the valuable biochemical resources required for growth to occur.

The way to tell if you’re overtraining is by determining if you’re becoming stronger workout to workout. Keep a training journal and write down every exercise you perform, the amount of weight you use, and the number of repetitions you perform.


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Every time you go to repeat any of your workouts, you should be seeing increases in the weights you’re using, the repetitions you’re performing, or both. As long as you’re seeing this happen, you’re moving the right direction!

If you don’t see advances in your weights and/or reps, you will want to reduce the volume and duration of your lifting sessions to allow your body to recover the necessary resources for muscle growth to occur. To avoid overtraining, I suggest limiting your weight training sessions to no longer than 45 minutes. I also feel that lifting on non-consecutive days is a good idea to further help prevent overtraining.

The one thing you do not want to reduce is your intensity level! Anything you can do to increase the difficulty of an exercise will make it even more effective! My favorite ways to do this are by lifting heavier weights, slowing down my rep speed and pausing at the end of an exercise when the muscle is in a fully contracted position.

One thing I’m not definitely not a fan of are long workouts that combine cardio and lifting together. These types of routines inevitably cause people to overtrain, both aerobically and anaerobically, and then decompensate in both! If this sounds like either of these routines you’re considering, I would say your best bet is to devise your own routine.

Hopefully this information helps you out! I wish you all the very best in achieving your goals! Take care!

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Chad Shaw

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