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    SjoerdAE is offline Junior Member
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    Default Routine question

    Convict Conditioning practitioner here. Following the Hard Time routine. I'm making gains each week, rep wise. It's not much, but it's moving upwards. However, I'm contemplating adding a little more volume throughout the week by combining day 1 and 3. Resulting in two workouts (listing the type of exercises, not the progressions I'm currently at):

    A
    Hs Pushups
    Pullups
    Pushups
    Hor. Rows
    Dips

    B
    Bridges
    Hanging Leg Raises
    Squats

    I then see several options. I could alternate these workouts, with a day rest in between (like the Revolving Door routine). Or I could do A and B both twice a week, with one day of rest in between. Or, and this is my latest thought, I could maintain my regular workout days (tue, thi, sat) and work A, B, A. This would mean that A is done twice a week and B only once.

    I like the latter because of the rest it provides (I consider the rest in my current routine to be the reason why I'm still gaining) and because of the focus on the upper body, without neglecting the other parts.

    I do have some concerns for imbalances, though. Any thoughts on that? Other thoughts concerning this post are also very welcome.

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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    I can offer my thoughts but no authoritative advice.

    First - if you're making gains, however slowly, I'd be reluctant to change anything. Slow and steady is better than making changes that will derail your progress and set you back. That's just my own experience talking.

    In general, it seems to be recognized that doing an exercise twice per week is better than once per week.

    A Mon/Tues, Thurs/Fri schedule might work well. The only issue being that the bridging uses the triceps in most of the variations and you already have three pushing exercises in your A workout.

    Maybe other people can help.

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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    Chris is right about not making any changes. The old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" comes to my mind. Once the gains stop happening then adjust the schedule and set/reps plan. And when that time comes to make changes just pick one of the options you listed and see what happens. What works for others may not be what will work for you - so you have to tinker around a bit ..Dennis

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    Just an idea, but

    Week one A-B-A mwf
    Week two B-A-B mwf

    4-5 days recovery between bodypart workouts.

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    I have done that ABA- BAB with barbell exercises. It works well. Consider doing that when you stop making gains with your current program...Dennis

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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    Ohe thing that has working for me is a full body workout on MWF then a few easy sets of dips on Saturday. It doesn't seem to interfere with the weeks workouts and my dips are getting stronger.

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    SjoerdAE is offline Junior Member
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    Thank you all for thinking with me! I recognize the gain-point and will take that to heart. Chances are that my Pullups will stall any time soon, but maybe I can just up the reps within my current schedule in order to break through that plateau (go from 2 to 5 sets).

    I contemplated the ABA-BAB routine before. Also a valid option, although I would prefer to try the ABA first. Would any of you be worried of imbalances when doing this? The upper body gets a lot more work this way, but in a sense that's already the case with my current routine (in which A is devided into A & C). Also, my chest could use the extra work, since I'm hoping to build some solid muscle there.

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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    My only concern is you'd be working legs and abs only once per week. If you continue making progress this way it might not be a problem.

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    SjoerdAE is offline Junior Member
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    I could just give it a try indeed, once my progress starts to stall. Yesterday I've decided to start a GtG-cycle for Pullups. Hopefully I'll manage to up my reps a bit in three weeks time. After that our baby will be born, which might effect the gains... 😉

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