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Back-to-back old school workouts this week.  And, a Nautilus workout that would make HIT purists cringe…

Machine-based 21s

On Tuesday I went over to our Efficient Exercise Westlake location to play with our vast assortment of Nautilus equipment.  I haven’t had a machine-based throwdown in a while, so I figured what the hell.  One of my favorite protocols when utilizing machines is a 21 rep methodology.  This is my version of mixing rest-pause and DC training.  Essentially, this boils down to picking a weight that I could handle for approximately 10 reps, then gunning for that max (taking note of whether I hit or exceed that target).  From there on out, it’s a rest-pause grind to 21 reps.  And to up the ante (and prevent too much resting and pausing), I put myself on the clock.  I log both the 10 rep max weight and the total time to completion for future reference.   If I exceed 10 reps on the opening salvo, I’ll up the starting weight next time out.   I choose two chest exercises (pec dec and flat press) and two back exercises (pullover and compound row), performing them in that order.  I try to maintain a 30×0 tempo, i.e., exploding into the concentric and controlling the eccentric.  I know, Jedis; I know — it’s blasphemy 😉

Barbell-based 21s

Same idea on Wednesday, only the exercise selection this time out was a barbell muscle-up.  On most compound/barbell exercises, I’ll use a 5 to 7 rep max.  Same idea as above, though.  The resultant rep scheme looked like this: 165 x 5, 3, 3, then 5 x 2.  Simply. Frackin. Brutal.

Old School superset

On Friday, I performed this little oldie-but-goodie:

(A1) Trap bar deadlift, 400 x 3
(A2) Dips, 90 x 3
7 rounds, 13 minutes

Still in keeping with a 21 rep scheme, but now we’ve got a superset to contend with (which is a blessing and a curse).  Generally here I’ll choose an 8 to 10 rep max, then alternate sets of 3s while on the clock.

Give one of these 21s variations a shoot.  They’re brief, brutal and basic.  And also, easy to track.

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In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –






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