Left photo 2 years ago, diet was VERY strict, timings etc..very self contious, everything was prepped/timed ...1 cheat meal at weekend, 6am fasted cardio sessions, fat burners... the lot...got very obbessed with tryin to get shredded & have abs..literally took over my life & rather than it being a hobby it became a chore...yes it worked but it was not enjoyable... Right photo is to this current day, 2 stone heavier sitting at 14 n half stone, diet is good, i still prep my food,but am by no means strict to the point where it drives me crazy, have 2 or more cheat days..or if i fancy somate ill have it, i still take supps, my strength is going through the roof...and you know what im happy...its back to being a pure hobby...i dont obbess no more & im ALOT more confident in myself... i feel great and still look good...getting the look ive always wanted..BIGGGGG BUT STILL ABIT LEAN......enjoy what you do, do what worls for you and makes you happy... NEVER GIVE UP EVER....🤙🏼💯💪🏼😈
My thoughts on evolving your mental space, and tips on WHY I do heavy explosive reps (even in relation to building MUSCLE)
As an athlete your mental space evolves all the time, and so too as a human, and as a business. Btw if you're uncomfortable with how my story evolves as I journey, feel free to unfollow. I don't mind. I care for how everyone progresses and overcomes their challenges with an approach grounded in understanding and truth. I care for everyone, I don't care much for everyone's opinions, apart from how I may learn from them. Forgive me for that's how I am. But if you find the tips useful to implementing into your own progress, then that's great. That's my purpose for the frequent long writeups - scroll, read and apply as you wish
Heavy explosive reps don't build much muscle at all, alone. BUT in building mass one thing people fail to account for is capacity, particularly how much your Central Nervous System (CNS) can work and activate those muscles EFFICIENTLY for more growth. **The more efficient the CNS, the more volume you can put in!** That's how strength helps build mass as you progress. Afterall, volume of muscle stimulation against resistance is the key driver of muscle growth. But how does one lifter with larger capacity compare with another lifter?
Since Vol = Weight x sets x reps x tension per rep, a lifter with a more efficient CNS (ie stronger) can either bump up the weight bc he'a stronger, OR perform more sets, OR reps, OR acquire more quality time under tension, or a combination of 2/3/4 factors, ALL without feeling any more fatigued than a lifter who doesn't train for strength at all. This means his volume can be increased in many ways. These 4 variables can all be tweaked easily by a strong lifter to reap diff types of muscle adaptations. That's why performing strength mvmts is also beneficial for growth. In honesty one can create a fantastic physique without strength exs. But strength exs are just another beneficial tool to have in your training portfolio to reap the lean mass gains you desire. Applies to cutting fat (/recomping) too as volume preservation (/progress) will be critical
Vids from ytd's squats in sequence