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The driver of strength is intensity but the driver of hypertrophy is volume
Soreness is not a barometer of an effective or good workout! You want to feel the muscle group worked but should hover around a soreness of 3 out of 10
You’re better off cutting your workout short and hitting a focused 30 minutes than going through the motions for 60 minutes
Breathing properly during & after exercise is critical for telling your body you’re safe:
(1) maintain a breath-hold during the lowering/eccentric most dangerous part of the movement & exhale on the concentric portion
(2) try physiologic sigh for 2-5 minutes post-workout and/or between strenuous bouts (double inhale through the nose followed by long exhale through mouth) Box method - 5 each side inhale/exhale
Hypertrophy target: a minimum of 10 working sets, per muscle group, per week, 5-30 reps per set
You did not get hurt deadlifting because deadlifts are dangerous. You only get hurt deadlifting because you either got in a bad position – you got in a bad position because you either started in a bad position or you ended up in a bad position. You did too much volume, too much intensity, or too much complexity.
(1)choose exercises that will take you through the full range of motion
(2) choose exercises you feel stable and comfortable with
(3) priority is to maintain good form
(4) balance between movement areas
General exercise breathing protocol: maintain a breath-hold during the lowering/eccentric most dangerous part of the movement & exhale on the concentric portion - 312.
Breathing strategy for reps: you don’t have to reset breathing and focus on it every rep as that can be energy consuming – if hitting 3-8 reps, every third breathe reset and go
Progressive Overload: Adaptation is a natural response to stress; therefore, you must challenge your system.
Monitoring and Recording:
Begin with a weight that allows you to perform 8-12 reps with proper form in all four sets. Only after comfortably completing all four sets should you consider increasing the weight.
If training for hypertrophy: err on the side of greater recovery – towards 3 days for the same muscle group – because you want to allow protein synthesis to occur (takes 48-72 hrs)
Getting into an ice bath immediately after a hypertrophy session negates the benefits so much, you might as well not do the session – it’s about 10% attenuation
Sauna (or hot bath) increases blood flow and augments strength & hypertrophy – but now you need to seriously consider proper hydration
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