Building High-Performance Muscle™

The Shotgun Method


Of the Five Battle-Tested Strategies for Size and Strength, I've gotten the most feedback on the Shotgun Method. Part of its appeal is its flexibility. The Shotgun Method allows you to accomplish two goals with one shot: muscle bulk and symmetry.

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The concept of muscle bulk is where one gains as much muscle as possible throughout the body, regardless of how the physique looks overall. With muscle bulk, mass and size are king.

Muscle symmetry, however, is where one develops muscles in certain proportions to each other to create an aesthetically pleasing physique. With muscle symmetry, the classic V-taper wears the crown.

The advantage of the Shotgun Method is that you can train for both size and symmetry without having to skimp on either. It allows you to fully concentrate on the big lifts without neglecting isolation exercises that address lagging body parts. In fact, the heavy lifting primes your body's biochemistry and nervous system for hypertrophy. Intrigued yet?

Although a lot of interest has been generated about the Shotgun Method, I've also been fielding a full clip of questions about how to create a program based on it.


How to Select Shotgun Movements

To review, the Shotgun Method involves choosing the fewest number of exercises to stimulate the most amount of muscle. Typically, what's chosen are the power lifts (bench press, squat, and deadlift) and the Olympic lifts. But for a complete full body workout, you should include these three categories:

Once you've chosen three shotgun exercises, you'll blast away at them with multiple sets (6 to 8 sets per exercise) of a heavy weight (3 to 6 reps). This set and rep scheme on the big lifts will build a lot of muscle that can be refined through "troubleshooting movements."


How to Select Troubleshooting Movements

Now, set your sights on troubleshooting movements to address any body parts lagging in size or strength. If you're an athlete, your troubleshooting movements may address issues such as:

If you're a bodybuilder, however, and are more interested in symmetry, then a typical approach to troubleshooting is to develop muscles that are "pivot points."

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The term "pivot point" was coined by Lou Degni and brought to public attention by Larry Scott. The concept involves developing muscles located in strategic parts of the body to create an aesthetically pleasing and muscular physique, stressing a V-taper. The major pivot points you want to target are:

Of the nine pivot points, the first five should be emphasized in your troubleshooting workouts, since carefully chosen shotgun movements will take care of the last four.

 
Split Routine for the Shotgun Method

A split routine for the Shotgun Method consists of four workouts per week: two shotgun workouts and two troubleshooting workouts.

Day 1

Shotgun workout

Day 2

Troubleshooting workout

Day 3

Off

Day 4

Shotgun workout

Day 5

Troubleshooting workout

Day 6

Off

Day 7

Off

As you can see, troubleshooting workouts are always scheduled after shotgun workouts to take advantage of the Testosterone pulses and nervous system stimulation generated from the heavy compound movements.

Here's the Shotgun Method in detail:


Day 1: Shotgun


Sets: 8
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 100 seconds


Sets: 8
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 100 seconds


Sets: 8
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 120 seconds


Day 2: Troubleshooting


Sets: 5
Reps: 10 to 12
Rest: 60 seconds


Sets: 5
Reps: 5 to 7
Rest: 100 seconds

zottman curls


Sets: 5
Reps: 5 to 7
Rest: 100 seconds


Sets: 5
Reps: 10 to 12
Rest: 60 seconds


Day 4: Shotgun


Sets: 6
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 120 seconds


Sets: 6
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 120 seconds


Sets: 6
Reps: 4 to 6
Rest: 120 seconds


Day 5: Troubleshooting


Sets: 5
Reps: 10 to 12
Rest: 60 seconds


Sets: 5
Reps: 5 to 7
Rest: 100 seconds

spider curls

You can perform spider curls by flipping the preacher curl pad around.


Sets: 5
Reps: 5 to 7
Rest: 100 seconds


Sets: 5
Reps: 5 to 7
Rest: 90 seconds


Start Blasting!

Now you don't have to sacrifice size for symmetry or symmetry for size. With the Shotgun Method, you can train for both. Train smart and stay safe (don't blow a hole through your high-tops).

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