This is a routine I use during the gaining phases of my diet. I will
increase the weights progressively
throughout the gaining phase in small increments on thefirst exercise especially.
Also, I alternate the first exercise
from week to week from incline to flat or decline presses and from DB’s to machines.
track of my progress through my increases on DB’s
Incline Bench DB Press
1x 50 pounds x 10 reps 60 second rest
1 x 65 pounds x 10 reps
1 x 80 pounds x 10 reps
1x 90 pounds x 8 reps 90 second rest
1x 100 pounds x 6 reps 60 second rest
1 x 50 pounds x 10-12 reps
Hammer Strength Wide Chest
Press superset with Pec Deck
(Alternate Flat DB Flyes):
Wide Chest Press:
Warm-up set 1 x 180 pounds X 10 reps 90 second rest
1 x 230 pounds x 10 reps
1 x 270 pounds x 8-10 reps
1 x 270 pounds x 8 reps
4 x 100 – 180 pounds x 10-12 reps
(Flat Flyes DB @ 30-50 pounds x 10 reps)
4 x 50 – 100 pounds x 15-21 reps
(high, medium and low range positions alternated)
I’m a partner in large architectural firm doing work worldwide, so travel, stress and long frustrating meetings go along with the job. Ten years ago at age 48 I joined a gym, found a trainer to get me past my initial "intimidation" and taught me to train smart and eat better.
The past 18 months have been an experience of learning, collaboration, challenge, success, great satisfaction and great gains
After this I was on my own for a few years making little or no progress until I started training with my current training partners and friends. Shawn, a trainer and competing bodybuilder himself, encouraged me to compete in the over 50 masters class in a fall 1998 Texas show. Not that I had size, but my conditioning alone gave me the first place trophy at my first competition.
After getting over my initial hesitation to get up on stage, I now had the “bug” to continue competing. I loved the sport of it, looking better, the friends I made and most of all, the challenge to accomplish something totally foreign to my architectural profession. My later contests produced some second and third place trophies, but no more wins. I needed to add some muscle to advance. It's tough enough being 6′2″ tall and having a fast metabolism, but throw in 58 years old and, yes, the challenge is real!
My progress had already stalled, and then I had an even bigger curve thrown at me. After being taken to the emergency room with severe bronchitis, it was discovered I had developed a blood clot in the upper chamber of my heart! I was alarmed at the life threatening condition and at the same time angry that any training and certainly any bodybuilding competition was out of the question now and possibly forever – I’d just as soon they’d shot me then! A great doctor, medication, prayers, and patience got my heart back to normal in four months, but my training and diet took a big hit.
As it turned out though when I was at the Arnold Classic helping at a nearby booth, I met Roger at the Beverly International booth. He first explained to me what Beverly is all about. You don’t have to be a World Class Bodybuilder to get their full attention - you just must have the desire and discipline to reach your own genetic potential. After he took some notes on my condition - pretty sad at the time – he worked with me to set goals to get into top condition and enter competition again later that year.
Previous advice always jumped from one person to another, never with any consistency or measure of success. Now I had someone I trusted to advise me all along the way. During the next six months I was led through a series of progressive diets and training suggestions to rebuild lost muscle size, refine my conditioning, and finally compete. The lessons here are twofold:
First, you’ve got to have consistency in diet, training and supplementation; no more advice from half a dozen different "friends and trainers" never being able to quantify what’s actually working since there were so many trials based on someone else’s conditions.
Second, I had no idea before how important the relationship is between diet and training or the quality of supplementation. It became apparent as I went through the initial rebuilding phases with Roger – results were quickly reflecting themselves in the progress photos and bodyfat stats exchanged biweekly. For example, the leaner I got the more carbs I could tolerate. Similarly, once I was able to drop the initial bodyfat and maintain my conditioning with training and diet, cardio became less critical for me – say 200-300 calories per week (except pre-contest).
My comeback was complete with a first place win in September of 2001. The same month I was given the all clear by my doctor – mo more medication. With my conditioning better than it had ever been, I reset my goals for 2002. Roger and I began by using the experience we had gained from last year to make further refinements in my diet, training, and supplementation for the coming year. This meant greater intensity in training, more protein, either Ultra Size and Mass Maker during the gain periods and Muscle Provider in the hardening phases, adjusting the carbs and fat up or down to suit. I was always amazed at the results and Roger’s ability to apply the right combination for me. The final week before a competition still leaves me in awe of the extreme evidence of how sensitive our bodies are to not only what we feed them, but also when; I learned how important timing is to the diet and training relationship.
Cycling the diet just as your training, never letting the body become accustomed to a particular routine or to stagnate, will stimulate change. I experienced this first hand during this past year competing 3 times (March, early June, late July). A short rest in diet and training after each event and my body was like a sponge absorbing the higher calorie/protein diet and progressively heavier training – each time going into a competition fuller and harder than before. The same strategy applies by cycling gain and hardening diets with simultaneous changes in training. It makes our routines far more interesting as well. Each new goal, while the principles remain the same, calls for a new creative strategy. Roger has made sure that I learned the principles to where I can now formulate my own programs – just sending them to him for review or any adjustments. The beauty of the Beverly product line is in their interchangeability for a variety of custom diet strategies.
Now, as I near my 60th birthday, I have plans to compete in the over 60 class at the 2003 NPC Nationals. With this my goal is to add 8-10 pounds lean weight. So, we will test some new diet/training strategies and I will gain some new experience by having several months without competition diets/training to interfere. Needless to say an 8-lb. lean weight gain is a “tall” order with my 6′2″ frame and high metabolism. At this stage I'm on a high calorie/moderate high carb diet using Mass Maker incorporating Ultra Size in the gain phases and Muscle Provider in the hardening periods. In tandem progressively higher muscle building weights for gain and lower weights, higher reps for hardening. I’m already showing positive results.