Article: Time Under Tension For Mass

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    Very useful and knowledgeable, Thanks..... I'm definitely going to give this a 100%
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    Good article, very informative.
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    This is one of the best articles I've read on here. I absolutely agree with it. interesting, these are the exact same principles that Mike Mentzer was preaching 30 years ago.
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    Yeah Owlicks... It is a great article. I like the basis that you lift heavy/moderate weight for a good amouth of reps.
    60 seconds I think he mentioned, and 6-12 reps should be done in that time frame. The weight shouldnt be lift so to speak and it should not be so heavy either where it can compromise form.
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    Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
    Yeah Owlicks... It is a great article. I like the basis that you lift heavy/moderate weight for a good amouth of reps.
    60 seconds I think he mentioned, and 6-12 reps should be done in that time frame. The weight shouldnt be lift so to speak and it should not be so heavy either where it can compromise form.
    If you want some interesting thoughts on this topic, I suggest http://www.amazon.com/High-Intensity.../dp/0071383301

    I've lifted for a long time and would always try to go as heavy as possible, but after reading Mentzer's book I realized that I had gotten out of touch with REALLY feeling the weight. If you watch people in the gym, 99% of them are just going through the motion. Mentzer's basic theory is that you should lift enough weight that 6 reps is failure. The weight should be lifted at 4 seconds up, 2 second hold, and 4 seconds down (add that up and it's precisely 60 seconds). People always talk about the last few reps of a set being the most important, but what does that make the initial 9 reps in a 12 rep set? Cardio? The idea here is to make ALL your reps as hard as those last two reps and only do 2 sets of 6 for each exercise.

    I'm very happy following this thus far, I'm stronger than I've ever been.
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    All sounds good Planning it all and timed is what takes a little more tuning along with the eating and rest!
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    Originally Posted by owlicks View Post
    I've lifted for a long time and would always try to go as heavy as possible, but after reading Mentzer's book I realized that I had gotten out of touch with REALLY feeling the weight. If you watch people in the gym, 99% of them are just going through the motion. Mentzer's basic theory is that you should lift enough weight that 6 reps is failure. The weight should be lifted at 4 seconds up, 2 second hold, and 4 seconds down (add that up and it's precisely 60 seconds). People always talk about the last few reps of a set being the most important, but what does that make the initial 9 reps in a 12 rep set? Cardio? The idea here is to make ALL your reps as hard as those last two reps and only do 2 sets of 6 for each exercise.

    I'm very happy following this thus far, I'm stronger than I've ever been.
    2 sets of 6 reps? After trying both one set to failure HIT (8 to 12 reps, worked well) and higher volume routines (like 5x5-8, worked OK) over the past year, I ended up coming to the conclusion that 2 sets to failure aiming for 6 reps would be ideal for most exercises.. How did you come up w/ that guideline for yourself?

    By the way, I have done the single limb negatives over the last month and ended up putting 1/4" on each arm, gained a bunch of strength and almost eliminated shoulder pain I had from an old injury as a pleasant and unexpected side-effect. They are awesome.
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    lol yes this is mikes idea alright and i know it works..
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    i love hit training, it so fast and to the point. you train on a whole new level of intensity. arthur jones used to take chickens and throw em' into an alligator tank and point at the chicken flapping until it's death saying: 'now that is true failure'. thats why people can lift cars with adrenaline, it is a great routine to maximize growth and gains!
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