Soft-core approach does not = Hard-core results.

Too many "would be" bodybuilders expect to have size and strength with minimal efforts and a copy of Muscle Fitness Magazine. Following a three hour, massive volume, low intensity workout may work wonders for steroid fed athletes with an adaquate base. These forementioned "pump worouts" do little for regular weight lifting trainees. If there is not sufficient force to tear a muscle fiber (myofibral) there is not sufficient stimuli to initiate change in that muscles structure. Training to get big and stronger is all about sufficient stimulation. Many successful bodybuilders have laid the foundation to their musculature with an athletic based, strength programs. When asked, off hand how to get bigger I typically respond, lift to you puke. Many former high school and college football players remember fondly, with languishing agony, the hours spent under a squat bar or pulling an unmovable weight in the deadlift. Following periodization tecniques that allow for stimulation and adaptation with aqaquate deloading phases. Many of these concepts are lost on many personal trainers for they are not schooled in fundamental exercise physiology. Low intensity high volume training may do wonders for making a woman look reasonably better in a two piece bathing suit. Low intensity training will not initiate appreciative muscle growth. You can't have visible striations in a muscle, unless you can see that muscle. As Arnold would say in Education of a Bodybuilder "you have to put down the clay, to mold the clay". Training hard isn't just about how many hours you put in the gym, it's about what you do when you are there. Bodybuilding "pump" routines are great to flush the muscle with blood. This type of workouts cause temporary growth, or transient hypertrophy. Transient meaning lasting for a short time. When you are posing in front of the mirror the pump is everything, but you can't pump up muscles you don't have. I remember times in my training when a gym worker would advise caution for I looked wobbly, as though I was ready to pass out, I would respond glowingly I'm just getting to where I need to be. My Personal Euphoria. No Guts - No Glory

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