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 …

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.

Training Guidelines To Build Muscle

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Training to build muscle, it’s simple, right?   Well let me ask you a question… How much muscle have you built this year?   Happy with your results? Or feel you could have made more progress?   If you’re like most gym goers you have probably made some gains, but nowhere near as many as you could have.   Want to maximise your results? …

Squeeze Overload Like It Owes You Money – Progressively Integrating The Mind Muscle Connection

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Should you just move the most weight possible from A to B or should you flex and squeeze the weight up and down only focusing on the quality of the contraction rather than the load? You should do both. As ever, the middle ground wins. The problem with the fitness industry (it’s true in all industries actually, but particularly the …

Back Off Sets – The Solution To A Linear Problem

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In the past I have written (here & here) and talked (here) about the limitations of a linear progression model for hypertrophy. Just to recap here are my main gripes with it. Firstly, training must be progressively overloading. The principle of progressive overload is what governs effective, hard training. Overload means that training must disrupt homeostasis enough to cause the body …

How Often Should You Train To Make The Best Progress?

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What is ideal training frequency to have you making the fastest gains in size and strength? The answers is written below. Prefer to watch a video than read the info? Cool. Watch this… Firstly, we need to be clear on what training frequency means… Step forward Brad Schoenfeld for a quick definition… “While traditionally the term frequency has been associated with …

(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 …

Deloads – Do Less Get More (Occasionally)

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Wanna make gainz and take name(z)? It’s all about going full beastmode bro. No days off! I’m kidding, of course. Sure, you need to lift heavy and often and keep on top of your nutrition but, constantly beating yourself up in the gym is actually one of the worst things you can do. Planned properly you really can get more …