Volume Training, Old Method New Age

Blow it up with this modern-day twist on a timeless classic


It’s undeniable. Whether fortifed with solid research or enshrined in the practice of the giants, the more you do, the bigger you get. Some 40 years ago, volume training was common practice among the best of the best. Seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger, who epitomized the perfect physique and brought the sport to its rightful place, did it. Tom Platz, who still holds legendary acclaim for the most massive thighs to step onstage, did it as well. Scores of other greats, like eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney followed, until a new breed of bodybuilders came along touting the benefts of far less volume. Under the guise of training regimes from the fIles of Nautilus pioneer Arthur Jones came successful competitors like Mike Mentzer. And there’s no denying the incredibly V-winged back of six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates. Others ensued with equally impressive results using both methods, and the debate of set superiority began. Sure, there have been modifcations to both the low-and high-volume training programs of yesteryear, but while the battle on the iron playing feld continues, overwhelming support suggests that to hang amongst the superthick, a volume-oriented approach is a must-try. And thus, this program is set.

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