Hey Coach, Glad to have you back again. So, whats Athletic Body Workout all about?
When most people decide to workout it is because they want to change the way they look. They usually want to lose fat and gain muscle. And traditionally, when asked to pick the type of body they want, they usually use some type of athlete to describe the body they want.
Most people want the strong, lean, athletic body type. And the best way to build an athletic body is to train more like an athlete and less like a gym rat. The Athletic Body Workout is designed to train you like an athlete, so you can build the athletic body you want.
Awesome. Well, what are the benefits of combining Barbell, Dumbbell, and Bodyweight workouts within one program?
Exercise is about movement…both the movement of your own body, as well as the movement of objects. So, to train your body for all these types of movements you need to use different “tools”. Bodyweight for the movement of your own body. Barbells for the movement of an external object with both limbs. Dumbbells for the movement of external objects with either one limb or in alternating fashion.
Using bodyweight, barbells and dumbbells not only trains your body to perform these movements better…but build athletic muscle and burns fat as well. You not only improve your athletic skills, but your athletic appearance as well.
Makes sense. Is Athletic Body Workout similar to your previous workouts? What is the main difference?
Previous workouts were Workout Without Weights and Superior Dumbbell Workout. Besides the obvious difference of combining bodyweight, dumbbell and barbells, the workout structure is completely different. You rotate between General Fitness, Fat Loss, and Strength & Size workouts to keep you on a steady path of building your athletic abilities and athletic body.
Workouts I did after this like the Ultimate Gymless Workout, Extreme Dumbbell Fitness and Gladiator Body Workout use this similar system because it works so well…and keeps you from getting bored.
You talk briefly about nutrition in Athletic Body Workout. Can you elaborate on what you feel are some optimal nutritional strategies for the average trainee?
For the average trainee, you don’t need to worry about supplements or complex eating strategies. But you should clean up your diet. In my opinion, most people already know how to eat correctly…they just don’t. What is better for you, an apple or a cookie? I bet you already know the answer, right?
I would start to write down everything you eat for a week. Then take a look at it in writing. You’ll quickly be able to pick out your problem areas and clean up your diet. Remember, you need fuel to build an athletic body and give your all during the workouts…so give your body good, healthy food.
In your previous workouts, the cardio was intertwined with the strength workouts. Do you follow the same strategy with the Athletic Body Workout?
Yes, this is a big part of Athletic Body Workout. Just think about it, most athletic activities combine strength and cardio at the same time. They only exceptions are sports that focus on only one physical attribute, like powerlifting. You need to have the strength to perform the activities AND the heart and lung power to sustain the activity. You perform how you train…so you must train both strength and cardio at the same time.
There are GPP workouts sprinkled through the workout programs. This is for General Physical Preparedness. They are a lot of fun and give a lot of benefits…as well as challenge both strength and endurance at the same time.
How would a complete beginner go about achieving a more athletic physique?
Stop traininglike a bodybuilder and start training like an athlete. By that I mean throw away all those split routine workouts and “isolation” exercises and start using Full Body Workotus with compound exercises. The object of an athletic body is not to maximize the size of each muscle, but to build athletic muscle and a strong body that works together. Plus, you need to start to blurr the lines between strength training and endurance training. Doing biceps curls and jogging for 20 minutes is not going to build an athletic body no matter how much you do it.
If you get the Athletic Body Workout, start with the General Fitness Workout. You’ll probably realize you are not as fit as you think you are.
Is the Athletic Body Workout for Men Only?
No. The Athletic Body Workout is for women as well. However, if women feel uncomfortable using barbells, they can stick to dumbbells for those exercises. Both men and women can benefit greatly from this type of athletic workouts.
As in all your other workouts, does this one come with templates?
Of course. I am big on having workout journal sheets so you can document your progress. Getting an athletic body is a journey…and like any worthwhile journey, it should be documented. The journal sheets are printable so you can use them over and over again.
Thanks for talking with me again, Coach.