I've been thinking lately about muscular size and what actually is the best method to stimulate it. At this present moment in time I feel that progressive reistance combined with a positive calorie (adequate protein) will acheive this.
But then with my own experiences something throws me off course. My legs just seem to grow no matter what I do, whether it be: high volume, low volume, 20 reps x1, periods without training and so forth. Right now my quads measure at 28" (and still growing)@ a bodyweight of 212lbs (6ft 2). But no matter how hard i try with my upper body progress moves at a snails pace, what gives?
Is it that genetics are the 'Bottom Line' and no matter what protocol you follow, you will grow how nature intended? Other than chemical enhancement of course.
Hopefully i can get a better insight to this through some of the other guys experiences here
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Heavy and hard always works for me.
either lift very heavy weights, or very intensly going to failure, a mixture of both have helped me get big and strong
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Certain bodyparts will always grow easier than others...everyone is like this.
Different methods for different bodyparts.
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For me, it's been heavy and low reps (3-6) for lower body. Heavy and higher reps(8 reps) for upper. This may change eventually, but for now it seems to be working.
I like doing HackSquat or legpress with 2 FortyFive for 50 reps, for 3 sets... I feel that high reps for lower muscle works greater for me...
try very heavy extreme stretching...for instance hang from a chinup bar with a 100 lbs dumbbell tied to ur belt.after about a minute or two, your lats will be screaming..
you can use extreme stretching for any bodypart.
i picked this up from Dogg's program
Some people have bodyparts that grow faster than others.
Also, it might just be your perception. Let me guess - you're always stressed out about your upper body, but not too critical about your lower body? Just because you don't care about your lower body as much as your upper body could give you the perception that your lower body is gaining fast just because you don't pay as much attention.
Kinda like if you have a friend that you see everyday, and he goes on a diet. His loss of weight will be very gradual to you, and it won't seem like he lost that much as opposed to if you met him once a month. Then you'll be like, "Whoa, you lost a lot of weight." Your upper body is the friend that you see everyday. Your lower body is the friend that you see every month. I know it's a bad analogy but you get the idea.
Increased Intensity (more reps, more weight, shorter rest intervals) + calorie surplus = muscle, and some fat gained.
somewhat what I eat...