reading research. Over time I apply the judgment of only one individual to thiscompilation. That individual is me!Now before you think me too cocksure, understand that I’m willing to admit I’ve beenwrong before. When I’m wrong, my progress slows down. And when the progress isslow, I search for a cure. At this point, scientific and real-world theories can dictate how Imay arrange a workout plan or experiment with new things, but in the end, both theeffectiveness I get from a program and the amount of enjoyment I feel in the gymdetermines a program’s worth to me.I’ve been training for about ten years without an unplanned break. I hope to train for 40or 50 more years, so I pay close attention to my own preferences (which may be verydifferent from yours). If I don’t like a particular program, I quit doing it. Sure, I train forresults, but I also train for an equally important reason:
I love to train.
I don’t plan onletting tedious, un-enjoyable programs ruin this for me.Since there are so many programs out there that will yield comparable results, I know thatif I hate doing one particular "effective" program, then I need to drop it to find anotherthat’s just as effective but also fuels my training fire. This is how I train myself and how Iplan to train for the rest of my life.So, what will you get out of this article? Well, hopefully it will help shed some light onyour own training program and give you some new ideas to try out. I’ll give you arundown of the past few months in my training log , including splits, reps, sets, andweights. Here we go!Behind The Training LogTypically, I train using a specific program "philosophy" for a total of nine weeks. Is thereanything magical about nine weeks? Nope. So why choose that number? Well, I’ve foundthat anything shorter doesn’t let me acclimate to the new workout. I believe that the firstfew weeks of a training program introduce a "learning" adaptation that’s primarily neural.Then, once the neural learning takes place, the neuromuscular physiological adaptationscan kick in and lead to changes in muscle metabolism and structure. So, for me, theprogram has got to be sufficient in length. However, I’ve also found that I personally getreally bored with programs that last for much longer than nine weeks. So my nine week phases take both physiological and psychological factors into account.What do I mean exactly when I say nine week "philosophies"? Primarily I mean thespecific goals of strength training and bodybuilding training. Now, while each philosophylasts about nine weeks, I’ll often use a "bridge" for four weeks between major programs.This is so I can successfully transition between my different training goals. For example,when changing from bodybuilding training to strength training, I use a four week bridge