Q: I’m a big fan of your workouts and have purchased most of your e-books. Thanks for all the advice and keep up the inspiring work! I have a 15-year-old son who’s starting to get serious about lifting. He wants to play football, so he’s looking to improve his overall size and strength. Would you recommend your 4X Mass Workout for him? I’m trying to figure out which of your programs would be best for someone his age.
A: For football, your son will want to concentrate on building strength and power with size as an after-effect. The 4X Mass Workout is primarily for muscle mass with less of a strength emphasis…
That said, our recommendation would be Jonathan’s original Size Surge Phase 1 program. It’s a Monday-Wednesday-Friday regimen with a big anabolic-acceleration exercise starting each workout. Here’s how that split looks:
Monday: Quads, hamstrings, chest, back, shoulders, calves
Wednesday: Deadlifts, calves, biceps, triceps, forearms, abs
Friday: Quads, hamstrings, calves, chest, back, shoulders
On Monday and Friday, the workouts kick off with squats; on Wednesday, he’ll use deadlifts to accelerate anabolic drive. Much of the research supports doing a big metabolically taxing exercise first in a workout to prime testosterone and amplify the results of the exercises that follow it…
There’s also a lot of direct/indirect work at every session. That means many of his muscles will be getting hit three times a week with a direct exercise or as a synergist while training other muscles. Quad work is a good example with either squats (direct leg work) or deadlifts (indirect leg work) at every workout.
The Phase 2 part of the Size Surge program is 3-way full-range Positions of Flexion mass training. It’s more of a muscle-size-building regimen. He could do that for a couple of weeks for a change if he wants—use it as is, with the 4X method, or use one of the 4X Mass Workouts in that e-book.
But remember, after a few weeks on one of those alternate programs, he should go back to Size Surge Phase 1. That 3-days-per-week power-bodybuilding regimen will be his bread-and-butter routine for his football goals–strength and power with muscle-size after-effects.
Granted, Jonathan was regaining some of his size and strength, but his Size Surge results in 10 weeks were nevertheless phenomenal: bench press went from 200 x 10 to 290 x 6; squat went from 205 x 8 to 335 x 7; and his bodyweight jumped from 191 to 209 pounds. BTW, his waist actually got smaller, so he lost bodyfat. All of that in 10 weeks.
Your son is 15, so his anabolic hormones are flowing big time. With some diligent effort on the Size Surge program, he’ll crank up his strength and pack new muscle on his physique. Show him the above photos of Jonathan to get his motivation peaked.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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