Q: I’m insanely stoked using the Size Surge program. I love Phase 1, and I’m gaining like crazy. My gains have been so good that I really don’t want to go to Phase 2 just yet. Can I stay on Phase 1 for another month or so, till I feel like my gains have stalled out?
A: Everyone has different genetics, so nothing is written in stone. The Size Surge program listed is what worked for Jonathan—he gained 20 pounds in 10 weeks using it as written: phase 1 for five high-intensity weeks, stuck with it for a sixth downshift week, then did the phase 2 Positions-of-Flexion program for the last four weeks where he was gaining like crazy.
Should you follow his exact protocol? Not necessarily. We know the basic routine in phase 1 is going to work wonders for a lot of trainees because they’ve been overtraining for so long. We also know that many of those trainees can continue gaining like crazy if they stayed on it for an extended period; however, if you choose to do the phase 1 anabolic-primer routine for another month, DO still use an intensity downshift for week 6…
Use the same weights, so your nervous system stays primed to handle big poundages, but stop every set two reps short of failure. That’ll get blood to all of your muscles and facilitate complete recovery without loss of muscle size…
Then, at week 7, go back to all-out workouts in the phase 1 routine for another four weeks. After that month, take another downshift week, then move to phase 2, the full-range POF workouts. That should give you another significant size jolt from stretch overload and more tension/occlusion work.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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