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

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 …

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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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