I’ve been a lifter for years, on and off, and have gotten big, when your gait changes and you keep bumping into doorways, I’ve have injuries. I’ve been back into it for a while now and am about to go heavier on compound exercises so I’ve been reading some routines.
My question: I’ve read top research from universities and medical groups and none of the studies have ever shown getting maximum size by hitting a muscle once a week. Regardless of intensity or nutrition or anything. Most state optimal is every 48-72 hours. Sure, if you lift you’ll get stronger or bigger, depending on your routine. I’m surprised to find so many routines that swear once a week can give maximum results.
I also fail to understand some routines which state for instance, to increase weight each set and do the same reps every set. Unless implying go to failure somewhere in the 8-12 reps. Doesn’t make sense. Also, if I’m going to do 36 sets of anything in under an hour I submit you’re not going to be able to lift to failure, which I’ve always presumed is the norm for a set if your goal is size.
Any thoughts from the knowledgeable, vs. the back bench?