Tag Archives: hypertrophy

15 Things That Only Natural Ectomorphs Understand

| December 18, 2017 by Truth Seeker |

Being a natural ectomorph fighting gravity comes with frustration that only others in the shadow of ectomorphism can understand. I am one of those guys. I know how it feels to live the life of an ecto dancing with barbells. This post goes to you fellow ecto warriors. You will never lift alone. 1. The […]

Why the Planche and the Front Lever Won’t Make You Big

| May 26, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Believe it or not, the front lever and its counterpart the planche will not cause significant if any hypertrophy. Why? The number of reasons is longer than you may think. 1.Skill-based movements are not optimal for hypertrophy and basic strength development. When a movement is complex and demands too much skill, it immediately becomes less […]

Is Starting Strength a Bad Routine For Muscle Growth? It's fine. Don't bother overthinking. You are natural anyway.

| May 21, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The online muscle consciousness needed a long time to realize that the popular training program Starting Strength does not promote as much muscle growth as it was originally believed. You are certainly not gaining 60lbs of red meat during your first year of training even if you drink your milk and do squats with plenty of hip drive. I am […]

What is The Key to Hypertrophy? Strength? Reps? | Give me the secret, please!

| February 21, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

For many years, I have been trying to find the secret to bigger muscles. In this post, I will share my observations on the most common roads to hypertrophy. Strength = Muscle size? Many gurus (e.g., Mark Rippetoe, Lyle McDonald, Pavel Tsatsouline) have been saying for years that more weight on the bar equals bigger muscles […]

Does Olympic Weightlifting Really Build Muscle?

| May 30, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

Besides high levels of strength and explosiveness, most Olympic weightlifters display a solid muscular development too. This raises a question – can a man develop a large musculature by doing the two Olympic lifts (snatch and clean & jerk) and their variations? Size Vs. Strength Olympic weightlifters and bodybuilders are a very good example that […]