Why Don’t We just Squat, Deadlift, and Barbell Press EVERYDAY – The Most LABORIOUS Lifts for LABOR DAY


I’m thinking of doing only Squat, Deadlift, Benchpress and Shoulder press everyday 5 times a week. Is it a good idea?

My goal is to increase muscle mass and reduce some fat. Not looking for 6-pack abs!

I just want to share this certain query that we recently answered. Apparently this guy praises the holy TRINITY so much (which is good) so he’s planning to pray to it every day. He wants to know if that is a good thing.

Well, Since it’s Labor Day – Why don’t we talk about these most “Laborious” Lifts? Shall We?

 

Those are great lifts; in fact they are the MOTHER OF ALL WORKOUTS or (as we, A-Lifters call them) the Holy Trinity!

However, there is a big difference between praising its power every day and doing each and every one of them every day.

They are difficult lifts especially deadlifts. You simply cannot deadlift serious weight every day, SERIOUSLY! And there would be very little point in deadlifting puny weights.

That is where it got its name, for God sake

Imagine doing THAT everyday?:

franco 700 pound deadlift

 

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And the intensity and the intensity of effort (two different things) required to execute those daddy lifts properly does not rhyme with the very huge frequency that you want to apply. Doing so will only lead you to dig a hole which will just be too deep for your body to fill.

Note: Intensity of effort refers to applying HIT techniques (such as Drop sets, Inflitonics, etc) usually utilized to prolong time under tension or go “beyond” failure. Intensity refers to the weight itself that you use. The heavier the weight used the more “intensity” is there.

Thus I recommend that you follow a properly placed protocol that has exclusively those hardcore daddy lifts, which is the consolidated routine. I have modified Mentzer’s consolidated routine so you will do it with more frequency. Metzer’s original frequency is like doing each 7 days apart, which is just too much rest in between.

Modified Irothumb –style Consolidated Routine:

mike mentzer

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Day 1:

Squats: 4 sets 10-15 reps

Narrow grip underhand pull downs (if you cannot handle your own bodyweight) / OrNarrow Grip Underhand grip Chins (if you can): complete 40 – 50 reps no matter how many sets it take you (if you cannot do it with your own bodyweight have a spotter assist you up then descend with your bodyweight slowly or assist yourself up by launching yourself from a stool or a bench then slowly lowering your body – AKA “Negatives “)

Press :(you can add any type of Presses as of this point but that is optional. I would do Bench press on Day1 and Shoulder Presses on Day 2)

Day 2:

Deadlifts: 4 sets 6-10 reps

Dips: 4 sets 8-12 complete 40-50 reps no matter how many sets it take you (if you cannot do it with your own bodyweight have a spotter assist you up then descend with your bodyweight slowly or assist yourself up by launching yourself from a stool or a bench then slowly lowering your body – AKA “Negatives “)

Press: (you can add any type of Presses as of this point but that is optional – I would do Bench press on Day1 and Shoulder Presses on Day 2)

Rest for at least a day between workouts then rest for at least two days after day 2 workout. And don’t try to add any more fancy moves – focus on the basics and this wasn’t meant to be fancy. Until you can squat your own bodyweight (that means if you are 150 lbs, squatting with 150lbs barbell loaded) for at least 10 clean reps you cannot proceed to the basic training regimen.

And another thing: the squats that you will do here are “High bar squats” not wide stance box squats which are almost useless for conditioning.

Now that’s about it. What do you think? Please share your thoughts! Eat your eggs, people!

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