Originally Posted by greatkeen
i am actually on my 3rd week doing DC. quite frankly i love it so far. reason i started it was mostly because of time constraint. i had known of dc for quite sometime but never gave it a shot until now.
DC is not just rest pause, though that is prolly the most imp element of dc. other imp aspect is extreme stretching...that makes u really feel good..and progressive overload...u r suppose to beat the log book every freaking workout. other things like high protein intake, exercise rotation etc are also equally imp components.
Charles u r right..dc is very brutal & hardcore and run u in the ground real quick...but give u results too equally fast. Secondly, dc regime is divided into 2 phases- blast & cruise. blast is the hard core phase with rest pause extreme stretches etc. while cruise phase is the catch up period with no specific workout. you can do any exercise in any way - preferably straight sets, so ur body can recover. both blast & cruise can be as long as one feels the needs. usually blast - 6 weeks before cruising for 2-3 weeks.
All in all a good choice for those under extreme time constraint.
I see what you are saying. You have to have a way to train such that you aren't training your hardest in every workout. DC training done correctly as you are discussing addresses such a problem. However, I am convinced by now that taking your sets to failure isn't necessary.
I got some good ideas from Clarence Bass about that. He knows a lot about what it takes to keep yourself in the gym decade after decade. Work on simple progression and keep your workouts challenging. Try to continue to improve and set new goals, but don't let your workouts be so hard that they fry you into the dirt. One strategy that Clarence discussed in one of his books is alternating hard workouts with easy workouts. So in the example he included in his book, every other workout he would back off and perform the same amount of weight but with a significantly less amount of weight. He claimed he ended up improving much better that way with less injuries.
On a side note, let's talk more about time constraints. A lot of people probably don't believe me about this one, but when I tried HIT type workouts I was doing the consolidation routines from Heavy Duty 2 by Mike Mentzer. My change was that I did my reps fast and I was doing all of my sets rest pause style such as with DC training. And I didn't know about the blasting and cruising back then. I was doing one 20 minute workout per week consisting of only 3 exercises per workout and while performing each movement twice per month. It worked. But as already discussed, even with such low volume I was still fried into the dirt.
So thats another factor. You don't need a ton of volume to get good results, but some people don't believe me. I tried working out 6 times per week when I was younger. It didn't really work. And in the end I found that less workouts works even better. Four 45 minute workouts per week worked wonders. 2 workouts per week at a few hours each also works pretty good. People can train more if they want, but even on "supplements" I don't see the point. Call it time constraints if you want, but I happen to value my time and simply have better things to do with my life.