Monday, December 3, 2012
Friends Don't Let Friends Skip Leg Day
But to take this away from strictly my opinion, allow me to refer to the godfather of bodybuilding - Arnold Schwarzenegger. I read his biography a few weeks ago, and being the training geek that I am, focused heavily on learning what sort of training routine he used - particularly because I have so many clients tell me that they really just enjoy bodybuilding. So you can imagine my joy to learn that actually, Arnold (and all of those guys, actually) utilized some of the staples of strength training - deadlifts, power cleans and squats. Yes, they did the isolated muscle training - that's what their sport required - but they did that inclusively with the full body training.
So if you only have 2-3 hours a week that you can get into the gym, use your time wisely - utilize the lifts that are going to give you the greatest bang for your buck (and that are within your capabilities, of course)... squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and standing overhead presses, along with their variations. Why these? Because they all require integration of your core, they all require coordination, and they all build full-body strength.
Oh, and skip the crunches entirely. But that's a whole other blog.