Q: I was on your newsletter list back when you guys were kicking butt at Iron Man and released the Size Surge program as an e-book, but life caught up with me and I unsubscribed for a while. You guys used to be all high about the Size Surge Workout, but since I rejoined your X team a while back, it seems like you rarely mention it anymore. What’s the deal—what happened to Size Surge? I was thinking about getting on it, but if it’s off your radar, maybe it’s no longer a good option?
A: What happened to Size Surge, you ask? Nothing… It’s still a great for most trainees during their winter mass-building phases. The 10-week program is built around big, basic exercises with plenty of power sets, muscle trauma, and lots of recovery time. That style of training works optimally when you’re not restricting calories—bad-ass bulk building at its best. [See Jonathan’s before and after photos from the first Size Surge experiment on the Size Surge page.]
Lately, we’ve just had more trainees who are on more of a fat-to-muscle mission. While they still want to build mass, getting ripped is of primary importance, so workouts that include fat-to-muscle tactics, like negative-accentuated sets, come up often.
Does that mean you can’t use the 10-week Size Surge program, or that it’s not a great program? Of course not! It’s a fantastic mass-gaining program you can use anytime you want to go for maximum muscle mass. If you use it as you try to get ripped, however, you’ll have to go on a cutting-style diet [such as those listed in X-treme Lean], and that may reduce the overall mass you’re able to build.
The bottom line is that you can adapt almost any workout to your present goals, but some are better than others for speeding up specific results—and diet is always a major player.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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