What Science Has To Say About Building Muscle

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Science is a way of developing knowledge; a mechanism to establish what you accept as sufficiently “real” to allow you to act upon, and thereby live your life. So, science can help guide how you live your lifting life. Go here to read the full article and learn more

Tip: Unbalanced Training for Bodybuilding

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Balanced training is great for beginners, but not so much for the experienced lifter. Here’s why. Read the full article here

Stay Injury Free While Training For Size

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Staying injury free while training for size is a multi-factorial, multi-layered process. Lifting weights is actually very safe and the injury rates are far lower than many sports. Adding muscle to your frame can help to reduce injuries. In that respect, it is like armor for your body. There are, however, hundreds of gym rats out there dealing with nagging …

11 Rules For Hardgainers To Live By

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Most skinny guys think building large amounts of muscle is an impossibility. They spend their time blaming genetics. They believe that their fate is already sealed, and they resign themselves to a scrawny, not brawny, existence. Other dudes, often more muscular ones, simply think that genetics are irrelevant and that it is all down to hard work. So, who is …

Should You Have a Post Workout Shake?

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Do you slam a post-workout (PWO) shake within seconds of finishing the final rep of your session OR  rush off to eat  meal ASAP? Nutrient Timing/PWO shakes certainly divides opinion. Some people fixate on them to the detriment of other ‘bigger’ factors. They think that nailing a post-workout shake is the key to their gains. Others think they are of no …

Muscle In a Hurry – FCR Tri-Sets

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To maximise muscle growth in a given muscle you need to stimulate and fatigue a wide spectrum of muscle fibres. To achieve this you need to challenge it across its entire contractile range. Picking the big compound lifts is a good starting point, but leaves a little bit of untapped growth potential. You see, doing a full range of motion …

In Defence of GVT (or other high-volume programs)

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GVT aka German Volume Training is a training protocol popularised by Charles Poliquin. GVT is also known as the 10 sets methods, dates back to mid-70’s and originates from Germany. Hence the name. This approach was used by national weightlifting coaches to increase muscle mass of their athletes in the off-season. Poliquin, ever the canny marketer/business man coined the name …

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 Hypertrophy Frequency Experiment

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This ‘experiment’ was in-part inspired by the Norwegian Frequency Experiment (read more here). The advice of some excellent coaches and my own theories on training also gave me the nudge to put the concept of high frequency hypertrophy training to the test. As a result, I conducted the Hypertrophy Frequency Experiment in November and December of 2017. Note. Calling this …