How Many Reps to Build Muscle BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES
What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, AHTLEAN.COM. What is the perfect number for a bodyweightexercise for you to do to get the best results from ité That's a good question here, guys. It's atricky question. Actually, I'm setting you up because that answer should be, 'It depends,quot;and it's going to depend on a lot of things. When you're working bodyweight exercises intoprogramming, you have to take into account a lot of different things, namely, the strength level of the person you'reprogramming it for. And secondly, their body
weight because the body weight is acting asa resistance. But there's so many times, there's so manyprograms that I come across where I see specific numbers being laid out there for you to doon a bodyweight exercise, and it's doing 1 of 2 things. We know it'sdoing a disservice to you, but it's doing it in 1 of 2 ways. Either it's setting the bar too low becauseif it's recommending 20 Pull Ups and you can do 30, guess whaté You're not really getting pushed hard enoughto cause an adaptive response. If it's saying
20 Pull Ups and you can only do 3, guess whaté You're being set up for failure, right, tofail in a bad way. So, what we want to do is, I wanted to kind of dip in to some ofour programming tactics here. One of the ones we use throughout a lot ofour NXT Programs which are our advanced monthly program that we have a lot of our guys havealready graduated from AX1 and AX2. And also, a lot of the foundation of whatwe do with the ATHLEAN XERO PROGRAM which has allowed it to help guys build muscle, much more than any other bodyweight programout there. So, it's this tactic that we have
here basically it's a multiplier effect. So, the way you want to really do this, andthis is kind of cool because you can actually take a bodyweight exercise by the time thistutorial is done, challenge a buddy, and see who does a betterjob on getting to this number. I'll show you how we calculate it. So, you take your bodyweight exercise, thefirst thing you want to do is, you want to do that exercise to failure. So, whether we're talking about Push Ups,or whether we're talking about a Pull Ups
or talking about Dips, you want to do yourfirst set, give it your best effort that you've got. Now, the cool thing again is, it may varyfrom day to day. We know that some days we show up to the gym feeling great, being ableto give us your best effort, and other days, not so much. So, we want tomake sure that we're talking apples to apples. We want to make sure that on the day thatyou've got your best, that we're going to get the best out of you.So, you take your first set, you do it to failure. Warm up really, really quickly. Youdo your first set to failure.
Once we've got that number, let's say it'sPush Ups, and I get 50 out, ok. That's my number. Now, how do we get a workout off of thatéWell, we look for 3 different stages, or 4. We've basically got a solid effort. A solid effort for me is basically a C+. Youknow, a C+ and B, C+, B probably. We've got 150. So, if you do 150 Push Ups for thatworkout, and again, the parameter of rest time is importanttoo. And I always say, let's keep this in a minute and a half or under.
5 Reasons to Take Supplements AND WHEN YOU NEVER SHOULD
What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, AthleanX . Today I'm going to help you to determine whetheror not supplements are a right fit for you. Supplements are not the right fit for everybody,but you can ask yourself a series of questions and determine whether or not you are a candidate. It starts right here in our quot;yesquot; or quot;noquot;with where you are at in terms of your program. Are you just starting outé Are you a beginneréAre you a really skinny guy who's never really lifted a weight before in your lifeé Guesswho knows somebody that's like thaté I do! That's exactly what I was. As a matter offact, this is my actual, very first dumbbell
that I ever used. You can see it right there;that's my five pounder. This five pounder went on to allow me to start lifting a lotheavier weight, but I started with that. As a matter of fact, my brother told me growingup quot;You have to earn the right, earn the privilege, to be able to start taking supplements.quot; Becauseif you're just starting out with really light weights and you're not really that sophisticatedwith your training yet, supplementation is overkill. You'd be much better off figuring out thebasics and understanding how to start building your body from the ground up. Learning theproper movements, the right way to train,
and how to put it all together before youstart finessing it with supplements. On the other end of the spectrum, and on thesame note, if you're a guy who's allowed yourself to get incredibly out of shape â€“ 40% bodyfat or above because of your absolutely poor nutrition habits â€“ trying to fix them withsupplementation is not the right way to go about it either. So you want to make sure that you're in thatzone where you've dedicated yourself to getting in shape, you've been on that path for a while,and you're looking to take it to the next level. Then you would be a quot;yesquot;. Otherwise,if you're starting with either one of those
extremes you're going to wind up over hereas a quot;noquot;. Here's a scenario that I know a lot of youcan probably relate to, but I'm actually living it and breathing it every single day rightnow. That is high levels of stress. It doesn't have to be bad stress. It could be good stress.In my case it is good stress. We've had twin boys. They came a little bit early. That's stressful, but we're trying to getthem to grow and develop and catch up to where they need to be. That's provided a lot ofstress for my life, but guess whaté I'm still going to train, I'm still going to try toeat as good as I can, but as I covered in
my nutrition tutorial the other day where I showedyou some fast ways that I can create lots of meals at once â€“ I'll actually link thathere if you haven't seen that already â€“ stress is present in my life right now even more. Supplementation can help you to overcome stressbecause it can do two things. Number one: we know how nutrition can be a large componentof providing your body with the fuel it needs to stay healthy even in the face of stress,and we also know that we don't necessarily have the time to prepare it in stressful times. So supplementation would be extremely easyto prepare and allow you to be consistent
with your nutrition. So for me, I've neverbeen more reliant on my supplements than I am right now because I'm not always in a placewhere I can get good nutrition. The cafeteria at the isn't the bestplace for me to get proper nutrition, but if I can mix up a shake, take it with me,and now that I'm going to have optimum nutrition at my fingertips whenever I need it; it becomesthat much more imperative. I will say, if you're in a high stress job,or find yourself in a high stress situation and you don't want to sacrifice on yournutrition and you still want to be able to train and you're applying a lot of stressto your body, make sure at that point that