fbpx

Contact Tom MacCormick

Tom Arms Folded

Please use the form below to send me a message or ask any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

controlled overreaching

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 …

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

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 …

Increasing Volume by Manipulating Frequency – An 11 Week Practical Example Read More »

The Hypertrophy Frequency Experiment

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 …

The Hypertrophy Frequency Experiment Read More »

ChristMASS – How To Build Muscle Sitting on the Sofa

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 …

ChristMASS – How To Build Muscle Sitting on the Sofa Read More »

Back Off Sets – The Solution To A Linear Problem

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 …

Back Off Sets – The Solution To A Linear Problem Read More »

How Often Should You Train To Make The Best Progress?

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 …

How Often Should You Train To Make The Best Progress? Read More »

What the Egyptians can teach us about training and nutrition…

Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains. An estimated 2 million stone blocks weighing an average of 2.5 tons went into its construction. When completed, the 481-foot-tall pyramid was the world’s tallest structure, a record it held for more than 3,800 years. So, pyramids have a strong …

What the Egyptians can teach us about training and nutrition… Read More »

Scroll to Top