Originally Posted by Englandmj7
You have a lovely way of disagreeing with people.....prick
Originally Posted by Arethusa
I would not recommend targeting specific muscle groups. Aside from this leaving you functionally quite weak, this sort of specific training is also more time consuming. Focusing broadly (eg upper body) is not necessarily a bad idea, but, especially for a beginner, you shouldn't be working single muscles. Hell, even later on, you should work muscle groups and not single muscles.
Totally agreed = You should really emphasize compound movements
He is correct in saying that for beginners you do not necessarily need to target specific muscle groups, but in the long run, when you want great definition and separation, you have to target specific muscle groups. Then again, it depends on the level you intend on achieving. If you generally want "more upper body" strength, etc. then yes, compound movements are beneficial. Again, you are assuming things about what I intend.
In regards to the book. Last decade? It is 10 years old and whilst there may have been advances in machinery/theory since then, it is a feckin' encyclopedia and is great for someone who is just getting into working out. Your logic is like saying that Encyclopedia Britannica 1996 is obsolete, that is entirely unintelligent. You clearly have not read it and don't know much on the subject other than what has worked for you and/or what your trainer has told you. As I said before, I come from a very athletic family, have a brother who works in fitness industry for one of the most elite fitness-oriented organizations in the world (The Marines) and have read a vast multitude of books on health/training. This in my opinion, and virtually everyone else's (other than you) is an excellent book.
Anyways, it really is obnoxious to continually assume what I mean when I say you can work out six days a week. Did I say work biceps 4 out of 6 days? Did I say work your traps 3 days in a row? No, I didn't so stop assuming things.
Welcome to the last decade.It's a good book for how the movements should be done. But following its training regiments will soon get you overtrained. If you have extremely good genetics or use steroids, they may work for you. This is exactly the reason why I would seek knowledge from somewhere else.
The book proposes several different workout routines each for beginners, advanced lifters, and competition lifters. It is not a good way to "get you overtrained" you idiot. Some of the routines are for 2-day-a-week workouts!!! It has something for everyone, no matter if you work out a little or alot. Like I said before, you don't know anything about the book and have clearly never even seen it, so keep your uninformed assumptive opinions to yourself.