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Old 05-14-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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I really like the articles written by Chad Waterbury. He is a big advocate on Fullbody training. I figured since there is a lot of programs from the Classic times, I think this would be a good addition from the present time.

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The Waterbury Method
Get Big. Get Strong. Get On With It!
by Chad Waterbury



The most effective training programs are usually designed with information from the past, combined with unorthodox thinking into the future. Sure, there have been some relatively effective programs in the past, but results arenít anywhere near where they could be.

Thereís really no excuse for the lack of outstanding training programs if you consider how many training sessions have been performed over the last fifty years. The real problem lies in a trainerís abilityĖor inabilityóto research scientific information, along with a lack of unconventional thinking.

The recent steroid busts of professional athletes are even more disheartening when you consider their resources. These athletes make millions of dollars each year; youíd think they'd hire outstanding trainers and coaches to get them into top shape. Nope! Instead, many pursue the easiest route: injecting illegal performance-enhancing substances, which in turn, often wreaks havoc on their image, health and trustworthiness.

Instead of being part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution by laying out my latest system in hopes of alleviating some of these salacious acts. By using the program outlined below, you'll be able to achieve jaw-dropping results, no syringes required.


Total Body Training

Recently, total-body training programs have become en vogue. This is nothing new. In fact, the second article I wrote for T-Nation, back in 2001, was a total-body training system. But, much like T-Nation, my training principles are continuously evolving. My latest system is based on one method I find most useful for hypertrophy, along with a few other twists and turns to promote a synergistic hypertrophy effect.

Hold on tight, my friends!


Mighty 10 x 3

If I could only use one set/rep parameter for the rest of my training days, I'd choose the 10 x 3 method. Iíve yet to utilize another set of training parameters that lead to as much hypertrophy. Half of my ABBH program is based on this method and I must say that more than half of the results are from this method alone. The benefits of 10 x 3 include:

1. Sufficient Load Selection: The 10 x 3 method allows you to use a larger load than its mirror image, 3 x 10. With 10 x 3, a load equating to approximately 80% of your 1RM (one rep max) leads to greater improvements of intramuscular coordination along with increased recruitment of high-threshold motor units.

2. Fast Muscle Actions: Since the sets are extremely short (<6 seconds) and muscular failure isnít achieved, maximum speed can be maintained throughout the sets. This is important because greater speeds of muscle actions lead to greater recruitment of Type IIB and Type IIA muscle fibers that fall within the fast-fatigable motor units and fast fatigue-resistant motor units, respectively.

3. Manageable Fatigue: Oftentimes, trainees feel invigorated after finishing all ten sets of three reps with 80% of their 1RM. This is a very important aspect that leads to high levels of motivation. Ten sets of squats to screaming failure sucks motivation levels out of your body quicker than a porn star hopped up on Columbian crops. But 10 x 3 training allows you to leave the gym with minimal fatigue and maximum motivation.


Powerful 4 x 6

For maximum hypertrophy, I prefer a set/rep volume of 24 to 50. With total-body training, I stay on the lower end of that spectrum. While 10 x 3 is magical, I canít speak highly enough of 5 x 5 training with 85% of your 1RM, but the total number of sets in a single session must be minimized to avoid excess fatigue. Therefore, I slightly alter the 5 x 5 set/rep scheme to 4 x 6.

Iíve found that 4 x 6 training will lead to as much hypertrophy, but with one less set per muscle grouping. The lack of this extra set makes an appreciable difference once total-body programs are undertaken.

The benefits of 4 x 6 training are very similar to 10 x 3, if proper loads are utilized. Once again, I prefer to use 80% of 1RM for best results. This load selection allows for proper motor unit recruitment, fast muscle actions, minimal fatigue and adequate volume.


Putting It All Together

Now weíve made it to the Waterbury Method training parameters. You might be thinking, "Since you extol the benefits of 10 x 3 training, why donít you just use those parameters for all exercises?" Simple: ten sets for every muscle group in a single session is too damn much! Such a technique would equate to 180 sets utilizing 80% of 1RM in a single week. Not good, unless youíre at the super-elite level. Even then, itís pretty questionable.

Therefore, my newest system consists of 10 x 3 training for a single muscle grouping within each session. The rest of the workout is composed of 4 x 6 training in order to keep the volume levels manageable while still inducing strength and hypertrophy.

The sneaky part of this program is the continuous switching of 10 x 3 training with different body parts. For instance, one workout will utilize a lower-body movement with 10 x 3; another workout consists of upper-body pressing; the last workout consists of upper-body pulling. This breakdown works wonders for offsetting fatigue and nervous system boredom.


The Waterbury Method: Let's Do It!

Week 1 Loading: 80% of 1RM or a load you can lift for 6 perfect reps

Weeks 1-4 Tempo: 10X (one second eccentric or lowering; no pause; concentric or lifting action as fast as possible)

DAY 1

Barbell Back Squats
Sets: 10
Reps: 3
Rest: 70 seconds

A1 Dips

A2 Bent-Over Barbell or Dumbbell Rows
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between exercise pairings)

Note: A1/A2 consists of a superset pairing

B1 Skull Crushers

B2 Standing Barbell Curls
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds

Hanging Leg Raises
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds between sets

DAY 2

15-20 minutes of medium intensity jogging or GPP work

DAY 3

Barbell or Dumbbell Bench Press
Sets: 10
Reps: 3
Rest: 60 seconds between sets

A1 Partial Dumbbell Deadlift (Romanian Deadlift)

A2 Standing Barbell Military Press
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between pairings)

B1 Standing Calf Raises

B2 Upright Rows
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between pairings)

Triceps Pressdowns (or French Presses)
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between sets)

DAY 4

Same as Day 2

DAY 5

Chin-ups
Sets: 10
Reps: 3
Rest: 70 seconds (between sets)

Note: Utilize a supinated (palms up), shoulder-width hand grip

A1 Decline Barbell or Dumbbell Bench Press

A2 Standing Hammer Curls
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between pairings)

B1 Seated Calf Raises

B2 Glute/Ham Raises or Leg Curls
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between pairings)

Lunges or Step-Ups
Sets: 4
Reps: 6
Rest: 60 seconds (between sets)

Note: No rest between legs

DAY 6

Same as Day 2

DAY 7

Off


Loading

Once youíve finished the first week of the program, the loading on all sets must be increased. Hereís how it all breaks down:

Week 2: 82.5% of 1RM for all lifts

Week 3: 85% of 1RM for all lifts

Week 4: 87.5% of 1RM for all lifts

Conclusion

This is one helluva system for all of you who are looking to switch gears for accelerated strength and hypertrophy. The Waterbury Method is the best of both worlds: strength and hypertrophy. Be sure to lift as fast as possible and keep fatigue under control with the recommended loading and supplementation. If you follow these simple steps, youíll be ecstatic with the results!
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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I talked to the Mighty Stu (from T-Nation) about this style of training. I am a big fan. It's very close to Hepburn's style of lifting.
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Good stuff D.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Fullbody programs are more complex in their application than splits. They require a solid well though out approach. The idea that fullbody is for beginners, and that splits are the advanced way to train is just not true. Both methods are valid, but like anything. It is about using the right tool for the job. Sometimes that tool is a split, while at other times it is the other.
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I like this. I may try something like this in the future, but id most likely start at 4 days per week rather than 6. Thoughts?

To clarify: 2 strength/2cardio kind of John Christy style.
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I like this. I may try something like this in the future, but id most likely start at 4 days per week rather than 6. Thoughts?

To clarify: 2 strength/2cardio kind of John Christy style.
2 heavy days is very viable. You could use as your core:

--Deadlifts/Rows + Dips. (If deadlifts, you could add pullups on squat day or something like that)
--Squats + OHP.

...or vice versa.
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I was seriously considering a Waterbury routine before deciding on my current HST - P/RR/S hybrid. Chad writes some good stuff, though I was not overly impressed with Huge in a Hurry.
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Very interesting! I like the idea of combining 10x3 and 4x 6. I'm noticing 5x5 or 3x8 or 2x15, etc. for everything isn't always that useful.

What's GPP mean? "Gross Personal Preparation" for the next day? Gripping Porcelain Potty? Grabbing Pots of Pork? Gyrating Personal Parts?

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General Physical Preparedness

A couple definitions:

"conditioning exercises designed to enhance an athlete's general, non-specific work capacity" ~Verhoshansky

"It’s basically an exercise regimen that lifts the overall fitness and conditioning of a person and prepares them for more sports specific training at a later date." ~glovegame.com
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