Stimulating Growth (POST 35)
April 2, 2012
I have previously spoken about the difference between high and low rep training and which is better for stimulating grow so now I shall go into more detail.
Despite the myths surrounding high rep training this is the way to penetrate the deep muscle tissue into growing and it is important that you train through the burn rather than drop the weight as soon the burn sets in. This way you will build a solid foundation for lasting gains.
The guys that do lower reps only stimulate the surface muscle which is a lazy way to train and when they have time out or stop taking steroids they lose a lot of size and the reason being the gains were never theirs in the first place.
I was discussing this in my shop recently with a power lifter and it was refreshing to have a conversation with someone with a good depth of knowledge. He wasn’t that big but his power to weight ratio was spectacular and this come about through low reps and heavy weights.
Please don’t be under the illusion that heavy weight brings about the best muscle gains it is stimulating the muscle fibres that does that and you can’t get that kind of stimulation and get the blood flowing in the muscle with just a few reps.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for his quote “no pain no gain” so can you honestly
Tell me it is possible to experience any pain with 6-8 reps? The only way you would experience pain training with such low reps is if you drop a plate on your foot.
“I rest my case”
You can of course achieve this by taking steroids in large amounts but it only surface gains. If these guys ever compete they lose some much size when they diet to contest weight and they lack muscle quality.
Anyone with any knowledge can see through this. Patrick was recently asked to take a look at I guy getting ready for a contest and straight away he said
“you take far too much gear, far too much growth hormone and you don’t train hard enough” all of which turned out to be true. Patrick didn’t know the guy but he can see it in his physique.
Patrick is a perfectionist and if I have half a rep left in me and I don’t give it to him there is hell to pay. While working legs recently he wasn’t happy with my leg extensions and he walked away after telling
me he couldn’t bare to f**cking watch me anymore yet my workout was so hard I struggled to get up & down stairs for a week and struggled to walk so you can see the level that I’m having to train at.
The answer to getting the best results is hard work, there is no substitute for it although some feel the way forward is to pump themselves full of “gear” and use lazy methods but at what cost?
As with anything in life there is no such thing as a free meal, you pay for it at some point in your life. I’ve known lots of people over the years that have either died, suffer for ill health or walk on crutches. What is the point of causing so much harm to yourself in the name of sport?
I will talk about the use of drugs soon and how to minimise the risks but only a competitive athlete should ever consider it unlike so that just want to get big to impress people. Changing from my old ways of heavy weight low reps I’m finding hard as I’m not conditioned for it but I am making huge in-roads. My next subject is about Twitch Fibres so you can understand what is going on as far as endurance and stimulating growth are concerned.
Pat may feel I’m a lazy so and so at times but as I’ve said to him a 100m sprinter cant become a marathon runner over night or vice versa.