In the first part of this seminar, Chris explains why we need to abandon the traditional three-part model (mechanical tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage), which was based on a number of misunderstandings regarding how muscles produce force, when muscle fibers experience mechanical tension, and which muscle fibers grow after training.
In the second talk, Chris sets out a new explanation for how muscle growth occurs, based upon fundamental principles of muscle physiology, including the force-velocity relationship, the length-tension relationship, the size principle, and the various different types of fatigue. This new approach explains all of the findings of the literature that are otherwise very difficult to reconcile with the traditional three-part model of mechanical tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage.
In the third part of the seminar, Chris covers the key strength training variables of volume, load, range of motion, rest period duration, tempo, frequency, contraction mode, proximity to failure, concurrent training, exercise selection, advanced techniques, and periodization. The effects of each variable are explained in the light of the underlying physiology, which correctly predicts the outcomes of long-term training studies.
Finally, based on the analysis performed in the preceding three parts, the final talk of the seminar sets out a new approach to practical programming for muscle growth.
Each part of the seminar lasts approximately 45 – 60 minutes. Time will be set aside for questions after each part.
If you are at all interested in hypertrophy, whether for yourself or for your clients, then do not miss this opportunity! This will be the only time that this talk is delivered in public this year!