Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training (second edition)

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by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky & William J. Kraemer   This book is phenomenal!   The authors have trained over 1,000 elite athletes between them. These include Olympic, world, continental, and national champions and record holders. They know what they are talking about!   It was first recommended to me on a course run by Charles Poliquin in around 2009. I …

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 …

The Daily Grind – 15th Edition

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Week 2 of overreaching and I felt it! Bench felt awful all week. On Friday I was shattered despite having a decent sleep. Energy levels were low all day and I had to resort to caffeine to push me through the day. By the end of the week I was really looking forward to a deload. I am still looking …

The Daily Grind – 14th Edition

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Week 1 of controlled overreaching. The aim over the next tow weeks is to really push the volume of sessions up to my MRV or even beyond and then take a well earned deload week before blitzing the final 3 weeks before Xmas. I will incorporate techniques such as drop sets and upper sets to boost the volume without extending …

The Daily Grind – 12th Edition

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More of the same this week. Nudging the volume up. A few more reps or a bit more weight on most exercises. I also added 1 set per bodypart to almost all sessions. Feeling good and will push the volume up a little more next week and see how I respond. My bodyweight is steadily climbing up. Gained just over …

The Daily Grind – 11th Edition

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Building the volume up… Last week saw me move to 5 days a week. The split was as follows: Mon – Upper Tues – Lower Wed – Shoulders & Arms Thurs – Lower Fri – Upper Monday and Tuesday were the two heavier days. The additional session on Wednesday allows me to hit my shoulder and arms a third time …

The Daily Grind – 10th Edition

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So after a couple of weeks off then a couple of low volume training it is time to gradually turn up the volume. This block of training is quite heavily influenced by Eric Helms & Layne Norton. Anyone familiar with their stuff will recognise some simialrities with the Intermediate & PHAT progs they have put out. Here is how week 1 …

The Daily Grind 6th & 7th Edition

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Hi sports fans, my training over the last 2 weeks has been minimal to say the least. First up…the week commencing the 19th of September: Deload After overreaching for 2 weeks before this I then had a well deserved (and much needed deload). I only did one weights session. I had planned on two but, felt so awful that I wimped …

The Daily Grind – 4th Edition – Controlled Overreaching Via High Frequency Training

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So it is time to push the envelope a little and aim for some controlled overreaching for the next 2 weeks before taking a deload. For this phase I am stepping my training up to 5 days a week and training the whole body each day. I have set this up as follows: Mon – Heavy (mostly 6-8 reps) Tues …