The Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy Program, Part II
Earlier this year, we chose Chad Waterbury's Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy (ABBH) as the most effective training program of 2003. There were plenty of other good programs published that year, but ABBH seemed to receive the most positive feedback. In fact, so many people tried the program and recommended it to others that we were soon deluged with requests for a sequel.
You asked for it, you got it. Below, CW outlines what to do after you've completed the original program.
Up until the late 1800s, the land of southern Arizona was mostly inhabited by rebels like Geronimo, Nachez and Vicotorio. Most white men who dared to enter this lawless land never lived to tell about it. But one man ignored these dangers.
Edward Lawrence Schieffelin was a tall cowboy with a bronzed face, long hair, and clear blue eyes. He came to the San Pedro Valley in 1877 in search of a rich ore deposit. While in search of this highly lucrative rock, Schieffelin was approached by a soldier.
"You keep fooling around out there amongst them Apaches," the soldier said, "and the only rock youll find will be your tombstone."
Undeterred, Schieffelin found his "rock" a rich silver strike. The city of Tombstone, Arizona was born.
In 1999, another outlaw came to Arizona. This one wasn't looking for silver, just a better way to increase strength and muscle. It seemed to him that just about every training program out there consisted of 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps. This set/rep scheme seemed to be the Holy Grail for those seeking optimum hypertrophy.
But this outlaw found a better way, and all he needed was a worthy medium that would let him tell his tale. So like two cowboys who slit their palms with an eight-inch knife and shook hands to become blood brothers, the brotherhood between Testosterone and Chad Waterbury was born.
I have great admiration for Mr. Shieffelin for chartering those forbidden territories back in the day. I was faced with similar resistance and hesitation when I released my Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy program in early 2003. I didn't exactly run the risk of getting scalped, not literally at least, but people in the industry told me the ABBH program was just too different, too outlaw to work.
So a few naysayers started their own shootout with me at the O.K. Corral. They stuck to their old ideas about training while I blazed away with my new ones. When the smoke cleared, the Clantons and McLaurys lay bleeding. But if I was Wyatt Earp in this showdown of training methodologies, then the T-mag reader who tried out the program was my Doc Holliday. Luckily, I had thousands of Doc Hollidays to back me up.
Its been quite a spell since the ABBH programs induction, and the positive feedback has been mind-blowing. I knew it was my best program at the time since my clients reaped massive levels of muscle and strength from the original plan.
Within a few months after the release of the program, I contemplated writing a follow-up. I knew it could be as good as the original, but I patiently waited for a better answer. I didnt want to write a continuation program that was as good as the original; I wanted to write one that was better!
Thanks to all the trainees from around the world who let me in on their experiences with the original, Im now ready to release a follow-up program with the power of Doc Holliday's sawed-off scattergun!
Let me first address some issues with the original plan. Once you finish the first 23 days of the original program, do the following:
After 46 days of toil that would make Ed Schieffelin proud, its time you mix things up! The continuation will be based on similar principles, but with a few added twists. Here are the parameters:
A new era of hypertrophy strength-training is about to begin. I hope youre as excited about this sequel as I am! Its because of T-Nation that I was able to develop this outstanding continuation to the original ABBH. If you have any questions for me, feel free to post them on the T-forum.
Now, keep an eye peeled for those dirty Clantons and go hit the gym!
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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