I am looking for a spark, something new so I am curious what you all have found for a good periodized system to gain mass and strength. I am not looking to overtrain, LOL.
I made some nice gains this last year but it is time to make some changes to keep things going.
I was reading through some of Clarence Bass's books to get his thoughts and was reading Bodybuilding.com.
Both have some good ideas, some I have tried and some have not.
I was reading this article. But the guy contradicts himself. He starts out by saying the Hypertrophy phase is fine but would be lost in later strength phases if volume is increased. Then later talks about a strength program of lower reps and set with heavier weights that build the most long term muscle. Hmmmhttp://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/keats2.htm
To add to this, he doesn't really give a solid example of his idea of a good periodized system. He mentions a few systems but doesn't mention if those sets and reps are per exercise of workout. Odd.
*** I was wrong. There is a part two linked at the bottom of the page. Looks like an interesting program and I may try it.
It can be tough super setting in our gym however if it is crowded because you might not have the bench when you come back from the second part of your set, LOL. I am also not sure I can do stiff legged deads after heavy squats and step ups! Too fatigued for good form!
He still doesn't really get into periodizing the workouts. He doesn't say how he would cycle the reps and sets, etc. Should one start the next 4-6 week cycle with higher reps and sets, less of a rest interval, etc?
Anyway, open to what you all found.