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The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!


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Excerpt: Here's an excellent little workout that would work great for beginners and probably for some intermediates as well. Heck, tinker with it a bit and it'd work well for anyone. It comes from Dan John's pdf, which is excellent if you haven't read it. http://www.danjohn.org/bp.pdf The program is short and sweet and hits the big stuff that matters. It's similar to other effective beginner programs (5x5 anyone? LoL) but the rep range is a bit different. It's got a built-in idiot-proof scheme

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    The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    Here's an excellent little workout that would work great for beginners and probably for some intermediates as well. Heck, tinker with it a bit and it'd work well for anyone. It comes from Dan John's pdf, which is excellent if you haven't read it. http://www.danjohn.org/bp.pdf

    The program is short and sweet and hits the big stuff that matters. It's similar to other effective beginner programs (5x5 anyone? LoL) but the rep range is a bit different. It's got a built-in idiot-proof scheme for progression (18 reps, then add weight), and is a no-nonsense program. Throw in some ab work, maybe back squat one or two days instead of fronts and you've got one helluva' good little program, IMO!

    The "Rapid Ascent" Program
    Three Days a Week:
    Power Clean
    8-6-4 reps
    Military Press
    8-6-4 reps
    Front Squat
    8-6-4 reps
    Increase weight when you get all the reps!

    Other "musts:"
    Begin each morning with a good breakfast including protein.
    Try to eat five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
    Sleep for more than eight hours a day (Eight hours and one minute is more!)
    Wear your seatbelt.
    Don't smoke.
    Drink water as your major beverage.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    C'mon now you bunch of bastards! Somebody's gotta' have something to say here. LoL Am I the only one who thinks this is one hell of an elegant little workout that'd work for most? It's better than 99% of the crap in magazines and would work for 99% of the lifters out there, IMO.

    I guess there's just too much ADD out there to get people interested in a solid little 3-4 movement program w/ a logical (read, boring) plan for progession. LoL

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    While it's better than getting something out of Flex as a first program, I'd recommend the Rippetoe program to a beginner rather than this one without hesitation.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    This is for beginners? I'd rather deadlifts, traditional squats, military press and bench... these are the basic compound movements that beginners need to focus on.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    Quote Quote posted by Cynical Simian
    While it's better than getting something out of Flex as a first program, I'd recommend the Rippetoe program to a beginner rather than this one without hesitation.
    seconded..

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    I like it. Covers all the bases nicely and efficiently.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    yep, looks good.... i like this.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    So you use the same weight and whn you can get 8, 6 and 4 reps with that weight you up the weight?

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    Yup. When you get all 18 reps, you add weight next time 'round.

    I didn't quote the entire thing from Dan, but when he discussed this program, he stated that it wasn't the perfect program or anything. He said it's a darn good program, simple and better than most. Just didn't want people thinking this was the best he could come up with. LoL It was the program that his old coach used, I believe.

    I could see how it'd be "better" for a total noob to do deads rather than cleans, assuming they don't have a coach teaching them the lifts. But I think if you just hammered away at cleans, OHP, and front squats, you could build a solid foundation.

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    Re: The Rapid Ascent Program . . . a Short & Sweet Beginner Program!

    Quote Quote posted by Protobuilder
    Yup. When you get all 18 reps, you add weight next time 'round.

    I didn't quote the entire thing from Dan, but when he discussed this program, he stated that it wasn't the perfect program or anything. He said it's a darn good program, simple and better than most. Just didn't want people thinking this was the best he could come up with. LoL It was the program that his old coach used, I believe.

    I could see how it'd be "better" for a total noob to do deads rather than cleans, assuming they don't have a coach teaching them the lifts. But I think if you just hammered away at cleans, OHP, and front squats, you could build a solid foundation.
    The only problem is that 99.9% of the people would want to add bench press in there.

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