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"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
Arthur Jones believes, "has all but
destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
MUCH of that "something."

 

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jennbruin

Hello everyone,

I am not sure if my last question made it onto the thread, but here I go again.

Dr. Darden,
I was wondering if women can benefit from your new book or is it for guys only?

I currently am doing your Body defining program (week 1) and would like to try this one after my 6 weeks are up.

Thanks,

Jennifer in CA
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Ellington Darden

The New HIT was written for men only. But most of the routines could be used by women.

Ellington
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MAJORSNAKE

Hey Doc,

I know I am pushing this thing but since I have started H.I.T. I quit all other cardio/aerobic/running. My body fat level has gone up. The problem is that I have a very limited diet here in Afghanistan, basically M.R.E's, which are extremely high caloric. Is there any other way to reduce fat without reducing calories? The only thing I can think of is increased exercise but then you get into the whole overtraining thing. I am doing good on the super hydration and the rest though.

Thanks
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Ellington Darden

Majorsnake,

You have a problem. Reducing dietary calories is by far the most efficient way to get rid of body fat. The only other thing I can think of that might be helpful is shivering . . . or almost shivering. Anytime you lower your body temperature, your system burns additional calories to warm itself. It also makes you hungry.

Maybe you're trying to do too much at one time. You certainly don't need more stress in your life, and lowering your body temperature and walking around hungry mean more stress.

I'd suggest simply to concentrate on HIT and let your body weight take care of itself.

Ellington
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MAJORSNAKE

Roger sir,

Shivering is not an option here in the desert! I just need to be more patient. I can limit caloric intake and concentrate on HIT. It is annoying that I can't follow the diet plan since my selection of food is so limited but I will get by. Thanks again for all your work and responses. We all thought that we would never be able to maintain our fitness levels when we got home because we would not have the time. Thanks to HIT we will be able to continue our workout schedule.

Snake
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REDSOXFAN

Michigan, USA

I have most of your books and WHEN I work out I usually follow your advice exclusively. I like your new books - THE BOWFLEX BODY PLAN and THE NEW HIT.

I have been dieting for three weeks and using routine #1 from the new hit. I went from 203 to 187 in two weeks. Last week however I didnt lose a pound and am at 17% bodyfat so I decided to stick EXCACTLY to your 1500 calorie diet and HARDBODY CHALLENGE. The tuna salad doesnt taste that bad :O).

Anyway you said you were looking for ideas for a new book. Massive Muscles in 10 Weeks is my favorite and I intend to go through it once I reach my bodyfat goals. If you could make a revised edition to Massive Muscles and include a DVD of your test subject going completely through his/her first and last routine plus going through the specialized pre-exhaustion routines I think would be a MAJOR upgrade to the book.

Also your fat loss templates are so easy to follow perhaps you could design some higher calorie(simplified) muscle building templates the same way.

Thanks for all the good information over the years. I have been reading (applying off and on) your books since I was 14. I am now 37 and want to stay fit for the rest of my life.....
Patrick
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keithlorenz

Dr Darden

I am 17 years old, play rugby, consider my self I very open minded person.
I was very into high volume training until your book was recommended. When I fist read it I was very excited of your theories and philosophical teachings. I am at phase 4 and think its done wonders for me. Love the double pre exhaustion arm cycle. I am still very interested in learning more of high intensity.
Regards
Keith
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timmya

Dr. Darden,
I have just decided to start to "superhydrate". In the first few days should I expect to be a little bit bloated from such an increase in water intake. I know I will be visiting the restroom much more frequently, but I was concerned if a sudden increase in the amount of water would cause me to feel bloated and if so, about how long would it last? Thank you in advance.
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Ellington Darden

timmya,

That bloated feeling shouldn't last longer than a week.

Ellington
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timmya

Dr. Darden,
Thanks for your response, I have one more question regarding bloating. My total calories are spread out pretty evenly throughout the day, but after eating supper (a typical frozen dinner of approx. 250 to 300 cal.) I get this bloated feeling that tends to last all night and I feel as fat as ever. Any general ideas on what could be causing this feeling?

I normally feel fine during the day (I feel much tighter and thinner in the stomach) This feeling would happen even before superhydrating. Any help on where to start to solve this problem is much appreciated! (By the way I do actually enjoy drinking water on a much larger scale, thanks).
timmya
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NickMunro

Dear Dr Darden,
I have just finished reading your book which was fascinating and thought provoking.
Six months ago I injured a small muscle in my back whilst doing regular deadlifts to failure. I have omitted all lower back exercises from my training since then, but now I want to start squatting and deadlifting (my back is healed). I have almost no development on my lower back.

Should I wear a belt whilst squatting and deadlifting ? Or will said belt prevent proper development of my lower back?
I would really appreciate your professional opinion on this, thank you.
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Ellington Darden

Nick,

I don't recommend that you use a belt. A belt can actually cause your weak back and midsection muscles to become weaker. Keep all your repetitions on squats and deadlifts moving in a slow and smooth manner. Be careful not to twist or jerk on any repetition. Gradually work into heavier and heavier weights.

Be persistent with your workouts.

Ellington
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Acerimmer1

Dr. Darden

At the end of your book Arthur Jones told you he would do only 8 exercises. Did he have 8 exercises in mind and do you know which ones.



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Andrew Bernard

I am 32 years old and have been strength training on and off for 15 years, almost invariably high volume training. I bought the New HIT 3 months ago and have changed my workouts completely now performing only 2-3 40 minute HIT workouts per week plus 2-3 CV sessions (running, rowing etc.) on none HIT days. I have been very pleased with the HIT results to date but would like some more info on combining HIT with traditional CV training - I notice Andy McCutcheon was HIT traing twice weekly with soccer plus martial arts on other days. Am I jeopardising my chances of maximising the HIT benefit by combining it as I do, or is there a better way? e.g. should I aim to do CV work on same day as HIT and then rest completely onother days?
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Embee

Hi Dr. Darden,
Glad to see your new website. Hope all is well with you.

I was checking some records of workouts past, and realized that it's been almost 15 years since beginning Super-Slow training. I can still remember your visit to our fitness club up here in Ottawa, Canada-- my brother (Alex) and I were the demonstrators for an eight-set s/s workout, and you gave us the "Darden" seal of approval. I've since retired from the city fire department, and even though I don't need the strength I built up as much as I used to, I continue to train s/s exclusively. I figure, it's worked well, and I've exceeded my expectations so why mess things up by returning to high-volume, low-intensity training?

If I train s/s more than once every 11 days, I find that I start losing strength fast. So, my point is this: the importance of keeping a diary of your workouts religiously! It's the only way you can really tell if things are working for you. If you are not making real progress in reps, weight or ideally both, then something is wrong. And to this day, I still haven't gotten used to the nausea that occurs as a result of the good old leg press, pullover, leg press, pullover cycle. Those four sets alone (performed correctly, super-slow) can still knock the stuffing out of me!

Once again, thanks for all your research and best regards from the "Great White North"!
Martin Bender (now retired!)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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cwelch

Texas, USA

Dr. Darden
I have been shopping for a creatine supplement and was curious as to which one you would recommend. In your book you said that you had helped developed a type of creatine. if so, is it on the market? Or could you give me some guidence on what you would recommend?
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jobbs

What is the best home gym. I currently have the Bowflex Power Pro XTLU but feel my knee joints wearing away from doing squats at higher weight. The new Bowflex Ultimate 2 has a better squat station but I am hearing great things about the Hoist V5 and other home gyms. What would you recommend for an intermediate weight trainer interested in HIT and a better home gym?
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Howard b

Starting next week I will start the HIT Training. My question is How much cardio am I suppose to do either before or after hit?
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tsg2513

Florida, USA

Jobbs,

Take a look at the Bodycraft K1. It combines a conventional pressing station with adjustable cables so you get the best of both worlds. It also has a leg press option. I also have the Hoist V2 which is also a great gym but the K1 is more versatile as the V2 is cable-based and doesn't have the pressing arm.
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pill64

hi Dr.Darden,
i have read your new book. i found it very interesting and informative. however a lot of the info. i have read elsewhere. i have lots of questions. so i will try to narrow it down so you can help me out.

i have been training for @ twenty years. i have a 5'6 frame. i have long arms and legs, with a short torso. long tendons and short muscle bellies. i have tried hvt in the past. went back to hit. somehow it seems that i have a hard time gaining muscle. i am @151 lbs. i know i dont have the genes to be a bodybuilder. that not what is important. what is is to push my body to its potential.

i train 3 times a weak @ 45 to hour. i dont use supplements, not even creatine. i can give you my routine. if you deciede to return my message. all i ask is for your help in getting me to be as big as my genes allow me too. hope to hear from you soon. thank you. have a great day.
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Maurice76

pill64 wrote:
hi Dr.Darden,
i have read your new book. i found it very interesting and informative. however a lot of the info. i have read elsewhere. i have lots of questions. so i will try to narrow it down so you can help me out.

i have been training for @ twenty years. i have a 5'6 frame. i have long arms and legs, with a short torso. long tendons and short muscle bellies. i have tried hvt in the past. went back to hit. somehow it seems that i have a hard time gaining muscle. i am @151 lbs. i know i dont have the genes to be a bodybuilder. that not what is important. what is is to push my body to its potential.

i train 3 times a weak @ 45 to hour. i dont use supplements, not even creatine. i can give you my routine. if you deciede to return my message. all i ask is for your help in getting me to be as big as my genes allow me too. hope to hear from you soon. thank you. have a great day.



Hi,
why don'nt you try the routines in his new book?
I don't think, that anyone can help you with such little information.
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rossomarc

hi i have been following the book for 4 months and i have only noticed small growth my height is 6,4 is that the reason why
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Terence

Dr Darden

I just read your new book. I am 27 and have been training since high school. lately it has been on and off. I have had a break lately.
Question......should I go straight into the 6 month hit course or should I do a couple weeks beginner or intermediate workouts to get back into a groove so to speak?

Thanks
also I will probably do my own photos and document the whole 6 month course and diet. Is there a place here to post them for the interest of others?
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HITMAN68

Hello Dr. Darden,
I just recently read your book for the first time and thought it was very informative and a great read.

I noticed that you advocate the stiff-legged deadlift however, you make no mention of the conventional deadlift originated by powerlifters.

I find the conventional deadlift to be a great excercise, perhaps one of the best overall body excercises in all of bodybuilding. Why do you not advise your students to perform this lift instead of the stiff-legged version?

Many thanks,
Robert
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Ellington Darden

Terence,

I believe you're right. You should do some of the beginning programs for a couple of weeks to get back into the hang of things.

You can post your results and photos in the forum section.

Ellington
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