Well, what do you know? It’s March 1st, 2013, and it’s also March in the video by Mike Chang below – talk about timing! Mike was sure to remind his audience that Spring break is right around the corner, and that you’re going to need to get ready. Namely, you’ll need great pecs, shoulders, and back muscles to look good at the beach and parties (etc.), which according to Mike, “will have all the women go crazy over ya.” So, the following video is one of his chest and back workout circuits.
Now, forgive a man for saying what he must, but I have to disagree with what Mike said. Girls might go crazy over great pecs, shoulders, and back muscles, but women most certainly don’t (with few exceptions). You know what women go crazy over? Men with jobs and responsibility, among other things. To a woman, that’s sexy.
But getting back on topic, call it a hunch, but I just have this feeling that I’m going to have to overcome my disinterest, dislike, and disapproval of body part split routines in order to objectively review Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts program. It seems from my initial research that this is just his primary model of training, and it makes sense, too, because this is the type of training that has been heralded as the best for physique-oriented goals for decades (for fat loss, muscle building, bodybuilding and sculpting, etc.). But the truth is that it’s out-dated based on our current understanding about how the body works. Without getting into it too much, our bodies are much more like one big muscle, rather than many smaller ones. And we can’t ever truly isolate one muscle group. It’s just impossible. So, movement training is more appropriate than muscle training, and this is how the body was designed to train. Said another way, training movements always strengthens the muscles, but training muscles rarely strengthens movements.
Now, that’s not to say that body part split routines are useless, just that they are a sub-optimal method for training human potential. That said, for developing the look of a bodybuilder, figure competitor, or fitness model (ie the “magazine-worthy” physique), this type of training reigns supreme. So, it’s all about what your goals are. Just know that there are many other ways to train, some of which are healthier and more effective for strength, conditioning, and fitness, among other things. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Now, that said, even though Mike is using an old-school, and even archaic training method, it still works for body transformation purposes – jsut like it always has. It’s becoming clear to me that Mike and I share some idealogical differences when it comes to training philosophy, but that doesn’t discount the fact that his methods do work for body transformation.
And here’s an example of one of those methods for sculpting the chest, shoulders, and back musculature…
Here’s the workout circuit again:
-side to side pushups – 10 reps
-dumbbell flys – 10 reps
-lateral dumbbell raises (bent arm) – 10 reps
-bent over side raises – 10 reps
-dumbbell front raises (to overhead) – 10 reps
-dumbbell good mornings – 10 reps
Now, obviously, Mike did demonstrate the exercises in circuit fashion, but he didn’t really explain anything else about it. I’m left with some more questions like:
-How many times should I perform the circuit?
-How much rest should I take at the end?
-How much weight should I use?
-What kind of warmup/cooldown should I do?
And then there’s the bigger picture stuff, like:
-How often should I perform this?
-Should I do anything else during this workout?
-How does this workout fit into an entire program?
If I had to venture a guess, I’d say Mike is simply leaving all of those things up to the viewer. And hey, I can’t blame him. There are so many variables involved in compiling a training program, that it’s much simpler to just give some general advice and let the trainee figure out the rest of the details (which will usually frustrate them, and will in turn, make them more likely to buy your program). After all, everyone has a different training history, skill level, conditioning level, schedule, etc. So, an argument could be made that maybe it’s best to leave some ambiguity in the workouts.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I generally prefer clear, explicit instructions when I follow a training program. And if there are some areas that are left ambiguous, I’d prefer to have at least some basic instructions on how to best craft the program around my needs and circumstances. We’ll see if that’s the case with the actual Six Pack Shortcuts program. I haven’t gotten that far into the product review yet. So, time will tell if this is the case or not.
Stay tuned for my complete review of Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts program.