Training periodization

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    Dominik Kugler

    Hi Joe,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    I would like to ask you a question about how to periodize the training. I have been following you for a while, and I am really greatful for the information you have provided us with. I am just wondering about one thing. Given the fact, I am a natural athlete would not be maybe beneficial to switching between “strength” and “hypertrophy” phase? Here is my thought process:

    Advantages of the strenght phase:

    A) it is related with higher testosterone (for natural athlete this might be important for overall anabolism)

    B) in the following “hypertrophy phase”, I could be able to lift bigger weights – bigger output – bigger muscles.

    C) I could train my nervous system so I might be more efficient is recruiting more muscle fibers in the following hypertrophy phase.

    As the strenght phase I mean concentrate on bigger lifts (no necesseraly “big 3”), do more sets, keep it little bit short of failure and of course lower rep ranges (1-5).

    The hypertrophy phase would be indentical to your thought process about the training.

    To be honest, I do LOVE the training based on your principles, it is effective, enjoyable, motivational. I am just wondering about this, because I have studied a lot about this, but I am sure, it is not even close to what you have studied, so I somehow just want to know the reasoning why the “strenght phase” would not be ideal for hypertrophy for natural athlete. With that being said, I know that your approach is to train as heavy as possible with great form in a “hypertropy rep range”, so I am not comparing it with only “metabolic work outs” but with your approach to training – which I love. And at the same time, I saw a video where you said, the strenght phase is not effective for building muscle.

    Sorry for my english, It is my language,

    Have a nice day,



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