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The Creation of a T-Man

The Creation of a T-Man

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The Creation of a T-Manby John M Berardi
 Want to find out what it really takes to build a great physique? Then take a peek into thetraining journal of someone who’s already done it. You’ll realize you can’t just walk intothe gym day after day and train randomly and without direction. You gotta have a plan.You may think of John as a nutrition guru, but the guy knows a thing or two abouttraining, also, and his physique reflects it.In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then on the first day, He createdlight and darkness and separated the two. Very cool. Not bad for a day’s work. In the nextfew days, the Big Guy created the oceans, the land, the moon, the sun, and a whole slewof plants and animals. And on the sixth and last day of creation, His Omnipotent Badnesssupposedly created T-Man and even provided him with his very own vixen. On theseventh day, God no doubt took a day of "active rest," maybe playing a little racquetballwith Gabriel.Ah, a fetching tale. If only it were so easy. The darkness and light thing I can believe.And when I’m feeling open minded, I can buy into the earth and moon stuff as well. Butthe idea that a T-man could be created in a single day; now that’s preposterous! You see,I’ve been counting calories and struggling under the heavy iron for years in order toaspire to T-man status. So to think that the first T-man was made in just one day wouldpretty much send me reeling into the depths of frustration.But God didn’t necessarily create a T-man on the sixth day. He probably just created aregular ol’ "garden variety" man and woman who had perilous cravings for fructose.That’s more like it. That I can accept.Considering it further, I’m pretty glad that I’ve traveled the long hard road in order tofind residence in the Garden of T. Along the way I’ve learned some pretty neat nutrition,supplementation, and training tricks that I can share with other aspiring T-men. If you’rea regular reader, you know that I spend most of my time dropping fruit from the Tree of the Nutritional Knowledge. However, due to the many questions I’ve received regardingmy own personal training program, today we’ll spend some time at the Tree of TrainingKnowledge.I usually fluctuate between 185 and 205 pounds throughout the year, depending on mybody-fat levels. I’ve also gotten quite a bit bigger in the past when I competed inbodybuilding contests (see the picture below). Sometimes I’ll push the envelope and gainmore weight, but the fattest I’ll let myself get is between 8 to 10%. I usually feel best atabout 195 to 200 pounds.
 Before We Begin…First, I want to lay the groundwork and clear up any misconceptions. Let’s start out withwhat this article will
tell you. This article will not:
Give a complete analysis of my own training theories.
Try to reconcile what you think is the right way to train with how I personally train.
Make specific mention of the Weider, Poliquin, or King principles (or anyone else’sfor that matter).Over the years I’ve drawn from a variety of sources in order to integrate a comprehensivetraining program that works well for me. I don’t photocopy
articles or print off somestrength coach’s recommended workouts (although there’s something to be learned fromvirtually every source). Therefore, I train, eat, and supplement using what I’ve mentallycompiled from years of training, listening to strength coaches and bodybuilders, and
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

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