Resurrecting the thread on fitness etc that got lost in the fire… so feel free to add your own or merely watch me crash and burn.
So I’ve been back on the gym horse for a few months now and have rebuilt up a decent foundation, so now it’s time for something stupid and reckless - German Volume Training!
This was dreamt up by those crazy Krauts (according to Prince Phillip!) in the 70s as a way of blitzing weightlifters into a growth spurt of lean muscle and fat reduction. Sounds good yeah? Well the downside is it’s painful and taxing physically and mentally and hurts like hell
The idea is that you do 10 sets of 10 reps for a big compound movement (squats, bench press, barbell rows etc) with strict timed rests. You have to work lighter but the build up of fatigue will trigger your deep fibres and kick your metabolism at the same time.
Otherwise nicknamed Great Volume Trauma, it’s precisely the opposite of what I would choose to do so I figure that will jolt my CNS into rapid adaptation (or kill me). Due to the stress you can only really do this for 6 weeks in a cycle, and probably only 1 or 2 cycles per year.
I’m going to be doing the following schedule to fit around work and the days I stop over and have access to the hotel gym (which is actually decent).
Mon - Chest & back
Weds - Legs and abs
Thurs - Shoulders & arms
The volume means that each bodypart gets a direct hit every 7 days, and is likely to take 4-5 days to recover.
There’s more here -
I’ll post my progress and experience so that those who are lazy and enjoy other people’s pain can get some enjoyment from it🙂
This is gonna hurt!