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    "Flawless" training routines

    I recently picked up a copy of Bob Paris' "Flawless" book. I've been lifting on and off for a couple of years now (alternating with hi-rep calisthenics cycles) using very basic full body, or 2 day split routines with heavy, compound excersizes. I bought this book in search of more varied training routines, but I was very surprised when I looked over the pages. The book offers 3 separate workout programs for beginner/intermediate/master levels. However, even the earliest stages of his intermediate program has you doing something like 14(!!!) different excersizes with 3x12 per excersize. You're supposed to keep that up 4 days a week with cardio almost every single day. Don't you guys think that its a perfect recepie for a burnout? These would be very good routines if each workout was split into 2 days. I just can't imagine how a drug free intermediate athlete would be able to recover from such excersizes. The 6 excersize (squat, BP, pulldown, shoulder press, crunch, bicep curl) program used to totally SMOKE my ass and I used to do it only 2-3 times a week. I can't imagine what doing 15 excersizes would do to me. I guess, the question I'm trying to ask is; is this some new "revolutionary" way to excersize, or is it just gross overtraining that could only be withstood by somebody who is juiced to the limit? Do you think it's a good idea to split up each daily routine into 2 days maybe? Here's an example of a routine from this book

    MONDAY:
    most of thee are done in the 2x12 range
    Flat BP
    Incline BP
    Low-pulley row
    rear-pulldown
    dumbell presses
    dumbell side raises
    bent-over side raises
    incline dumbell curl
    barbell curl
    tricep push-down
    leg-extensions
    leg-presses
    lying leg curls
    hyperextensions
    leg-press raises
    seated calf raises
    lying leg raises
    scissors
    dumbell wrist curls.



    Wouldn't it be much smarter to do it like this:
    keep it in the 3x8 range

    Monday:
    Flat BP
    Incline BP
    Low-pulley row
    rear-pulldown
    dumbell presses
    dumbell side raises
    bent-over side raises

    Tuesday:

    barbell curl
    incline dumbell curl
    tricep push-down
    leg-extensions
    leg-presses
    lying leg curls
    hyperextensions
    leg-press raises
    seated calf raises
    lying leg raises
    scissors
    dumbell wrist curls.

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