My book is based on this one concept…
…training to failure aka passing your “break-over point.”
Lets put aside all the academic debate and text books and let me define “training to failure’ as HARD WORK – gut busting all-out effort.
Did you get that? ALL OUT EFFORT.
I’m not talking, like a marathon race but like the 100 m dash.
Marathon training (with weights) is when you fall over because of set after set which results in fatigue – not overload.
Do I need to remind you that you must FORCE your muscles to grow?
I don’t need to remind you that growth does NOT come easy – it must literally be *forced*.
Ending a set just because you’ve completed an arbitrary number of reps and sets has been completed has nothing to do with stimulating muscle building.
Even if you can curl 100 lbs for 10 reps, and you never attempt that 11 th rep, your body has no reason to change and simply laughs back at you saying, “No problem… we’ve done this before.”
Your body will ALWAYS try and maintain it’s existing situation.
Too be honest, your body does not mind being skinny. Muscle is metabolically demanding (meaning you always have to feed it)and could care less if you get super buff and muscular.
Only when you impose some extraordinary demand on your body upon it will it change. You don’t need to be physiologist to understand that.
Carrying a set to momentary muscular failure ensures you pass through the *break-over-point* (as Mike Mentzer called it) – which is the level of effort in a set which growth stimulation commences.
Where is this point? Is it at 80% effort? 90% effort?
Nobody knows for sure but you can be certain that if you train at 100% effort, you have reached that *break-over-point*!
For those of you who are just new to weight training (less than 4 years), I suggest starting with 4 weeks of my Upside Down Training program then commence into the Beginner Intermediate 29 week training program at my site.
For those of you who have trained longer than 4 years, I suggest starting with 4 weeks of my Upside Down Training program then commence into the Advanced 29 week training program at my site.
If your goal is fat loss then start with the UDT phase for 4 weeks, then commence into either the Beginner or Advanced program like everyone else. You will simply follow a lower calorie meal plan and a more aggressive cardio program (included).
Vince Del Monte