It’s time for something new! I’ve been coming up with my own workout programs for 25 years and even though I was tweaking them and rearranging them regularly, the ideas in my head were just feeling stale. I decided to let someone else do the planning for a change. I went to Bodybuilding.com and found a free 12 week workout plan that seemed fresh and interesting. Yesterday, I started Jim Stoppani’s 12 week Shortcut to Size. Yes, of course, I’m looking for more mass as always. My body defaults to scrawny very quickly if I’m not careful. This program relies on periodization. In this case, it means alternating in micro-cycles between high reps (doing a rest-pause on the last set of each exercise), using lighter weight and low reps (doing drop sets on the last set of each exercise) using heavy weight.
It’s actually refreshing to have a prescribed program like this. I’ll have to personalize it a little to make it effective. I often workout at home these days and I don’t have access to a seated calf raise machine, for instance. That’s O.K. I can figure out the few little kinks while still relying on the program overall.
This program comes with a nutritional guide which I will also customize to fit my tastes. There are sound, scientific reasons for the amount of sugar (particularly after the workout) he recommends but I don’t like to spike my blood sugar. I’ll pass on the after workout big blast and cut down on the rest of the sugar a bit too. Since the program is designed for people between 160lbs and 200lbs I’ll adjust my food intake to reflect my much lower weight. I’ll just cut the portions in half (or just above half) for now and see how that works. I’m also not big on supplements. I’ll take the multi-vitamin and the protein powder but leave the rest of the suggested supps alone. In this plan, there are no cheat days/meals and as you know, that isn’t the Lynnie plan. I’ll stick to the guide carefully during the week then allow room for some deviation on the weekends. I actually like the food he recommends and it’s not far off from what I eat anyway so I don’t expect this part to pose any challenges.
Since I started today, the end date of the 12 weeks will be close to my birthday. I always take a birthday photo to document my physique from year to year so we’ll all see if the program produces results. If I look like a doughy, skinny wreck I’ll put the workout in the circular file and re-tool. Hopefully, I’ll be pleased with the results! At the very least, it’s a new adventure in my routine.
This was what I did today (day two of the program)