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Simple Periodization For Muscle Hypertrophy

Absolutely stoked to have been featured on Juma Iraki​’s podcast. I’ve been a fan from day 1 and now

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February 24 · Issue #46 · View online

Absolutely stoked to have been featured on Juma Iraki​’s podcast. I’ve been a fan from day 1 and now I’ve been on myself! Topic was Simple Periodization For Muscle Hypertrophy.

Dr. Carl Juneau: Periodisation for Muscle Hypertrophy - YouTube
Juma is a class act and a true leader in educating people about exercise and science. If you haven’t heard any of his podcasts over at Iraki Nutrition, you’re in for a real treat. It’s a gold mine.
Simple Periodization For Muscle Hypertrophy
Who are we talking about?
– Joe
– 18 yo male
– Just starting out
– No injuries/diseases
– Beginner
Stages – from Practical Programming for Strength Training (Rippetoe and Baker, 2014):
– Beginners (making progress every day)
– Intermediates (making progress every week)
– Advanced (making progress every month or so)
Beginners periodization for muscle hypertrophy
– 2-3 times a week (Schoenfeld et al. 2016)
– 3 times a week for beginners full body
– Squat
– Bench Press
– Bent-Over Row
– Deadlift
– Shoulder Press
– Chin-up
– Abs (pick your favourite)
– Almost any rep range can work (Schoenfeld et al. 2017). You’ll train in the 5-12 rep range. This range is more efficient. You accumulate volume faster while building quite a bit of strength.
– Varying reps every workout helps you gain strength faster. Key findings from Greg Nuckols’ analysis (2018):
— Periodized vs nonperiodized overall (on average, periodized groups gained strength about 22% faster).
— “DUP has been used more frequently in the research [and] it’s the option with more evidence to support it at the moment.”
Easy DUP
5 6 7
6 7 8
7 8 9
8 9 10
9 10 11
10 11 12
6 weeks – 1 week off.
Rince and repeat until no daily gains (weights or reps).
When no gains for 2 workouts in a row, deload (reduce weights 10% and start over at 5 6 7 reps).
After 2 deloads, move up to intermediate.
– 2 sets during cycle 1
– 3 sets during cycle 2
– 4 sets during cycle 3
– 2 minutes between sets (Ahtiainen et al. 2005)
Training to failure:
– Train to failure on Friday only (thx to Mike Zourdos)
– Keep 2 reps in the tank on other days
Intermediate periodization for muscle hypertrophy
– Same 6-week cycle
– Easy day (Wednesday – 75% of Monday’s weights)
– Rince and repeat until no weekly gains (weights or reps).
– When no gains for 2 weeks in a row, deload (reduce weights 10% and start over).
– After 2 deloads, move up to advanced.
Advanced periodization for muscle hypertrophy
– Get a good trainer
– Buy Practical Programming for Strength Training (Rippetoe and Baker, 2014)
– Try our app
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For full references, check out the original post on my blog.

And now, today’s papers:
Strength and Hypertrophy Adaptations Between Low- vs. High-Load Resistance Training: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. - PubMed - NCBI
Periodization: What the Data Say • Stronger by Science
Intermittent energy restriction improves weight loss efficiency in obese men: the MATADOR study. - PubMed - NCBI
The Effects of Intensive Weight Reduction on Body Composition and Serum Hormones in Female Fitness Competitors
The time course for elevated muscle protein synthesis following heavy resistance exercise. - PubMed - NCBI
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