Most of the time I go to the gym with a plan for what my bodybuilding training routine will be like and just follow through it. However, there are times that I just go with the flow, so to speak, and I simply follow my instincts. After 20 years of bodybuilding training, I have really learned to listen to my body, and sometimes, when I have to back off, I do so…while other times when I want to really push the envelope, I do so as well.
Again, keep in mind that at least during your first 5 years of bodybuilding, you are better off adhering to a well designed periodized training routine. However, once you start learning the ins and outs of your own body, you can start listening to the inner voice.
With that being said the other day I had a super long work day. I wrote from dawn till dusk pretty much. It was 11pm and I only had logged in my morning cardio and abs but not my weight training routine. So I had the choice of either leaving it for the next day or pressing on. Since the only way that I miss a workout is if I have a fever or if I am very sleep deprived, and I had neither of those two conditions, I decided to press on! So I took 2 scoops of Super Charge! Xtreme (Orange Flavor), mixed it with 2 scoops of BCAAs (orange flavor also), drank the magic potion and off I went to the gym.
The plan was a multi-angular routine consisting of leg presses, squats, leg extensions, lunges, leg curls, stiff legged deadlifts. However, when I started with the leg press, I warmed up with 200lbs, then went up to 400, and then went up to 600. I left it at 600-lbs and got a nice 15 rep count out of it. So I did 3 sets of it with only 1 min rest in between sets and the pump was wonderful! Soooo, I decided to do an extra set….and an extra set…and an extra set. Turns out that I ended up doing 10 sets of 15 reps!
So after that, I decided to go to squats. Yes, I know, call me crazy. I blame the temporary insanity on the Super Charge! Anyways, I start the warm up with a nice 115lbs going all the way down using a wide stance. Then my first work set starts at 225-lbs and I did 3 sets of 8 reps with that.
Finally, I take a couple of 25-lb dumbbells and I start doing walking lunges to failure. I did three sets of that.
After that, my legs were toast! Even my hamstrings were pumped up….so I decided to call it a night. Needless to say, for the next 4 days I could hardly walk! Mission accomplished!
While I would only recommend such an advanced bodybulding routine to those who have been training for at least 5 years, the message to take home is not to be afraid of a little bit of experimentation, and certainly, not to skip your workout if at all possible because sometimes the workout that you are about to skip, may be one of the best ones ever!
Hugo Rivera’s Leg Blasting Shock Treatment Training Routine
Leg Press 10 sets of 15 reps (Rest: 60 seconds)
Wide Stance Squats 3 sets of 8 reps (Rest: 90 seconds)
Walking Lunges 3 sets of 12-15 reps (Rest: 90 seconds)