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.

(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 5 – Getting Yoked Traps

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The Trapezius (traps) originates form the higher cervical vertebrae to the lower thoracic vertebrae. It inserts onto the lateral third of the clavicle, the acromion and the scapula spine. Given its many mechanical lines of pull the trapezius is involved in many exercises. Because of this most trap growth will be caused by exercises you are doing for other muscle …

Muscle Specific Training 4 – Boulders for Shoulders

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The deltoids (shoulders) are comprised of 3 main regions. The anterior, lateral and posterior deltoids. (Note. There is actually up to 7 different segments within the delts, but that complicates things unnecessarily – dividing them into the 3 listed above is commonly accepted in the sports science community). The delts originate along the clavicle and scapula spine and insert on …