224: Volume vs. Intensity – Mesocycle Progression in Hypertrophy Part 1 w/ Eric Helms, Mike Israetel, Brian Minor & Jared Feather

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How should we progress a mesocycle for hypertrophy? Late 2019 Mike Israetel, Jared Feather, Tiago Faleiro, and Carl Juneau released an article suggesting set volume should be a central variable for a hypertrophy programme. Since coming out Brian Minor, Eric Helms and Jacob Schepis wrote a letter to the editor with some points of contention. In the podcast today we dig into these points, such as the role of fatigue in a mesocycle, the utility of the pump and soreness for helping modulate volume and much much more!

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Timestamps:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:41 Main reason for the Letter to the Editor
  • 04:23 Mike’s perception of the critique and talking about the reasoning behind the recommendation of 10-20 sets per week
  • 11:56 Response to why 10-20 sets may be too aggressive and actual critique to the paper
  • 15:31 Potential higher risk for injury
  • 20:31 Set progression & MEV to MRV
  • 27:18 Why not keep going if performance is still good?
  • 30:54 Pumps & Soreness
  • 47:44 Predictor of progress & why soreness & pumps are put above performance

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