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This photo was taken about 1 year ago. It's how I look when I weight train for an average of ~ 1 hour, 3 times per week. Believe it or not, I have found that by training an average of 4 times per week, I develop the same amount of muscle as when I train an average of 3 times per week. If I train an average of 5 times per week, or more, I actually start to lose muscle size and strength. In my recent photos, which is pretty much all of the rest of the photos, I have less muscle because my weight training has been averaging only ~ 1 hour, 2 times per week! Still it's not bad results for spending such a small amount of time in the gym, huh? I have seen this same significant level of results with all of my "dedicated" clients. And no - the women don't get this muscular. They slim down, and they develop more youthful, firm, healthy & vibrant bodies!
How did I discover this controversial secret? Well, I can't say that "I" discovered it, because for as long as I can remember there have been a few trainers out there who claimed that you only needed to work out 2-3 times per week. Unfortunately, at the time, like most people, I didn't believe it. So I understand when other people are reluctant to change, refusing to even try this. For some years, I was the same way. Perhaps, if they had instead claimed that people who train "naturally" would get optimum results by training only 3 times per week, then more people (myself included) would have paid attention.
For many years (like almost everyone who seriously weight trains), I trained 6 days a week. I did aerobics too. Then after getting married, having children, trying to run a business, and also trying to spend time with my kids, etc., I realized, I couldn't keep up that routine. So I did what most people do in that situation, I quit working out altogether. Thinking why bother? Then one day I decided, "hey, maybe I can find a way to maximize the results of my training in the minimum amount of time"? So I experimented on myself. First, I put a lot of thought into the program. I mean a lot of thought. I decided that: I would do more compound exercises, I would do the smaller muscle groups last and give them less sets, because they were also getting worked out by the compound exercises, I would lift heavy for more intensity, I would stick to the free weights, and I would add some negatives, etc. I'll stop there, because you know all about what I decided, if you've read this book. Well, to my delight and surprise, I soon developed a very strong and much younger looking body by using the methods & principles I had put together. And other people started to notice it too. Let me draw you a picture. I live in a college town. One third of the population are students, and ~ 60% of them are female. I turn 40 in a just few short months, and so imagine how I feel, when I'm outside walking the dog, or doing wind sprints, and I get whistled and hooted at by passing cars full of young female college students? It's happens a lot, and it's very flattering.
Guess what? My "dedicated" clients get the same results. I say "dedicated", because most people don't have the discipline to stick to a routine, and some find it too intense for them (no matter how incredibly slow or easy I try to start them off). Of coarse, some people also hire personal trainers just so that they can impress their friends. The bottom line is that by not being willing to push themselves, by not being willing to make a real and serious effort, they get slow & minimal results. So they don't become motivated to stick with it. Then on the other hand, there are others who are "gung-ho" and they decide it's not enough of a workout for them. So they work out on the days that they should be taking off. Hey, this is an intense program. If you're properly following directions, that is. By adding more, they are severely over training. Sabotaging their results.....
So please, stick to the details, and really push yourself, then you'll get awesome results. The moral of this story? If you don't follow directions "and" you aren't willing to push yourself, then don't say that my program & methods don't work. Because truthfully, you wouldn't know that, would you?
Yes, I know, the following photos don't belong here, but placing them here goes with my philosophy of being a down to earth person and trying not to take yourself too seriously. That's my great-grandfather, shown below. He uses my routine too. Not bad looking for a 103 year old man, huh?
Chopping the tops off of Glass Coke Bottles. Scene from the "Green Dragon Gauntlet."
"What! Whaaaat! You missed the shot!!!"
Angry that I just performed the biggest Tile Break of my life and the Cameraman missed the shot.
I'm not acting - I'm really angry. Oops, did I say, "I'm"? "Okay, so ya got me." That's not really my 103 year old grandfather. :-)
Scene from The Green Dragon Gauntlet - an independent film.