What’s your optimal training volume? [Interview]

This interview is detailed and to the point. Abel Csabai asked me everything about training volume.


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0:50 – How important is training volume compared to the other factors in training?

02:09 – How to best quantify training volume?

06:45 – What’s the optimal training volume? – what the research says

10:00 – What are the factors that determine if you respond well to high volume training?

14:00 – How much does lifestyle and recovery ability influence your volume tolerance?

20:30 – Do people make better on low volume routines (sometimes)?

22:57 – When should we INCREASE volume?

26:33 – The minimum effective dose vs maximum amount of volume

29:54 – The difference between doing the most we can and the minimum effective dose

35:20 – Schoenfeld’s 45 set-study

39:04 – Martin Berkhan, and people who swear by very low volume programs

41:09 – What volume should we choose for ourselves?

42:30 – How should we modify our volume? (what to look for)

43:40 – How much volume does Mennno do?

48:45 – Volume per session – what’s too little, whats too much? (training frequency talk)

51:00 – Counting effective reps instead of sets

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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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