Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Week 3: Daily push ups, chin ups and laterals.

Push ups, chin ups, and dumbbell lateral raises. That is what I have been doing daily (almost!) for 2 weeks now on top of following the StrongLifts/Starting Strength program. I started with a certain count then I kept adding 1 more rep for each day e.g. 25 chins for day 1, 26 chins for day 2 etc etc. 2 more weeks to go!

Running Total(6/4/2013)

575- chin ups/ring pull ups/parallel grip pull up
894- decline push ups, ring push ups
1007 - lateral raises

I have missed a couple of days so I will try to make up for the days to get a total of 28 days of training. Also I messed up my count on some days so it's not all symmetrical. Apparently I can't do math even with the assistance of a calculator.

I am following Chad Waterbury’s High Frequency Training. The premise is this, if you want to focus ion a specific body part to grow, one thing you won’t do is train it less. If we would pause and observe the world, high frequency training is everywhere. Mountain climbers and mechanics have their forearms, boxers have their shoulders, soccer players have their calves, sprinters have their glutes, swimmers have their lats, skaters have their quads etc etc.

But of course, simply doing more isn't just the answer. Joint health, exercise selection, starting volume, periodization and many others will have to be considered such as following a program and this is where I used Chad's HFT.

Couple thoughts on HFT

  • Instead of picking focusing on 3 body parts, I should have chosen 2 as recommended. I guess that’s why they call it hindsight.
  • For joint health and extra points for coolness, I bought gymnastic rings to use for the push ups and chin ups. The wrist pain that I was having from doing daily push ups after the first week have been lessened to the point that I don’t even notice them anymore. Also using rings on pull ups there is less stress on my wrist as I can freely rotate them.
  • Stretching the wrist, shoulders, forearms and chest everyday seems to be mandatory or else I’ll feel like shit.
  • Currently at week 3 and my arms are … I can’t even describe. They’re hurting during the first few reps but I just push through it and it seems the pain goes away after a set or two.
  • Most of my lifts on my main workout has stalled except deadlift. Actually my last OHP workout is chugging along nicely after my deload. Bench, Pendlay Row and Squat are still in the same range.
  • I had to up my calories as there are times I feel I am out of energy. I also noticed that I tend to take more naps and go to bed early. Push ups, chin ups and lateral raises might not sound too much but do it everyday and add one rep each everyday on top of your main workout and it’s going to be a bitch. Plus, who doesn't like more ice cream and pizza?


One could say that I would have been more productive if I just focus on lifting and getting those numbers up by getting more rests .... BUT ... that would have been true if my only goal was to get those numbers up. If you haven't read my last post on goals, please read it. 

The important thing is be honest with yourself and set goals accordingly. Beginners, like me, tend ti get hung up on either pure strength or "functional" training that they lose sight of what their goals are. Most people just want to look awesome and also do awesome stuff with their new self. I wanted to incorporate more bodyweight training. I have always been interested in ring training. Next up will be focusing on hand stand push ups, but let's take one step at a time.

I'm travelling next week, so I’m not sure how the 4th week of HFT will go. I can either stop at 3 weeks then restart after 2 weeks or continue this program while staying at a Hotel.  I want to bring my gymnastic rings but we will see =). Next post will be the results on this little experiment of mine and what strength/hypertrophy program I am looking at after following a linear strength periodization. Thanks for reading!

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