Hmm. From your explanation, it seems you are refering to intesification as manipulating intesity, ie, load. In CT’s recent Eastern European Bodybuilding article he said that one should not confuse intensity with intesification. According to him, intensification refers to super sets, drop sets, etc. I wonder if accumulation/intensification is one of those muddy terms of art. I will have to do some reading on it…
I think this is just a terminology issue, and also there’s a difference in applying in for BB and strength/athletic goals. Check out CT’s tip #4 here:
Thanks for the link. I had read it when it came out, but had forgotten about the a/i reference. I definitely agree that there is something to this approach… I had been thinking of it in broader terms though; I think CP put it well in his recent interview:
[quote]TC: Since we were talking about rep schemes, there?s a big push in bodybuilding to do a lot fewer reps than what was traditionally advocated. I?m talking about 8 sets of 3 and typically, according to what you used to say at least, that was more or less for strength and not for hypertrophy. What are your thoughts on that?
CP: True, when you?re prescribing it for a short time. You can definitely hypertrophy on sets of three, it just takes longer. But the advantage is you get strong at the same time. The thing is that most bodybuilders don?t grow because they?re too weak. If you do 8 sets of 3 or do cluster training or whatever, you use maximal weights, and your body will learn to recruit high-threshold motor units.
Let?s say if a guy can do 250 for 8 in the bench press, and his pecs are at their limit. He can then go on a strength cycle. Let?s see, if he does 250 for 8, his max should be about 320. If he goes on a strength cycle and gets his bench up to 360, then when he does his sets of 8, he can now do 280. And because he can use 280, his pecs are going to grow. Because then he has used enough weight, long enough, to stimulate growth.
But look at Olympic lifters, they never do more than 6 reps, but they have huge thighs and traps, because they?ve done it long enough. What people don?t know, the reason muscle hypertrophies is that it?s easier for muscle to hypertrophy than it is to recruit more motor units. It?s basically the body?s laziness, so, if you go and tap into new motor units and go back and do sets of 8 with your new max, you will grow.
Conversely, the opposite is true. You have guys, for example, who go into the weight room and they lift every day, and their lifts have not improved since Jimmy Carter was President, Well, I ask them, “What?s your best for 8 reps?” and they say, “I don?t know, 250,” and I say “Try training with only 8-rep sets and get that max up to 270, and then go back to heavy training.”
So if you haven?t gained strength in a long while, you have to hypertrophy the fibers.[/quote]
The idea being max out strength at a certain level of mucsularity, then add some muscle and repeat.