Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

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If you have read my stuff then, you’ve probably heard about progressive overload.   Progressive overload is fundamental to you seeing results from your training.   It is one of the basic principles of sport science/athletic performance training.   It is also pretty simple…   It has two components:   Your training should represent an overload It should be progressive …

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 …

More Isn’t Better. Better is Better! – A Case for Maximising Effective Volume and Minimising Junk Volume

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You have been misled. I have been in-part to blame for this deception. Sorry! You see, research has established that training volume is a key driver of hypertrophy. A dose response relationship has been discovered between training volume and hypertrophy. This has led many experts, and little old me, to shout from the rooftops of the benefits of high training …

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 …

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 …

ChristMASS – How To Build Muscle Sitting on the Sofa

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Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of The Year? Does December strike fear into your heart? Scared that you’ll wake up in January fat and skinny after eating too many mince pies? It’s common knowledge that the holiday season presents a few obstacles to your physique goals. Your boss is on your case to hit year-end goals and deadlines. There are …

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 …

What the Egyptians can teach us about training and nutrition…

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Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains. An estimated 2 million stone blocks weighing an average of 2.5 tons went into its construction. When completed, the 481-foot-tall pyramid was the world’s tallest structure, a record it held for more than 3,800 years. So, pyramids have a strong pedigree! You are probably thinking …