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Direct Assault Questions, Part Deux

Posted Aug 24 2008 10:05pm
"I read your article on about building big arms, but I was wondering what kind of training routine accompanies that arm routine? I can't figure out a workout program that incorporates that routine without over training. Thanks!"


My Answer: Just follow an abbreviated routine (3-4 sets per bodypart) for the rest of your body, and you'll be fine. You won't overtrain on this workout. This concept of overtraining is just making you fearful and limiting your progress in the gym. If anything, you can use short term overtraining to achieve long term progress in size and strength. As long as you vary your program from workout to workout, you can accomplish this. You cannot change workouts without a rhyme or reason, however. I go over how to plan acute phases of overtraining in my book Strength and Physique, V1 .

"I like your arms workout article a lot on the site. I want to give it a try for a change in my workout and also as a good arms shocker. I see it is a Mon/Wed/Fri layout to prioritise a single muscle group (the arms) and hit it from different angles and rep ranges. I take it a similar protocol can be done for delts or even legs? How often can this be done in one's routine? Once a few months?"



My Answer: You can follow this protocol for any of your bodyparts for as often as you'd like. Just follow it for about 4 weeks, switch off to a different program for 3-4 weeks and come back to it again if you like it that much.
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