One of the first things I ask people when assessing how and why they train is to ask them who they want to look like. The answers I get are almost 100% the same. Yet, the way they train is completely out of whack with the goals they have.
Let me illustrate. Take a look at the pics below. Who would you rather look like? Jay Cutler or Vernon Davis?
Now Jay is huge and impressive, but I’d still venture to guess that most of you picked Vernon Davis on the right.
So let me ask another question. If you want to look like the guy on the right, why is it that you train like the guy on the left?
The majority of people I see walking around gyms these days are still doing the same sh*t they read out of bodybuilding mags that were idolized decades ago; body part splits, isolation movements, high volume.
If you are a bodybuilder, have at it. But most of us aren’t getting on that stage any time soon. We simply want to get bigger, and stronger, and look good with our shirts off. Most of us want to look like our favorite athletes. If you want to look like an athlete, you sure as hell better be training like one.
Compound exercises are king. Squats, deadlifts, bench presses, overhead presses, Olympic lifts.
Sprint, jump, move! No more isolation, no more 80 reps of one body part training session. Total body training, or for the intermediate to advanced lifter an upper/lower split, is where you should live.
Do you think Vernon spends his time doing bicep curls and lat pulldowns? The dude is training for strength and power. He’s doing pull-ups, heavy squats, clean and presses. He’s doing total body training sessions. And guess what? He still looks good doesn’t he?
Choosing a training plan and exercises that recruit more muscle per movement builds more muscle. Simple right? Plus you can work with heavier resistance on the compound movements that will boost your strength, and eventually your mass, for you vain pretty boys…
Ditch the bodybuilding routine. It’s time to train like an athlete.