Q: I read Old Man Young Muscle 2 in one sitting. Amazing information. I’ve paged through the Exercise Guide, too. Great work. I’ll read that in full this weekend. The [new] Positions-of-Flexion stuff in it got my attention, so I’m excited. I did look at the triceps exercises closely because that’s a lagging muscle for me. Do you think the cross-cable pushdowns are better than dumbbell kickbacks for the contracted position? I’m desperate for more arm thickness. [Read more…]
In the last training newsletter, we discussed muscle soreness, damage, and how it can prolong recovery and even stall growth. [Read more…]
You may have seen some bodybuilders say to stop analyzing your workouts—just do plenty of sets on the big exercises, and you’ll grow.
That may work if you’re young and/or on anabolic drugs. But as you age, you must get more analytical to continue making progress as well as avoid injury… [Read more…]
Here’s another quote from former pro bodybuilder Mike Mentzer that’s especially pertinent today… [Read more…]
Here’s a quote from one of the most respected hypertrophy researchers today, Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D.… [Read more…]
In a number of recent newsletters, I’ve mentioned the term “garbage negatives.”
It basically refers to the negative, or eccentric, stroke on a standard-tempo set. Lowering slowly is easy thanks to “friction” in the muscle—actin-myosin pairings “dragging” across one another… [Read more…]
Q: Your recent truth about muscle growth newsletters were enlightening. You’re right about growth not being visibly noticeable on a day-to-day or even week-to-week basis. You also said that 20 pounds of muscle a year is spectacular, but didn’t Jonathan gain 20 pounds of muscle in only 10 weeks with the Size Surge workout?
A: Your memory serves you well. Yes, Jonathan did pack on an incredible 20 pounds of muscle in 10 weeks; however, he was regaining a lot of that beef… [Read more…]
In my excitement putting together my list of change-to-gain tactics, I left out a key one—probably because I only use it about once a month…
I meant to include it within #1, exercise switch, because it is just that—although more of an exercise shuffle… [Read more…]