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The Rising-Reps Mass Method

IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #534:
The Rising-Reps Mass Method


The Rising-Reps Mass Method

Q: I love the 4X mass workout. My gains have been spectacular; however, my strength has stalled. On a lot of exercises I can do 4×10, but when I add weight, I can’t even get 10 on the third set, so I go back to my previous weight. I feel stuck. What can I do, switch methods? I’m hungry for more size.

A: You could move to exclusive power-bodybuilding training for a while, like the simplified 3D Power Pyramid Program, Chapter 1 in The X-traordinary Muscle-Building Workouts e-book. It’s a two-way split, and you train four days a week–M-T-Th-F. Here’s a sample of the delt routine you do twice a week…

Midrange: DB upright rows (pyramid), 3 x 8, 6, 3-4
Stretch: Incline one-arm laterals, 1-2 x 8-12
Contracted: Lateral raises, 1-2 x 8-12
Midrange (anterior heads): DB presses, 2 x 8-12

You may not be familiar with incline one-arm laterals, so here’s Jonathan demonstrating…

Notice that the program above is all standard straight sets in the power-bodybuilding range. That will emphasize strength and myofibrillar expansion in the key 2A growth fibers, with some growth in the sarcoplasm (the endurance-component fluid in the fibers).

A solid 3-day power-oriented program we highly recommend is Jonathan’s Size Surge Phase 1. He used it for 5 weeks as part of a 10-week plan–and he gained 20 pounds of muscle in that short span. [His before and after photos are at]

After five weeks of power-oriented workouts, you can go back to 4X. Remember, 4X is more of a BALANCE of power and density (endurance size), so you’ll see another big rise in muscle size…

For the uninitiated, 4X has you pick a weight with which you can get 15 reps, but you only do 10; rest 30 seconds, then do 10 more. Rest 30 seconds, and hit another set of 10; rest 30 seconds and do one final set to failure. If you get 10, add weight to the exercise at your next workout…

4X is such a great way to train–for ultimate-mass gain–because it affects both the sarcoplasm and myofibrils equally—a double dose of muscle growth.

Here’s ANOTHER OPTION: If you want to stick to your 4X workout rather than move to a power-bodybuilding routine like the one in the XMBW or Size Surge e-books, you can use the 4X RISING-REPS method to bust through your plateau. Here’s how it works…

If you get 4×10 on an exercise, at your next workout, instead of adding weight, add a rep–go for 4×11. Once you can get 11 reps on all four sets, shoot for 4×12. That will gradually build more endurance into the muscle, packing on sarcoplasmic size. Once you reach 4×12, you should be able to add weight–but now shoot for 4×10 again. It’s gradual progress for major muscle-mass success…

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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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Our April issue features a bodybuilder who is more than just a bodybuilder—he’s also a skydiver, bungee jumper, bull rider and anything else that gets his adrenaline spiking. Kyle Clarke is his name, and he uses his muscles for more than just flexing. Plus, we have the first excerpt from the best-selling e-book The Ultimate Mass Workout, a shoulder-shocking program from up-and-coming bodybuilder Armon Abidi, a complete kettlebell routine from Clark Bartram and answers about the science of bodybuilding from two top researchers. Find the awesome April IRON MAN on newsstands now! See the Table of Contents here for a full preview.

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