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Old 04-12-2010, 09:24 AM   #27
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I agree with the assessment on linear progression. It really is the best medicine for most trainees. I've yet to hit a stall on LP. And using the same lifts for 20+ years hasn't been a detriment.

The "muscle confusion" mantra is built upon some (not all) false beliefs. The core false belief being that beginners gains cease because the body is adapting, and that some degree of confusion will allow that growth to be re-ignited.

To me, muscle confusion is the biggest mountain of broscience in the game. Sure, mixing it up from time to time via a shocking workout or different training protocol can be good for training, but it is not going to lead to 10 pounds of new muscle gains. Generally all it does is provide heightened DOMS and a false sense of accomplishment.

I have no problem with changing programs, but to do so believing it will somehow dramatically impact the gains curve is broscience. We accept this principle with no scientific backing.

The bulk of natural people I see making gains while changing training styles (and I'm talking muscle not strength) are making gains they probably would have made on their old program if they would have stuck with simple progression.

On occasion you see someone undertraining or overtraining who takes on a new training protocol and makes gains. But I can't attribute this to "muscle confusion"...this is more about moving away from a bad approach.

I do believe that switching can sometimes lead to new micro-gains. But, I do not believe in switching routines every 4 to 6 weeks because it is good for muscle gains. If this were the case, naturals would be getting more massive then ever - and at a faster rate. There is no scientific indication this is happening.

The closer a natural gets to limits, the slower gains become. This isn't adaptation...it's physiology 101. Again, this does not speak about AAS users...

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