The bodybuilding orthodoxy would have you believe that you can hope for 3-5lbs of muscle gain in a year (as a natural lifter).

I say you can hope for 12lbs per year, if not more – when you learn to train correctly.

That comes to 1lb of solid new muscle mass each month. It’s a phenomenal result.

That said, it’s often the small things that make all the difference…the difference between 3 and 12lbs (if not more).

So here’s 5 THT-Training based tips to help you hit 12 or more lbs in a year (2017 is coming real soon, guys!)



The advice I got when I first got into the iron game was that shorter rest periods – 30 seconds to 1 minute – was best for stimulating growth. Longer periods were only for strength trainers apparently.

But my subsequent research into the actual science of training for growth told me something quite different.

First watch this short video…

Yes, longer rest periods between sets at 2-3 minutes works best for size gains.

Training each muscle:

  • 3 times per week
  • for 8-12 reps per set
  • with 2-3 minutes rest per sets

…sounds exactly like…THT Training doesn’t it? That’s because THT is based on science, not my opinion – and it works!

If you want the full workout, just pop in your email and click the button.

You don’t have to go to your email to click a confirm link or anything like that; the download will appear immediately after you enter your email. Enjoy them new gains! 🙂


Studies show that 2-3mins between sets produces better gains. Click here for more Click To Tweet




If you haven’t heard me comment on this before, it’s probably been about 2 years since I’ve used the split routine in THT Traininig. I now only use the 3-day full-body routine.

I train for 10 weeks, take a week off, then go back on the 3-day cycle. Total time spent in the gym is virtually the same over the course of 7 days as the 5-day split.

I make (slightly) better gains on a full-body training system. But both approaches DO work.

However, a recent study also concluded that a 3-day full-body routine produced better gains than a split. See my article here for details of the study.




I define too low as 5 reps or less per set. Such modes of training make more neural and strength improvements…but not much in the way of size gains/hypertrophy.

I’ve had so many people over the years email me regarding their lack of progress on 5×5 workouts (or even lower rep protocols). When they do, I tell them to see my post detailing the scientific reasons why 5×5 workouts will not build maximum muscle here.

The general consensus from people like

  • Me 😀
  • Tom Venuto
  • Mark Sisson
  • The Poliquin group
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association

…is that reaching a point of muscular failure between 8 and 12 reps produces the best gains in size.

5 reps or less/set are not optimal for size gains. Shoot to reach failure between 8-12 reps Click To Tweet




Grrrrr. This annoys me. Guys that go into the gym with no structured plan and no way to keep a record of the weights and reps completed.

One of the most important factors in the muscle-building game is progressive overload i.e. making small, incremental strength increases in every muscle group over time. If you aren’t keeping records, you haven’t a clue what’s going on.

Fact is, you need to know the best exercises to stimulate growth, how often to hit each muscle, and exactly how many sets and reps to do…and log all of it. You get all of this for free by downloading my THT training package.




A diet with adequate fat intake allows your body to optimize its production of anabolic hormones. These are:

  1. Growth Hormone
  2. Testosterone
  3. IGF-1

So why go without them? You can still build muscle on a low-fat diet, but why make things hard for yourself? Take the fast lane to success. Even when cutting, you need fat intake as the resultant anabolic hormones help prevent you from losing muscle in the process.

Dietary fat allows your body to optimize its production of anabolic hormones. Click here for more Click To Tweet


Great sources of fat for building muscle are:

  • Whole eggs
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Red meat
  • Butter
  • Full-fat milk
  • Cheese
  • Avocado

If you want my diet that will ensure you are getting enough fat, calories and protein every day, pop your details in below for instant access.


Got all 5? Great! If you need any help, ask me below and I’ll help out 🙂

Mark McManus

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