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IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #385: Simplify for Size: Back to Basics to Add Slabs of Muscle

IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #385:
Simplify for Size: Back to Basics to Add Slabs of Muscle

Simplify for Size: Back to Basics to Add Slabs of Muscle

Q: In the last e-zine I noticed that you guys said you’re now using The Basic X-traordinary X-Rep Workout [from your new e-book]. You’re advanced trainers. Can you really make new gains with such an abbreviated basic program?

A: Absolutely! And the gains can be outstanding, especially after an extreme peaking cycle. For the last month we were using a program very similar to the POF X-Rep Workout in that new e-book, with a number of frills added. That took us to our peak day–and to the brink of overtraining–but that’s a good thing…

After a hellish all-out training phase, the body can explode with even more growth–if you give it the right brief-but-intense stimulus and quality muscle-building nutrients. That will trigger a DRAMATIC anabolic rebound…

That’s the phase-training approach we recommend with any training program–six weeks of all-out training followed by a one-to-two weeks downshift; however, before a contest or photo shoot, intensity and volume are at extreme levels, so a longer backoff phase that gradually builds in intensity can produce even more startling muscle-size increases…

Most experienced competitive bodybuilders know that, which is why they rarely take a long layoff after a contest. They will merely back off of their training to a degree–still hit it hard but with less volume–and up their calories. That fills out their muscles quickly due to rapid supercompensation. In fact, it can be one of the most spectacular growth phases during the year…

For example, after doing 10-plus sets for more complex bodyparts like delts, we’re now using The Basic X-traordinary X-Rep Workout, which has us simplifying to this:

Power Pyramid: Seated laterals/upright rows, 3 x 10, 8, 6 + X Reps
Density Drop Set: Behind-the-neck presses, 1 x 10(6 + X Reps)

That quick-hit back-to-basics approach uses only key ultimate exercises to activate a significant number of fast-twitch fibers, particularly the most important type-2As, which are most prevalent in the biggest, freakiest bodybuilders. You get both Power and Density, attacking both sides of those dual-capacity mass fibers. Very efficient…

That Basic XX Workout contains similar short max-hyptertrophy routines for each bodypart so that each workout only takes 35 to 40 minutes. That’s due to the unique split–which is also different from our previous approach (remember, change equals gains).

We will gradually build on this basic program till we’re back to full-on Positions-of-Flexion workouts for each bodypart–like the second program listed in that new e-book (pages 37-40). By then, we’ll be bigger and stronger thanks to this back-to-basics XX Workout and a HUGE anabolic rebound.

If you’ve been training with an extensive program for more than a month, back to basics can work for you too–triggering a burst of new size after a week or two. Prepare to grow like never before!

Till next time, train hard–and smart–for BIG results.

—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson

NEW: The new X-traordinary X-Rep Workout e-guide merges all the top X-Rep techniques and info with the latest muscle-building research into two new power-packed X-Rep workouts–the basic X program only takes about 35 minutes. It also includes a look at Arnold’s X-training tactics as well a how current Mr. Olympia contenders use them to pack on extreme muscle mass. For more info and chapter listings visit

Latest e-book release:
The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout includes the latest eye-opening data on the key muscle fibers that have the most potential for growth (it’s rewriting physiology textbooks) and the best mass-building rep tempo. See how one legendary Austrian bodybuilder used Power-Density to build dominant, dramatic muscle mass, his combo-to-grow methods included. You also get four complete, printable workouts–one that takes only about 30 minutes per session–plus X Reps, POF and more. More details.
•Eric Broser’s Power/Rep Range/Shock Workout gives you everything you need to apply his max-mass system for incredible new gains–including all 12 printable workouts and a big Q&A section. More details.
The Ultimate 10×10 Mass Workout contains a four-days-per-week, one-ultimate-exercise-per-bodypart program and also a heavy/light version, with heavy POF alternated with a one-exercise 10×10 routine. More details.
The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout
is based on the latest metabolic research so you can get bigger and leaner fast without long, mind-numbing cardio–you’ll burn fat and build muscle 24/7 with customized mass-building weight workouts. More details.

Click on the e-books for more information:

Newbies: If you’re a beginning bodybuilder, coming back from a layoff or a trainer who trains beginners, our new e-book, Quick-Start Muscle-Building Guide, is for you.

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This Special Report was submitted by Jonathan Lawson and Steve Holman.

The IRON MAN Training & Research Team

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