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Workouts Too Draining? Reduce Training, Start Gaining–BIG

Your nervous system is probably hammered. We know, we know–you don’t want to lose any muscle or strength. So here’s what we suggest.

Eye-Popping Biceps Peak–and More Muscle On Your Physique

For the uninitiated, the “in-for-out, out-for-in” rule for biceps is that an inward grip for biceps exercises, like close-grip curls or concentration curls, emphasizes the outer head–which is the “peak” head…

High-End Hypertrophy Progression

Q: I got the Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0 and was motivated by [Mr. America] Doug Brignole’s interview and how he uses only one exercise for each muscle. I notice the he adds weight over five sets so his reps fall–but I’m with you and think 50 reps is a bit much–and boring. My question is, if I use your TORQ method [30-20-15] on two or three exercise per bodypart, should I add weight over those three sets?

More Mass, Less Fat, Slow Reps

Our version of NA training is what we call X-centric. You take your 15-rep-max poundage and lift in 1 second and lower in 6…

Size and Shreds Now: Jacked Fat-to-Muscle Workout

Q: I know that the short rests between sets with 4X have fire up fat burning with growth hormone. How can I use 4X in The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout?

“Radical” New Diet for Mass and Cuts

/ Posted 12.06.2013

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TORQ Torch: Cut Back for More Mass?

Q: Do you ever figure out the tonnage of your workouts? By that I mean the amount of weight times the reps you lift at each. It seems like to make progress, you would need to increase that number so you are going up in weight every workout.

Before-After Photos: 4X Muscle-Mass Gains

Q: I’ve just started using the 4X mass method. Feels awesome. My aching shoulder already feels like it’s healing and the pumps are super huge. But should I try to use some heavy weights on exercises I can do without pain? I just want to make sure I get bigger. Will 4X alone do it?

New Muscle-Mass Tactic: TORQ Sandwich

Q: At the X-Rep Facebook page I saw a mention of TORQ sandwich for building more mass. What is that?

Full-Range Back-to-Basics Mass Workout

Q: I just started reading up on your [Positions-of-Flexion] mass-building method. The full-range hit on each muscle makes so much sense that I can’t wait to try it.

3 Steps to Ripped Mass–Sooner Rather Than Later

Q: Now that it’s spring, what are the first things you do to start ripping up quicker? I want to see my abs before the end of summer this year.

Moderate-Weight Mass Building

/ Posted 03.29.2013

Q: I love the Super-TORQ mass method you outline in the Power-Density 2.0 e-book. I’m 55 years old, so moderate weights are great for me, but I can’t quite wrap my head around doing such high reps at every workout. I alternate with heavy workouts as you suggest in the e-book because I’ve brutalized my joints over the years (screw you, heavy benches–Lol). Is there a MODERATE-power/Super TORQ workout I could use instead?

Small Bones, Big Arms: New Size on Your Bi’s and Tri’s

Q: I’ve been training like a madman for six months, but my arms haven’t budged. I’m getting stronger, and I do see my biceps vein more, but my arms are still skinny. A guy at the gym told me it’s because I have small bones. My wrists are under 7 inches around, and he said I can’t expect much size with small wrists. Is that true?

High-Rep Hyper-Growth: Only Once a Week for a More Massive Physique

Q: Doug Brignole’s high-rep method [explained in his interview in The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0] sounds interesting. I’d like to try it once a week for upper body. Do you think it would be okay to do an entire workout with his "Super TORQ" for chest, back and arms, and at the other workouts that week do standard training?

TORQ Up Power-Density: A New Twist for Muscle Immensity

/ Posted 03.08.2013

Q: I’m torn between heavy training and higher reps [TORQ]. I like ending bodyparts with lighter-weight, high-rep sets for longer tension times and more pump, and now I’m hearing that ALL-high-rep workouts are best. I’m almost 30, but I want to grow as fast as possible. Should I try all-high-rep training for a while, or is that more for when I’m older and can’t train heavy anymore?

Research: Grow More Muscle With Simplified 2-Way Workouts

Q: You guys have opened my eyes to new ways to grow muscle. Your explanation of the myofibrils (force generation) and sarcoplasm (energy fluid) and how they both contribute to size is excellent. To build both of those fast, I want a simple, no-bells-and-whistles heavy-light program. What would you suggest?

Forearm Freakiness: Eye-Popping Muscle Hanging Out of Your Shirtsleeves

/ Posted 02.19.2013

Q: I need some forearm mass. In a short-sleeved shirt I’d rather have some beef hanging out rather than my twigs. What is a good routine to pack on some mass on my front and back forearms? And I need some veins too.

Fat-Jacking, Muscle-Packing Workout Tips

Q: I’m ready to start the four-days-per-week Fat-to-Muscle Workout. I like training each muscle only once a week, and I think the heavy work combined with negative-accentuated (X-centric) sets is just what I need to rip up and build up at the same time. However, I’m interested in your new TORQ technique. High reps with short rests would give the workout an interesting new dimension. Should I use it, and, if so, where should I put it in the routine?

Bodyfat Gone, Muscle Mass On: Best Gym Moves Now

/ Posted 02.01.2013

Q: I got your updated 4X Mass Workout 2.0. I love the [higher-rep] TORQ method and 4X combo workouts. I feel it working already–the burn is intense. Question: I’m now trying to drop fat and build muscle, so will those [higher reps] help or should I include negative-accentuated [X-centric] sets too?

Muscle Size and Cuts: Go Slow to Grow and Burn Fat

/ Posted 01.21.2013

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Ripped ABS: Your First 3 Steps

/ Posted 01.14.2013

Q: I’m sick of being soft and blubbery. I want to see abs, but I’m not sure where to start. Do I just start working out harder and wait for them to appear? Help.

Muscle-Growth-Threshold Training for Fat Loss

/ Posted 01.04.2013

Q: I know you suggest one second to lift and three seconds to lower. Do you ever use a slower lifting cadence, like lifting in three or four seconds instead of only one? Wouldn’t that produce more tension time for unique muscle-growth stimulation?

5 Critical Keys to More Muscle Mass

/ Posted 12.05.2012

Q: I understand that heavy weight isn’t important for maximum muscle growth. Can you tell me what I should include in my workouts to build the most mass possible in the shortest time. I want to get bigger.

Double Your Muscle Growth: The Trick Is Density Overload

/ Posted 11.26.2012

Q: In the new Size Surge 2.0 e-book,Phase 1 is all heavy sets. I don’t have any joint problems, but I love [moderate-weight, growth-threshold] 4X training. I’ve gained over 5 pounds of muscle in 6 weeks with it. I don’t want to give it up completely now, but I do want to go on the 10-week Size Surge program. Can I use the same combination approach in Phase 1 that you outline in the new Phase 2 chapters; that is, heavy work on the big exercises and 4X on the more isolated ones?

Packing On Arm Mass: A New Angle

/ Posted 11.19.2012

Q: I noticed that you do the isolated [contracted-position] exercise first in your biceps and triceps routines. In most of your Positions-of-Flexion mass programs you put the big midrange exercise first. I have the POF 3D Muscle Building e-book, and that’s how all the workouts are structured in it. Is isolating the muscle first better? I need more biceps peak, so will that help?

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