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  • Posted On: 07-08-18, 11:48 am (EDT) #51

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    July 8, 2018, 11:48 am

    I already know the more advanced goals as I have NE, but seeing as you're the only one around who seems to be doing these movements, what are intermediate standards for the strict barbell shrug, neck curl, neck extension? Just to clarify I mean intermediate standards, not advanced, intermediate meaning like 135 OHP, 225 Bench, 315 Squat, and 405 Deadlift. I am thinking 225 barbell shrug, 45 lbs for high reps neck curl and 35 lbs high reps neck extension? Anyway, want to hear your thoughts on this.

  • Posted On: 07-08-18, 11:04 pm (EDT) #52

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    July 8, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Hey Alex, I recently posted this comment on your last Q&A:

     

    "Hey Alex, I just purchased NE, and without even beginning to train with it yet, I can already tell it was WELL worth the money! So my question was, how do I progressively overload when rotating exercises, and switching from intensity to volume days? I'd love for you to break it all down. Thanks!"

     

    So to better ask this question, when rotating the variations and changing the accomodating resistance in an exercise, to avercome the biological law of accomodation, how do I achieve progressive overload? Thanks!

    Hello Alessandro,

    To answer your question, progress is automatically ensured through proper management of volume/intensity and correct exercise rotation. Every time you introduce a new movement or return to an old one, PRs will be broken. I'd say 9/10 times you will make progress 100% automatic. Progressive overload is easy to achieve in this way, and if you're confused just leave the sets/reps the same but rotate the exercises. Then return to your starting exercises and you should see an increase in strength. If not, rotate better movements or adjust the volume and intensity. In sum, progression is automatic. Hope this helps!

  • Posted On: 07-08-18, 11:05 pm (EDT) #53

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    July 8, 2018, 11:05 pm
    Posted by: BlackAcid

    What about running?

    @blackacid

    Pretty much the same thing, it's fine to do. Just pay attention to recovery and don't over-abuse the high intensity cardio. Your body will let you know if this is the correct path.

  • Posted On: 07-08-18, 11:07 pm (EDT) #54

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    July 8, 2018, 11:07 pm
    Posted by: Bamico54

    So could you do this with Squat & Bench one day, then Deadlift and Overhead the next. Then do that over the course of two weeks? Because it sounds weird to me to only work on one lift over the course of the two weeks.

    Hey Bamico,

    Yes you can absolutely train that way if you choose to. The thing is the exercise selection is high, so you can add accessory presses which closely resemble the classical lifts. It's your choice how you want to train, it's 100% customizable. It can be bench followed by a vertical or horizontal press one workout, and the next the flip. Doesn't really matter my man, just calibrate to what you want to build most.

  • Posted On: 07-08-18, 11:38 pm (EDT) #55

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    July 8, 2018, 11:38 pm
    Posted by: swattersquatter8

    I already know the more advanced goals as I have NE, but seeing as you're the only one around who seems to be doing these movements, what are intermediate standards for the strict barbell shrug, neck curl, neck extension? Just to clarify I mean intermediate standards, not advanced, intermediate meaning like 135 OHP, 225 Bench, 315 Squat, and 405 Deadlift. I am thinking 225 barbell shrug, 45 lbs for high reps neck curl and 35 lbs high reps neck extension? Anyway, want to hear your thoughts on this.

    swattersquatter8

    In chapter 5 there is a strength standards chart, some of those lifts are included. You may refer to it if you choose to. Hope this helps.

  • Posted On: 07-10-18, 2:02 am (EDT) #56

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    July 10, 2018, 2:02 am

    Now I have a mild fracture in my right distal tuft of my pinky and I'm taking medication for it. The doctor said that I can't work out for 3 weeks til they check it again and give me the go ahead to work out again. Now I was wondering how would Naturally Enhanced 2x a week will contribute to making gains again? Will it be faster than normal because of my days to recover and the concurrent periodization? With the muscle memory, how long will it take me to get back to my current level of strength. Also I know I'm supposed to rotate every 3 weeks as a novice but for the volume, how much should I tone it down?

     

     

  • Posted On: 07-10-18, 12:14 pm (EDT) #57

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    July 10, 2018, 12:14 pm

    Thanks for clarrifying Alex!

  • Posted On: 07-11-18, 11:52 pm (EDT) #58

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    July 11, 2018, 11:52 pm

    Hey Alex I know you say there is no cap on the volume day as there is only one. But there must be cap, no? You couldnt just do 20x20, 30x30, 40x40, 50x50 etc. without wasting time and not being effective at all... Just because it burns doesnt mean its working. I would think that 100 - 200 TOTAL reps depending on the exercise (compound or isolation) would be the cap no? Nevertheless you cant just do 10x10 on all compounds as it would burn you to the ground wouldnt it? But what do you think the weekly total reps for volume day should be on upper body movements (compound and isolation)? (Obviously I wouldnt do 10x10 deadlifts with 135 lol). I know, i know, paralysis by analysis... xD. Im just thinking of doin like 100 total reps on all compounds an doing 50 total reps on all isolations, seeing as Ill probably do two isolation movements for every compounds (same total reps if you think about it) with varying reps and sets to not bore me. What do you think?

  • Posted On: 07-12-18, 3:39 pm (EDT) #59

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    July 12, 2018, 3:39 pm
    Posted by: BlackAcid

    Now I have a mild fracture in my right distal tuft of my pinky and I'm taking medication for it. The doctor said that I can't work out for 3 weeks til they check it again and give me the go ahead to work out again. Now I was wondering how would Naturally Enhanced 2x a week will contribute to making gains again? Will it be faster than normal because of my days to recover and the concurrent periodization? With the muscle memory, how long will it take me to get back to my current level of strength. Also I know I'm supposed to rotate every 3 weeks as a novice but for the volume, how much should I tone it down?

     

     

    As far as recovery is concerned, it should be great coming back from this problem since it's only twice a week. In terms of how fast the gains will be, yes muscle memory will take care of you but perhaps you'd be better off doing a 2 week frequency bulk for the fastest progress possible. I discuss how to do this in this video. Once you milk those gains, resume concurrent periodization and you'll be good to go. At any rate don't worry too much about regaining the strength, it will 100% come back.

    For your last question, the volume can be toned down by easily 50% or more. In other words, there is no need to do 10x10. 5x10 or even a simple 3x10 per exercise is satisfcatory. Keep the sets/reps basic, and the exercise rotation simple. You'll always make gains this way. Hope this helps!

  • Posted On: 07-12-18, 3:41 pm (EDT) #60

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    July 12, 2018, 3:41 pm

    Thanks for clarrifying Alex!

    My pleasure Alessandro! If you have any other questions, I'll be glad to help again :)

  • Posted On: 07-12-18, 3:43 pm (EDT) #61

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    July 12, 2018, 3:43 pm
    Posted by: swattersquatter8

    Hey Alex I know you say there is no cap on the volume day as there is only one. But there must be cap, no? You couldnt just do 20x20, 30x30, 40x40, 50x50 etc. without wasting time and not being effective at all... Just because it burns doesnt mean its working. I would think that 100 - 200 TOTAL reps depending on the exercise (compound or isolation) would be the cap no? Nevertheless you cant just do 10x10 on all compounds as it would burn you to the ground wouldnt it? But what do you think the weekly total reps for volume day should be on upper body movements (compound and isolation)? (Obviously I wouldnt do 10x10 deadlifts with 135 lol). I know, i know, paralysis by analysis... xD. Im just thinking of doin like 100 total reps on all compounds an doing 50 total reps on all isolations, seeing as Ill probably do two isolation movements for every compounds (same total reps if you think about it) with varying reps and sets to not bore me. What do you think?

    The cap is when you aren't able to recover anymore. This will require experimentation on your part. But yes, technically you can do 20x20 on an exercise. If doing this, I'd lower the sets for the subsequent movements :P

    I would agree with you though, that 100-200 reps is more than enough for most people. I usually leave it at 100.

    For weekly volume it depends how strong you are, if I do 8x3 at 50% of my 1RM the workload will be way higher than a novice. I wouldn't worry about this too much, as long as you have general volume guidelines that you stick to and have no problems recovering, you will be good to go. I like your idea of 100 on compounds and 50 on isolations. Try that out and let me know how it works out for ya! And yes rotating the sets/reps as well, that is perfect :)

  • Posted On: 07-12-18, 8:51 pm (EDT) #62

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    July 12, 2018, 8:51 pm

    Hey Alex do you know the reason why squats and deadlifts don't go down as drastically as bench and overhead press even if you don't train for at least a month?

     

    I'm not talking about indirectly working the muscles that you use to squat and deadlift, I'm talking about no training at all. I noticed the last time I was on a break from the gym, the squats and deadlifts didn't go down a whole lot.

  • Posted On: 07-14-18, 12:31 am (EDT) #63

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    July 14, 2018, 12:31 am
    Posted by: BlackAcid

    Hey Alex do you know the reason why squats and deadlifts don't go down as drastically as bench and overhead press even if you don't train for at least a month?

     

    I'm not talking about indirectly working the muscles that you use to squat and deadlift, I'm talking about no training at all. I noticed the last time I was on a break from the gym, the squats and deadlifts didn't go down a whole lot.

    Can't explain the scientific reasons behind that happening, but I've heard many other people report the same thing. Legs and back are very big and strong areas and it takes time to lose strength/size there. Wheras with the bench and OHP, weight is very proportional to weight gain and if you don't practice the movements you can lose some performance pretty quickly. I think you have to consider the general strength aspect plus the fact that bench/ohp are generally more difficult to increase.

  • Posted On: 07-15-18, 4:53 pm (EDT) #64

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    July 15, 2018, 4:53 pm

    Hello alex. Thanks for answering my previous question. I have another one for you. I just want to clear something up. In the upper lower template, on lower days there is a vertical pull listed. That would be pullup/Lat pulldown variations, right? Also, should i go light on those so that my back muscles arent too beat up on the upper day following, or is it just not a problem?

    Hello alex. Thanks for answering my previous question. I have another one for you. I just want to clear something up. In the upper lower template, on lower days there is a vertical pull listed. That would be pullup/Lat pulldown variations, right? Also, should i go light on those so that my back muscles arent too beat up on the upper day following, or is it just not a problem?

    Also, can pushups be incorporated within program? If they can, could i weight them with bands?

  • Posted On: 07-15-18, 6:12 pm (EDT) #65

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    July 15, 2018, 6:12 pm

    Hey Alex, I was wondering what are the benefits of working out twice a day? I know athletes like to do this.

     

    And would it be possible to work out with Naturally Enhanced (2x a week fully body) twice in a day?

  • Posted On: 07-16-18, 12:15 am (EDT) #66

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    July 16, 2018, 12:15 am

    Hey Alex, thanks for the advice on my previous question. I have two questions.

    1. In one of your videos you state that carryover to a certain big lift is not necessary for getting bigger muscles and we better focus on getting stronger in multiple exercises. However, my question is if the exercises are not specific to each other will I still get stronger? Lets say I wanna get stonger in ohp, landmine press, push press and dumbbell press. If I put all this exercises in one 4 week cycle and try to repeat the cycle again how am I going to be stronger if all 4 movements have zero carryover to each other.

    2. What is the intermediate weight for weighted chin ups for reps?

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 1:51 am (EDT) #67

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    July 17, 2018, 1:51 am

    Hi Alex,

     

    I bought Naturally Enhanced about a week ago and just finished reading it entirely. It was a great read! I am a novice lifter (205 bench, 225 squat and 315 deadlift, all 1 RM). Is it possible to run Naturally Enhanced and pursue the goal of being yoked while preparing to join the military? My situation is quite unique as I am trying to join the Marine Corps as an officer, which means that I will need to be selected by a board of other highly ranked officers. It is extremely competitive and scoring high on the physical fitness test (PFT) plays a huge part in making my application competitive. The PFT consists of a timed 3-mile run, crunches and pull-ups. A perfect score would be 3 miles in 18:00, 110 crunches in 2 minutes, and 23 pull-ups (not timed). I have until June of 2019 to score the highest I possibly can.

     

    Secondly, would it be good to incorporate a running program that has me running 3 times a week, or would it impede my recovery?

     

    Any help would be appreciated!

     

    Thank You

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 8:01 pm (EDT) #68

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    July 17, 2018, 8:01 pm
    Posted by: Dams3

    Hello alex. Thanks for answering my previous question. I have another one for you. I just want to clear something up. In the upper lower template, on lower days there is a vertical pull listed. That would be pullup/Lat pulldown variations, right? Also, should i go light on those so that my back muscles arent too beat up on the upper day following, or is it just not a problem?

    Hello alex. Thanks for answering my previous question. I have another one for you. I just want to clear something up. In the upper lower template, on lower days there is a vertical pull listed. That would be pullup/Lat pulldown variations, right? Also, should i go light on those so that my back muscles arent too beat up on the upper day following, or is it just not a problem?

    Also, can pushups be incorporated within program? If they can, could i weight them with bands?

    Hey Dams3,

    That is correct, the vertical pull would be a pullup/lat pulldown variation. You may choose to go lighter, I usually do reps of 15 on these and the volume is not too high. Try 3x15 for starters, then adjust according to how your body feels. Recovery is important indeed, but this will actually assist it in many cases.

    And yes pushups can definitely be incorporated. I would replace a triceps exercise if adding, or use as GPP at the end of a workout or during your mini-home workouts/extra GPP. Bands may definitely be added, as well as other forms of resistance. Hope this helps!

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 8:03 pm (EDT) #69

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    July 17, 2018, 8:03 pm
    Posted by: BlackAcid

    Hey Alex, I was wondering what are the benefits of working out twice a day? I know athletes like to do this.

     

    And would it be possible to work out with Naturally Enhanced (2x a week fully body) twice in a day?

    Twice a day training can allow for super high frequency if training multiple bodyparts throughout the week. Some athletes train this way because they can. They're enhanced, and have great recovery from the extra food and sleep, not everyone has this luxury. In terms of 2x training for NE, no I would not do this for the standard template. You may, however, do your mini-home workout/GPP 12 hours after your main workout. So technically you can lift early, do GPP at night. Hope this helps!

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 8:05 pm (EDT) #70

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    July 17, 2018, 8:05 pm
    Posted by: Gevorg

    Hey Alex, thanks for the advice on my previous question. I have two questions.

    1. In one of your videos you state that carryover to a certain big lift is not necessary for getting bigger muscles and we better focus on getting stronger in multiple exercises. However, my question is if the exercises are not specific to each other will I still get stronger? Lets say I wanna get stonger in ohp, landmine press, push press and dumbbell press. If I put all this exercises in one 4 week cycle and try to repeat the cycle again how am I going to be stronger if all 4 movements have zero carryover to each other.

    2. What is the intermediate weight for weighted chin ups for reps?

    Hey Gevorg,

    1) Interesting question. It depends how you set it up. Personally, I would say your performance would increase even if not the most specific. Due to the nature of concurrent periodization, PRs are extremely common from workout to workout. Also, I would HIGHLY suspect that those exercises will increase regardless. That said if you're worried about this, just try to be a bit more specific with your exercise rotation. This is how Naturally Enhanced is best used anyway.

    2) Very hard to say, what I would tell you is that you are intermediate once basic linear progression ceases. That might be 45-75x5 for a lot of people. I cannot determine what it will be for you.

    Hope this helps!

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 8:07 pm (EDT) #71

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    July 17, 2018, 8:07 pm
    Posted by: DanielFlores6597

    Hi Alex,

     

    I bought Naturally Enhanced about a week ago and just finished reading it entirely. It was a great read! I am a novice lifter (205 bench, 225 squat and 315 deadlift, all 1 RM). Is it possible to run Naturally Enhanced and pursue the goal of being yoked while preparing to join the military? My situation is quite unique as I am trying to join the Marine Corps as an officer, which means that I will need to be selected by a board of other highly ranked officers. It is extremely competitive and scoring high on the physical fitness test (PFT) plays a huge part in making my application competitive. The PFT consists of a timed 3-mile run, crunches and pull-ups. A perfect score would be 3 miles in 18:00, 110 crunches in 2 minutes, and 23 pull-ups (not timed). I have until June of 2019 to score the highest I possibly can.

     

    Secondly, would it be good to incorporate a running program that has me running 3 times a week, or would it impede my recovery?

     

    Any help would be appreciated!

     

    Thank You

    Hello Daniel,

    You can absolutely run NE while preparing for the military, many men have done that so far and in fact it tends to work quite well given the 2x a week full body template. I would run the classic system but do high frequency LISS cardio and calisthenics on the side. Greasing the groove is also highly recommended.

    Now you can use the 3x template, but twice would be better. This gives you better recovery for the specific activities that truly matter. If you want the highest score, that training takes priority over your main full body workouts. Hope this helps and let me know how it goes!

  • Posted On: 07-17-18, 10:25 pm (EDT) #72

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    July 17, 2018, 10:25 pm

    So what you are saying is I can do couple of cycles to increse ohp with more specific exersices then maybe move on to another cycle that will get me stronger on landmine press and so on.

  • Posted On: 07-20-18, 1:38 am (EDT) #73

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    July 20, 2018, 1:38 am
    Posted by: Gevorg

    So what you are saying is I can do couple of cycles to increse ohp with more specific exersices then maybe move on to another cycle that will get me stronger on landmine press and so on.

    That's one option that works incredibly well. I say give it a shot brother!

  • Posted On: 07-21-18, 11:15 am (EDT) #74

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    July 21, 2018, 11:15 am

    Thanks, Alex.

  • Posted On: 07-21-18, 9:23 pm (EDT) #75

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    July 21, 2018, 9:23 pm

    Do you know why most powerlifters usually use upper/lower templates instead of full body?

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