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You want more muscle.
You want muscle growth continually over time.
You want CHRONIC HYPERTROPHY.
Chronic hypertrophy means that you don’t just gain muscle for a few months or even a year. It means your training should be structured in such a way that you can keep gaining and gaining over the long term.
But how? Let’s look at this specifically in terms of reps and sets.
Reps & Sets
First a couple of definitions for any newcomers to the game.
- Rep – A single cycle of lifting and lowering a weight
- Set – A number of consecutive reps without rest
Others may do aerobics, stretching, cross training etc. Perhaps their goal is to improve endurance, flexibility, balance, or improve a specific sport skill. There are all sorts of ways to train for all manner of different goals, but we’re about training for muscle growth.
So a program designed specifically to build larger muscles must cause the specific and necessary adaptations that we’re after.
In my opinion, this involves the following training cycles:
- Targeted Hypertrophy
- Mixed (a mix of hypertrophy and strength adaptations)
Important: It is impossible to isolate an adaptive response here. The hypertrophy phase will cause strength gains, and the strength phase will cause size gains. However, each phase has its area of primary focus, with other adaptations following as a nice side effect.
THT is a weight training system designed specifically to ignite muscular hypertrophy.
THT has this well covered as we train in the following rep ranges.
- Hypertrophy – 8-12 Rep Range
- Mixed Strength & Size – 6-8 Rep Range
Why bother with the mixed phase if you only want to train for growth? You always have to get stronger to add more muscle. In other words, you need to be adding more weight to the bar over time (small increases work best).
Factoring in these mixed periods ensure that your gains are not just short-term, but ongoing i.e. chronic hypertrophy.
Switching between these phases means the bigger you get, the stronger you get, the bigger you get, the stronger you get, the bigger you get, the stronger you get, the bigger you get, the stronger you get, the bigger you get, the stronger you get…. 😉
There are of course other factors involved here like frequency of training, volume, intensity, correct mix of compound & isolation movements, optimal rest between sets, and so on. THT has got all of this covered too.
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I heard an explanation that really helps understand this. I can’t remember which twitch does what, but there are fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers.
Endurance (high reps) uses one of the twitches.
Strength (low reps; big weight) uses the other twitch
Hypertrophy (training for size) uses both
Could you give examples of each phase using weight amount examples
Mark, I’ve been on your THT & TSPA programs the last couple years and have never been stronger…my question here is concerning negatives, do you use them? I’ve heard there another great way of breaking down the muslce fibers and furthering the growth process.
@John. Well endurance would be much higher reps and also more aerobic work too. That type of work recruits slow twitch fibers. Running, swimming, and so forth.
All the rep ranges above (from 6 up to 12) are all growth-promoting. They all predominantly recruit fast twitch muscle fibers.
@John. Not 100% sure what you mean but the lower the rep range, the more weight you can use. You can use my rep range calculator to estimate what weight to use at different rep ranges https://musclehack.com/tht-rep-range-calculator/
@Danny. Very rarely and they are not necessary for stimulating growth. Negatives are an example of using more than 100% of 1 rep max (although that sounds impossible it isn’t). As such it is a “supermaximum load”. I incorporated supermaximum loads into the Arms Blast Experiment routine. Apart from rare occasions like that, I don’t use them much.
Mark would it be any better to use a Hypertrophy – 8-12 Rep Range and
Strength 6-8 Rep Range in a single workout example
Squats 6-8 reps
Leg press 8-10 reps
Leg extensions 10-12
There are many ways to go about “periodizing” your workouts in this way. Within workouts, or every other workout, or switching rep ranges every 3 weeks for example. I’m not going to say I’m rigidly against such strategies, but I recommend 10-week training cycles per rep range because of the ability to optimize the neural adaptations of a single rep range. This would lead to faster and higher weight progressions within the given rep range. For more on this read my article on muscle confusion
Thanks for link and advice Mark 🙂
Hey Mark. I have been following your program for a few months now and have seen remarkable results. I am much more cut than I used to be. I do have one question, however, when it comes to dumbbell exercises. One arm is usually stronger than the other so when you max out with your weaker arm should you stop lifting with the stronger arm as well or continue until maxing out with that arm. I have been stopping both arms when the weaker gives out but I feel like I am cheating the stronger arm.
@Jerry. Go to failure on both arms. The stronger arm won’t be getting enough stimulation to grow if you stop when the weaker arm gives out.