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    Just for the hell of it I decided to do a full olympic weight training circuit in the bulgarian school of training.

    For those who don't know, the Russians used to dominate Olympic weight lifting until a disgruntled Bulgarian lifter became the coach in Bulgaria. Workouts went from 1-2 hour lifting sessions (like we all tend to do) to a broken up system of 15-20 minutes attempting only 1 and 2 rep maxes. They'd have 6-8 rounds of lifting per day. Due to them not obliterating their CNS and causing very little muscular demand with high % lifts they could essentially train at maximum intensity all day long. They absolutely obliterated the rest of the world.

    Being as I work in a gym on and off throughout the day I decided I'd give it a shot.

    3 days in and I am stronger than ever. Seriously. I feel like a monster in the gym and have skyrocketed some lifts.

    Anyone else ever try something like this?

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    I once ate some Bulgar Wheat.
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    I have an energy drink when I need a lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin109 View Post
    Just for the hell of it I decided to do a full olympic weight training circuit in the bulgarian school of training.

    For those who don't know, the Russians used to dominate Olympic weight lifting until a disgruntled Bulgarian lifter became the coach in Bulgaria. Workouts went from 1-2 hour lifting sessions (like we all tend to do) to a broken up system of 15-20 minutes attempting only 1 and 2 rep maxes. They'd have 6-8 rounds of lifting per day. Due to them not obliterating their CNS and causing very little muscular demand with high % lifts they could essentially train at maximum intensity all day long. They absolutely obliterated the rest of the world.

    Being as I work in a gym on and off throughout the day I decided I'd give it a shot.

    3 days in and I am stronger than ever. Seriously. I feel like a monster in the gym and have skyrocketed some lifts.

    Anyone else ever try something like this?
    Go into more detail in the Gym Thread.
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    Sounds great .... if you're single .... and live close to your gym .... and possibly work at the gym .... or work from home ... or don't work at all.

    Seriously, I'd be down for working that program but what percentage of folks have that level of availability to get their workouts in? I couldn't even say I'd do it on the weekends because the daycare at my gym is open a half day on Saturday and closed on Sundays. My wife isn't off every weekend. Like I said, sounds great if you're living at the Olympic Training Center and all you have to do is train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC93 View Post
    Sounds great .... if you're single .... and live close to your gym .... and possibly work at the gym .... or work from home ... or don't work at all.

    Seriously, I'd be down for working that program but what percentage of folks have that level of availability to get their workouts in? I couldn't even say I'd do it on the weekends because the daycare at my gym is open a half day on Saturday and closed on Sundays. My wife isn't off every weekend. Like I said, sounds great if you're living at the Olympic Training Center and all you have to do is train.
    I'm too old to work out like that. Maybe 25 yrs ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktCarl View Post
    I'm too old to work out like that. Maybe 25 yrs ago.
    but you still got it, right?
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    I tend to agree with SLC - how does an average person incorporate that into their day?
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    You might not have to do a full bulgarian system but you could do a 20 minute workout before work. One during lunch and again after work.

    Like I said these are micro workouts.

    Kettlebells are a pretty easy way to go about it. Toss 1-2 in a tough bag and just leave it in your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin109 View Post
    You might not have to do a full bulgarian system but you could do a 20 minute workout before work. One during lunch and again after work.

    Like I said these are micro workouts.

    Kettlebells are a pretty easy way to go about it. Toss 1-2 in a tough bag and just leave it in your car.

    Fulltime college student, work 39 hours a week, and job searching as much as possible. It can be done.
    Wait until you're married with children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktCarl View Post
    I once ate some Bulgar Wheat.
    Were you then a full bulgarian that went and worked out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktCarl View Post
    Wait until you're married with children.
    Thats why Im doing the crazy lifting while I still can

    Plus my kids are gonna be my lifting partners. With my luck at 5 years old they'll be benching 315 , squating 500 flat, and cleaning 315. Daddys little princess will be a beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin109 View Post
    Thats why Im doing the crazy lifting while I still can

    Plus my kids are gonna be my lifting partners. With my luck at 5 years old they'll be benching 315 , squating 500 flat, and cleaning 315. Daddys little princess will be a beast.
    The only thing your kids should be cleaning is their rooms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC93 View Post
    but you still got it, right?
    I got something. Don't know if it's right but I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin109 View Post
    Thats why Im doing the crazy lifting while I still can

    Plus my kids are gonna be my lifting partners. With my luck at 5 years old they'll be benching 315 , squating 500 flat, and cleaning 315. Daddys little princess will be a beast.
    So, Bam-Bam will be the name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin109 View Post
    Thats why Im doing the crazy lifting while I still can

    Plus my kids are gonna be my lifting partners. With my luck at 5 years old they'll be benching 315 , squating 500 flat, and cleaning 315. Daddys little princess will be a beast.
    And have a johnson, evidently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favpack View Post
    I tend to agree with SLC - how does an average person incorporate that into their day?
    At work I max out with stacks of copy paper from Staples. I'm up to 4 stacks per hand. Strongest I've ever been. THANKS BULGARIA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterbunter View Post
    At work I max out with stacks of copy paper from Staples. I'm up to 4 stacks per hand. Strongest I've ever been. THANKS BULGARIA!
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