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Express Definition TrainingExpress Definition Training
Follow the advice from our experts to achieve as much fat loss as possible with the Express Definition Training
Every athlete wants to perfect their preparation when they reach a certain point during the season.
They want to enhance fat loss while preserving as much muscle mass as possible
We have set ourselves to create this section with an express definition training
What does the Express Definition Training consist of?
The idea for this training came from some of you who told me that you needed to achieve definition in a short period of time. Obviously, after doing a very clean bulking phase in which the quality of muscle mass has prevailed over the quantity.
This is why I have decided to call it Express definition training.
I would like to share my training methods so that you can see how you can stay fit in a very simple way without training excessively. It is more like a symbiosis between a healthy diet that meets the needs of each person and their objectives combined with a well planned routine for specific period of time.
How are we going to Train?
I have always based my training on divided routines, commonly known as Weider, including weeks of high intensity, strength, full body and so on. But this express definition training is basically going to consist of full body and strength without any Weider routine. This is mainly due to the fact that, even though I have achieved good results, most of you will benefit more from a full body routine, since it produces less stress on the CNS, resulting in a proper recovery.
It is an advanced training for people who have been training more than two years at a good level; who have tried many routines; and who do not have high fat percentage, around a 12-15% of body fat, since the objective is to lower it to a 10% during the next 10 weeks.
Each week, I will post my training routine, since I will probably change some exercises (especially the auxiliary ones if I end up including them) as well as the diet, one every four weeks. We will reach the objective of this training around mid July. I hope that you will like it as much as I do sharing it with all of you. To sum up, we will train:
- Full Body
Let’s not forget that the cutting phase has to be combined with a nutritional strategy. In this case, we will have to follow a hypocaloric diet (calorie deficit) in order to lose fat.
However, unlike the other phase (bulking), our training and, more specifically, our performance can be hindered.
Logically, lowering the calorie supply will affect our performance
This has to be taken into account when we plan the routine so that we will be able to complete it successfully
All the guidelines and steps are perfectly explained in each one of the 10 weeks of the Express Definition Training
Who can benefit from the Express Definition Training?
- Athletes with approximately a 12% of fat percentage that want to reduce it to a 10%
- Sportspeople or athletes who need to lose fat quickly and as efficiently as possible
We will start warming up with 5 minutes of cardiovascular exercises, as well as 2 sets of 15 reps of the first exercise that we will have to do.
It is always important to stretch the muscle groups that we have used after the workout and before the cardio at least for 10 minutes. We will stretch our legs again after the cardio as well.
Break between exercises
We will always stop for 120 seconds between the exercises or sets of exercises. The break between each set will be written in the column of each week.
The pace of each repetition must done smoothly, not roughly, according to what we have learnt about the technique and to what I have written in the table: the first number is the negative part, the second the isometric inflection point, and the third one is the positive part.
For some exercises, I will indicate that we have to do it until muscle failure by marking the set number with an f. This will mean that we will have to do a specific number until failure +/- 2 reps.
For other exercises, I will point that we can do them to the point that the technique is not that strict, I will mark them with a t next to the reps number of that set. It also means that it has be +/- 2 of what is written.
Every time we do abdominal exercises (unless if we have already worked our lower back) we will need to compensate that work with 3 sets of lumbar hyper-extensions.
Sets and super sets guidelines
Decline pyramid sets
When the number of reps of a set have a descending value (like 12-12-10-8) we will have to increase the weight in each one of the sets, according to what will allow you complete the set as well as leaving 1 or 3 reps more.
Ascending pyramid sets
When the number of reps of a set have an ascending value (like 8-10-10-12) we will have to lower the weight in each one the sets, according to what will allow you complete the set as well as leaving 1 or 3 reps more.
For a cutting phase, you will have to perform several exercises in a row(bi-sets, tri-sets, super sets and giant sets), one after the other without stopping. These exercises will have a + between one another.
Bi-sets, tri-sets and giant sets
These are two, three or more exercises in a row, one after the other without a break. This means that you will have to prepare all the exercises in advance. First, you will do one without stopping, then another one and so on. Once you are done, you will make a break that is specified in the table. You will have to execute the number of sets that are written on the table.
If you have never done super sets I do not think you are ready for this training due to a lack of experience.
Read a column with super sets
If you see a column with EXERCISE 1 + EXERCISE 2 + EXERCISE 3 and in the reps column XX-XX-X-X, YY-YY-Y-Y, failure, this means that you will have to do exercise 1 with XX-XX-X-X reps, exercise 2 with YY-YY-Y-Y and exercise 3 until failure. If there is just one of these written in the reps column all the exercises are done with the same reps.
Always do this at a moderate pace, that is, a 65% of your maximum heartbeat, around 40 minutes. Unless the table says otherwise, there will not be intensity peaks.
Type of cardio
The best cardio burns fat while running, but you can do the cardio that you like most as long as you control your heartbeat.
You have to do mainly between 1 and 3 days of cardiovascular exercise, unless the routine marks the cardio days and the type of cardio. Follow the table and do not do cardio when it says so.
When to do cardio
The best thing would be to do cardio after weights, unless the table marks the opposite.
If you take a protein shake you can do so before the cardio if it is going to last more than 40 minutes, or you can take it afterwards (it will not make a great difference).
Cardio on an empty stomach
You can do it if you want, but not regularly, you will not burn that much fat and you are not going to catabolize if you do, but it is up to you.
The most basic thing to follow your progress is to weigh yourself once a week at the same time, preferably after waking up on an empty stomach.
However, we will not know if we have lost fat, muscle or liquid.
Measure the fat and muscle
It would be ideal to measure the fat each month to see how we evolve. This is done with a calliper (measuring the skin folds and using a formula) or bioimpedance scale (which are not so reliable). If we know the amount of fat we will also know the muscle.