Q: I got your three fat-loss e-books [Triple-Shred Offer], and I’ve read them all. Great information, and I’m soooo ready to start. I like the X-treme Lean High-Definition Workout, but I’d want to incorporate a negative-accentuated set for each muscle [as you discuss and include in The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout]. Where should I put the NA set in the X-treme Lean Workout? I want to be ripped this summer while I still have time!
A: Excellent question, and we’re glad you’re tailoring the workouts to your needs—to rip up faster. You’re right. Using a negative-accentuated set for each bodypart should make the X-treme Lean High-Def Workout even better, just don’t get carried away (of course, you’ll also need to stick to the diets and eating info in that e-book as well)…
The X-treme Lean workout is primarily designed for maximizing the release of growth hormone, a potent fat burner. It uses one set of isolation work between sets of each compound exercise to up your GH as well as force more muscle-fiber activation for lean-mass increases. Somewhere in the mix, you want to use a negative-accentuated set—1.5 seconds up and 6 seconds down on every rep. That will get you a bit more muscle trauma so you get leaner faster…
NA sets increase fat-to-muscle speed because they create muscle microtears which require more energy for repair. That means your metabolism is STOKED 24 hours a day during the recovery process. Research has shown that a lot of bodyfat is burned during the repair process, so it is like turning mush into muscle—even while you sleep…
To answer your question about where to put the NA set, let’s look at the X-treme Lean triceps sequence:
Close-grip bench presses, 1 x 8-10
Pushdowns 1 x 15-20
Close-grip bench presses*, 1 x 8-10
Overhead extensions, 1 x 8-10
You rest after each set listed, but notice that you use pushdowns, an isolation move, for higher reps between sets of close-grip bench presses. Pushdowns trigger muscle burn for GH release AND blood-flow blockage, or occlusion…
The muscle-building and fat-burning reasons for that are explained in X-treme Lean, so we won’t elaborate. Let’s just say that you’ll still get all those benefits plus the fat-to-muscle microtrauma you’re looking for if you do the SECOND set of close-grip bench presses (the one with the *) in NA style. Once again, it’s 1.5 seconds up and 6 seconds down on every rep.
Ignite your fat burning and bet ready to let your fast fat-to-muscle reshuffle begin! Be sure to review all of the info in the three e-books included in the Triple-Shred package to stay on track eating, training, and motivation-wise—to shed fat and build muscle size—and you’ll be ripped and ready this summer.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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