this is primarily concerning training athletes, not so much bodybuilders but obviously all are welcome and encouraged to read.....
okay so story goes that college football legend and pro running back hersechel walker never lifted weights (small town, too poor, etc.) anyway he has stated in several interviews and in his book that he instead does a routine of some 2500 situps, 1500 pushups and pullups every day. he says that the key to this consistency. ever day since high school and now well into his thirties, he says he has never missed a workout.
now im not an md or professional but i would assume the logic behind this is similar to the logic behind distance running. you do a little every day, not working the muscles to absolute failure and work up to a large quantity as your body learns to adapt. for athletics, you are building functional strength, not just weighroom strength (i swear some people can bench 250 pounds, but ask them to do 20 slow, deliberate pushups with perfect form, all the way down, and they can't). obviously youre not gonna get bulging pecs and arms overnight but i think that this might work IF you stick to it religiously. i would assume the first couple of weeks you would be very sore and see little results but then the body will begin to adapt.
now i know everyone's body is different and reacts differently to different things but does anyone think such a routine could be used to benfit athletes today? i think maybe with todays ever-increasing knowledge on training and the body's response, we can reach a happy medium of weights and bodyweight exercises. obviously if you're a hardcore bodybuilder, you probably havent even bothered to read on this far, but as an athlete and fitness fanatic, i was thinking of giving this a try for a number of reasons. if i do try it however, i WILL be deadlifting. this exercise is just so incredible, even herschel would benefit from it.
1. im 17, relativley new to weights and ive been growing like mad (heightwise, not necessarily musclewise...) freshman yr of HS i was 5'8''. as a senior, im 6'2'' and have put on 50 pounds along the way (used to be a runner, rediculously skinny) anyway ive been lifting for a solid 4 months and filled out quite nicely actually, focusing on the main lifts and the rippetoe program. well as of recently, i have really hurt my left rotator cuff for a 2nd time and my ankles have been tendinitis-riddled for the past 3 months. doctor says cause im going thru an awkward growing stage and my ligaments and muscles havent caught up with my growing bones and skeletal system. anyway im considering going "herschel walker style" and sticking stricktly to basic bodyweight exercises because they will be easier on my connective tissue and ligaments.
2. from the standpoint of athletics (i am a competitive athlete), there was recently an article in ESPN the mag about the fullback on the new orleans saints. he goes thru the article describing how he loved lifting and lifted avidly while at arizona state U. he goes on to describe how he plateued for years in his bench press until one summer when he decided to train EXCLUSIVELY with med balls and bodyweight exercises.......later that preseason after a hard practice, he loaded a weight that he could only bench previously for 5 reps to test his progress after an ironless summer. he put up the weight 23 times.........thats pretty hard to ignore
the article goes on to describe the benefits of bodyweight exercises and the like, that the whole body is engaged and the strength is more functional and directly translates into athletic activities blah blah blah.....
well if you've stuck with me this long thanks. to summarize, there is some substantial evidence that basics such as the pushup and pullup can be just as or even more effective than iron for athletes and body development (google images herschel walker, no doubt he could have been a bodybuilder). well i just want some feedback and soon ill post my routine and will see if this yields results.
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