IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #538:
Mixed Mass Training for Super Huge Results
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Mixed Mass Training for Super Huge Results
Q: I know you say that 4X training is a balance of both power and density, but I like separating the two. I like doing some standard heavy straight sets with longer rests, and I also like doing 4X for the same bodypart at the same workout. Do I need more rest days for a muscle after I slam it like that? Do you have a workout that mixes 4X and power sets? I really think this is the way to get super huge.
A: Believing in a training program is half the battle. With the right mindset you can make some of the best and fastest mass gains of your life–provided you’re training all of the hypertrophic constituents correctly…
Mixing 4X sequences with standard heavy sets in one workout can give you some incredible size gains. That’s because you’ll be attacking both "sides" of the key 2A growth fibers–increasing and growing the myofibrils (actin-myosin strands) and expanding the sarcoplasm (endurance fluid).
You can create your own "mixed" program or try The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout (pages 25-28 in that e-book). That gives you full-range Positions-of-Flexion training for each bodypart and blends straight sets, 4X sequences and drop sets. You train each bodypart only once a week…
Monday: Back, forearms
Tuesday: Chest, calves, abs
Thursday: Quads, hamstrings
Friday: Delts, triceps, biceps, soleus
We believe you should start out with once-a-week bodypart training. You’ll need the extra rest because of the complete all-out hits you’re giving each muscle along so many different size-building pathways. It’s taxing from multiple angles and really zaps the growth fibers completely. For example, here’s the Power-Density biceps routine you do on Friday…
Midrange: Barbell curls (pyramid), 2 x 9, 7
Midrange: Undergrip pulldowns (4X), 4 x 10
Stretch: Incline curls, 2 x 8-10
Contracted: Concentration curls (double drop), 1 x 10(7)(5)
The barbell curls are straight power-oriented sets–you add weight to each. Rest 2 to 3 minutes between sets. That gets you primarily myofibrillar growth.
Next is undergrip pulldowns, a 4X sequence. Because you blasted the myofibrils with barbell curls and created fatigue, this will be mostly density for sarcoplasmic expansion, with a bit more myofibrillar stimulation as well. (For those unfamiliar with the 4X method, you take a weight with which you can get 15 reps, but you only do 10; rest for 30 seconds, then do 10 more; rest 30 seconds, then do 10 more; rest 30 seconds and go to failure on your fourth set. If you get 10 reps, you add weight to the exercise at your next workout.)
Incline curls is a stretch-position exercise, so heavier straight sets here will go back to a myofibrillar attack with traumatic elongation, an angle proven to pack on mass fast. (Remember the animal study that produced a 300 percent muscle-mass increase with only a month of stretch-overload workouts. It’s believed that the triple-size muscle increase was due to hyperplasia, or fiber splitting, and anabolic hormone release in the target muscle.)
Last is a sarcoplasmic blast with a double-drop set on concentration curls. You do a set, reaching failure at around 10 reps, grab a lighter dumbbell and rep out again, failing at around rep 7; then grab a lighter dumbbell and rep out one last time, getting around 5 reps. Repeat with the other arm–and your biceps will be toasted, roasted and looking bigger than ever…
We’re confident that this mixed routine is one you can use to get "super huge."
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Till next time, train hard–and smart–for BIG results.
–Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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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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