Let's cut the bullshit and get to the brass tacks. For decades, men built slabs of muscle with simple, three day-per-week training programs. They trained their whole bodies in one brief workout session and they grew big and strong. Scoff all you want, but tens of thousands of trainees can't be wrong.
Most strength coaches will categorize an athlete or client into one of three classes based on their responsiveness to training: easy gainer, hard gainer and average gainer. Let's take a look at each category.
Over the past year or so, I've been swamped with requests from readers who want a program that focuses solely on maximal-strength development. What I'm referring to is a maximal-strength focused program that doesn't induce bodyweight from hypetrophy.
The program is simple, the workouts are short, and the results are fantastic. The catch? It’s also brutally hard. Check it out.
My bodybuilding training includes a bit more heavy lifting than most "regular" bodybuilding programs, and as such will lead to some significant strength gains.
In this last installment of this series, I want to give you a quick three-week physical peaking routine designed to help you gain some more muscle while increasing muscle density. You should also be able to lose more fat in this stage.
If you're stuck in a rut and you've been training for more than a year, this program will induce appreciable strength and size gains.
Get revitalized and ready for your next mass program!
The complete, head-to-toe guide to fixing your bad posture. Check it out.
A while back here at T-Nation, I released a series on what I called Pendulum Training. This is basically a training system that has you switching from structural training to functional training every week.
Average shoulders are easy. Any lifting will make them look okay. But truly impressive shoulders are harder to get. You need this plan.
Get ready to mutate, in a good way. Here’s weeks 4-6 of a Coach Thibaudeau’s 12-week transformation plan.
Skinny? Interested in packing on muscle mass and having the strength to back it up? This program is for you.
Ready to undergo a major mutation of body composition? Here are weeks one through three of your next big transformation.
The Beauty of Multiple 1-Rep Sets.
Here’s the sequel to one of our most popular training plans. Check it out.
Back in December, Coach Thibaudeau introduced T-Nation to Pendulum Training, his particular style of non-linear periodization, then he applied this effective approach to bodybuilding. Now, the big bald Canadian is tackling powerlifting. This should be interesting!
In my last article, Pendulum Training, I introduced the basic principles behind a new way to plan your workouts. This new way of thinking is based on a frequent pre-planned variation of training objectives and means.
Train every muscle group 4 times per week? Yes, it can be done, if you plan it right. Try this program.
Non-Linear Periodization for Maximum Gains
Get Functional, Get Structural, Get Started!
The most overlooked or misunderstood principles when it comes to creating an effective exercise program. Check out this list.
Big Time Gains for the Part-Time Lifter
Modern methods of strength development
Moderate weight or moderate sets? Use more reps per set, or use heavier weight, more sets, and fewer reps per set? God almighty, which is the optimal way to train for size?