Week 2 – Training Split and Pro Wrestling

Contrary to a lot of competitive bodybuilders, I’m no genetic freak. As a matter of fact, I’d say I have relatively average genetics for bodybuilding. I can’t just rely on natural ability, and no one in Musclemania can rely on pharmaceutical enhancements. As a result, I’ve had to spend a lot of time learning the science behind fitness training and nutrition to optimize my results. A great deal of my formal education has been spent pursuing these studies (post-baccalaureate studies in Kinesiology, national certifications as a personal trainer and specialist in both fitness and performance nutrition). I’ve also spent a lot of time reading the theories of successful natural bodybuilders (Faildo, McQuay, LaCour, Goodin, Holman and Lawson) and top strength coaches (Poliquin, Abel, Thibadeau, Waterbury, etc.).Its kind of funny, but the more I learn about physiology, physics, and endocrinology, the more basic and basic I get with my training approach. The human body is a lever system and adapts when abnormal stresses are placed upon it. This means basic exercises moving in basic planes of motion with heavy weights (relative to each individual) yield the best results. While the science is quite complicated, practically applying the principles as a real life athlete is simple. Notice, the formula for getting into great shape is simple, not easy. Trust me and all of these other Musclemania competitors; it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get into great shape.

The problem is most people don’t really want to work that hard. As a result, the fitness industry has become rampant with guru’s creating insanely complex programs and diets that they promise are easy and will yield dramatic results. Nothing worth having in life comes easy; so don’t get caught up in the marketing hype. Sorry to ramble on, but I have a private training business and am right smack in the middle of the industry. Sometimes I have to convince my clients that they are not missing out on anything by avoiding doing some circus-like exercise on a stability ball or balance board. If you want results, keep it simple, not easy, work hard, and get your ass back under that bar and lift.

My training split for the show is this:

Day 1 — Shoulders and Arms
Day 2 — Legs
Day 3 — Rest
Day 4 — Chest and Back
Day 5 — Rest

Repeat. This training split is a favorite of strength coach Charles Poliquin. It’s also a favorite of the legendary Frank Zane. Personally, I’ve found with my body type that I respond better to training each body part with more frequency as opposed to a more traditional split where you break the body parts up over more days and hit each muscle group once a week. I balance this with rest days to avoid overtraining and burning out the hormonal and adrenal systems.

I think I’ve run out of time for this week. I don’t want these posts to get too long; I could ramble about fitness forever. I didn’t get to my career as a pro wrestler, but here are some photos of my days as the “Kamikaze Kid” Miyaki Frantz. I was doing a running, twisting back flip over the top rope. I told you I was a crazy kid.