Periodization and Myofibrillar/Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy

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    Periodization and Myofibrillar/Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy


    Alright, knowing that reps in the 4-8 range are better for myofibrillar hypertrophy and that reps in the 8-12 range are better for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, would it be better to try to incorporate both of these rep schemes into each workout, or focus on one only and switch back and forth every 6-8 weeks or so? Thanks.

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    I like to use both at all times, but it depends on your goal. Just remember that the more time you spend in one area, the more results you will get from rep range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSK
    Alright, knowing that reps in the 4-8 range are better for myofibrillar hypertrophy and that reps in the 8-12 range are better for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, would it be better to try to incorporate both of these rep schemes into each workout, or focus on one only and switch back and forth every 6-8 weeks or so? Thanks.
    One matter of consideration that needs (I would like to see) to be incorporated in the discussion of and application of these is TUT and the eccentric and concentric effort.
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    i train each body part twice a week like Derek's training plan. so i do one day that is heavy in the 4-6 rep range and the other day for that bodypart in the 10-12 rep range. this way i get the best of both worlds each week.

    on another note, does anyone (i bet BoBo does) know any authors who have done studies on myofibrillar/sarcoplasmic hypertrophy that i can search for on PubMed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSK
    Alright, knowing that reps in the 4-8 range are better for myofibrillar hypertrophy and that reps in the 8-12 range are better for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, would it be better to try to incorporate both of these rep schemes into each workout, or focus on one only and switch back and forth every 6-8 weeks or so? Thanks.
    Poliquin and others recommends accumulation and intensitification phases of 2-3 weeks each.
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    I usually train for each 3 weeks at a time.
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    Wow, just 3 weeks? I guess with such short cycles, your body wouldn't have sufficient time to decondition itself from the alternate rep range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syr
    Poliquin and others recommends accumulation and intensitification phases of 2-3 weeks each.

    Explain this?
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    Alternate 2-3 weeks of each:

    Accumulation phase: (high volume)
    Reps: 8-20
    Sets per exercise: 3-4
    Rest intervals: 60-90 secs
    Exercises per bodypart: 2-3
    Time under tension per set: 40-60 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 6-8

    Intensification phase: (high intensity)
    Reps: 5-8
    Sets per exercise: 4-5
    Rest intervals: 3-4 mins
    Exercises per bodypart: 1-2
    Time under tension per set: 30-40 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 8-10


    Gonna try this myself soon, I'm used to having the same training routine for like 6 weeks most of the time..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bda55
    Alternate 2-3 weeks of each:

    Accumulation phase: (high volume)
    Reps: 8-20
    Sets per exercise: 3-4
    Rest intervals: 60-90 secs
    Exercises per bodypart: 2-3
    Time under tension per set: 40-60 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 6-8

    Intensification phase: (high intensity)
    Reps: 5-8
    Sets per exercise: 4-5
    Rest intervals: 3-4 mins
    Exercises per bodypart: 1-2
    Time under tension per set: 30-40 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 8-10


    Gonna try this myself soon, I'm used to having the same training routine for like 6 weeks most of the time..
    BDA- You're gonna see some damn good strength and muscle gains using that program. I've been training with Poliquin for the last 12 weeks and the gains are unbelievable.
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    OK...something training related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jminis
    I usually train for each 3 weeks at a time.
    Mee to..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bda55
    Alternate 2-3 weeks of each:

    Accumulation phase: (high volume)
    Reps: 8-20
    Sets per exercise: 3-4
    Rest intervals: 60-90 secs
    Exercises per bodypart: 2-3
    Time under tension per set: 40-60 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 6-8

    Intensification phase: (high intensity)
    Reps: 5-8
    Sets per exercise: 4-5
    Rest intervals: 3-4 mins
    Exercises per bodypart: 1-2
    Time under tension per set: 30-40 secs
    Total sets per bodypart: 8-10


    Gonna try this myself soon, I'm used to having the same training routine for like 6 weeks most of the time..
    Are there other recommendations in this particular routine, like super setting antagonists or anything like that?
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    Check out some stuff by Thibadeau, mainly his Eastern European Bodybuilding articles. He is big on this type of periodization just like Poliquin. I actually tried one of his methods a while back, packed on a lot of strength very quickly.
  

  
 

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