What I learned from following a high volume training program for 4 weeks

So I was following this program called 90 days to built by Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes. I signed up for his email list and he just started sending this program which would simulate 90 days of training with him as he is a personal trainer.

So the program is basically 4 lifting days split into 2 upper body and two lower body workouts, 2 cardio days and 1 day off. For the lifting days you follow a higher calorie high carb diet for the cardio days you follow low calorie low-carb high-fat diet and for your day off is a full 24 hours of fasting.

Each weight training workout consisted of five exercises for 5 sets each with reps I between 8 to 15, sometimes 20 reps.

So what did I learn?

1. My conditioning is shit. I’ve lifted weights off an on for almost 20 years but never stuck with it or followed through with a proper diet on top of smoking for 20+ years. I’ve mostly dabbled between programs and never really done such high volume.

2. I’m not as strong as I thought I was. Doing 15 sometimes 20 reps per set is fucking grueling. 

3. Fasting is hard. Ice done some IF but the full 24 hours fast I couldn’t handle. I broke down a few times even on the low calorie days.

4. It’s not really that hard to track your calories and macros. I used to think it would be hard to eat 30-40% protien but once you start tracking your food you actually get a decent idea of what kinds of foods you need to eat.

Before this program I dabbled between stronglifts and a few others. I found with stronglifts I got too fat and maxed out too soon on my weights, and I blew out my elbows going for a 5×5 max. Doing a lot of volume may be exhausting but it felt easier on my joints and my muscles were actually getting harder and tighter. 

I’m actually starting a new program by the same guy based on a 70s bodybuilding style bulking program and I’d like to do a slow bulk to gain another 10lbs and maybe try to recomp from there.

It gets frustrating sometimes trying to build a new body because it takes a long time. There are no quick fixes or miracle diets. It takes patience, discipline, perseverance and a plan. I’m looking at this whole thing like a newbie again and I’m in it for the long game. This is a lifestyle choices for me not just something I pick up and do once in a while.

If only…….

“If only” statements are your excuses.

If only I had “this relationship”, my life would be better.

If only I had “this car”, I would be happier.

If only, I had done better in school, I would have more money.

If only I wasn’t so shy, people would like me.

If only I hadn’t married “this girl”, my life wouldn’t be such a mess.

“If only” statements rob you of your power. They feel good because they allow us to blame our circumstances on something else instead of taking responsibility.

There is no power in avoiding responsibility.  There will always be something stopping you or holding you back.

Instead how about switching your thoughts to “what if” questions?

What if I  started my own business on the side?

What if I started eating a little bit healthier each day?

What if I decided to join a gym and take charge of my body?

What if I decided to take more risks socially and allow people to reject me?

What if I decided to live my life on my own terms?

“What if” questions can inspire you to see what’s possible and take action. We have to see if before we can achieve it.

Now that’s power!