Q: I am a detective in southern California and got interested in your website after reading your Copland article. Although I have been working out for years that program really helped, but with the heavy lifting I felt it in the joints and back.
Yesterday I subscribed to your website and saw the post on Bodybuilding at 50. Your comment on a smaller amount of volume and hitting each body part frequently sounds interesting.
I would appreciate it if you could email me the ectomorph program. I was wondering if that would work and which of your books would work for an aging detective who wants to keep fit. I don’t seem to be able to get more than 3 days of lifting in, was wondering if the Busy Bodybuilder is more for me.
Thanks for your time and efforts. I appreciate your articles.
My Answer: If you’ve been doing the Copland workout, then the Ectomorph program will serve as a nice follow-up workout. It is also easier on the joints, since you have to use higher reps. For older lifters, it is always better to use low sets of higher reps, done frequently throughout the week.
Neo-Classical Bodybuilding has a chapter on the advantages and disadvantages of low set programs. I usually recommend low set programs for older lifters, since older lifters can’t handle high volume.
Training for the Busy Bodybuilder is high volume, low frequency training. I talk about training for a busy unpredictable schedule. I formulated the training principles based on my own experiences working in law enforcement. As you know as a police detective, we put in long days and sometimes things happen at the end of shift that cause you to stay over. So I think you would find the training principles useful to you in our line of work.
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