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Other/Mixed EASY MUSCLE (Geoff Neupert)

Other strength modalities (e.g., Clubs), mixed strength modalities (e.g., combined kettlebell and barbell), other goals (flexibility)

mvikred

Level 5 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
I'm enjoying a twice-a-week program right now. Do y'all think that Easy Muscle could work twice weekly? (I could just try it and see, I suppose.)
I dont see any reason why it wouldn't. I took Geoff's KB Strong program and made it into a twice a week program and got great results. As he regularly mentions, its not about how much you can train but more about how much you can recover from. If you can recover from twice a week workouts then thats what works for you !
 

Paul Bischer

Level 2 Valued Member
Both The Giant and Easy Muscle state : "Try to get one more set each week".

Do you folks try for :
One more set on each of the three days of the week ( so, in effect, a increase of one set more on EACH of the light heavy medium days)
One set more on only one of the days ( one set per week)

I have done the first , for the most part, and it gets pretty difficult, particular in Giant 1.2 , with its higher reps per set.

Or I am overthinking., and I should just increase sets when it feels right, using the autoregulation of Easy Muscle?
I’m in Schedule A Phase 1, 4th week. I do 20 minutes each workout.

So far, I’ve been able to get 1 more set per workout when compared to the previous week’s workout of the same kind (medium, heavy, light) within the 20 minutes. Not sure why (physical, mental?).

My intent has been to get the extra set regardless. If I have to go over 20 minutes, fine. Haven’t had to do that yet, but Phase 2 is coming up!

On off days 3x a week, I’m doing treadmill walking (12 3 30 - don’t judge) with a 20 lb vest.

For reference, 54 years old, just trying to stay fit, strong, and healthy heading into the 2nd half of life!
 

Deed Potraz

Level 4 Valued Member
Hello Geoff, hello everyone,
this is my first time writing here.
I have a question about Schedule A.
Geoff suggests adding an exercise to the C&P (chin ups, dips, squats). What is your opinion: Do you rotate the exercises over the week or do you only do one exercise per phase?
I hope the question was understandable because my English is not that good. Thanks
 

Bkb

Level 2 Valued Member
Couple Q’s for the EM gang…I’m doing Sched B. Please chime in on your thoughts for these 3 questions:

1) My 71lb kb is a 6 rm for the push press with a normal eccentric. If using a single bell and the push press instead of a normal press, should I reclean between push presses like I would with a C&P? Asking as heavy cleans sometimes bothers my left elbow.

2)What are your thoughts on using rows instead of chin ups for session B? My 71 lb kb is a perfect 10rm for rows. I have a park nearby that I could go to for my B sessions, but rows would make this more plug and play… I am absolutely willing to go to the park if you say that chin ups are way better.

3) I understand much of GN’s work caters to time pressed men over 30…. Until the baby arrives in October, I’m not time pressed. Would you agree with me using 20 minutes for the presses and squats instead of 15 each? And, would you agree with me doing the B session for 30 minutes instead of 20? I am only asking because I’ll be using singles for the push press and rows, and naturally this’ll slow me down and lower my overall volume.
 

Erik W

Level 5 Valued Member
2)What are your thoughts on using rows instead of chin ups for session B? My 71 lb kb is a perfect 10rm for rows. I have a park nearby that I could go to for my B sessions, but rows would make this more plug and play… I am absolutely willing to go to the park if you say that chin ups are way better.
I'm also curious about this, as I haven't installed my pull-up bar yet.
 

Geoff Neupert

Level 7 Valued Member
Beast Tamer
Hello Geoff, hello everyone,
this is my first time writing here.
I have a question about Schedule A.
Geoff suggests adding an exercise to the C&P (chin ups, dips, squats). What is your opinion: Do you rotate the exercises over the week or do you only do one exercise per phase?
I hope the question was understandable because my English is not that good. Thanks
However you'd like to do it.

Some need the variety, so they can program it like this:
Mon - Squat
Wed - Dips
Fri - Chins

Really, it's up to you and your priorities. That's why I make suggestions, instead of saying "Do this." That's what Schedules B and C are for. ;-)

Hope this helps.
 

Geoff Neupert

Level 7 Valued Member
Beast Tamer
Couple Q’s for the EM gang…I’m doing Sched B. Please chime in on your thoughts for these 3 questions:

1) My 71lb kb is a 6 rm for the push press with a normal eccentric. If using a single bell and the push press instead of a normal press, should I reclean between push presses like I would with a C&P? Asking as heavy cleans sometimes bothers my left elbow.
Yes. C+PP.

Then simultaneously address the issues that are bothering your elbow post-training and/or off days.
2)What are your thoughts on using rows instead of chin ups for session B? My 71 lb kb is a perfect 10rm for rows. I have a park nearby that I could go to for my B sessions, but rows would make this more plug and play… I am absolutely willing to go to the park if you say that chin ups are way better.
Not a fan.

I like unloading the spine that the Chins provide.
3) I understand much of GN’s work caters to time pressed men over 30…. Until the baby arrives in October, I’m not time pressed. Would you agree with me using 20 minutes for the presses and squats instead of 15 each? And, would you agree with me doing the B session for 30 minutes instead of 20? I am only asking because I’ll be using singles for the push press and rows, and naturally this’ll slow me down and lower my overall volume.
You could. But why not just do the program as written and see what kind of results you get. Then use the extra time you have during the week for some extra "baby prep?"

Hope this helps.
 

Bkb

Level 2 Valued Member
Yes. C+PP.

Then simultaneously address the issues that are bothering your elbow post-training and/or off days.

Not a fan.

I like unloading the spine that the Chins provide.

You could. But why not just do the program as written and see what kind of results you get. Then use the extra time you have during the week for some extra "baby prep?"

Hope this helps.
You’re the man!!!
 

Bkb

Level 2 Valued Member
Those of you who don’t like/can’t do dip AND don’t have a bench….

What are you inserting instead? Trying to figure out how to get push ups to a 10 rep max so I can follow program as outlined…. I’ve tried pause push ups with weighted backpack but it’s still a 15 rm and it’s tough to keep the pace perfect each rep…. Going to try weighted bear plank push ups with a narrow grip tomorrow before session B and hope it’s a 10 rep max…
 

Bkb

Level 2 Valued Member
Those of you who don’t like/can’t do dip AND don’t have a bench….

What are you inserting instead? Trying to figure out how to get push ups to a 10 rep max so I can follow program as outlined…. I’ve tried pause push ups with weighted backpack but it’s still a 15 rm and it’s tough to keep the pace perfect each rep…. Going to try weighted bear plank push ups with a narrow grip tomorrow before session B and hope it’s a 10 rep max…
Found it! For those of you looking for an alternative to dips, here’s what I did.

My push up rep max is 55-65. Normally it’s around 55, but I had a competition for $20 last week with my brother and I somehow hit 65. In any case, here’s what I did to get a 10 rm:

Push ups with 45 lbs in a backpack with a 5 second hold at the bottom. God it sucked counting to 5 on reps 7,8 and 9. I managed 9 before form failure. Hopefully that helps some of you who don’t get along with dips!

Easy to scale up as well, by adding 5-10 lbs after an 8 week cycle.

I guess the only drawback is that each rep will take 7 seconds or so and a set will take around 35-50 seconds which isn’t ideal in a relatively short autoregulation session. Oh well.
 

Bauer

Level 7 Valued Member
Those of you who don’t like/can’t do dip AND don’t have a bench….

What are you inserting instead? Trying to figure out how to get push ups to a 10 rep max so I can follow program as outlined…. I’ve tried pause push ups with weighted backpack but it’s still a 15 rm and it’s tough to keep the pace perfect each rep…. Going to try weighted bear plank push ups with a narrow grip tomorrow before session B and hope it’s a 10 rep max…
If you have no problem with curling the bell on the right side, this incline press version might be something worth attempting:
 

ManuDavila

Level 1 Valued Member
Hello everyone!
I am finishing The Giant, and I am very happy with this program and the results obtained (I have lost fat, gained muscle and strength).
I had planned to do some MKM program and then return to another cycle of The Giant.
With the appearance of Easy Muscle I have some doubts:
1) Do MKM and then The Giant again.
2) Do MKM and then Easy Muscle.
3) Forget MKM and do Easy Muscle.
I would like to hear your opinions.
Thank you very much.
 
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