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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …