08-21-2012, 06:08 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Any split "can" work, because the split by itself is just an empty shell. Fill it properly, it works. Mangle it, the split breaks.
We really have to look at the complete picture to comment intelligently. No one aspect of a program stands alone, independent of the rest. Things like volume intensity, experience of the trainee, exercise selection, fatigue management, etc must be know to comment properly.
Advanced lifters are a special breed. They do what they do based on extended periods of personal experience.
When an intermediate lifter wants to train 5 days per week the first question I ask is why? In most cases the answer comes down to:
1) I like training more often.
2) Shorter workouts work better for me because of my schedule.
3) A 5 day split has a certain sizzle that appeals to the lifter, and they just like the way the idea sounds. This is sort of like a food craving.
There is nothing wrong with playing, but a lifter has to be prepared for possible consequences. I see a ton of young lifters training more frequently and they wind up with tendinitis or nagging injuries because they are just crushing their bodies with volume and advanced training techniques, trying to blast and blitz their way to glory.
I'm all for intelligently designed programs of any length as long as they make sense.
I work with a ton of bodybuilders who use 5 day splits. It's safe to say that most bodybuilders try 5 day splits during their career, and they either evolve and modify them so they are more efficient, or devolve them back down to 4 day splits for a myriad of reasons.
I personally am an evolution guy. I like to see trainees evolve their approaches based on current needs, or things they learn about their bodies.
I'm all for playing, specialization programs, whatever, but I believe testing one thing at a time in the context of a familiar program is the wisest way to do so. On that same note, if someone is going to jump to a 5 day split, I would hope they would structure it based on what currently works, or close to what currently works, so that the frequency is the biggest change.
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