Hey guys i was just curious what kind of programs you guys prefer? A homemade workout program or a Template like HTC-12?
Benefits of Home made workout:
Your own program
Work on strength and weaknesses
More likly to stick with it.
if your a newby you know where to start.
Those are some of the ideas I got out of this. What are your guys thoughts? I am using a template HTC-12 and am loving it. How about you guys?
If you know what you're doing then you're going to do your own thing, but at the end of the day, it's prbably going to be a tweaked version of some existing routine you've done in the past.
If you're loving that workout then you will stick with it, but when you get further into it, you'll probably find things that either don't challenge you, or areas that you want to improve, which is where you will break away from it.
God luck until then
I think it's also important to try different workouts, to find what works for you at any point in time.
I've always been faily independent in how I train, but then again, I have tried a lot of things, since I started as a gymnast aged 7. Different sort of training to what you're talking about, thats just pure strength, no mass. And that is also going to make a big difference to how you train, if you're looking for massive size, balanced size and strength, or massive strength and not much size.
I need a workout to make me feel energized, if it doesn't, I move on to something else. If it has treadmill, it's gone.
I personally like workouts with supersets for intensity, and the cardio built in, but I also like something of a challenge with exercises other than the standard stuff most people do, to challenge me...
How about you, what do you look for in your workout?
Huh, which one's the spammer? Wingman's a newbie and only been here a few weeks but seems to be taking everyone's advice on board. The other guy seems to just be genuinely sharing his own experiences/ preferences.
Anyway, yeah forget the pump as a way to muscle growth, some days you'll get it some you won't, but growing is all about progressive overload/ mechanical strain and a little fatigue.
As to the original question, I look for programs that are built on principles but don't lock you into specific exercises or splits etc. I'm kind of stuck on HCT-12 because of both the science/ real world experiences and its customizing ability. It has a solid template (which in itself is very adjustable) but because it is based on principles there is nothing to say you can't add extra specific exercises or high rep sets etc for lagging body parts as you become more advanced.
Once your familiar with the principles and know your body fairly well you can make adjustments almost infinitely.
I'm also a free style type... i go in knowing what muscle i want to work, but never truely knowing what path i'm going to take. I love switching things up, maybe too often. I also love training for "the pump." It does make a difference in my training. Like after a set of heavy bench i might drop and bang out a few pushups just to fill the muscle up. Certain times i dont worry about the pump and i just want to move the weight, but usually with a heavy weight i'm gonna get a crazy pump anyway. One trick i've learned to keep my workouts intense and "pumped" the whole time is to drink AtLarge Nutrition's RESULTS during my workout. Drinking that pretty much guarantees that i'll get a good workout in cause the dextrose is constantly supplying my muscle with more and more energy. And my vascularity looks awesome during the workout because of it.
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I have done my own routines and pre-made ones. I feel until someone truely knows the principles behind a good program, and preferably how their body responds to different levels of volume & training frequency, they will be better off on a pre-made program.
I prefer proven pre-made ones myself also as I tend to stick with them longer as I know they are good, as opposed to my own ones. Slight tweaks can always be done to account for weak areas etc
I prefer KNOWING what I am doing works and works well. Otherwise I'd always be second guessing myself, change things up too often and miss on progression. It takes too long to see results in the world of strength training to dick around with your own misadventures, thinking you know better than the pros. I'm sure when you reach a certain level (near elite) you can go for it and train as you like but otherwise... pfffttt.
Wingman why the fuck are you trying to re-invent the wheel? You know what I have focused on that has put a shitton of size on my chest in the past 6 months? PRESSING.
Get your incline dumbbell press to 100sx6, your incline barbell to 225x6, and see what happens to your fucking chest. It will explode.
And for the love of God don't try and do your own thing. At this stage you do NOT know your body that well or what works best for you. If you did, you wouldn't be asking these types of questions.
Originally Posted by DANTE TRUDEL