Exercise selection roundtable w/ E. Helms & M. Israetel

Categories: Training

Along with my esteemed colleagues and friends Eric Helms and Mike Israetel, we discuss optimal exercise selection practices for muscle growth and strength development.



  • 00:48 Menno defines “Exercise Selection”
  • 07:04 Eric gives his views on what “Exercise Selection” is
  • 08:22 Mike adds his opinion on these terms
  • 10:55 Menno responds to Mike’s points on the bilateral deficit
  • 13:18 Eric jumps in to address the topic around EMG-readings brought up by Menno
  • 15:30 Mike talks about whether or not some exercises are better than others for hypertrophy
  • 20:11 Eric comments on the points being made by Mike that compound lifts should be the bread and butter
  • 21:21 Menno shares his thoughts on deadlifts for hypertrophy?
  • 24:18 Mike appends on deadlifts for hypertrophy and the issue with axial loading
  • 28:00 Eric expands on the topic around deadlifts for hypertrophy
  • 30:07 Furthermore, Eric moves on to talking about how often people should vary exercises
  • 34:08 Menno talks about his principles on exercise variation
  • 36:02 Mike gives his slightly different view on exercise variation
  • 41:59 Eric responds to Mike’s theory for the necessity for more frequent variation
  • 48:03 Mike criticises Eric’s view and brings up a question for Eric
  • 51:49 Mike replies with his understanding of “Variation”
  • 55:02 Eric follows up with sharing his view on the term “variation”
  • 56:17 Menno finishes with talking about the necessity of variation for hypertrophy
  • 59:42 Mike brings up the important point about common misconceptions and mistakes people make when it comes to exercise selection
  • 1:04:35 Eric shares his thoughts on switching exercises from microcycle to microcycle
  • 1:07:55 Eric follows up with talking about too many exercises in one single session
  • 1:09:42 Mike responds to the issue of exercise rotation from workout to workout and touches on junk volume


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Menno Henselmans

Formerly a business consultant, I've traded my company car to follow my passion in strength training. I'm now an online physique coach, scientist and international public speaker with the mission to help serious trainees master their physique.

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