Subject:IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #844:
More Mass, Less Fat, Slow Reps (new research)
More Mass, Less Fat, Slow Reps (new research)
Q: So I’ve read that I should include negative-accentuated (X-centric) sets to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Should I do entire workouts with it or just a set or two for each muscle group? I need to get bigger and more ripped for summer fun.
A: 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…
That means each rep takes 7 seconds–and you should get around eight total reps. That equates to almost a full minute of tension time on the target muscle. But it’s more than that…
While the longer tension time builds sarcoplasmic size–expands the muscle energy fluid–the slow negative, or eccentric, stroke whittles microtears in the myofibrils…
That “trauma” can also trigger a different kind of growth–thickening the fibers. In addition, the repair of those tears requires a mobilization of body fat…
So you are getting a true fat-to-muscle reaction. In other words, X-centric sets breed transformation success…
We just received a pre-publication copy of a new book by Ellington Darden, Ph.D., The Bodyfat Breakthrough. In it he presents numerous before and after photos of his “subjects” who used his version of negative-accentuated training…
If you know Dr. Darden’s work (Nautilus, etc.), he is very conscious of complete muscle recovery for optimal results. So he had his trainees use only 1 set per target muscle in NA style–up to 90 seconds of tension time–TWICE a week…
Results: After only 6 weeks 25 pounds of fat gone and almost 9 pound of muscle on. That was the average of 21 men in one group–not even the best of the best. (Look for his book soon–lots on Arthur Jones, Nautilus and Mr. America Casey Viator. Good stuff.)
Here’s what Dr. Darden says about NA exercise: “I believe [negative-accentuated training] stimulates five key hormones–MGF, IL-6, IL-15, IGF-1 and GH–to start pulsating into the bloodstream and trigger physiological changes. Over the next 72 to 120 hours, with the right conditions, muscular growth occurs.”
So to address your question, if you do entire workouts with our X-centric method, do no more than TWO sets per exercise…
If you add X-centric to your current workout, do it on the last set of one or two exercises for each muscle. That’s the way we have The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout structured….
With the Fat-to-Muscle routine you use heavy pyramids, an X-centric set or two plus a few higher-rep sets. But you train each muscle directly only ONCE a week to insure max recovery, growth and fat burning.
In The X-centric Mass Workout e-book, we have a few X-centric-fusion programs that include the 4X mass method along with some heavy sets as well. But you train each muscle MORE than once a week…
One program is a very efficient direct/indirect workout with frequent hits and loads of blood flow to GROW.
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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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