Training program periodization is well established to benefit athletes who compete to maximize performance at the date of competition. However, the literature on periodization for muscle growth is still quite uncompelling. Or maybe I should say ‘was uncompelling’, because a new study by Carvalho et al. (2020) just published very intriguing findings. The researchers gathered 26 men who could squat at least 1.5x their bodyweight and randomized them into one of 2 programs. Both programs consisted of 4 sets of squats and leg presses performed twice a week with maximal effort, but they differed as follows. The hypertrophy (HT) … Continue reading Study: Does becoming stronger help make us bigger?