|Have your muscles stopped growing?|
|No matter how hard you try, do you find you can't lift anything heavier?|
|Are your workouts getting too intense for you to handle?|
So how are you getting on with the weight training?
The full-body training in the Chest Sculpting Blueprint has given my clients and me some powerful results. We've all been amazed by how quickly the fat has escaped our bodies, and how quickly the muscle has piled on.
I recently had a 63 year old customer who is a FedEx pilot, tell me the amazing gains he has made on this program. He managed to put on 12 lb of muscle. This guy has done so well, that he holds a conference in his 777 flight deck every month, educating his colleagues on fitness.
If you like, I can dig out his email testimonial for you at a later date.
One thing that bothered me when I was on the Chest Sculpting Program, is as I put more and more weight on the bar, my workouts were getting more and more intense. At one point my workouts got so intense, that I started to dread those Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when I would train. I also wasn't able to progress any more in most of my lifts. The weights were just getting to be too much.
So what do you do if you're in this situation?
What do you do if you are stuck on one lift, say the bent-over barbell row, even though your back muscles are still puny? No matter how hard you try, you still can't increase the weight without cheating to finish your reps.
Well you'll be happy to know that the first issue of the Advanced Chest Sculpting Series is all about blasting through these plateaus.
The secret is to use something called periodization, where you change your routine up to SHOCK your muscles into new growth.
See, the trouble is, that your body is always seeking balance or “homeostasis”. Where you are trying to burn fat and grow muscle, your body reacts by adapting so it can counteract the stressor that is burning your stored fat and forcing your muscles to grow.
When it comes to muscle growth, your muscles are wrapped tightly inside an interconnected network of tough fibrous connective tissue known as fascia. This fascia limits the amount of space your muscles have to grow.
As you train, not only do your muscles get stronger, but so do the connective tissue and fascia surrounding your muscles. It gets to the point where the connective tissue gets so strong, that your muscles can no longer grow, no matter how hard you push yourself. Homeostasis achieved! Your body is happy that your muscles can no longer grow.
But you and I are far from happy.
We want big muscles and almost zero fat. We want to look good on the beach, and couldn't give a toss about the body's need for homeostasis.
What WE want is to find a way to override the body's homeostatic mechanisms for preventing muscle growth. We need to find a way to make that fascia as loose and flexible as when we first started training. We need to decondition that fascia, so our muscles can grow.
But how do we do this?
The secret is with periodization.
According to Davis's law, fascia will remodel itself (becoming stiffer and denser) along lines of stress. When we practice a movement repetitively, soft tissue will remodel itself in the direction of the desired movement so that the tissue becomes stronger at dealing with the forces in that particular direction.
With periodization, we can attack that fascia along different lines of stress that it hasn't yet adapted for. When you do this, you'll find that your muscle continues to grow, and your strength continues to increase.
With the periodization tactics I mention in Issue #1 of the Advanced Chest Sculpting Series, you could be just a few weeks away from adding some serious extra poundage to your barbell row, shoulder press, and all other movements, thereby leading to new levels of muscle growth and fat loss you have never before experienced.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the body's safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails, and get started on the Advanced Chest Sculpting Series: