Nice review, baffled. I was wondering about the equipment for future variations but I think I should be able to work around it. I, as well, was worried about the lack of pulling, and was wondering if I should start adding in some ring rows and pull-ups and chin-ups.
My only other worry was the loss of muscle mass, which I have already lost some due to all of the riding I do. At this point though, I really just want to feel good and get my shoulders and elbows completely healthy and strengthen my joints and tendons. Mobility and flexibility is always key for me as well.
I've been thinking of adding a session or two of EDT or 50/20 type workouts of DL and/or squats later in the fall if I feel it won't negatively effect my GB training or set me back on the elbow and shoulder rehab.
In all honesty, I'm betting any muscle loss will be temporary. With GS work I've found that as time goes on the muscle comes back, albeit in a different way. It's probably similar.
I'll give it some time and see.
1) Re-wrote the last "con" on pulling. Don't think it's an issue the vast majority of the time, but it's easily handled.
2) Tough love time:
Either stay the course or get the fuck off and do something else. Get this idea of "maybe I'll do this in the fall" shit out of your head. That's how you program hop and get nowhere but where you are now, if you're lucky. I've been a program hopper, but a while back I focused, and more than anything, the constant dings are mostly going now. I also look sexy as a motherfucker.
You'll have plenty of time for other stuff you enjoy, or some rehab/prehab of a known issue
. Use extra time for stuff you enjoy, and not for loading up 50 reps of a full body lift that will take more than it gives with everything else you have going on.
When I noted changing things or keeping things fresh, I should have noted that it meant more like playing with a different exercise during deloads, doing some light band work, or some sub max work for just a set or two after the programmed workout is done.
You're not going to shrink. I'm about the same size as you, but I'm 170lbs, have all my abs, veins in my arms etc. I'm not shredded and huge like an Olympic gymnast, but I'm not in danger of being carried away by a stiff wind. Guys like us aren't going to shrink from this work unless you're just too active everywhere else in life. If that's the case, nothing is going to keep you from wasting away.
Lastly, get your shit fixed. This program has been great for me and a lot of other people, but if you go in with shoulders and elbows that hurt right now, the straight arm work probably isn't going to fix them and will likely make things worse.
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