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Muscle Gain

Updated!!! Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

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 …

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Painful Advice Every Lifter Needs to Hear Don’t Get Mad, Just Get Better

Here is my contribution to one of T-Nation’s compilation articles… Sometimes you have to look worse to look better. What I mean by this is that you look your best when you’re lean. After that first successful diet every lifter feels like a god. They’re itching for any excuse to take their shirt off and …

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

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.” …

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In Defence of GVT (or other high-volume programs)

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 …

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

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 …

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Increasing Volume by Manipulating Frequency – An 11 Week Practical Example

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 …

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