Cory Gregory's German Volume Training With A Twist
I am going to take you through a shoulder workout with my personal spin on German Volume Training (GVT). I call this "GVT with a Twist," and it's a great way to knock out a fast, furious, effective workout when you're short on time. You can also use the Twist as a finisher, making this technique even more versatile.
German Volume Training With A Twist
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Necessity is the mother of invention, and I came up the Twist when I was rushed one day at the gym. Instead of doing the normal German Volume Training—which is 10 sets of 10 reps with 60-second rest periods—I cut the rest periods down to 10 seconds. It gave me a serious burn, so I developed a program around it.
Cutting the rest period fatigues the working muscles much faster and speeds up the workout. A full GVT with a Twist workout doesn't take that long—you're looking at 20-minute workouts—but it will still leave you torched.
I recommend standard German Volume Training for intermediate to advanced lifters, but the program I put together, "with a Twist," works for anybody. Depending on the body part, a raw beginner can lift 5-pound dumbbells and still get a good metabolic resistance workout.
If you're going to use GVT with a Twist for multiple workouts, I'd stick with it for roughly two weeks before moving to a different training program. Or, just use my Twist on a couple exercises at the end of your workout, which will provide an awesome finisher. Believe me, the Twist will humble you. It's amazing how fast 10 seconds of rest can pass.
You can use this method on any body part. I think it makes more sense to keep it around for your smaller muscle groups, but it's still metabolically taxing to do it on the larger muscle groups.
If you normally lift heavy, this is a good thing to add to the end of your workouts to help strengthen your connective tissues. If you are a big-time powerlifter, benching heavy weight, you still need to have strong connective tissue. Blood heals and delivers nutrients; this workout will definitely deliver a lot of blood!
Make sure to finish all 100 reps! The weight depends on how smoked your shoulders are. There's no ego in this plan. Don't be concerned about what's on the bar. If you're getting the right feel and it's burning like crazy, then you are where you need to be.
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Great article, much like Stoppani's Six week shred but with a twist! I can't wait to give it a go, I have been in a rush to get my workouts in lately so this will be a great filler for me! Thanks for the article, keep them coming!
I just did this by itself and MAN what a burn. I dont think I would be able to do it at the end of the workout. I did make the mistake of doing 25 minutes of Interval Training before. Worn out. Nap time
I developed a workout just like this one with the 10, 10, 10 scheme which I would pick the 3 main muscle heads of a body part for example the shoulder, doing 100 reps on the medial delts, 100 reps on front delts, and 100 on the rear delts. I called it the "300" Workout.
Been following his workouts for this whole year. He's on point when it comes to this stuff! Did this workout with his back workout and I feel swole!... And I can barely hold my textbook without shaking haha
You're a beast, and your physique is exactly what I strive for. But you didn't come up with a new style of workout, this is basically Vince Gironda's "honest" workout except he used 8x8 instead of 10x10.
This is the final week of Stoppani's shred program. "I came up with the idea of shorter rest periods" is a lie. Stop trying to fool people into believing you're inventing new methods. There's nothing more to invent. Just leave us alone and go sell some supplewments.
That's pretty funny...and extremely close minded. I have spent a ridiculous amount of hours in the gym since I was 14 years old & started my own gym at age 20. What I will not do is quit coming up unique ways to keep peoples interested. Training & getting people results is my passion plain and simple. What satisfaction do you really get out of being a hater just curious?