Everyday during the Klokov/Poliquin tour, many people asked me questions about my experiment with the Mountain Dog style of training.
I did it for 12 weeks, going from 82 kg to 80 after two weeks, then supercompensating to 88 kg by week 12.
The three weeks after, I returned to my preferred type of training and went up to 90 kg. Here are some observations:
1. You can train far more often if you have loads of variations. I trained 21 days straight before I had to take a day off. Never done that before. Considering that I flew to Europe twice during those 3 weeks, it is not bad. I think since a lot of the training is not poundages but more volume base, then you don’t have anxiety about being able to make progress, as you would in a strength periodization.
2. Calories do Count. I lost 2 kg the first two weeks. After talking to John, I remedied the situation by taking 2 extra “post-workouts drinks” a day. I trained only once a day… but did three post-workouts of 50 grams protein/200 gram carbs.
3. You need to be in a great gym to do it. Real hard to do in commercial gyms where dorks are taking selfies for hours in front of the dumbbell rack
4. Intra-workout nutrition is key for the high volume. With the amount of reps you do on this type of training, aminos and/or whey plus carbs are essential. John has developed a great intra-workout supplement for this: Intra-MD
5. Not having to plan is refreshing to the mind. After writing my workouts for almost 4 decades, the break was welcomed. When I return to the US, I plan on experimenting with some pointers I got from Dmitry Klokov.
6. The program is worth the investment. Success leaves clues, I followed John’s advice and it worked. I highly recommend it to someone who wants to go the next level in hypertrophy.
7. I particularly liked his back and legs workouts. I think I must have pick 5 of the 6 kg on my back and legs. Never did so many reps for them, so that’s probably one of the reason.
8. I am going to use this style of training one phase out of three. Since intervals are short and you need time under tension, I will do these types of workouts in more equipment friendly gyms such as mine, or UP Marbella’s. I like to stick to the program and not have to roundhouse kick selfie douche bags off the equipment.
All in all, training with John Meadows is worth the investment and the learning experience. Please visit his website www.MountainDogDiet.com
Coach Charles R. Poliquin