Q: I’m always totally blown away when I see Jonathan’s 10-week Size Surge before and after pics. I want to yell “bullshit,” but I’ve been reading your stuff for so long, I trust you guys. So he really didn’t use any steroids?
A: Okay, one more time: No, absolutely no steroids, GH, or drugs of any kind. Jonathan is natural for life. But keep in mind that he was REGAINING a lot of mass he’d already had—and it’s much easier to put it on the second time around. That’s one reason he added muscle so quickly—20 pounds in 10 weeks…
However, we estimate about 10 pounds of it was new muscle, while the other he regained. Still, not a bad haul for 10 weeks. And he also added a lot of strength.
Keep in mind that Jonathan has decent genetics for bodybuilding, which includes a small waist, long muscle bellies, and small joints. He can look big at a fairly low bodyweight
Now that we know what we know about myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic size stimulation, we’re convinced that he could’ve made even better gains using the 4X mass method in conjunction with the heavy training during the Size Surge experiment (which is why that e-book is updated with two Mass-4X workouts).
For example, the four-week Phase 1 routine is three days a week with heavy basics. That was a good anabolic primer. When he transitioned into the Positions-of-Flexion Phase 2 routine, however, he could’ve used a pyramid on the big midrange move and 3X and 4X sequences on the stretch- and contracted-position exercises. That no doubt would have packed on even more muscle to his frame. A retooled Size Surge Phase 2 chest program would be…
Midrange: Bench presses (pyramid), 3 x 8, 6, 4-5
Stretch & Contracted: Cable crossovers (4X style), 4 x 10
Midrange: Incline DB presses (pyramid), 3 x 8, 6, 4-5
Stretch & Contracted: High cable flyes (4x style), 4 x 10
Also, instead of the 2-way split he used, we would’ve had him on the alternate 3-way version listed on pages 55-57 in the Size Surge e-book.
We’re always learning and experimenting, as you should. Change to gain and live and LEARN, and your mass gains will continue to churn.
NOTE: The complete, step-by-step legendary crash course Jonathan used to pack on 20 pounds of muscle in only 10 weeks has 2 new Mass-4X workouts. Available at SizeSurgeWorkout.com
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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