Weider Principles - GOOD STUFF!

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Bigmikey, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Bigmikey

    Bigmikey Internet Pacifist.

    I know this is an MA forum and BBing tips sometimes fall on deaf ears but a LOT of the stuff Weider subscribed to are sound principles for any sort of weight training and can be wonderfully helpful in breaking out of the doldrums of your normal routine.

    I know, as well, that the name weider comes with a bit of a stigma and more than a little eye-rolling but in all truth, I'll bet that many of you use some of the following principles without even knowing that weider laid claim to them. For those that dont know, lets take a look at them:


    Devote portions of your training year to specific goals for strength, mass or getting cut. This can help decrease your risk of injury and add variety to your routine. Cycle periods of high intensity and low intensity to allow for recovery and spur new gains.

    Incorporate a diverse selection of variables, such as set, rep and exercise schemes, into your workout. Bodypart routines should utilize both mass-building multijoint moves and single-joint exercises.

    Experiment to develop an instinct as to what works best for you. Use your training results along with past experiences to constantly fine-tune your program. Go by feel in the gym: If your biceps just don't feel like they've recovered from the last workout, do another bodypart that day instead.

    Constantly change variables in your workout — number of sets, number of reps, exercise choice, order of exercises, length of your rest periods — to avoid getting in a rut and slowing growth.


    Don't allow a given muscle to rest at the top or bottom of a movement. Control both the positive and negative portions of a rep and avoid momentum to maintain constant tension throughout the entire range of motion.

    Train one bodypart with multiple exercises (3-4) before you train another. The "flushing" is your body sending a maximum amount of blood and muscle-building nutrients to that area to best stimulate growth.

    Use numerous training techniques (low and high reps, faster and slower speeds, and alternate exercises) to stimulate maximum muscle fibers. Don't always approach exercises with the same 6-10-repetition sets; try lightening the load and going for 20 reps in some training sessions to build endurance-related muscle fibers.

    This is a technique designed to work individual muscles without involving adjacent muscles or muscle groups. A pressdown for triceps (rather than a close-grip bench press) is an example of an isolation movement.

    Between sets (or even between workouts), flex and hold various muscles for 6-10 seconds, keeping them fully contracted before releasing. Competitive bodybuilders use this technique to enhance their posing ability through increased muscle control.

    Hit your weakest bodypart first in a workout or bodypart split, when you can train with more weight and intensity because your energy level is higher.

    Squeeze your contracted muscle isometrically at the endpoint of a rep to intensify effort. Hold the weight in the fully contracted position for up to two seconds at the top of an exercise.

    To continue making gains, your muscles need to work harder in a progressive manner from one workout to the next. During most of your training cycle, try to increase your weights each session, do more reps or sets, or decrease your rest periods between sets.

    Incorporate a range of lighter to heavier weights for each exercise. Start light with higher reps (12-15) to warm up the muscle, then gradually increase the weight in each successive set while lowering your reps (6-8). You could also reverse the procedure — moving from high weight and low reps to low weight and high reps, aka a reverse pyramid.


    Perform sets of two exercises for the same or different muscle groups back-to-back with no rest in between.

    Perform three consecutive exercises for one muscle group in nonstop sequence.

    Four or more exercises for one muscle group performed in back-to-back fashion without rest in between.

    Continue a set past the point at which you can lift a weight through a full or even partial range of motion with a series of rapid partial reps. Do this as long as your muscles can move the weight, even if only a few inches.

    Use momentum (a slight swing of the weight) to overcome a sticking point as you fatigue near the end of a set. While doing heavy barbell curls, for example, you might be able to perform only eight strict reps to failure. A subtle swing of the weight or a slightly faster rep speed may help you get 1-2 additional reps. For advanced bodybuilders only.

    After completing your reps in a heavy set, quickly strip an equal amount of weight from each side of the bar or select lighter dumbbells. Continue to do reps until you fail, then strip more weight off to complete even more reps.

    Have a training partner assist you with reps at the end of a set to help you train past the point of momentary muscular failure. Your training partner will lift the bar with just enough force to get you past the sticking point.

    Resist the downward motion of a very heavy weight. For example, on the bench press, use a weight that's 15%-25% heavier than you can typically handle, and fight the negative as you slowly lower the bar to your chest. Have your partner assist with the positive portion of the rep.

    Do reps involving only a partial range — at the top, in the middle or at the bottom — of a movement.

    Pre-exhaust a muscle with a single-joint exercise before performing a multijoint movement. In leg training, you can start with leg extensions (which target the quads) before a set of squats (which also work the glutes and hamstrings).

    Take brief rest periods during a set of a given exercise to squeeze more reps out of a set. Use a weight you can lift for 2-3 reps, rest as long as 20 seconds, then try for another 2-3 reps. Take another brief rest and go again for as many reps as you can handle, and repeat one more time.

    Myself, I use rest/pause alot. I have used pre-exhaust in the past to take triceps out of my bench to make my chest work harder. I swear by partial reps and drop sets. And those are just a few off the top of my head. I'd wager that if I really thought about it I probably use a fair bit more than that.

    While to many people weider represents the consumate business man, he did brings many of these principles into the light for the rest of us to use. His supplements may have all be crap, but I think these at least have proven themselves worthy of recognition.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  2. Simon

    Simon Back once again Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    Good post Mikey, which I've stickied.
  3. Bigmikey

    Bigmikey Internet Pacifist.

    Thats AWESOME! I'll keep 'em coming!
  4. Caleb Demarais

    Caleb Demarais Valued Member

    This advice is a godsend. Thank you!
  5. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    Joe Weider has proven over the decades that his system works. Nuff said really, good post Mikey.

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