My bad, bro…it was actually in the Don Alessi interview as far as getting more specific. Here’s what it said:
T: Let?s talk about Meltdown Training, which has received a lot of attention. Why the heck are we using slow concentrics (the lifting portion of the exercise) in this program instead of slow eccentrics (negatives) like we?re used to?
DA: We do that for two reasons. Number one, the average person doesn?t lift slowly concentrically, so it does create intermuscular tension and gives a unique adaptation so that your body is going to get better at controlling that positive motion.
Number two, the research indicates that more growth hormone is released via the concentric portion of the lift. So the concentric seems to stimulate more lactate, which in turn fosters higher levels of GH.
T: Does a GH burst during training really make a difference?
DA: Oh, hell yeah!
T: Really? Because there?s some controversy about what effect, if any, these natural GH fluctuations have on a person?s physique.
DA: There?s no controversy as far as I?m concerned or from anyone who?s actually worked with it because we?ve seen results. I think some of the controversy is because exogenous or synthetic growth hormone doesn?t necessarily have a good effect on muscle growth without combining it with Testosterone and insulin like the pro bodybuilders are doing.
But I just looked at a research article last night that suggested that growth hormone stimulates the synthesis and secretion of IGF-1 in the muscle which then acts on the muscle itself to promote growth. So in short, internal growth hormone may be better than the drugs if you know how to manipulate it. This is one thing that Meltdown does through the slow lifts.
T: I can?t believe I?m saying this, but is it then possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time with something like Meltdown Training?
DA: It?s not only possible, it?s likely. If people do Meltdown Training as I?ve described it, their lactate levels are going to go to the point where if they bled, their blood would burn a hole in the sidewalk. Their lactate and acidity levels are going to change and GH is going to be released.
GH has always been talked about as being lipolytic, a good fat burner. But in real life I?ve seen the opposite. I?ve seen more hypertrophy from naturally occurring GH than accelerated weight loss. When I was getting ready for a photo shoot a while back, I was doing this type of training twice per day and my nervous system was so hyped up I could hardly eat anyway! The results were just so powerful I was motivated to continue with it. There?s no doubt that you can use Meltdown to gain size and lose fat at the same time.