Occam’s Protocol vs Geek to Freak Workouts
Are you trying to choose between one workout and the other? Not sure where to start? Or thinking about changing? In this comparison, I take a look at the two workouts, and explain which I prefer and why.
Occam’s vs G2F – which is better?
The extreme-mass ‘Geek to Freak’ workout up against the minimalist workout series Tim Ferriss dubbed ‘Occam’s Protocol’.
In one corner, we have a full, total body workout that includes compound and isolating exercises, that lasts up to an hour. It’s goal is extreme muscle gain and strength benefits.
In the other corner, we have a Minimum Effective Dose workout that uses compound exercises only, short gym sessions, as a way to get a large muscle and strength gain with the least amount of effort and time.
Let’s take a look at how these 4 Hour Body workouts differ:
Geek To Freak workout
Number of exercises: 9-11
Average length of workout: 45-60 mins
Average frequency of workout: 1 every 5/6/7 days
Number of exercises: 2-4
Average length of workout: 25 mins
Average frequency of workout: 1 every 4/5 days
Now let’s take a look at some similarities in these workouts:
Sets/Reps: 1 Set, 7-8 reps (with 1 exception)
Cadence: 5/5 (with a couple of exceptions)
Goals: Muscle mass gains, strength gains
Supplements: Similar – Creatine, L-Glutamine, ChromeMate, ALA, SloNiacin, CalMag, Policosanol
Diet: Slow carb as a base, with brown rice/quinoa, protein shakes, LOMAD if necessary.
So which is better? Which one wins?
For most people, Occam’s Protocol offers a more effective workout option that achieves most of the results that we’re looking for.
But there’s a little more to it. With the frequency of Occam’s Protocol workouts, the window for a large feeding session is opened more often, which means then that there’s more opportunities over a month, or two months, to bring in a lot of food, and have it go towards muscle development and growth. That’s not to say that extreme muscle development isn’t going to happen with Geek to Freak though.
The Geek to Freak workout offers a more complete workout, which does hit some muscle groups that Occam’s misses. This means more overall muscle growth, and depending on how food is fine-tuned (ie lower carbohydrates on non-workout days), this can lead to extreme gains with not a lot of additional fat. Avoiding fat gain is a little more difficult with Geek to Freak, however.
So which do I prefer? Quite simply, I prefer Occam’s Protocol, for the simple reason that it feels like half the workout, and gets most of the results. I also prefer the frequency of workouts, and the length. I didn’t feel like I could give 100% to every exercise on Geek to Freak, because I simply ran out of energy during the workout.
Your results may vary, depending on your energy levels, your speed of recovery, and of course your preferences. I recommend, for the majority of people, that Occam’s Protocol is the better choice of the two. But stay tuned for my take on the mystery third alternative, which I am experimenting with currently.
Let me know what you think – Occam’s is better? Or Geek to Freak?? Leave your thoughts below!
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