Q: I just want to say that The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout and The X-traordinary X-Rep Workout have the best bodybuilding info I’ve ever read. I’m so stoked, and I’m already noticeably bigger and stonger after only a month. My question is that I’m using the Basic X-Rep Workout as it’s listed [3 different workouts], but I’m working out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In the X-Rep Workout e-book you say to train four days a week—M, T, Th, F—doing the Monday workout again on Friday. Is working each bodypart once a week with the 3-way split okay?
A: You answered your own question without even realizing it. If you’re getting bigger and stronger, you’re onto something that works well for you. Stick with it: Workout 1 on Monday, Workout 2 on Wednesday, and Workout 3 on Friday. Simple, with lots of recovery time for muscle growth—and each workout takes less than an hour.
Remember, none of our workouts are etched in stone; you should adapt them to your situation, and from what we’ve seen and heard, your way may be great for many, especially hardgainer, or recovery-challenged, types…
In fact, our colleague Dave Goodin, from our old IRON MAN days won his IFBB pro card as a 50-year-old drug-free bodybuilder while training three days per week in the off-season, and it worked for him.
Here’s what he had to say about his training at that time: “About 15 years ago I cut my off-season workouts from five days per week to three. I started gaining size and strength so fast that people were asking my training partner if I was using steroids. In nine months, I gained more muscle than I had in the previous four years.”
Sounds like you’ve discovered the same mass-building thing that works for you, so stick with it while it works! For anyone who wants to try the original routine or a revised version, check out the X-traordinary X-Rep Workout.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
Protect Your Family!
Mike Westerdal is a renowned personal trainer and national best-selling physical preparedness author, but he’s also a father and a husband… who would do anything to protect his family.
He used to get pushed around when younger and spent years building up his body and becoming stronger, getting mentally and physically tough the hard way. As he got bigger, he learned to handle himself, and working in security, he learned first-hand how violence really plays out.
Some of the other guys online who show off their self-defense videos and books need to get a grip. The level of skill needed to pull off their basic moves is CRAZY for most ordinary people.
If a defense system requires more than a few hours to master, it’s not a program.
The only techniques you will ever use are the simple ones.
They need to work for an ordinary person without prior training, technique, or ability.
So even if you think you don’t have time to learn how to defend yourself…
You don’t need to spend years training to be a martial artist.