Speak to me about specializations

Discussion in 'Training' started by jills, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Jen

    Jen Well-Known Member

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    everything is special to me
     
  2. rainy

    rainy Meat-building phase

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    Thanks for clarifying.
    I definitely need a specialization for my shoulders :lifter:

    This is something to discuss with the Boss for my next bulk :naughty:
     
  3. mackie

    mackie With my hero, Brigitte Gabriel

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  4. Chicky9914

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    Did I hear you guys correctly when you said you did a bulk and then a shoulder specialization? As in, you did a specialization while leaning out? Just wanted to clarify that because on principle, I didn't think you could do specialization while dieting? Hopefully somebody can explain this to me :)

    Also, you said you had some success with doing a shoulder specialization? What worked for you? Trying to get some ideas here because I'm thinking of doing one. Thanks!
     
  5. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    I think you misunderstood. Kelly said she did the specialization as part of her bulk, but at the very end of it:
    Anca said she did her specialization in the middle of a full-body bulk:

    Doing a specialization while dieting would be totally useless.
     
  6. Chicky9914

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    Okay, I did mis-read that. Now I understand what they were saying. I didn't think it was possible to do a specialization on a diet, but that's why I asked. Thanks :)
     
  7. LifeLova

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    I would like to do this too on my next bulk (in about 7 weeks) and would like to hit my shoulders and legs pretty hard. How many times do you hit the body parts that you want to specialize in? In what rep range do you do this at?

    TIA!!
     
  8. fluteangel

    fluteangel Well-Known Member

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    Lyle's Layout for a Specialization

    Been reading on this and just wondered if it really matters if you need to taper volume for 2 weeks after the specialization or if you can just go ahead and switch to working other body parts and put the recovering parts on low volume.

    I'm guessing not, but what I"m finding so far is that Lyle recommends volume tapering then switching the specialization to other body parts. If one doesn't want to switch, could you just switch the focus to other parts and not directly train those parts while they recover?
     
  9. Erik

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    When I do specialization programs I literally almost cut out the training volume for the specialized parts entirely. Very, very low amount of direct work.

    Since you're referencing Lyle's methods, have you considered asking him directly?
     
  10. fluteangel

    fluteangel Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I have...I'm reading everything I can find in the thread on his forums to make sure I don't miss anything before I ask though...don't feel like getting lambasted for something that's there that I missed. :)

    Erik, a question for you - if you've ever done a glute specialization before (which is kinda tough to target), would you cut out most all lower body work when ending the specialization? I'm thinking that's not going to work as the glutes are involved in most lower body training except stuff like leg extensions, but if one is working out at home with no access to machines, there don't seem to be a lot of options to cutting out glute emphasis, KWIM?

    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  11. ncfarris26

    ncfarris26 Nicole

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  12. Erik

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    No such thing in isolation - it would have to be a hip dominant/posterior chain specialization since other muscles are acting.
     

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