Non Structured training

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  1. FinalConflict2005

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    I sometimes don’t follow a set routine. Day 1: 1 mile run followed by pushups, overhead barbell press, goblet squats and kettle bell swings Day 2: overhead barbell press, chin ups and farmers carry. Day 3: 1 mile run, 20lbs weighted vest squats, pushups and dumbbell push presses and whatever else.

    I just kind of like to exhaust myself. Anyone else train like this? I feel strong, conditioned and happy.
     
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  2. sirtapsalot

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    this past few months ive been getting great results by just doing whatever exercises i feel like doing in a day. With absolutely no set routine i use a mixture of bodyweight kettlebell and barbell movements with some running mixed in.
     
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  3. wufabufa

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    I went through a phase where I was super burned out on keeping track of my numbers(reps, sets, poundage etc) so I decided go and switch things up for about 3 months. I lifted every other day and gave myself an hour to hit whatever lifts I wanted so long as I got a full body workout. I would do a lot of pyramids, drop sets, and paused reps. Some lifts I would go heavy, other times I would do more volume, and if I felt beat up I'd do an impromptu deload and just work on form.

    After the hour of lifting was up I'd get on the airdyne for 10-15 minutes just to get my heart rate up with a few sprints thrown in there for good measure. I still made good progress and it seemed like I was able to build up some weak areas since my variety of exercises were hitting what appeared to be neglected muscles.
     
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  4. miaou

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    I've been doing something similar for the last several months.

    If I had seen it a few years ago I'd frown upon it, but now I'm enjoying myself and feel like I'm getting a more well-rounded strength program.

    There is really something to be said for hitting a greater variety of joint angles and ranges of motion.
     
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    I think it also helped me listen to my body. I know when I'm on a regimented routine I have the mindset that I MUST complete all prescribed reps and sets for a predetermined amount of weight on a given exercise. After a while I just end up grinding myself into a mushy paste of bone and muscle chasing those numbers. At that point I felt forced to take a deload. Not enjoyable and sometimes not always sustainable.

    I've got a pretty structured routine now but if a piece of equipment is being used I don't let it bother me any more. I just do something different that will hit those muscles in a similar fashion.
     
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    Do you keep a training log?
     
  7. Bodil

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    After 10 years+ of training I found that a mixture of structure and non-structure is best.

    For example right now I'm doing Push/Pull with 4 days a week (2x push, 2x pull).

    On the PUSH days I do 5 x 5 Bench (increasing by 1% per workout) and on PULL days the same concept with Weighted Chin Ups.

    On the PUSH days I do whatever I feel like for legs, as long as it's squat assistance (split squats, front squats, box squats, etc.) and whatever Bench assistance (press, pushdowns, raises, etc.) I feel like doing.

    On the PULL days same principle, but for deadlift assistance (GHR, back extensions, RDL, etc.) and whatever Chin Up assistances (rows, face pulls, curls, etc.)

    Sometimes I have as much time as I want to lift, so I'll do high volume high intensity. Other times I've had 4 hours of sleep and got 30 minutes to workout. So you can't really expect the same performance. I think you need a balance, the core of your program needs a structure, but for all assistance work you should go with the feels.
     
  8. James Baller

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    I love goblet squats.
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  9. wufabufa

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    No sir, I don't.
     

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