Abbreviated Training vs. Typical Bodybuilder and Powerlifter Programs
by Steve Kane
People like Peary Rader, J. C. Hise, and Mark Berry knew the proper training protocols for the average person who aspire to gain as much muscle and strength within their genetic limits. Typical bodybuilder and powerlifter training programs are for genetically-gifted people who can thrive on such programs that would otherwise cause significant overwork and potential injury to average trainees.
My current training is limited to 1-2 sets of three compound exercises: dumbbell squats, pushups/dips, and assisted chins/bodyweight rows. I perform this brief workout every 5-7 days. At my advanced age - I am 68 years old - this is plenty of work, as I take 1 set of each exercise close to failure within the 6-12 rep range.