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Old 05-03-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Got it backwards?

I believe the 'industry' has had it backwards all these years...

For as long as I can remember, there has been different rules for strength building and muscle building.

If you want to get big muscles, you must workout more frequently and hit your muscles at least twice a week. The more often you tear down the muscles and rebuild them, the bigger they become. Also, you need to keep building up the energy stores to give a bigger appearance.

If you want to get strong, you must lift heavy and infrequently. Something like the traditional deadlift, which is very taxing to the CNS, could be worked ONCE every two or three weeks and still make optimal gains. Train the system to fire and give it time to recouperate.

It is my suggestion that the industry got it backwards.

I believe that strength gains are neural and more frequent loadings would be helpful in learning the firing patterns and make you stronger.

I also believe that to allow the muscles to grow you need them to rest completely.

Maybe that's why we see guys in the gym that train like powerlifters looking huge and guys that train like bodybuilders still look small but have a big bench press.

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