I’m currently cutting down for summer, (another 6-8 weeks) and have been researching a program to bulk on. Checked out German volume training (GVT) which as the name entails, has high volume. Over the last 7 months i have been keeping to a 5x5 program, and at the moment i 'm on a sort of HIT type workout. I thought the extra volume would make a total change and shock to my muscles (hypertrophy is my main goal). Howver, the results for GVT is totally mixed. Some getting outstanding results and others wishing they have never done it!
Could any shed their experience of GVT? - Or make recommendations for me?
To reiterate My goal is size, I have gained alot of strength through 5x5 and would like to bring up some size to match!
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It’s a love hate relationship! I’ve been doing a high volume approach recently with some great results. It’s designed by a Poliquin practitioner and is 8 sets of 8 reps, 8 exercises per session, 4 sessions a week.
The exercises that I’ve been doing probably wouldn’t be appropriate for most, given that there is some remedial work in there to sort out latent muscle imbalances but overall I’m very pleased with the results. In the 4 weeks so fart, I’ve cut fat and gained lean mass (demonstrated by a 10 site bf test every 2 weeks). I’ve put on about 3lbs of mass and cut the same in fat. I imagine that if you eat a lot and eat well, GVT would do good things. Recovery is the only issue that I’ve encountered - you need to be spot on with your PWO nutrition otherwise you’re going to be uncomfortably sore!