The 5×5 Workout Routine For Strength And Size

bodybuilder 2 flickrIf you want to substantially increase your strength as well as your muscle size one of the best ways of doing this is with the 5×5 workout routine.

The 5×5 system of training has been around for decades, and it’s still one of the most popular training methods there is for the simple reason that it works so well.

Reg Park (who built 20 inch arms and did a 500lb bench press before steroids were ever used in the sport) trained this way in the 1950’s. And Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose mentor was Reg Park) later used it in his training to build a solid foundation well before he ever used more conventional bodybuilding routines.

The method was then further popularized in the 1970’s by legendary football strength coach Bill Starr, who used it to train all his athletes. Continue Reading →

Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 Review

MGS 2.0Do you have a hard time gaining muscle mass? Perhaps you are skinny and just can’t put on any weight. Or maybe you’re skinny fat and only ever seem to gain more fat. Either way you are just the type of person that Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 was written for.

People who struggle to gain any amount of muscle are known as hardgainers. And hardgainers can’t train the way most people do and expect to get decent results. So a different approach is required from what you are doing at the moment.

And that’s where Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 comes in. In this book Jason Ferruggia strips away all the myths and misinformation and reveals what really works, so that you can finally start building muscle and achieving the body you really want.

So just what can you expect to learn from Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0? Is the program all it’s cracked up to be? And more importantly is it the right program for you? Well, here’s my review of the book so you can decide for yourself… Continue Reading →

Reverse Pyramid Training For Better Gains

bodybuilder 3 wcToday I’m going to talk about a method of training that is extremely effective yet seldom used – reverse pyramid training.

Normally when you perform an exercise you’ll do it for straight sets (or “sets across”). This simply means that you do multiple sets with the same weight for the same number of reps (after warm-ups). So you might do 3 X 8 or 4 X 5 or whatever. However this is not the only way that you can structure your workouts; and another method that’s at least as popular as straight sets is pyramid sets. With pyramid sets you increase the weight you are using from one set to the next, whilst decreasing the number of reps.

But with reverse pyramid training you do just the opposite of that, i.e. you decrease the weight from one set to the next whilst increasing the number of reps. And despite the fact that you don’t see this method being used very often, it is in fact much more effective than the traditional pyramid.

So in this article I’ll explain why the reverse pyramid is such a great method of training, and I’ll also show you how you can best use it to get the results you want. Continue Reading →

Why Bodybuilding Workout Routines Suck For Building Muscle

bodybuilder 2 wcThe typical bodybuilding workout routines that you’ll read about in all the muscle mags and on thousands of websites are not optimal for building muscle – far from it in fact.

And I know that this might come as a surprise because they are what most people at the gym do all the time; but it’s true nonetheless.

I’m not saying they don’t work at all, because they do – at least for some people. But they are certainly not ideal for the genetically typical natural trainee.

So what is a typical bodybuilding workout routine? What’s wrong with it? And how can it be improved on? In this article I’ll answer those questions. Continue Reading →

Top 10 Bodyweight Exercises For Building Muscle Size And Strength

Although weight training is undoubtedly the best way to build muscle, if you don’t want to go to the gym or buy a set of weights there are some excellent bodyweight exercises that can do the job almost as well. And bodyweight exercises have the added advantage of being very natural movements to perform, as well as being much easier on the joints than conventional weight training.

But you can’t simply do basic exercises such as push-ups, inverted rows and sit-ups for increasing numbers of reps and expect to get big and strong. That won’t work. What you need to do is progress to more advanced movements that require a high degree of body tension and that you can only do for about 5 – 12 reps. By doing this you’ll be able to dramatically increase your muscle size, and gain exceptional strength too. Continue Reading →

The Push/Pull/Legs Split Routine For Massive Muscle Gains

bodybuilder 8 flickrIf you are past the beginner’s stage and want to gain muscle at the optimum rate, one of the best body part splits you can use to accomplish this is the push/pull/legs split routine.

The push/pull/legs split is one of the simplest, most enduring and popular workout routines there is. And it’s also extremely effective; assuming of course that it’s done right.

So in this article I’ll explain what a push/pull/legs split involves and why it’s such an effective way to train. And I’ll also give you a sample workout routine that you can get started with straight away.

What Is The Push/Pull/Legs Split Routine?

The push/pull/legs split is a very simple and logical training method in which you split your body into three parts. And each part is then trained on its own separate day. Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Upper/Lower Body Split Routine For Mass

If you are an intermediate or advanced trainee looking for the ideal workout plan to build muscle mass as fast as possible, the upper/lower body split routine is it.

A workout routine of this sort will work for pretty much anyone – men and women, young and old, people looking to build a large amount of muscle and get “big”, or those who only want to build a small amount of muscle and get “toned”.

However if you want to get the very best results from it you will of course need to know how to set it up in the most effective way.

So in this article I’ll explain why upper/lower splits are so effective, and I’ll also give you what I believe to be about the best upper/lower body split routine you are ever likely to find. Continue Reading →

A Full Body Workout Routine For Rapid Muscle Gains

Robby Robinson wcIf you want to build muscle and/or increase your strength, there are a huge number of training programs that you could choose from to help you achieve those goals.

And although many of these can be useful, especially for more advanced trainees, if you are just starting out (or returning after a long layoff), or if you simply haven’t had much in the way of results from your efforts so far, the very best way to build muscle as fast as possible is with a full body workout routine.

So in this article I’ll explain what a full body workout involves and why this is such an effective way to train; I’ll give you what’s probably the best routine there is to get started with, and I’ll also give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your training. Continue Reading →

The 9 Essential Factors Of Muscle Hypertrophy

bodybuilder 7 flickrWhat is it that really causes muscles to grow? Well, despite all the myths and misconceptions, you can boil it down to 9 key factors that contribute to muscle hypertrophy.

Some of these are more important than others of course, but they all play a role and if you want to maximize your muscular development you’ll want to be incorporating most, if not all, of them into your workouts. Not necessarily all at the same time, but over the course of a training year you’ll want to have them pretty much all covered.

In this article I’m not going to discuss the underlying mechanisms of muscle growth (i.e. mechanical tension, metabolic stress and muscle damage), but rather what you actually need to do to achieve these.

So without further ado here are the 9 essential factors of muscle hypertrophy… Continue Reading →