by Chad Waterbury
The "Secret Weapon" Program
Its time to get tough or die. This ride is going to be hard and fast, so you better hang on. To hell with all the preconceived notions about training frequency and recovery. And to hell with all the strength coaches who wont give out their best training programs. Im going to give you one of my most effective secret weapons: the "Quattro Dynamo" program.
This is one of the most intense, hypertrophy-inducing routines Ive ever created. Ive waited too damn long to give out this information, but the wait is going to be worth it! Heres the mission: induce the most dramatic muscle-building stimulus ever devised in the shortest amount of time possible. It aint gonna be easy and there are a lot of different parameters to follow, but hang with me and I'll reward you with the best mass program you've ever tried!
Im not going to give you a catchy introduction, nor am I going to tie this program into another story in order to make it more interesting. It doesnt need anything. It stands alone in this industry, and you'll quickly realize why.
We're going to hit every muscle group four times each week for three consecutive weeks. You're going to hurt, sweat, cuss and possibly bleed. If this doesnt sound appealing to you, then move on to another program that has you sitting comfortably on a leg extension machine!
The only way a trainee can withstand a program that consists of training every muscle group four times each week is to constantly rotate strength training methods. Ive set up this program with effective sequencing devised from years of trial and error. Be thankful you werent one of my patsies! Instead, relish in the polished program outlined below:
The first session of the week is devoted to maximal strength training. The reps will be low and the load will be relatively high. Our aim is to recruit the fast-fatiguing (FF), high-threshold motor units that have the greatest potential for size and strength increases.
This session is totally devoted to developing endurance strength. Theres only been 24 hours of rest since the previous session, so this method must be as diverse as possible.
This endurance session will serve two purposes. First, the slow-oxidative (SO) motor units will be recruited since they're relatively fresh. This is due to the fact that the previous session minimally recruited these motor units. Second, the program acts as a recovery-inducing session since the blood flow (i.e. nutrient transfer) will be high. This dramatically increases recovery.
Day 3 should include no weight training whatsoever, but a fifteen minute, low-intensity session of cardiovascular activity. The reasoning is based on the increase in blood flow to all of the muscle groups, thus aiding the recovery process.
This session is devoted to hypertrophy/strength training. The fast, fatigue-resistant (FFR) motor units are recruited. Since the two previous sessions haven't taxed these motor units, we must hit them for complete muscle growth.
This is a day of rest and no weight training is performed. Another fifteen minute, low-intensity cardio session is recommended.
Here comes the explosive strength training! The load is very light and the speed of the movement tempo is lightning fast. This session will, once again, recruit the FF motor units. Since the stimulus is drastically different from Day 1, the possibility of overtraining is minimized.
Rest, rest, and more rest. No weight training and no cardio. If you must engage in carnal activity, find a "take charge" kinda gal and stay lashed to the bedposts.
Repeat program, starting with Day 1.
Now lets move on to the parameters. Each session has a relatively low volume and the intensity must be kept in check. If you push yourself to an intensity that's too high during any session, that overtraining sumbitch will be keeping you up at night (literally).
Day 1 (Maximal Strength)
Most of the recommended exercises consist of compound movements. The reasoning is based on efficiency. You'll get the most "bang for your buck" with compound movements since multiple muscle groups are taxed in a single exercise. If you chose isolation exercises, the session would last upwards of two hours every time you hit the gym not good.
A note of caution before you get into the exercise details: it isn't blatantly obvious that all of the muscle groups are being trained four times per week, even though they are. For instance, I only prescribe direct ab movements on two of the workouts for the week. This is due to the fact that the other two days are greatly challenging the abdominal musculature indirectly. Just keep that in mind.
A2) Lying Leg Curl
B1) Barbell Bench Press
B2) Seated Cable Row
C1) Standing Barbell Curl
C2) Reverse Grip Triceps Pressdown
Remember, when you see those A1, A2 thingies, that means to do one set of A1, rest, then one set of A2. Superset like this until all "A" sets are completed, then go to the "B" exercises and so forth.
In the "Parameters" section above, it says to perform five sets of three reps (5 x 3) for Day 1. So, you'll perform a set of squats, rest, then a set of leg curls. Rest again, then go through that superset four more times. Then do the same for the "B" and "C" exercises. Remember, the parameters change for each day!
A1) Seated Behind the Neck Barbell Shoulder Press
A2) Shoulder-Width Lat Pulldown
B1) Barbell Back Squat
B2) Lying Leg Curl
Again, don't forget to check the "Parameters" section above. Day 2 is endurance strength day, so you'll be using two sets of 25 reps for the exercises above.
Off. Perform 15 minutes of low-intensity jogging or uphill walking.
A1) Barbell Good Morning
A2) Hanging Leg Raise
B1) 45º Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
B2) Standing Upright Dumbbell Row
C1) Standing Barbell Reverse Curl
C2) Lying Barbell Triceps Extension (a.k.a. Skull Crusher)
Day 4 is hypertrophy strength day, so you'll be using three sets of eight reps.
Off. Perform 15 minutes of low-intensity jogging or uphill walking.
A) Explosive Lunge
B) Explosive Sit-up
C) Explosive Barbell Bench Press
D) Explosive Supinated Pulldown
According to our parameters, Day 6 is explosive strength day, so you'll be performing six sets of three explosive reps for the above.
Rest, rest, rest! When you're finished, rest some more!
I want you to perform this program for three weeks straight. After the third week, rest a full five days before returning to another program. This rest period will allow for more compensation (muscle growth) to occur. When you undergo your next program, your recovery levels will be supercharged.
You must get ten hours of sleep every day, preferably eight hours at night and a two-hour nap. The nap can be anytime, but I prefer it to start within four hours after your workout in order to increase recovery.
Eat everything in sight for three weeks. This isn't a fat loss program so load up on the calories. Be sure to consume at least 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass and 3.0 grams of carbs per pound of lean body mass. Fat intake should be 0.75 grams per pound of lean body mass. These numbers are an absolute minimum!
You must drink at least an ounce of water per pound of lean body mass. Adequate water consumption will definitely increase your recovery rate, so dont overlook this often neglected nutrient!
During week one, take TRIBEX twice each day. During weeks two and three, take MAG-10 twice each day. Take half a serving of Surge during the workout and half directly afterward. Consume a high-quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement throughout the program. Also, I highly recommend ZMA while on this program since high-quality sleep is imperative.
Honestly, I could've easily written this program as a three-part article since there are so many different variables that need to be considered. But instead, I eliminated the boredom factor and decided to give you the bare-minimum details.
Read this article at least three times before you undergo the program. Even though I did my best to keep it short, there are still a lot of different aspects that must be completely understood before you dive into it. If you have questions, you can e-mail me or post your inquiry on the T-Forum.
Johnny Paycheck, the late Outlaw country singer, once gave some advice to a young, up and coming singer named Tim McGraw. Paycheck said, "Son, live your life hard and fast. That way, when you hit a ditch, youll make it through." If your current training has you approaching a ditch, take a ride on the Quattro Dynamo program!
Chad Waterbury is a strength and conditioning coach with Bachelor of Science degrees in Human Biology and Physical Science. Currently, he's studying graduate work in Physiology at the University of Arizona. He operates his company, Chad Waterbury Strength & Conditioning, in Tucson, AZ, where his clientele consists of members of military special forces units, athletes, professionals and non-athletes seeking exceptional physical performance and development. Rumor has it the big guy is even writing a book. You can contact him through his website, ChadWaterbury.com.
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