There’s no shortage of experts in the gym. I see it all too often. There’s always that person that knows more than you and they’re willing to tell you everything you’re doing wrong. Of course these people generally do not have a desired physique. However, somehow they seem to know it all. This is one of the many reasons I go in the early mornings; we have a high level of respect for one another. But I’m sure you all know exactly what I’m talking about.
A Time to Listen
On the flip side, there is a time to listen and take advice. Like everything in life, we should reach out to those that inspire us. We should open ourselves up to learn from others that are successful. I’d love to say I’m the biggest dude in the gym, but I’m not. There are guys in there that are bigger, stronger, and more ripped than I am. Most of these guys are very humble and willing to help anyone. And we all help each other.
Back Training: Just Back
This morning was one those times where I took advice from someone that’s bigger and far more conditioned than me (thanks, Big Vic). Sometimes I find myself wanting to change up my workouts but I feel stuck. I like the idea of splitting up my quads and hamstrings. I want a workout that caters mostly to my quads and I’ll hit hams with another workout. Today I decided to do hams after back since I plan to hit quads on Thursday. I was chatting with Vic and he advised against that.
Back is such a massive muscle group which requires more volume, sets, and reps in order to grow. I was exhausted after hitting six exercises this morning. When I started working my hamstrings I just didn’t have as much gas left in the tank. I would have probably gotten a decent hamstring workout but not a great one. That’s when I started chatting with my friend about coupling certain body parts together. He suggested I hit hamstrings after something like chest or delts. You typically don’t do as much volume for those as back so I’d be able to get a better workout for my hams.
This is an extremely simple example of a good time to take advice from someone that genuinely wants to help. I’ve found that no matter how experienced we are in what we do there are still times we need a little kick in the right direction. This morning was one of those times. So from now on I’ll just train back on back day (with the exception of maybe hitting a little calves or abs). To end, here’s this morning’s back workout.
Lat Pulldowns: 4 sets x 10-12 reps
Reverse Grip Pulldowns: 4 sets x 10-12 reps
Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets x 6 reps
Seated Rows: 3 sets x 10 reps
Hammer Strength High Rows: 3 sets x 10 reps
Plate-Loaded Rows: 3 sets x 12 reps
Train with Passion,