Hypertrophy work outs?

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    Dec 14, 2008 4:05 AM GMT
    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/mr_hypertrophy_1

    Anyone ever use it? Results? Thanks.
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    Dec 14, 2008 11:24 AM GMT
    its all about your diet...

    More energy in, less out= hypertrophy
    Less in, more out= weight loss.

    how you workout is not as important.

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    Dec 14, 2008 12:31 PM GMT
    emailaddress said
    More energy in, less out= hypertrophy



    That would be 'gain weight'/'bulk up'. hehe You can, after all, still gain weight but lose muscle size/mass.

    I think you need to balance both your workout and food intake. Working out intensely with little energy intake means losing weight. Working out intensely with high energy intake means the muscles you use more often hypertrophies.

    Hypertrophy, after all, works only on the muscles you use more often. The less you use it, the more likely it will degenerate.

    Muscles can be targeted locally, in contrast to adipose tissue. Hence if you have flab in your belly, doing more belly exercises does not mean you will lose fat faster in that area, but it does mean that your belly muscles will increase size/number of fibers the more you exercise it.
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    Dec 14, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    Sedative said
    emailaddress said
    More energy in, less out= hypertrophy



    That would be 'gain weight'/'bulk up'. hehe You can, after all, still gain weight but lose muscle size/mass.
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    i was speaking under the assumption that the original poster works out.


    say if someone is taking the same diet, the end result isnt going to vary that much between a "hypertrophy workout" and a, say, westside barbell program.


    some diet regime goes better with certain program, its difficult to accurately evaluate a program without prior knowledge of one's diet.
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    Dec 14, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    *nods* icon_smile.gif My bad.

    Indeed, or worse, if he takes a hypertrophy workout without adjusting his diet, the previous 'less in, more out' you mentioned, it'd probably even result in losing gains as the body cannibalizes its resources.
  • ChrisHouston

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    Dec 15, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
    Yes, I've used that workout technique on-and-off for quite a while now.

    The people at the HST forums are pretty friendly and helpful, too.

    http://www.hypertrophy-specific.com/cgi-bin/ib314/ikonboard.cgi

    As for results, it's been pretty good. A lot of detractors write it off after a few days because they don't "feel" the workout, but you're pretty much guaranteed to see results near the end of 8 weeks, both in muscle size and in strength.

    It's very good at preventing injury and burn-out, which i've found far more common with other approaches. The zig-zagging of weight ranges every 2 weeks allows any minor injuries get healed before they become major ones.