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The Hypertrophy Frequency Experiment [Revised Edition]

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 …

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How I Survived The Hardest Training Program Ever [Updated 2019]

The Super Accumulation training review: The Super Accumulation training program (also referred to as the .50 Calibre training) is the brainchild of Charles Poliquin. As you can tell from the name it’s designed to be a killer workout. This programme has been discussed at various courses I’ve been on over the last few years. The …

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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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[Revised Edition] 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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Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training (second edition)

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 …

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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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What Is the Best Time of Day to Train for Hypertrophy?

My practical advice on this subject is…train whenever you can, to maintain a consistent, progressive training plan.   Consistency and adherence are fundamental to the success of the training process. Don’t get hung up on details such as, optimal training times until you have established training as a daily habit.   With that general overview …

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