New research says stretch-overload—elongating the target muscle against resistance—is an untapped muscle mass trigger…
According to respected muscle-training researcher Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D…
This is the first study I’m aware of that shows that a relatively modest loaded stretching protocol produces significant hypertrophy in humans.
The study authors said,
This study demonstrates that stretch training is a viable modality to alter muscle architecture…decreasing pennation angles and increasing muscle thickness.
[Scand J Med Sci Sports, 2017, Jan 30: Epub ahead of print]
What the heck does that mean? Back to Schoenfeld:
At least some of the growth was due to the addition of sarcomeres in series–as opposed to in parallel growth, which is predominant in traditional training protocols.
So stretching and stretch-position exercises can trigger significant new muscle mass on a whole new level.
Interesting that legendary bodybuilder Tom Platz, who had some of the freakiest quads ever, emphasized stretching and stretch-position exercises often in his training, like sissy squats. Results? Are you kidding?…
Extra stretch-induced mass is a big reason Platz’s legs had jaws hitting the floor.
If you’re interested in a more comprehensive look at stretch-holds as a major mass trigger for supercharging your muscle-size increases as well as one man’s surprising mass gains with them, see…
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson