What is the best way to build muscle?

Is it piling the most plates possible and banging out squats, deadlifts, and bench presses like the powerlifters do. 

Is it finding throwing kegs, hoisting stones, and carrying the heaviest dumbbells possible as in strongman training.

Or is it exercising with crazy high volume and destroying each muscle from every imaginable angle as most bodybuilders do.

Research tells us that moderate reps with a greater time under tension is the best for creating an optimal environment for muscle hypertrophy, but is that the best method?

Strongmen, powerlifters, and bodybuilders all develop piles of muscle despite hitting the weights with different goals and intensities, which tells us there may be more to hypertophy than your basic 4 sets of 12 for each body part. 

Each training philosophy has it’s pluses and minuses as the relationship between load and time under tension are analyzed for muscular hypertrophy. 

Check out the link below from T-Nation for a more in depth way to promote maximal muscle growth.


About Eric Bach Performance

Eric Bach is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1) with a degree in Kinesiology Concentrated in Human Performance and Emphasizing Sports Performance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. A former collegiate Strength Coach Eric now resides in Denver, Colorado. Eric coaches clients at Forza Fitness and Performance Center and trains everyone from weekend warriors and post rehabilitation patients to professional athletes. Eric developed his passion for fitness through a competitive sports career which included competitive Olympic lifting, Football, Track and Field, and Powerlifting. Eric is a self proclaimed fitness nerd who enjoys reading, eating, deadlifting, and living a healthy and fullfilling life while helping others dominant their lives in and out of the gym. Eric can be contacted at ericbachperformance.com for all consultations and questions

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