The concept of “shocking” your muscles into growth is one of the oldest maxims in fitness—but that’s because it’s sound advice. If you’ve hit a plateau in gaining size and strength, it’s time to try this time tested wisdom out and get into something new. I’ll show you what this means over the next eight weeks, using a classic training strategy that will jolt your body into growth all summer.
How It Works:
You’re going to spend one month training with heavy weights, low reps, and a low volume of sets. The following month, you’ll lighten the load, raise the reps, and up the sets. Heavy lifting is very draining, sending the signal that your body needs all its reserves to adapt to stress. When that stress is suddenly removed, your muscles are free to grow faster.
The program has two four-week phases, each containing four workouts.
How to Do it:
Weeks 5–8: Perform the exercises marked “A” and “B” in alternating fashion. So you’ll do one set of A, rest, the one set of B, rest, and repeat. The remaining exercises are done as straight sets. In Phase II, you’ll perform 5 sets of 10–12 reps—except where otherwise noted—and rest 60–90 seconds.