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IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #613: Muscle Flexion and the Mass Connection

IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #613:
Muscle Flexion and the Mass Connection


Muscle Flexion and the Mass Connection

Q: I experiment a lot with your Positions-of-Flexion mass training. It’s directly responsible for adding 30 pounds of muscle to my frame over the years. Now I think I’ve come up with a great POF idea, training only three days a week:

• Monday: All MIDRANGE moves (squats, bench presses, etc.)
• Wednesday: All STRETCH moves (sissy squats, flyes, etc.)
• Friday: All CONTRACTED moves (leg extensions, crossovers, etc.).

Those are all full-body workouts with only one exercise per muscle, a different one at each workout to cover all the Positions each week. That should be great variation, and I will use the 4X method on all exercises. Thoughts?

A: Interesting. We always applaud trainees who devise new ways to use proven mass-building strategies like Positions of Flexion. We like your idea a lot, but we think your midrange day, with EVERY big exercises for ALL muscles, would kill a full-grown gorilla (to borrow a descriptive from Nautilus creator Arthur Jones). It’s about 40 sets…

You’d be doing 4X for squats (quads), feet-forward Smith-machine front squats (hamstrings), Knee-extension leg press calf raises (gastrocs), bench presses (chest), rows (midback), pulldowns or chins (lats), upright rows and/or overhead presses (shoulders), undergrip pulldowns (biceps), close-grip bench presses (triceps) and incline kneeups (abs). Whew!

Remember, 4X is taking a weight with which you can get 15 reps, but you only do 10; rest for 30 to 40 seconds, then do it again. You go all out on your last set, and if you get 10, you add weight to that exercise at your next workout or try 4×11…

But even with the first few 4X sets being subfailure, that’s still a lot of work for many muscles. True, your Wednesday (stretch) and Friday (contracted) workouts will be a lot less exhausting, but you’ll dread Mondays more than a getting five cavities drilled.

You may be able to hack it if you get rid of the arm work on Monday. You’re already hitting arms with bench presses, rows, pulldowns and presses. Also get rid of the ab work on Monday–just do it on Wednesday and Friday.

Now your Midrange Monday looks like this…

Quads: Squats
Hamstrings: Feet-forward Smith-machine front squats
Gastrocs: Knee-extension leg press calf raises
Chest: Bench presses
Midback: Machine rows
Lats: Pulldowns
Delts: Upright rows and/or overhead presses

More manageable. Still, Stretch Wednesday–with pullovers, incline curls, overhead exensions, etc.–and Contracted Friday–with stifff-arm pulldowns, concentration curls, pushdowns, etc.–will be a breeze compared to Monday.

Stick with your POF 3-way split for FIVE WEEKS–with these suggestions…

1) Be sure and rest long enough between exercises to where your breathing returns to normal. If you rush into the next 4X sequence, you may short-change that bodypart due to cardiovascular failure (can’t breathe) rather than target-muscle fatigue.

2) Use a strict one-second-positive/three-second-negative cadence on ALL 4X sets. That will give you 40 seconds of tension time. As strength and muscle expert Jim Stoppani, Ph.D., says, "The best TUT (time under tension) range for strength is 4 to 20 seconds per set and about 40 to 60 seconds per set for MUSCLE GROWTH." You want at least 40 seconds on every set…

3) If on the last set of a 4X sequence you get fewer than 10 reps–TUT less than 40 seconds–do a drop set or rest/pause. For a drop set reduce the weight and immediately continue repping out–you should get five to seven more reps. For rest/pause rest for 10 seconds, then rep out with the SAME WEIGHT–getting five to seven more reps.

Optimal tension time and heightened blood flow are keys to making your muscles GROW. Let us know how everything goes–and grows.

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

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–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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