The MF Guide to Intermediate Bodybuilding

Ever heard the corporate catch-phrase It's more important to work smart than to work hard Yeah, we're sick of it, too, but successful bodybuilding really does require both. Training smart doesn't mean charging into the gym every day and taking every set to failure. Little in the way of research suggests that constantly training to failure promotes gains in strength, power or lean body mass. In contrast, it often appears to lead to overuse-type musculoskeletal injuries, and almost inevitably...

MF Guide to Intermediate Bodybuilding

By Jeff O'Connell Senior Writer and Dan Wagman, PhD, CSCS Photo by Robert Reiff Men perish because they cannot join the beginning with the end, wrote Alcamaeon, the first recorded anatomist, circa 500 B.C. Were the Greek physician-philosopher alive to study the anatomies of bodybuilders circa A.D. 2002, he might conclude the same of any training regimen that fails to transport a beginner to advanced status. Between those two extremes, of f course, lies that vast, rocky terrain known as...

Periodizing Your Volume Intensity

Subscribe and Save Renew Your Subscription Give a Gift By Jeff O'Connell Senior Writer and Dan Wagman, PhD, CSCS The M amp F Guide to Intermediate Bodybuilding The main reason your bodypart training frequency will fluctuate as an intermediate is that you should now begin periodizing your training. Periodization simply means manipulating the different variables of your training regimen to maximize results. Even bodybuilders who train and compete for a living don't go pedal to the metal...