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The 3-5 Method

I will be starting the 5x5 routine next week and you wrote in Weeks 1 and 2 of the 3-5 Method to alternate the workouts over 5 days. Now, this question seems funny to ask, but is there a rest day in those 5 days?  Or after you finish 5 days of alternating are the other 2 days of the week rest days? 


My Answer: Rest days are whenever you want.  You can do 5 on/2 off.  Or your can do 3 on/1 off/2 on/1 off.  It's really up to you.

Strength and Physique: Online Personal Training

Hi James,
I have been trying out the 8x8 routine, and it is a incredible.  I haven’t experienced muscle fatigue like this before.  I am into my second week of it, and I have made up 4 workout routines.  I am doing it only 4 times a week with 2 days on then 1 day off.  I have a couple questions.  1)How many weeks would you recommend doing the 8x8 routine? 2)Is it OK that I on the 7th and 8th set that I fall short of the 8 reps? 3)What routine would you recommend after I have finished up this routine, or could I just switch the exercises? Thank you for your advice.  You books are great I refer to them often.  I only wished I knew about the Ebooks before I bought the paper ones. Sincerely, Derek

My Answer:Follow the 8x8 program no longer than 3 weeks, then afterwards do the 3-5 Method for 3 weeks.  Perfectly fine to fall short of 8 reps on the 7th and 8th set.
I get a lot of questions on what training program to do and what training program to do after a training program I just recommend…

Strength Training Exercises from Martial Arts

So I've been watching this TV series on National Geographic called Kung Fu Quest.  It's a fascinating show where a couple of martial artists go train in different systems of kung fu.  In this particular episode they trace the origin of karate to white crane boxing:

At the 48 minute mark, they go over traditional karate strength training exercises: stone hammers, sanchin steps, stone locks and dynamic tension.

I've always found traditional martial arts strength exercises to be fascinating, because martial artists use a lot of strength exercises that predate the advent of dumbbells and barbells.  Martial artists practice a wide variety of body weight exercises and partner-assisted exercises meant to build strength, mobility and flexibility.  Different disciplines, for example, have their own push-up variations:

As I mentioned in a previous post, the original purpose of exercise was martial.  Exercise originated from the martial arts and from warrior cultures.  Martial artis…

Bigger Biceps: The Body Drag Curl, Barbell Curl Compound Set