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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
December 17, 2018
Here is the biggest thing I despise about the winding down of the year. While people will punch out subjective lists and make wild arguments trying to validate the fact that Die Hard is a Christmas movie (which it is not), people will start coming up with ideas about what will be the big trend of the new year. With beard culture losing some steam and cheap razor clubs no longer the thing, apparently the next hip thing for men is to have online assistants “dress” you and give you suggestions so your lady will not be embarrassed to be around you (joke is on you, no woman wants me no matter what I dress like). The other thing will be…ahem…maintaining your “southern front.” Yup, we have reached the point where men can buy products and specific grooming tools for their nether regions. Geez, the things people think of. Just use a pair of scissors like a regular man. Anyway, the one thing that always gets me triggered for the new year is when people start talking about hot diets. Last year plant based eating was expected to be the new thing, and boy was it. Now we have Canada investing millions into developing pea based protein and multiple athletes from around the world are adopting a plant based diet. The industry exploded and saw larger companies buy smaller ones to help get a piece of that agave-sweet cash. However, it seemed the other prediction was pretty off. While High Intensity Training and Boutique Gyms were all the rage at the beginning of the year, showing us cool videos of hip-hop spin class and black metal yoga, both pretty much fizzled out and now people are scrambling to figure out why. The trouble with those trends is they have little staying power and if you see an affordable “Barre and Beers” class down the street, you will give that a shot because it is new and will most likely have a Groupon that will save you some money. People looking for quick fixes will always gravitate to this stuff, which is why fitness apps are kinda dropping off and CrossFit is no longer as prevalent of a medium to joke on (unless you are the Youtube Channel Elgintensity).
So when trying to come up with a trend for the upcoming year, people are trying to find something that can be considered easy for the common man with the capacity of being put on “difficult” for those that want to take it to another level. As you read the title, that trend may very well be The Bulgarian Method. So what is this method you might ask? Well, it is not something new if that is what you are asking. For decades this method of weightlifting was kept from the western world as Bulgarian trainer Ivan Abadjiev used it to help his country become a weightlifting powerhouse in the 60s to the 80s. Russia and China may have 420 combined Olympic medals in their country’s history, but they have over a billion people between them to choose from. Bulgaria as a country has fewer people than New York City (roughly seven million) but have produced 91 Olympic medals. Not a bad exchange rate. The idea behind the Bulgarian Method is simplicity, and this may very well aid in its development as a legit trend. If you want to be proficient in the snatch….then do the snatch. If you wanna beast on the dead lift….do the dead lift. If you wanna be the best burpies practitioner, then do burpies (okay maybe not that far). If you want to be good at something, then you have to do it…and do it a lot. Now this may not sound like much fun, but if you really think about it, it can be pretty easy to actually follow through on. Essentially you can do back squats four to six times a week, with nothing but back squats and that would be considered workout. The catch is you have to push the weight constantly and do rep intervals with typically short rest periods. While you might think about doing 50% your max one day and do a high volume of reps, that ain’t gonna fly under the Bulgarian Method. You are constantly testing your limits and your personal bests. This is probably the sexy part about this workout regimen, that each week you put into this you are most likely going to see some gains. Another nice thing about this workout is you can dictate how often you really want to do it. The true version of The Bulgarian Method is five or six days a week of working out, with as many as four workouts in one day! Now we all may not have that kind of time or that kind of dedication, which is why it would be easy to adjust to your lifestyle. The gains will just come at a different schedule, that is all.
The only true downside of The Bulgarian Method is the fact that many people don’t know how to do olympic weightlifting, and many will use this method on a standard lift. While the goals of the individual are unique to each person, you must choose an exercise that can really benefit your entire body. This is why it is so successful with olympic style weightlifting. You don’t really need to supplement with auxiliary lifts, since you can simply warm up with lower weights and then adhere to the true meaning of the method with heavier weights. If you ever want to get good at olympic weightlifting, then you definitely need to get your rear end into Parsons Training. So yes, you can do this method and become an awesome bench presser or curler, but you would be better off focusing on a back squat or a dead lift since these utilize more body parts and muscle groups to become successful in. The only other real issue with the method is obviously tedium. Getting good at one lift can be boring, and this is why you need a specific goal. The fact that it will take up so much of your time is the first issue, so plan your life accordingly. Also, you will need to do things to keep yourself interested and healthy, such as going light one day and heavy the next if you need the rest. And avoid the third trap that the Bulgarian team fell into at the 2016 Rio Olympics….performance enhancing drugs (hence last week’s bad taste joke).
Now, there are some intrepid people that have adopted The Bulgarian Method to a wider and bigger audience, which is why it could shape into the trend of the year. Using the same type of workout schedule, you can basically focus on four or five lifts a day and utilize this very philosophy of this method to gain strength and break plateaus. Whether or not The Bulgarian Method takes off, at least you might have an idea of how it will work when you hear the gym bros boasting about their frequency and how it is giving them “mass gains” in between their conversation about which “crotch cologne” goes best with a night on the town with your soul mate. Yeesh, these times we live in……
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