There is quite a bit of discussion again on the age old topic of load versus time under tension (TUT) for drug-free hypertrophy.[/quote]
I didn’t know that the physiology of drug free hypertrophy was an age old topic that was different to drugged up hypertrophy?
For example, Dave Tate’s recent programme striving for 30sec sets, this month’s Iron Man is also again heralding the 10X10. Others, e.g. Christian Thibaudeau, are more synonymous with heavy low rep sets.
Having experimented quite a bit with load progressions, I’m trying to canvass T Nation users on what they believe (from personal experience) is optimum for hypertrophy: load versus TUT? Or a periodization programme using both? [/quote]
Lift heavy, and a good volume, and you’ll get the TUT you need. See all Ceph Carnage’s posts in here.
Personally, my favorite generic structure for a particular exercise is to go 12repmax load, 8RM, 2-4sets @ 4-6RM, 12RM. This changes depending on exercise and body part (like using higher rep ranges to start and finish for arms), but generally gets at least 5 sets in a hypertrophy range.
I don’t fuck around with changing tempo, I just control the eccentric and push as hard as I can on the concentric.