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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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[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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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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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 …

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Manipulating Intensity, Volume and Frequency for Size

Are you desperate to build muscle? Have you googled phrases like “the ultimate arm annihilation”, “how to build big legs”, “Arnold’s chest workout?”.  In the gym kicking your own butt 5, 6 or even 7 days a week but still struggling to gain muscle? Well, you are looking at the world through a straw. Jumping …

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(Updated) Muscle Specific Training 6 – Hardcore Hamstrings

The hamstrings are made up of biceps femoris (short & long head), semitendinosus, and the semimembranosus. The two heads of biceps femoris are located laterally while the semitendinosus and semimembranosus are located on the medial part of the thigh. The hamstrings flex the knee and heavily contribute to hip extension. To fully develop both the …

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(UPDATED) Muscle Specific Training 9 – The Quest to Become Quadzilla

The quadriceps (quads) are made up of four muscles – the clue is in the name! These are Rectus Femoris, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Medialis, and Vastus Intermedialis. The rectus femoris originates from the ilium and inferior iliac spine. The vastus muscles all originate from the medial or lateral aspects of the femur below the acetabulum. …

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