Today, I completed Session A of the Beginner Program from Jason Ferruggia’s “Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0” program.
Why the Beginner Program instead of the regular 12-week program you ask?
There are a few reasons for this:
- Jason recommends that those with less than 1 year of training experience start with the beginner program. I fall into that category.
- There a few exercises that are the foundation of the main 12-week program. The beginner program calls for performing these exercises twice a week. The increased exposure shortens the learning curve & speeds up mastering these lifts.
- I have roughly 4 weeks left in this contest period so this is a good time to begin transitioning to a new 90 training block. Plus, there’s a good chance I will add a little bit of mass over the next 4 weeks.
Although I really enjoyed the 8 weeks that I put in with Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training Program, I was feeling the urge to change things up. I used the last week to try out a few lifting routines I designed. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I was rather critical of most of the sessions I designed. These lifting routines were what I intended to perform over the final 4-5 weeks of the Early To Rise body transformation contest.
I’m no personal trainer but I have a decent amount of knowledge when it comes to weight lifting (or so I thought). But the majority of the routines I designed sucked. Too many isolation exercises, not enough heavy compound lifts & a few other things meant that following these routines would have done very little to help me gain mass.
Once I faced the reality that my routines weren’t the best, I decided I had better find some that were & quickly. No need to panic but there wasn’t much time to jack around, either. Time to put the ego away.
I had noticed over the past few weeks that during his Facebook Q/A sessions, Craig had been asked on numerous occasions different variations of the same question. Basically, skinny guys were asking him the best way to pack on a decent amount of mass in the shortest time possible. Craig’s response in nearly every instance was the same thing:
Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 Program
Although I am no longer “skinny fat”, I’m not the “biggest” guy, either. So, when someone like Craig recommends a program that can add mass in a relatively short time, I pay attention. The fact that Craig recommended a program by someone other than himself also speaks volumes about the value of that program.
So, I put my ego aside & ordered the program. I read through it at least 3 times yesterday. I picked up A LOT of good information. I also created my training logs when I finished up my reading. I studied over them during my lunch break today. During this time I visualized myself coming home & putting in a great effort in the weight room tonight.
Guess what? I had an absolutely AWESOME lifting session tonight!!! Best session I’ve had in over a week.
Started off with Incline Barbell Bench Press:
Next up was Military Barbell Press:
After that I made a slight modification to the session for the next exercise. The program called for One Arm DB Rows. I substituted Overhand Grip Inverted Rows in its place. I did this because I don’t have a dumbbell heavy enough that would have allowed me to stay within the recommended rep range (I can lift it more than the 6-8 recommended reps).
After this I finished up with good old Pull Ups:
Nothing fancy but very effective. I really liked this training session!
Over the next 4 weeks, my intention is to put forth my best effort in the weight room. Upon completing the 4 week beginner portion of the program, I will move onto the 12 week main program. Although my contest period will have concluded by then, I will still be blogging about my experience with the MGS 2.0 Program.
Today’s Training Session Track List:
- Lord of This World – Corrosion of Conformity
- Dissident Aggressor – Slayer
- The Mob Rules – Black Sabbath
- South of Heaven – Slayer
- Nightmare/The Dream Time – Motorhead
- A New Level – Pantera
- Orion – Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Helter Skelter – The Beatles
- Raining Blood – Slayer