Following our recent survey, we received tons of really useful feedback from customers. Many thanks to those who took the time to contribute.
One of the things that became clear from the survey was that many people have questions about the ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM.
I would like to answer the most common issues that were raised.
1. Isn’t the ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM (ESG) really just some kind of online logbook for trainees?
No, that would be worth pretty close to zero. The critical issue in strength training is that every individual responds to a certain amount of exercise in a different way. The benefit one person gets from 15 reps with 100 lbs is not the same as the person training next to him. The weight and reps scheme that stimulates new muscle growth for one person could be useless or impossible for another. The trick is to find out what weight and rep combination squeezes the maximum power out of YOU on every exercise. And whatever that perfect weight and rep combo is, it is never the same twice. It’s a constantly moving target. Finding that new bullseye for every exercise on every workout requires a lot of knowledge and calculation.
The next issue is knowing the correct amount of recovery time after a workout. Again, while three days might be enough for one person, nine days might be required for another. And, just like the moving target of optimum intensity per exercise, the amount of rest every person requires is also a moving target as he gets stronger and lifts more tonnage per workout.
Discovering and tracking the proper recovery for YOU as you make progress and lift heavier weights requires a lot of knowledge and calculation.
Doing all of the above is lightyears from just keeping a log book. And it’s why we can guarantee you will make progress every workout for as long as you are a member of the ESG.
2. The price seems high for something that’s fully automated and just crunches numbers.
It’s not fully automated. In fact, it’s barely automated. I personally review every workout you do and I look at your comments and take them into account. If your deadlift went south but you mention your grip slipped or you lost balance of the bar, that is taken into account with your numbers because it’s different than muscle fatigue or exhaustion. Likewise, if you report running a 10K race the day before your workout or getting a cold. The ESG is highly individualized and requires my attention to every workout you do. I (obviously) have limited bandwidth for that and can only accommodate a discrete number of members.
3. Your training advocates the use of strong range partial reps. Why can’t I do a conventional, full range workout using the ESG?
You can. You simply need to let me know you are doing your exercises using a full range of motion. The algorithms are adjusted to account for this and you proceed from there at your own pace. It’s completely seamless and all the reports you receive are adjusted accordingly.
4. You also advocate infrequent training. I like to workout as often as possible, can I do that using the ESG?
There is a spectrum of recovery for everyone. For example, after a given workout a person could return to the gym and successfully hit his goals after only 72 hours of rest. But that same person could also wait 15 days before returning to the gym and also successfully hit his goals.
It’s up to you how frequently you train within your demonstrated range of recovery. However, the ESG algorithms never deliberately send you back to the gym early just so you can perform a useless, failed workout that does not stimulate any new muscle growth. Blind, pointless training can be done at zero financial cost by anyone.
Productive, rational, muscle-building workouts must be done in accordance with the rhythm of your body and its demonstrated and known abilities, and that requires close observation and monitoring of your personal statistics in the gym. That’s what the ESG is all about.
5. I can’t or don’t want to do the exact exercises you recommend. Can I do the exercises I choose?
Yes. Strictly speaking, the algorithms don’t know or care what exercise you perform, only that you constantly improve on that exercise. So you can make any substitution you want or need to make. You can use the Customized Workout of six exercises chosen by you, or you can make up to ten substitutions on the full body A/B split routine. And you can do it with Static Contraction or Power Factor workouts and calculations.
6. I’m out of shape and can’t lift heavy right now. Is there any point in me being an ESG member?
Everyone starts at his or her existing level of ability. That might be a 300 lb bench press or it might be a 30 lb bench press. The system works with your demonstrated levels of strength and then engineers from that point. As long as your physician says it’s OK for you to lift weights you can use the ESG to make sure you make steady, predictable progress.
7. I have one of the original SCT machines. Can I use it with the ESG?
Yes. Several members are already using their machines very successfully with the ESG Static Contraction protocol.
8. What happens if I don’t make any progress using the ESG?
The ESG is set up as a ‘no commitment’ month-to-month membership. I guarantee you will make progress every month. If you don’t make progress one month you can just ask for a refund of that month and quit the program. Every month is a new test of my guarantee. We started operating in July of 2014 and so far nobody has tanked and/or requested a refund for a failed month.
The central point is that you are never at risk of paying for failure. (Just to be clear, you can’t, for example, be a member for 8 months with every month a success then fail on the 9th month and request a refund of all 9 months of membership.)
I know my business and I know that nobody else offers a guarantee like this of successful progress or your money back. No gym. No personal trainer. No fitness product. No nutritional supplement.
The numbers we use have objective meaning. They measure real power and strength. The numbers don’t lie. You will get stronger every month. I guarantee it.
ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM is as highly personalized and individualized as possible. It creates new workout goals that are optimized to YOU and YOUR rate of progress and YOUR rate of recovery. It relentlessly tracks your progress and calculates adjustments in your training so you make constant progress up to the limits of your physical potential.
Try ESG for a month – with no commitment to continue – and see for yourself what it feels like to generate maximum power on every exercise you do and get measurably stronger from every single workout you do in 2015.