In retrospect I was ingesting 5 servings of PLAZMA per workout an 8-10 MAG-10 per day! We had them in ready to drink bottles in the fridge at Biotest HQ! So that did contribute.
And I'm not saying that you can't stimulate muscle mass other ways. The frequency and overall workload on the BfB program was enough to stimulate a lot of growth. But again, it's a blitz approach that can't bu sustain for a very long time.
I don't count reps either when I do my hypertrophy work. What I find is that I can still train for performance and do a small amount of hypertrophy work.
See if we go with the premise of my article you don't actually need a lot of volume (sets) to stimulate hypertrophy if you go to failure. So let's say that my biceps are not fully stimulated by performance training I can add 3 sets to failure (I do rest/pause sets) an stimulate a lot of growth in 10 minutes to complement the rest of the training.
From my experience when you train for performance some muscles will not get optimally developed and you will need some hypertrophy work.
I don't know. I heard about the study when I gave a conference in Toronto. Dr.Stuart Philips was another of the speakers and his talk included this study. You can read it for yourself at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404827/
I don't really follow internet drama I prefer to make up my own mind. He also presented a study where 30% of 1RM to failure led to a greater protein synthesis than 90% to failure. We are talking about a direct response to training, which is not as affected by training status.
I understand that studies done on beginners have less "power" than those performed on advanced lifters but that doesn't mean that the conclusion and observed phenomenons are not correct.
But you can't please everybody and if a study goes against one's belief he would rather find ways to discredit the study than to integrate the results in his training paradigm.
I know you'd like that, but no.
Did you miss the paragraph about how failure training is not optimal for complex movements because you will rarely actually hit failure in a muscle, only a point where the combine effort of all the muscles involve is not high enough to complete the lift. You reach movement failure, but not muscle failure.
Not to mention that as I said failure work should not be used on movements that have a high CNS stress.