Whatever Happened to Big and Strong?

I am just going to go ahead and say it – size does matter!

Whatever happened to big and strong?Now, before you kickback and laugh and shake your head in disagreement. Before you pipe-up and tell me that strength and power are much more important than size. Or that lean, agile muscle will always win in terms of functionality.

May I remind you of the periodization of weight training:

Progress begins with hypertrophy.

With that in mind, it is time to put our hard-headedness aside and accept the fact there is room for both sides in the world of weight and sport-specific training.

There is a space for those that want to be big and strong…all at once.

Let’s start with an overview of periodization. Gym progress should, more or less, follow this typical program design:

  • Hypertrophy
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Power

By following a proper design, you ensure you are priming your muscles for the next step and you are taking the opportunity to build proper symmetry to avoid any related injuries. This is making the most of each step of your training. Moving on safely and effectively in your program happens when you max out the results of the previous step. This makes training more fun and variant and avoids the dreaded plateau.

Each step of your program includes its own rep range, allowing you to train for that specific goal:

  • Hypertrophy = 8-12 rep range
  • Strength = 4-6 rep range
  • Endurance = 15+ rep range
  • Power = 1-3 rep range

Regardless of your rep range, your body’s ability to pull oxygen and nutrients to the muscles is dependent on its oxidative capacity, or the muscle’s ability to pull oxygen out of the blood stream. This allows for optimal nutrient delivery to the muscle, helping with muscle recovery and growth. Therefore, the larger the capillary network, the more blood and oxygen can be delivered to the muscles. Nitric oxide (N02), a naturally occurring gas, is present every time a muscle contracts and is largely responsible for this delivery.

During a workout, hemodialation (the widening of the blood channels) leads to increased blood flow. This increased blood flow causes the sough-after pump. Muscles look fuller, feel tighter and your ego is slightly enlarged! The pump feeling, however, is temporary and lasts only slightly longer than your workout. By supplementing with an N02 hemodialator, you maintain the pump longer. This in the long run aids in increasing your overall strength and size, while decreasing the amount of time it takes to recover from a workout.

For this reason, ALLMAX Nutrition has designed HEMANOVOL. With a superior NO2 inducer such as HEMANOVOL, you can expect serious muscular volumizing pumps every time you train. This is partly due to its long-term time-released action that allows you to sustain the pump much longer after you put down the iron. This, in time, is accompanied by an increase in your overall size and strength.

So, go ahead, train for strength and supplement with the most superior hemodialator on the market.

Get bigger, stronger and faster than ever before!

Valeria Fazio

Valeria Fazio holds a B.A. Honors degree in history from Carleton University and a diploma in professional writing from Algonquin College. She has been competing in amateur fitness and figure competitions for three years, and has recently qualified for the 2011 Ontario Provincial Figure Championships. As a certified personal trainer and nutritional coach, Valeria helps others in her free time to achieve their fitness goals.

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