Q: I’m using 4X, TORQ, and Super TORQ exclusively—no heavy training. I’ve already added about six pounds of new muscle in just a few months. Can I train each muscle more frequently than every four days? It seems like with moderate poundages, each muscle would recover quicker and I could train more often to grow even faster. Should I try it?
A: Try it. Whether it works well will depend on your recovery ability—and your age may also have a bearing…
Consider this: Research has discovered that the older we get, the more muscle inflammation derails muscle growth. [Merrit, E.K., et al. (2013). J App Physiology.]
So the more trauma you inflict at your workouts as you get older, the harder it is for you to recover and grow. That may also be the case for hardgainers—they’re more susceptible to inflammation, resulting in slow-to-no growth.
Here is the conclusion of the researchers in that study:
We show for the first time that human aging is associated with muscle inflammation susceptibility (MuIS, i.e. higher basal state of pro-inflammatory signaling) that is present in both tissue and isolated myogenic cells and likely contributes to the impaired regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle in the older population.
With TORQ and Super TORQ, you also get a variety of tension times. TORQ stands for tension-overload repetition quantity. Our version is 30-20-15 reps with 40 seconds between. We use multiple exercises per muscle with TORQ…
Brignole, on the other hand, uses only ONE exercise per muscle, but his reps are 50-40-30-20-10, with drop sets on the last one.
With either of those you get high-end tension times that so many bodybuilders miss—60 to 90 seconds per set. And with either of those you may be able to get away with training each muscle every two or three days…
Brignole hits each muscle once every four to five days. His complete workout is in the Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0 e-book, along with his full interview on his method, which exercises are best and more…
In the interview he says,
It’s truly amazing how good a workout one can get with only five sets and one exercise. I’m growing like a weed. Awesome pump.
So, yes, you may be able to train each muscle sooner than Doug does—if you’re younger AND you have good recovery ability. For us old guys, we get to suffer through TORQ less often. Hey, at least there’s one good thing about getting old. LOL!
Just remember, it takes experimentation for maximum mass creation.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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