Let’s look at a typical bodybuilding workout that is posted on numerous message boards across the internet. It will look something like this:
Barbell chest press: 3 sets of 12 reps
Incline barbell chest press:3 sets of 12 reps
Decline barbell chest press: 3 sets of 12 reps
Flat dumbbell flyes: 3 sets of 12 reps
Now I’m not trying to knock anyone that uses this type of bodybuilding workout. Most people just don’t know any better. They read a few articles or read a popular bodybuilding magazine and since the pros say that they train this way then it must be good for anyone else, right? Now I’m not here to knock bodypart training, I like it and I used it. What I’m knocking is the decision made in designing that bodybuilding workout.
The sets and reps are typically 3 sets of 10 or 12 reps. Since that’s what has been used for decades, no one thinks outside the box. The average gym trainer doesn’t see the need to train with multiple rep ranges. Multiple rep ranges used will result in both strength and size increases which ultimately lead to more muscle.
Lower rep work will recruit fast twitch muscle fibers which have a greater chance of growth. Most people ignore the lower rep work in favor of higher bodybuilding rep schemes and that severely limits a physique.
Another misguided thought process about most of the bodybuilding workouts that you see is that almost no one focuses on different periods of training. What I mean is that most people are concerned with just training with higher reps instead of using different periods of training that will lead to more muscle growth. Remember, you need to have a plan with your bodybuilding workout.
That’s why I advise what’s known as accumulation and intensification periods. While I have spoken about the need for undulating periodization for a six pack ab workout before, I do think that most bodybuilding workout plans should be based around the accumulation and intensification principles.
Basically, you first “accumulate” muscle by using a typical bodybuilding workout approach. So you would use your three or four sets of ten to fifteen reps to cause muscle damage and increase muscle breakdown in hopes that you’ll add more muscle size. This is done for four to six weeks. After that period of time you’ll be in the intensification period where you’ll use more sets (around 4 to 6) and less reps (around 4 to 8) and handle heavier weight.
Based on the muscle mass that you have built in the accumulation period, you’ll know be able to handle greater weight which will help you handle more weight when you go back to the accumulation period. See how it’s a cycle that will increase the results of your bodybuilding workout?
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