Putting on size can be an uphill battle. Books say it’s a matter of training for sets of eight to 10 reps with heavy loads. But ask anyone who’s been doing that for years and is still a pencil-neck, and they’ll be quick to say it can’t be that simple. They’d be right.
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There are plenty of “tips” articles out there that tell you to: lift big, get more sleep, add more volume and eat a lot of chicken. Here are some things you might not have tried. We all know the importance of the squat, deadlift, overhead press and pullup. People often switch to exclusively training using machines; that’s fine, as long as they take second place to the big lifts. Don’t drop them off – they’re too important.