Increasing Volume by Manipulating Frequency – An 11 Week Practical Example

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In previous articles on this blog and on other sites I have discussed the benefits of training volume for hypertrophy. In summary, more is better so long as you do not exceed your capacity to recover. The distribution of this volume is also important. Simply doing a tonne of volume on one day is not going to be as effective …

Do You Know What You Think You Know and Do You Apply It?

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Ever heard the phrase, “a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous”? This phrase applies to training for hypertrophy. In my experience, many people develop a certain degree of understanding about training for muscle gain. Then, inexplicably they start doing all sorts of things which violate the principles they had learnt. I have done exactly the same thing. I wasted …

What Is the Best Time of Day to Train for Hypertrophy?

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My practical advice on this subject is…train whenever you can, to maintain a consistent, progressive training plan.   Consistency and adherence are fundamental to the success of the training process. Don’t get hung up on details such as, optimal training times until you have established training as a daily habit.   With that general overview out of the way we …

The Swedish Hypertrophy Protocol

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What’s old is often new in the world of strength training and bodybuilding. Methods and techniques gain popularity and then, in time are replaced by the latest and greatest protocols. This process follows a fairly cyclical pattern. One such example, is the recent rise in popularity of blood flow restriction (BFR) training.   BFR has been around since the 1966 …

Should You Train for Muscle Damage?

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For many years if you wanted to build your body you had to establish what worked via trial and error or rely on hearsay passed down from one generation of meathead to the next. In recent times, however, there has been a lot of scientific research on the mechanisms and training principles of hypertrophy. This increased level of investigation makes …

Manipulating Intensity, Volume and Frequency for Size

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Are you desperate to build muscle? Have you googled phrases like “the ultimate arm annihilation”, “how to build big legs”, “Arnold’s chest workout?”.  In the gym kicking your own butt 5, 6 or even 7 days a week but still struggling to gain muscle? Well, you are looking at the world through a straw. Jumping from one “best” program to …

How To Select The Best Exercises For Hypertrophy

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A quick video guide to help you select the best exercises for hypertrophy based on the key criteria.

In Defense Of Body Part Splits

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A while back I wrote this article outlining why the “Bro” split of hitting a body part once per week isn’t as bad as it appears on paper. Despite the hate this style of training gets it is the way most bodybuilders and physique athletes train. It has built thousands of great physiques. So, why does it get so much …

Training Guidelines To Build Muscle

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Training to build muscle, it’s simple, right?   Well let me ask you a question… How much muscle have you built this year?   Happy with your results? Or feel you could have made more progress?   If you’re like most gym goers you have probably made some gains, but nowhere near as many as you could have.   Want to maximise your results? …

Squeeze Overload Like It Owes You Money – Progressively Integrating The Mind Muscle Connection

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Should you just move the most weight possible from A to B or should you flex and squeeze the weight up and down only focusing on the quality of the contraction rather than the load? You should do both. As ever, the middle ground wins. The problem with the fitness industry (it’s true in all industries actually, but particularly the …