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« on: November 12, 2012, 10:16:02 AM »

I'll try and be brief as I have a painful tendency to waffle on and on with this subject.

Basically, I'm natural and current train anywhere from 4-7 days a week, usually 7. As I sit here right now, I done a heavy heavy leg session on Friday, trained back on Saturday morning, trained chest, shoulders and arms yesterday (Sunday), along with 30min worth of cardio each day. Tonight I'm about to go in for another leg session, even though I can still feel DOMS in my legs right now. I've been doing this type of training since July (minus the intense cardio) and have been living with some form of DOMS pretty much everyday since. I just train through it as once I'm warmed up, it doesn't really bother me as much. I keep it up for about 4 cycles (12 days where I train everything 4 times) before suffering sleeplessness or intense joint pain. I also noticed my lifting poundages decrease towards the end so I take a day or two off to recover before starting again.

Now, conventional wisdom indicate that I need to train FAR less as a natural, however, I've made some of my best gains the past 5 months. I've gotten MUCH smaller (but I've also come off my final cycle) but leaned up tremendously. I remember watching an Indian guy (no homo) train calves every single day. After a few months his calves was massive which led me thinking that less isn't always more with natural training and that 'more might be more' if you understand what I'm saying? In other words, the more often I train, the better I get.

What say Getbig? How do you guys train as naturals?
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012, 11:13:47 AM »

no wonder you get joint pains. Training legs hard and heavy on Friday and then again today (Monday) is crazy. There are exceptional trainers who can train like this but even they have to take a lay off now and again. I think you should train day on day off or upper body 2x a week and legs hard ONCE a week. what you are doing would grind my joints to a pulp, you said yourself you are feeling it...not good. Just my opinion. i train on a 3 day split.
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 09:05:15 AM »

But my point is that my gains have improved greatly now that I train so much. Also, I don't bury myself under life-threatening poundages that most people here do (I assume). I go for medium-to-heavy(ish) poundages where I can do a good and solid 8 reps before grinding out the last few.

This week I'm only training twice due to travelling for work. I'll see how I feel next week.
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2012, 06:14:31 PM »

It is a subject that cycles around every so often.  Naturals can more easily overtrain than their drug filled counterparts. 

There is a book called "Dinosaur Training" that I recommend to people.  One of the odd statements in the book concerns training frequency.  It should be infrequent for best gains and yet the author tells a "story" to illustrate hard training about what would happen to a skinny man that went to work in a logging camp. 

The guy would essentially be doing hard, heavy and long "workouts" (i.e., logging)  and this would trigger what I think the author calls a "grow or die" situation.  Which is it?  Volume (e.g., logging) or infrequent exercise.  It can, depending upon the person, be both.  I prefer the latter.   

Now having started my lifting "career' nearly forty years ago with volume training I can say that any exercise is good so long as it is done properly and rest, recuperation and food are given high priority.  I currently have returned to a Mentzer style of training.  HIT did not work all that well for me in my youth but now it seems to be doing fine as I have read of Mentzer's recommendation of more rest than he previously recommended in the 70s.  I rest 3 or 4 days (or more) between sessions and those workouts are very brief (15 to 25 minutes) and very intense.  I have been doing this for about a month and to date it feels good and seems to be working well. 

The longest rest period I have taken so far has been one week and I was stronger, did not lose size and felt excellent.  I was eager to train.  Lifting is not supposed to be a burdon on  your life but rather a way to improve your quality of life.  I plan on training this way for at least two more months and see where it takes me. 

One thing about being a natural lifter.  You don't have to make excuses for your physique because there are none to be made.  What is yours is all yours.  It didn't come from a bottle or syringe, it came from hard work, good food and adequate rest.  Does this mean those that take drugs don't work hard, eat well and get plenty of rest?  No, it means that they cheated.  Call a spade a spade.  Some of them will make excuses, some are man enough to just admit that without the dope they wouldn't be what they are.  It doesn't mean they aren't good people.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2012, 02:17:20 AM »

It is a subject that cycles around every so often.  Naturals can more easily overtrain than their drug filled counterparts. 

There is a book called "Dinosaur Training" that I recommend to people.  One of the odd statements in the book concerns training frequency.  It should be infrequent for best gains and yet the author tells a "story" to illustrate hard training about what would happen to a skinny man that went to work in a logging camp. 

The guy would essentially be doing hard, heavy and long "workouts" (i.e., logging)  and this would trigger what I think the author calls a "grow or die" situation.  Which is it?  Volume (e.g., logging) or infrequent exercise.  It can, depending upon the person, be both.  I prefer the latter.   

Now having started my lifting "career' nearly forty years ago with volume training I can say that any exercise is good so long as it is done properly and rest, recuperation and food are given high priority.  I currently have returned to a Mentzer style of training.  HIT did not work all that well for me in my youth but now it seems to be doing fine as I have read of Mentzer's recommendation of more rest than he previously recommended in the 70s.  I rest 3 or 4 days (or more) between sessions and those workouts are very brief (15 to 25 minutes) and very intense.  I have been doing this for about a month and to date it feels good and seems to be working well. 

The longest rest period I have taken so far has been one week and I was stronger, did not lose size and felt excellent.  I was eager to train.  Lifting is not supposed to be a burdon on  your life but rather a way to improve your quality of life.  I plan on training this way for at least two more months and see where it takes me. 

One thing about being a natural lifter.  You don't have to make excuses for your physique because there are none to be made.  What is yours is all yours.  It didn't come from a bottle or syringe, it came from hard work, good food and adequate rest.  Does this mean those that take drugs don't work hard, eat well and get plenty of rest?  No, it means that they cheated.  Call a spade a spade.  Some of them will make excuses, some are man enough to just admit that without the dope they wouldn't be what they are.  It doesn't mean they aren't good people.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 02:30:59 PM »

Usually those signs like sleeplessness is a signal you are over doing it.  You just have to make sure you eat enough and rest enough.  Otherwise he body won't tell you to do more.... it will only complain when it is too much.   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 08:20:02 AM »

I recently took 3 weeks off and had my first day back in the gym an hour ago. Trained legs and felt strong afterwards so I done chest too. I expected to be as weak as puppy shit and, well, I near enough set a new PB on the bench and felt as fit and strong when I walked out there as when I walked in. The time off done WONDERS. In the back of my mind I was worried about losing size or strength but I lost nothing. As far as I can tell anyway. I'm going to cut my gym time down to 4 days a week now and rest the other days. Not even cardio.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 08:23:57 AM »

I recently took 3 weeks off and had my first day back in the gym an hour ago. Trained legs and felt strong afterwards so I done chest too. I expected to be as weak as puppy shit and, well, I near enough set a new PB on the bench and felt as fit and strong when I walked out there as when I walked in. The time off done WONDERS. In the back of my mind I was worried about losing size or strength but I lost nothing. As far as I can tell anyway. I'm going to cut my gym time down to 4 days a week now and rest the other days. Not even cardio.
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 08:32:07 AM »

I recently took 3 weeks off and had my first day back in the gym an hour ago. Trained legs and felt strong afterwards so I done chest too. I expected to be as weak as puppy shit and, well, I near enough set a new PB on the bench and felt as fit and strong when I walked out there as when I walked in. The time off done WONDERS. In the back of my mind I was worried about losing size or strength but I lost nothing. As far as I can tell anyway. I'm going to cut my gym time down to 4 days a week now and rest the other days. Not even cardio.
i have taken a couple of weeks off and came back feeling like King Kong... Grin a rest is great and stops you getting stale. I like doing cardio but my diet is not as strict as njflex.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 08:47:20 AM »

i have taken a couple of weeks off and came back feeling like King Kong... Grin a rest is great and stops you getting stale. I like doing cardio but my diet is not as strict as njflex.
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2013, 01:43:16 AM »

i train 5 time a week.
i do 4/5 week cycle, then a week off.
during the week off i train on wednesday, bench press/front squat/military press.

each to the max then i go home.

as a natural i had to face a dilema, if i stop benchpress and squat totally i lose too much.
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 01:00:35 PM »

Been training with a few powerlifters down my new gym. Fucking hell, I'm being put through my paces there boy. Only do the compound stuff with them and go off on my own for the little curls and laterals and other sculpting stuff. My first two weeks I'd be home at 7pm and fall into bed and not stir till 5-6 the next morning. After my first leg sesh I think my body was in actual shock. But a few weeks in now and I've started to acclimatize.

Only thing is that I'm constantly starving hungry. Had a day off from work. Done cardio at 8, had a huge bowl of oats, coffee and orange juice and my stomach was paining with hunger about 30min later. Waited till 12 and have 3 chicken breasts in a vegetable stir fry and by 2 I was hungry again!!

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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 02:44:42 PM »

Been training with a few powerlifters down my new gym. Fucking hell, I'm being put through my paces there boy. Only do the compound stuff with them and go off on my own for the little curls and laterals and other sculpting stuff. My first two weeks I'd be home at 7pm and fall into bed and not stir till 5-6 the next morning. After my first leg sesh I think my body was in actual shock. But a few weeks in now and I've started to acclimatize.

Only thing is that I'm constantly starving hungry. Had a day off from work. Done cardio at 8, had a huge bowl of oats, coffee and orange juice and my stomach was paining with hunger about 30min later. Waited till 12 and have 3 chicken breasts in a vegetable stir fry and by 2 I was hungry again!!

Must be the training 

in my opinion and experience compound pwn the living fuck out of isos

the only isos i do nowadays are calf raise (very rarely in fact lol) and crunches
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 02:56:02 PM »

well i must admit compound exercises are key but why are you not big dj? you shout a lot about AJ and his machines but i do not think you have seen one. Plus sticking to AJ ideas in my opinion has not brought you far. you always talk about the overload principle and that builds muscle in your opinion..so if supersets and other methods are inferior to your AJ overload theory why is your back not thick?
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2013, 04:14:35 AM »

in my opinion and experience compound pwn the living fuck out of isos

the only isos i do nowadays are calf raise (very rarely in fact lol) and crunches

Yea I'm thinking that I might stop isolation training and just stick with compounds. Trains all the muscles anyway.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2013, 05:18:04 AM »

well i must admit compound exercises are key but why are you not big dj? you shout a lot about AJ and his machines but i do not think you have seen one. Plus sticking to AJ ideas in my opinion has not brought you far. you always talk about the overload principle and that builds muscle in your opinion..so if supersets and other methods are inferior to your AJ overload theory why is your back not thick?

allright dude, i'll try and address these points one by one to clarify some things if you will

1st point: you say "you shout a lot about AJ and his machines"

yep i praise AJ's training principles ideals, but i've NEVER praised his machines EVER

2nd point: you say "sticking to AJ ideas in my opinion has not brought you far"

well man, that's YOUR OPINION and if you look at my starting point 5'11" 128 til now 5'11" 175 then i'd say that's some kinda gain

3rd point: you say "you always talk about the overload principle and that builds muscle in your opinion"

yes, the overload does build muscle, but in my own particular case i wasn't able to increase my training loads, hence the reason why i didn't gain size

4th point: you say "why is your back not thick?"

it's not thick, because i DID NOT and WAS NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY TRAINING LOADS, and yes, it's as simple as that, and in fact my training loads went down in the proceeding weeks before i had that photo taken

but on a side note, the past two months my training loads FINALLY, FUCKING FINALLY went up, and now i ma bigger and thicker Wink

why did these training loads go up? 2 reasons

1. i got over my fear of a severe shoulder injury that i some years back, this fear of re-injuring it held me back from really going all-out on upper body compound moves, but now i'm over this fear and i go all-out on upper compound moves Smiley

2. i get much more sleep now (before i was only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a day, now i get 8-9 hours of sleep per day)
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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2013, 08:03:58 AM »

allright dude, i'll try and address these points one by one to clarify some things if you will

1st point: you say "you shout a lot about AJ and his machines"

yep i praise AJ's training principles ideals, but i've NEVER praised his machines EVER

2nd point: you say "sticking to AJ ideas in my opinion has not brought you far"

well man, that's YOUR OPINION and if you look at my starting point 5'11" 128 til now 5'11" 175 then i'd say that's some kinda gain

3rd point: you say "you always talk about the overload principle and that builds muscle in your opinion"

yes, the overload does build muscle, but in my own particular case i wasn't able to increase my training loads, hence the reason why i didn't gain size

4th point: you say "why is your back not thick?"

it's not thick, because i DID NOT and WAS NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY TRAINING LOADS, and yes, it's as simple as that, and in fact my training loads went down in the proceeding weeks before i had that photo taken

but on a side note, the past two months my training loads FINALLY, FUCKING FINALLY went up, and now i ma bigger and thicker Wink

why did these training loads go up?
2 reasons

1. i got over my fear of a severe shoulder injury that i some years back, this fear of re-injuring it held me back from really going all-out on upper body compound moves, but now i'm over this fear and i go all-out on upper compound moves Smiley

2. i get much more sleep now (before i was only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a day, now i get 8-9 hours of sleep per day)


Funny I see no mention of methasterone.

You're one of us now dj181....why you post on the natural board puzzles me.
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2013, 08:11:35 AM »

Funny I see no mention of methasterone.

You're one of us now dj181....why you post on the natural board puzzles me.
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2013, 08:12:00 AM »

Funny I see no mention of methasterone.

You're one of us now dj181....why you post on the natural board puzzles me.

i don't claim to be natural nowadays man, but i have LOTS of experience training as a natty prior to less than 1 year ago (when i went over to the darkside)

and as far as the reasons why my training loads went up i still stand by those 2 points

fyi, i was taking 20 mg of sdrol per day each and everyday (basically from april til august) and i WAS NOT making much gains, now i take 10 mg 4-5 days per week, and my gains are really starting to take off Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2013, 08:16:58 AM »

i don't claim to be natural nowadays man, but i have LOTS of experience training as a natty prior to less than 1 year ago (when i went over to the darkside)

and as far as the reasons why my training loads went up i still stand by those 2 points

fyi, i was taking 20 mg of sdrol per day each and everyday (basically from april til august) and i WAS NOT making much gains, now i take 10 mg 4-5 days per week, and my gains are really starting to take off Smiley



Take away the superdrol and you can say goodbye to any gains you've had recently. You were naturally maxed, otherwise you would not have resorted to taking steroids.
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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2013, 08:24:22 AM »

Take away the superdrol and you can say goodbye to any gains you've had recently. You were naturally maxed, otherwise you would not have resorted to taking steroids.


then hows come i didn't make any gains when i was taking double the dose Huh

btw, i'm not saying roids don't work, what i'm saying is there are plenty of other factors involved as well, and if you don't increase your training loads then you will not get bigger END OF STORY

and you are a pro? if yeah, then i'm impressed man Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2013, 08:29:01 AM »

Don't take this as an attack on you personally but you're downplaying the importance steroids have on strength and body composition. Even on 30mg of tbol my strength skyrocketed going from natural....and superdrol is even more powerful stuff.

To me it's kind of like spitting in these guy's faces when you fail to leave out something like that.
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« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2013, 08:36:51 AM »

but my whole point is this...

you will not get bigger muscles if you do not increase your training loads

and this applies to ALL LIFTERS natural and enhanced

so you're really a pro? sorry man, but now i'm feeling a bit inferior so i gotta scope out the scene so to speak Wink

btw, what's your db row Grin
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2013, 08:55:50 AM »

but my whole point is this...

you will not get bigger muscles if you do not increase your training loads

and this applies to ALL LIFTERS natural and enhanced

so you're really a pro? sorry man, but now i'm feeling a bit inferior so i gotta scope out the scene so to speak Wink

btw, what's your db row Grin

You should feel inferior to me  Tongue

From dealing with you I can see you're really hard headed and I think that's partly why you catch so much flack around here. I don't disagree with what you've said but you are too extreme with your increased training load ideas. Bottom line is there will be limits on how much muscle you're able to put on natural or enhanced.

Either way without eating enough food to allow for growth it won't matter how much your training loads increase. It is a combination of training, eating, rest, etc. I know you've been paying a little more attention to what you eat as I've seen you post on the nutrition board recently so that's a good sign. At least now you're thinking about it....

And believe me you can make some great gains even on low doses...do not use that as an excuse. You have to put in as much effort and thought into nutrition as much as you do with your training otherwise you will always be short on maximizing your full potential. The drugs are simple....just take them and they go to work.

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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2013, 08:59:58 AM »

i don't know what he does other than what exercises he mention's,db squat,db row.dj what do u do bodypart breakdown ?
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