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German Volume Training

Hi Guys,

I’m looking for some feedback here, 2 1/2 weeks ago I finished the V-diet which was pretty successful, dropped a lot of fat very quickly, slight loss in muscle (any is always more than you want). I admittedly lost fat so fast I thought it was out of control, I cheated 2 Saturdays like a heretic but still made great fat loss results.

Now I’m doing 3-4 weeks of heavier strength oriented work to get my strength and numbers back up to pre-V-diet levels. I can say I’ve lost about 10-15% of my strength on the big lifts. After this heavy phase, come Mid-late August I want to add mass, I had never looked at the GVT approach until this week and am considering it.

I have been lifting for 10+ years, went from 150 as a freshman in HS to holding steady and lean at 195-200 as a 29 y/o male. I have typically been considered a hard-gainer through my own self-diagnosis, and experience what seems like more muscle growth/thickening and muscle density during heavier work than traditional 8-12 rep hypertrophy ranges. I know GVT has a higher RM range, so my question is does this approach typically work regardless of body type or should I use a combined approach of 3-4 sets heavy with 2-3 sets hypertrophy oriented? I know that’s a lot of info but I figured the more background the better.


Dr. Rich

Do this will pack on mass as well as get you stronger…