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.

DUP – The Most Efficient Way to Build Muscle?

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How to use DUP to build muscle… DUP may well go completely against the way you’ve been training or how you have been told to train to build size. DUP is pretty much the antithesis to the typical bro split. Rather than trashing a muscle group once per week you will hit it multiple times. I believe that using the …

(Updated) Muscle Specific Training 6 – Hardcore Hamstrings

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The hamstrings are made up of biceps femoris (short & long head), semitendinosus, and the semimembranosus. The two heads of biceps femoris are located laterally while the semitendinosus and semimembranosus are located on the medial part of the thigh. The hamstrings flex the knee and heavily contribute to hip extension. To fully develop both the medial and lateral hamstrings different …

(UPDATED) Muscle Specific Training 9 – The Quest to Become Quadzilla

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The quadriceps (quads) are made up of four muscles – the clue is in the name! These are Rectus Femoris, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Medialis, and Vastus Intermedialis. The rectus femoris originates from the ilium and inferior iliac spine. The vastus muscles all originate from the medial or lateral aspects of the femur below the acetabulum. They all insert at the …

Mucle Specific Training 11 – No Glutes No Glory

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Full disclosure: Much of the anatomical, biomechanical and muscle physiology knowledge in this article is taken from Bret Contreras AKA the Glute Guy. Bret has studied the glutes in-depth and is now the leading authority on them. It would be pointless me trying to write this section of Muscle Specific Training up without referencing him. I’m pretty certain he has forgotten more about …

Muscle Specific Training 10 – Chesticles Are The Besticles

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Pectoralis Major is made up of two parts. The sternocostal head (lower chest) and the clavicular head (upper chest). The sternocostal head attaches on the sternum while the clavicular head attaches on the clavicle. Both insert on to the upper arm. The sternocostal head is the largest part and is commonly disproportionately developed in trainees. Pec major adducts the shoulder …

Muscle Specific Training 8 – Turning Calves into Cows

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Calves…the most stubborn body part known to man! The calves are a cause of huge frustration to many. No muscle appears to be so genetically pre-determined as the calves. Some people are able to turn their calves into cows simply walking about. While others trash them and simply look like more like a flamingo. I fall into the latter category …

The Daily Grind – 1st Edition

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So plenty of people have been asking how I set my own training up. This series of posts should help to answer those questions as i’ll be logging my training each week. To give you some context i’ll provide a quick overview of how my training has been going and what my goals are. Having dieted down into contest shape my current goal …

Muscle Specific Training 7 – Bulletproof your Lower Back

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The Erector Spinae is a group of three muscles which run parallel along the length of the spine. These muscles are called the iliocostalis, longissimus and spinalis. Originating from the sacrum, iliac crest and the erector spinae aponeurosis the Erector Spinae then inserts across numerous spina processes at the lumbar and thoracic region. It also divides into insertions across the …