"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."
This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.
To find out more about McCutcheon and his training, click here.
I just got back from my 1st HIT wkout in the gym (as opposed to the Bowflex). It was, in a word: Funny.
Eight exercises, 17 min. 14 sec.
The Leg Press was first, and I wasn't able to walk normally for the rest of the wkout, including pressing in the clutch on my drive home -- wobble wobble wobble.
I literally broke out in a smile as I wobbled over to the Leg Curl from the Leg Press. 3rd came the Bent-Over Row w/ Barbell, and my legs REALLY started shaking, then! At first I was self-conscious, hoping that the crowd shuffling in just after the gym opened on a Sunday wouldn't notice, but then I realized I must be approaching actual hard work, and suddenly I didn't care what anybody thought, and I came up with a slogan, "If I'm not shakin', I'm fakin'," and that helped me get through the Bench Press and Shrug.
The Shoulder Press Machine was a nice respite after that because I didn't have the weight quite high enough to hit failure by/before rep 12, but that'll change by Tuesday.
I didn't vomit during the Biceps Curl, but that's probably because I'm not doing it "The Arthur Jones Way" yet -- I'm getting lean first. Then I finished with the Calf Raise, which didn't help with my Wobbling.
I then lurched, herked and jerked into the locker room, where I grabbed my protein drink, and my arms were still shaking so I spilled some on my shirt.
Walking out of the gym, past the cute girl at the counter who'd checked me in about 29 min. before, I starting doing a walking version of what my Dad called "The Paratrooper Shuffle," describing the way Paratroopers would run with a shuffling motion to assist them with their 100 lb. packs over long distances -- this way the cute girl at the desk hopefully wouldn't mistake me for a drunken miscreant.
In summation, I prefer doing this at the gym as opposed to here at home on the Bowflex, as I can go from exercise to exercise more swiftly, and therefore keep the intensity nice and high. Also, I believe I hit failure sooner on some of these than I really should have since there was practically no momentary recovery time from one to the next.
I hope those of you who read this may enjoy and or empathize. I've never had a wkout like this one before, including doing about 2 months of HIT w/ my Bowflex, but I can say for sure that I like it, and I'm happy to have found Dr. D's books, and I feel genuinely lucky. Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm going to do the Weeble Wobble over to my couch, as I've much resting and fat burning to look forward to till Tuesday, when I intend to give myself an even more thorough butt-kicking.
Reading things like this brings up old memories from times I was new to HIT myself years ago.
Not able to undress the workout-shirt without sitting down on the bench in the locker room after training or feeling like having an entire workout again when I tried to reach my appartment 1 hour after which was in the fifth floor those times (without escalator - resting every floor for half a minute!).