Accelerated Muscular Development 2.0
As many of you know from reading this blog for any length of time, I don’t go out of my way to “push” products. Truth be told, I get a ton of inquiries from other health and fitness professionals asking me whether or not I’d pimp their products on my site. While I could easily say that Ripped Abz 2011: Get UR Swole On is an amazing product, I’m pretty sure everyone’s bullshit meter would go off rather quickly, and the likelihood that I’d turn people off altogether would be pretty high.
When I do happen to discuss a product, however, I like to think that I’m doing so with everyone’s interests in mind. That is, when I take the time to say, “hey, you should check this out,” I’m doing so because I believe in my heart of hearts that it would be beneficial to a lot of people.
That being the case, Jim “Smitty” Smith is releasing his new and improved product, Accelerated Muscular Development 2.0, which is targeted for anyone who’s serious about losing fat or gaining lean muscle (or both).
For those who aren’t familiar with Smitty’s work, he’s one of the co-founders of Diesel Crew and is pretty much recognized as the McGyver of strength and conditioning. Give him a barbell, a roll of masking tape, a box of matches, and a rubber ducky, and he’ll get you results.
Incidentally, Smitty was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk some shop and discuss some of the ins and outs of AMD 2.0. Enjoy!
TG: Hey Jim, thanks for taking time out of your day to answer a few questions. You know the drill, this is the part where you’re supposed to tell me all about yourself. Care to give my readers a Cliff Notes version of who you are, what you’re about, and why I should never, ever, pick a fight with you?
JS: My name is Jim Smith, but everyone knows me as Smitty. I am the co-creator of Dieselcrew.com and having been training athletes since 2001. I have all of the standard certifications but I have learned over the years that experience AND knowledge is vital to being a really good coach.
I love training and get a ton of fulfillment training athletes and watching them grow not only in strength but also as people. You probably shouldn’t pick a fight with me because I train fighters and I’ll have them go medieval on yo’ ass. I doubt I can beat anyone up at this point but I could definitely make you laugh with some jokes. No, but seriously, I could kill you.
TG: You and the rest of the guys at Diesel Crew are well known for thinking outside the box and are constantly coming up with new and innovative exercises. Do you guys have some sort of secret underground laboratory where you all stroke your evil strength coach beards? What gives?
JS: Dude, I can’t grow a beard to save my life. When I stop shaving it looks like that guy from Jackass who got all those pubes glued to his face in a patchy nightmare. If I could grow a beard, I’d grow the longest goatee in history, braid it and dip it in red dye.
As far as the innovative stuff, that is something I really pride myself on. A brilliant strength coach, James Smith (not me), told me once that 99% of training has been discovered. That has stuck with me for many years and I’ve devoted myself to unveiling the other 1%.
When you take a conventional exercise and change the range of motion, speed, implement, force vector, balance component or several other factors, you increase the demand and the work capacity required from the athlete. This improves their neurological efficiency and the efficiency of the workout.
TG: Couldn’t agree more with you on that one. It often amazes me how some coaches never (and I mean, ever) change their programming. Their athletes today are doing the exact same programs, with the exact same exercises as the athletes from five years ago.
On that note, what drives you absolutely bonkers with regards to mistakes people make in the gym? This can be anything from stupid exercises people perform, to programming pitfalls. Vent away…….
JS: Smith machine work (outside of hanging clothes on it, inverted rows and bench press throws), not warming up, too much volume, too much barbell work, no auto-regulation, too little unilateral training, too little bodyweight training, too much reliance on one “tool” or implement, talking on the cell phone during the workout, bad music…..
Note from Tony: not techno, obviously.
…..too much steady state cardio work, no barefoot training, not enough water, too much rest between sets, too much intensity too often (two or more workouts in a row) and everything else I can’t remember right now.
Also, too many people go into the gym without a plan. You have to have a journal that tracks your progress and has your workout wrote out so you can quickly and effectively move through the workout.
TG: So, I have to say, the original AMD was a pretty kickass program in it’s own right. Why did you feel the need to revamp it and write AMD 2.0? What was added in the updated version?
JS: I got so much positive feedback on the original AMD, that I wanted to expand the system and get more people involved. In the new version, there is:
- Even more warm-up exercises
- Another entire 12 program; now there are two – 12 week programs; one for fat loss / muscle building and one for muscle building / strength training, this is to give everyone an option.
- Auto-regulation considerations
- Even more simple visual diagrams to explain complex ideas (Note from Tony: Smitty is the mack-daddy master when it comes to art design and making things look purty. Without question this manual is beautiful, with some of the best visual designs I have ever seen in a product.)
Not to blow sunshine up my own ass (okay, maybe a little bit) It has all of the support of the best strength coaches in the industry, so you know it has to be good.
TG: As one of those strength coaches you’re referring to, I can say that it’s the real deal. Likewise, as someone who’s seen an advance copy, I can say that it’s one of the most comprehensive programs I’ve seen in a while (and that’s saying a lot). You can tell you put a lot of time and effort into it. That said, I have to ask: What separates AMD 2.0 from any other program on the interwebz? Who can benefit most from it?
JS: The thing that separates AMD from other programs is that it’s a complete system – not just 12 weeks of workouts. Like you said, it’s comprehensive and there is a reason for that. I pride myself in over-delivering and making sure all of my products are great. AMD is no exception. When you see it, you’ll notice the difference right away. Like I said, it is a system, not just a bunch of workouts.
AMD teaches you how to design your own programs, so you’ll never have to rely on clueless personal trainers again. It also provides you with a very simple, easy-to-understand template that can be applied to every workout and all of the future programs you want to try. The template shows you the essential components within every good workout and I provide you with manuals for each of these components.
Finally, there is a huge emphasis in the system for preparing your body to workout. Most programs give you the workouts and expect you to go into the gym and start benching, squatting or deadlifting. You know very well, it doesn’t work like that. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to warm-up. I take care of that in the AMD system. You’ll feel better and move better and AMD will change your workouts forever.
TG: Thanks Smitty! For more information, be sure to click on the link below and receive the entire AMD 2.0 system for 20% of the original price, as well as take advantage of some of the other sweet deals Smitty has to offer.
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