Tag: overload

Hypertrophy Strength

The power of periodisation

Periodisation is one of those buzzwords in bodybuilding that carries a lot of weight but results in very little action or true understanding. We all know it’s something good and we should be doing it, but we either don’t understand what it means or how to implement it, or we just convince ourselves we’re already doing it and move on.

This article is meant to help you actually understand what periodisation is, how it’s relevant to bodybuilding, and to give you some practical take homes that you can apply to your training.

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Hypertrophy Recovery

What does training to failure actually achieve?

Chris Beardsley is the author of The S&C Research Review, which features cutting-edge analysis of the latest strength training, athletic performance, and biomechanics research. Over the last few years, researchers have discovered that it’s possible to achieve meaningful muscle growth when lifting light weights, so long as sets are performed to muscular failure. Meanwhile, a few studies indicate that training to failure may lead to more hypertrophy than avoiding failure. On the face of it, this might seem to simply confirm what bodybuilders have known for decades: that it isn’t always necessary to use the biggest weights in the gym to build muscle.…

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Hypertrophy Strength

Should you try fat-grip lifting?

Editor’s Note: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Poliquin in September 2018 aged 57. He was responsible for popularising so many of the training methods used today in gyms the world over and, as much as anyone, changed the way we all lift weights for the better. For that, we will be forever grateful. Charles Poliquin is one the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 17 different sports. He is based in The Rockies, Colorado. I first read about the advantages of thick-grip training back in 1982 from US strength coach…

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Hypertrophy

Build killer calves

Mark Coles is a physique coach and owner of M10, a private personal training and performance gym based in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Calves must almost certainly top of the list of the muscle groups trained the least frequently by most people, if they bother to train them at all. They are also the body part which everyone says won’t grow no matter what they do. In my experience if someone complains that a muscle or muscle group refuses to grow or is slow to respond, the chances are they aren’t doing everything right. Everyone can develop a good set of calves…

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