T Nation

Bodybuilding Volume...

The measures of volume and intensity have a relatively clear place
in the programming of “strength” sports such as powerlifting and
weightlifting. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the
relevant aspects of the analysis and planning of schedules for
bodybuilders?

Volume (i.e. tonnage) measurements applied to “traditional” bodybuilding
programs appear meaningless. Intensity measurements also appear
difficult as one typically doesn’t ascertain their 1RM in such bodybuilding
mainstays as the concentration curl.

Thus far, I have considered the total number of lifts and average lifts/set
as potentially relevant factors, but there does not appear anything to
substantiate these considerations. Is the “science” of bodybuilding simply
limited to correlating training, nutrition, drug schedules to increases in
body dimensions?

John Hall