Strange Ways Of Working Out

by youssef
(cairo)

Question:

Age: 20, working out for over 4 months, my body is muscular, I workout 3-5 times a week, and my workout lasts for about an hour.

I wish to ask a couple of questions:

I'm asking about weird and unique workouts that work good with some people.

What is your opinion about people that have strange workouts that differ from everybody? And strangely, they are world record holders!

People that workout twice a day or people that train the same muscle group for about a week and rest 3 days in the end or people that workout about 4 hours a day!

Can these strange training styles be really suitable for certain bodies?

If so, what do you think of a maximum rep training for some muscle groups that don't have risk on performing such as biceps...

For example performing 5 sets of 1 maximum rep or an exercise such as concentration curl...

Please consider that I'm just asking for knowledge...

Could this type of training have any advantage such as functional strength or something, or is it completely harmful?

Answer: These are very unique questions.

Quote: "What is your opinion about people that have strange workouts that differ from everybody? And strangely, they are world record holders!"

Define "World record holders."

Examples of what you could have meant:

1. World record holders: As in power-lifting course competitions?

2. World record holders: As in "The most bodybuilding trophies obtained in the 90's?"

3. World record holders: As in 1 rep max competitions?

My opinion?

Each person who picks up a barbell may have a completely different agenda.

Some may JUST want to get stronger.
Some may JUST want to get bigger.
Some may JUST want to get more lean.

The people you are most likely referring to, are most likely NOT natural bodybuilders, but ARE athletes of some sort, who DO NOT train the way a bodybuilder does.

Having said that, it makes sense that there are SO MANY "strange" training styles, because there are also SO MANY different objectives for each individual, who works out.

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Quote: "People that workout twice a day or people that train the same muscle group for about a week and rest 3 days in the end or people that workout about 4 hours a day!"

Our response to that:
Are there a lot of people that achieve results in this way? If so, what are the results that these people obtain for each individual approach you mentioned?

"People that workout twice a day"

A bodybuilder who does this, and is getting results, is juicing, and is probably from the 50's, who won't let go of the old approach.

"People that train the same muscle group for about a week and rest 3 days in the end"

Bodybuilders never train like this. However, some fighters 'may' train like this, be rest assured, he's not a natural bodybuilder. In any event, he/she who trains like this is experiencing serious muscle fatigue, and is probably visiting the doctor more times than they care to reveal, or admit.

"People that workout about 4 hours a day"

People that are working out specifically for performance, might actually be doing this, but a bodybuilder who is all natural, would never train like this. And if he/she was, I would strongly encourage them to sit down, and re-think what they could be doing instead.

Are these people using performance enhancements? AKA steroids? Yeah, some probably are.

For the natural bodybuilder (steroid free) who's main objective is to build muscle mass, and gain the appearance of a bodybuilder, the "weird" training styles that you mentioned would yield very little improvement for those seeking the cosmetic approach.

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Quote: "Can these strange training styles be really suitable for certain bodies?"

Suitable as in healthy?
Suitable as in being efficient?

Well, let's suppose you meant, suitable as in being useful for the individuals goal, whatever goal that may be...

Here's a question FOR YOU, that should help YOU answer your own question:

You speak of these training styles, surely you're aware of people using them...

Are these people that are training like this, actually getting results?

You ARE aware of these people, right? You HAVE seen these people you speak of, right? Are they getting results?

And if they are getting results, what type of athlete are they?

Are they an all natural bodybuilder who's main goal is to perfect the physical APPEARANCE?

No probably not!

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Quote: "If so, what do you think of a maximum rep training for some muscle groups that don't have risk on performing such as biceps..."

Not a fan of maximum rep training.

That's considered power-lifting. It doesn't perfect muscular development in a way that helps build symmetry, and an over-all nice composition.

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Quote: "For example performing 5 sets of 1 maximum rep or an exercise such as concentration curl..."

Again, you have to clearly define the goal of the individual training in this manner.

If you want to look like a bodybuilder, this is a terrible approach.

If you want to look, or approach weight lifting like a power-lifter, which is completely different from a bodybuilder, well you may like this style of training, but you probably won't like the way you look afterward.

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Quote: "Could this type of training have any advantage such as functional strength or something, or is it completely harmful?"

It's the opposite of productive, for those seeking a bodybuilders physique.

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