A few Zens back, we mentioned that our friend and colleague Doug Brignole recently won the 2019 Drug-Free Mr. Universe Open division at age 59.
He’s not a mass monster, but rather cut from the aesthetic-physique mold. Nevertheless, even in a T-shirt, his physique is very impressive, as you can see from this flexing pic [photo courtesy of Doug Brignole]…
We’re always impressed with older guys who can show that kind of muscle because, well, we’re old. LOL. Steve is 60 and Jonathan is closing in on 50.
And like us, Doug uses higher-rep sets to failure to begin each muscle. We like a 20-rep sets, but he starts with a set of anywhere from 30 to 50 repetitionss to failure—yes, 30 to 50 reps. He goes heavier from there. [For his complete Super-TORQ program and an eye-opening training interview with Doug from a few years ago, see Chapter 4 in Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0 ebook.]
It builds mass fast because that style attacks multiple muscle-fiber types for TOTAL growth—fast, slow, and combo. Plus, the high-rep-sets-first approach fatigues the slow-twitch fibers up front, which allows better fast-twitch-fiber activation on the heavier sets that follow…
Even more important, those end-of-sequence heavier sets are NOT with joint-crushing poundages. [None of us has any serious injuries to speak of thanks to this type of sensible mass training.]
Bottom line: You should use both power and density to build maximum muscle immensity, not to mention training longevity.
For more on Power/Density training and TORQ, including drug-free Mr. Universe Doug Brignole’s Super-TORQ program, grab a copy of The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0, only $10 HERE
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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