Built Like a Greek God - The Physique of Gods
Over the last decade I have been engulfed in the realm of training. Whether it was training for rugby, mixed martial arts, or competitive lifting, my training has always been focused on performance.
Through this time striving for maximum performance, I explored many different training programs and methods. This was very beneficial in helping to build my programming knowledge and training experience. Through this journey I was rarely focused on physique changes and they were seen more as a secondary benefit of training – then things changed.
In the fall of 2016 I began pushing my training very hard in aspirations of maximizing my numbers in weightlifting. Unfortunately, I got a bit too gung ho, opted to ignore the signs presenting to me, and pushed myself too hard. This lead to a series of nagging injuries that held back my training.
I was stuck in a lull where I was unsure what to do with my training. Any time I attempted to return to my competitive movements, I was in pain. Taking a step back and asking myself as a coach and future DPT, what would I advise someone dealing with the same issues.
This was the creation of the Built Like a Greek God program. My advice would have been to transition to a physique oriented program that was directed to a performance approach. Combining the best of both worlds – I began creating a program that would be able to deliver the results.
Dealing with being injured was a blessing in disguise. At the time I was very frustrated with being restricted. Fortunately, this frustration lead me to explore forgotten exercises, movements that were less complex, easier on the joints, but offered significant bang for their buck.
While setting up the program, I wanted it to be something that would allow people to push for hypertrophy while also improving other physical measures – strength, power, endurance. These factors influenced the structure of the program in a format that allowed individuals to push themselves to their respective fitness level. Instead of purely going with the traditional sets and reps, programming methods such as timed sets allowed for a greater individualization within the structure.
As the program was being set up, I set out to make it a format that would be accommodating to people with busy schedules – requiring training to last only an hour, and could fluctuate days per week. Should someone want to 6 days a week, they could do that; however, if someone found they could only fit in 3 days per week, the program would still work for them. This lead to fully body routines with emphasis on certain parts of the body on difference days. Through this means, individuals are able to maximize muscle building while augmenting fat burning.
Utilizing compound movements that were accommodating to large ranges of motion and easier to learn, physique and performance results were able to be prioritized. Instead of spending weeks or months learning highly technical movements that people struggle with, exercises that were more compliant and easier for individuals to master were selected. This allowed people to hone the movements quickly, then begin directing their focus to effort and results. As well, these exercises were more forgiving and less likely for people to deal with injuries with.
To help accelerate progress, advanced training methods were included in the program. Methods such as rest-pause where we are able to accumulate a great mechanical tension response, with the addition of metabolic stimulus, striving for as much muscle building as possible. Similarly, fluctuating the advanced methods on each day and each block allowed for novel stimulus to be provided, limiting the effects of accommodation over time.
Through careful placement of isolation exercises, we were able to effectively target muscular development in areas that individuals often struggle. Whether it was in the format of a sets purely devoted to isolation after being fatigued, or series of exercises programmed succinctly to increase the demand on certain muscles, we chased down impressive physique changes without wasting time. This allowed for an excellent mix of compound movements for the bulk of hypertrophy training and expediting fat loss effects, while still encouraging additional hypertrophy to muscle groups that often lag behind.
When all of these factors were brought together, the Built Like a Greek God program was created. Upon viewing the programming, it looked incredible and the subtle details began to shine through. The next step was to create a manual that would coincide with the program, cover all of the information within the program, and provide a guide for things like nutrition, sleep, etc.
The manual began to turn out amazing, covering all of the possible frequently asked questions with training and so much more. Nutrition was approached from two perspectives – those of a novice, and those of a more advanced trainee. Habit based nutrition was implemented to dial in the big rocks of nutrition. Then more advanced nutrition focusing on macronutrients and meal timing was outlined for those ready to implement it. Sleep and recovery were outlined
Completing the project lead to a beta test. To put something together like this, something that claims big things, it needs to be able to demonstrate it can deliver. As you will see below, we brought together a unique group of people – those with goals of losing weight, gaining weight, body recomposition, moving better, being in less pain, etc. Across the board all participants saw the results they wanted (check the testimonials out below).
After finalizing details and making the project as advantageous for people as possible, we are officially ready to launch. The Built Like a Greek God package can be found in the e-book section of the website – www.thestrengththerapist.com/e-books