Archives for July 2008

New Stuff

Well, this I’m excited about. After working through Robert dos Remedios’s excellent Book of Power Training for about the last eight months or so (with tremendous results I might add) I have decided that after this cycle I’m going to really change things up. My goal is to design a super-set based workout that I will be able to do at a commercial gym. A lot of what I read talks about supersetting and it’s something I have tried at times in the past but not too extensively for hypertrophy. As you’ll recall, the last time I tried it was during my fat-loss month. I recently purchased Charles Staley’s EDT book, “Muscle Logic” and I will also be looking deeper into Alwyn Cosgrove’s “New Rules Of Lifting” book. The key thing is to able to do this program at a 24-Hour Fitness kind of gym. It’s easy when you have your own place as Cosgrove and Staley do. It’s much harder when you constantly have to tell people that you’re using that bench even though you stepped away from it for a second. I hope to have something to start with by the end of the weekend. I really need to get onto a hypertrophy phase. And don’t worry folks, I will still be snatching and cleaning!

Mitchell Rothbardt
(coming soon)

Sorry again.

Yeah I know it’s been a while again, but I’ve been busy. I promise to keep up a little more from now on even if it’s just to touch base a little. There’s not much new to report. Since I’ve ended my fat-burning extravaganza I’ve gone back to my more standard workouts. I’ve been trying to put back a little weight, but it seems to be staying right around where it was. I’m trying to up my calories a little bit at a time so as not to gain back the fat I lost. I haven’t lost any weight in my lifts so I know I’m doing pretty well. Also, since we last spoke I set a PR in the clean with a 195 lb. pull. I almost jerked it, too but I just couldn’t finish it up. I really need to be doing these with bumper plates. If I didn’t have to worry about putting it down or have already tired myself out by putting the weight down I feel confident I could get a 200 lb. Clean & Jerk easy right now. Lowering a heavy clean or snatch to the ground takes a lot more out of you then you’d think. If you don’t believe me, try doing a set of 4 or 5 snatches at a decent weight, lowering it to the ground each time. Of course, the problem with bumper plates is that no one has them except specialty gyms.
 Anyway, stay tuned for more updates and keep root for the greatest no-limit hold’em player in the world, Phil Hellmuth, at the World Series Main Event. He’s a little low right now with about 710,000 chips, but he knows what to do with them and he can put a run together. There’s only 79 players left out of about 6800. It seems like he’s had a tough couple of days, but due to his superior skill he’s still in it. He’s due for some good things today. Talk to you soon.
Mitch Rothbardt
(coming soon)