A Fatal Mistake in Size Training

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Why Reverse Periodization is Best for Bodybuilders Volume is King for Size Gains An effective training program must follow two key principles to have any chance of success. These are the principles of specificity and progressive overload. Long story short, workouts should be hard and they should get harder. The problem? Many lifters, especially those who mainly want to build …

8 Things You’re Not Supposed to Do… That Work

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Break the Rules, Get the Gains My contribution to this compilation article for T-Nation… Training in an unbalanced or non-symmetrical fashion works great for me. You often hear that you have to balance the ratio of pushing to pulling and upper body to lower body to achieve a balanced physique. I disagree. This advice is good for a beginner, but …

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 …

Book Review: The Purposeful Primitive – From Fat and Flaccid to Lean and Powerful

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If you are interested in weight training then, this is a must read. The author, Marty Gallagher has done a phenomenal job!   It provides a unique insight into the training of some of the legends of the iron game. The book provides you behind the scenes access to the training methodologies of many all-time greats that Gallagher has trained …

Life as a Hardgainer Does Have Some Benefits (5 to be precise)

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I was always skinny growing up. I was so scrawny that during the warm-up before a rugby match, on a windy day one of my coaches actually said, “Quick! Someone hold Tom down before he blows away!” You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah but loads of kids are skinny until they hit puberty then they fill out.” True, but the sad fact …

Should You Have a Post Workout Shake?

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Do you slam a post-workout (PWO) shake within seconds of finishing the final rep of your session OR  rush off to eat  meal ASAP? Nutrient Timing/PWO shakes certainly divides opinion. Some people fixate on them to the detriment of other ‘bigger’ factors. They think that nailing a post-workout shake is the key to their gains. Others think they are of no …

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 …

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 …