I’ve trained with some seriously strong dudes over my time, the legendary Dorian Yates, Branch Warren, Mike Rashid and Mike O’Hearn all spring to mind. O’Hearn is a crazy cat, I’ve never seen someone move mammoth poundages with apparent ease like that guy. It’s like watching your dad when your 7 years old, thinking nobody could possibly be any stronger than him.
My own strength ratings are pretty good I guess, in the past I’ve gone up to 7 plates aside on squats and benched over 4 plates aside. But does any of this really matter when the purpose of your endeavours in the gym is to sculpt a physique rather than brag on Facebook about how strong you are?
I’d like to discuss this with you right now.
Part and parcel of getting bigger is to get stronger so strength does have some correlation with growth, you can’t escape that. If you’re training like a pussy you’re not going to get stronger, or bigger. At some point you’ve got to handle more weight to grow and there are times when crushing your PBs is the fastest route to added mass.
That’s the first bit I’d like you to consider, here’s the next.
Building muscle is an art form and requires more just lifting heavy weight. In my last email to you I shared the story about EMG (electromyography) testing and the findings which prevailed after the examination. The part which most heavily dictated muscle growth was your ability to combine sheer intensity with the mental intent to localise any given muscle as it faces resistance. By mentally engaging a muscle with more intent you grow more muscle.
Strength does matter but no more than your ability to apply force with your muscle from the mind. Building muscle is an amalgamation of getting stronger, brute intensity and sniper focus.
My workout tips are very popular within my daily newsletter ( sign up HERE) so I’ve collated together some more tricks to make your back grow. There’s a 3 step process which I encourage you to start using for the next 4 weeks to put this to the test. Just don’t forget to “bring it” to the gym and turn up the intensity because your workouts don’t mean s*** without enough intensity plugged in!
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