Strength imbalances with Abrv. Routine?

Discussion in 'Strength-Specific Training (SST)' started by Keebler Elf, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Keebler Elf

    Keebler Elf New Member

    I think I asked this years ago but never came to much of a conclusion. I like the idea of abbreviating to 4-6 big exercises but always worry about possible problems with strength imbalances between opposing muscles. Cant seem to find any straight forward advice. I read everything from doing the 'big 3' is enough to working every muscle independently. Advice, experience?

    Im thinking Trap bar squat, chins/rows(alternated), incline bench/dips(alt), shoulder press in HST format. Im not a competitive BB still want a body like Bruce Lee so doing arms curls, calf raises etc just seem like fluff but dont want problems.
  2. Aaron_F

    Aaron_F New Member

    Trap bar squat is basically a deadlift isnt it?

    Are you prone to imbalances?

    because it will take time for some to occur, adn with teh exercises you have listed I dont think there will be much of an issue unless you are predisposed to them
  3. Keebler Elf

    Keebler Elf New Member

    >>Trap bar squat is basically a deadlift isnt it?<<

    I hang the trap bar off my traps and squat with it! Nah,
    I find I can keep more upright and take stress off the low back with the trap bar. But yeah still fits in deadlift category I suppose [​IMG]

    Dont know if Im prone to imbalances. I used an abbreviated routine and lost some size in the arms but it was during my Mentzer days and working them once every two weeks. So I suppose it one of those try it and find out questions. Thanks
  4. Bryan Haycock

    Bryan Haycock Administrator Staff Member

    Hey Keebler! Its been a while. Good to see you. [​IMG]

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