11 Replies to “Building Muscle”

  1. Making a blanket statement like this is wrong. Everyone’s bodies respond differently to training. For example, my workouts are designed basically in the middle of this diagram and have given me amazing results. Take the time to listen to your body at the gym and find what works for YOU.

  2. Most people who take these infographics at face value are entirely new to something, and don’t know where to even start. And for those folks, this is probably an excellent way to go. Hell, lots of professional powerlifters will only hit 3-5 different exercises per workout. So, while “Everyone is different” is true, I think it would be hard to find a beginner lifter who wouldn’t spend their time better by first building a solid squat, bench, Deadlift, and overhead press. Once those are solid, adding in accessory work might be beneficial.

  3. There should be giant asterisk’s next to all of these… There are circumstances where it makes sense to not use full ROM for example, and form obsession can be as counterproductive as ignoring form entirely.

  4. Eccentric contractions are a good way to improve strength and size until you can do a full ROM up and down rep.

  5. People much smarter and experienced than I am in the iron game say to chase the pump for size.

    George Leeman was absurdly big and strong, and purposely cheated just to keep increasing weights. That being said, it may or may not be what got him to that level.

  6. Only true thing on the what not to do is to neglect form. Volume training has it’s purpose same with half reps. Everyone has different goals. Bodybuilding and powerlifting are very different and there are many more styles than those alone.

  7. This was made by someone that has no clue how bodybuilding works, which is what most people think of when they refer to building muscle. While it’s not my area of expertise, I’ve worked out with enough BB guys over the years to say they know what they’re doing.

    The advice referred to in the shitty graphic is better for functional strength training than building muscle, pretty much the less popular form of weight training.

    *-Former competitive powerlifter & strength/rehab coach.*

Comments are closed.