^^^ Thanks man thats a pretty good read... I''ll have to incorporate a few of those techniques on my next chest and see how it goes.
No. If this were true we could all take 5 lb dumbells and bench press it very slowly all day and grow. You need to cause the muscle to work harder everytime you go to the gym through progression. Your muscle progresses in work performed and it grows accordingly, provided the calories are ideal.[/QUOTE]
Oviously the intensitys have to be high enough as well, but why do you think heavy slow eccentrics work for muscle size?
You want an eccentric, concentric, and isometric phase to most of your lifts. The eccentric is when the muscle lengthens and the muscle is playing the roll of the resistive force and the weights are playing the roll of the motive force and when gravity becomes the resistive force, then the muscle is forced to shorten.
It is believed that during the eccentric phase most of the muscle breakdown is occurring and that is where the idea eccentrics are great for size came down; whether or not it is true is still a mystery.
If hypertrophy is the goal, compromise is the solution. You want TUT, heavy weight, and enough volume to sufficiently stimulate and break down the muscle tissue. Then of course you have diet playing a huge roll too.
Former Marine, UT-BSN, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT, CSCS
Current lifts: Squat: 545 | Deadlift: 600 | Bench: 425 | P. Clean: 325 | Press: 285