Vince Delmonte and Ben Pakulski’s Hypertrophy Max program: a review.
This e-report starts out explaining the “shiny red ball syndrome”—the tendency of trainees to keep looking for the “next great thing.” I see this all the time with supplements: something new will hit the market and naïve consumers will buy it up, believing they will become the next Arnold.
What trainees should do is focus on proven, scientifically based training principles. The following variables come into play:
-Rest Intervals (between sets and workouts).
-Repetition speed/tempo (the speed at which you move the weights).
-Load (how close the weight is to your one-rep max).
-Number of sets (per exercise/workout/body part).
-Duration (how long a training session should be).
-Frequency (how many times you should train per week).
Learning how to properly adjust these variables is the key to consistent gains in size and strength.
The e-report goes on to list six “growth factors.” The Hypertrophy M.A.X. program is designed to utilize all six ways to build muscle. They even include a few sample workouts so you can see what they are talking about.
I’ve had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the Hypertrophy M.A.X. videos since I first wrote this review. I was very impressed with the quality of coaching–Ben really teaches you how to get the most out of each exercise. He really approaches things scientifically.
One thing I that really appeals to me is learning how to get the most muscle stimulation out of an exercise without necessarily having to use heavy weights. Don’t get me wrong–I like to build strength and lift heavy. But learning how to train smarter (getting more out of lower weights) will ensure you lift for years to come.
I’ll write more about it in future posts, but you can click here to check it out and learn more about ordering.
NOTE: You may wan to check out the review I’ve done of some of the individual phases:
I can recommend three other programs for intermediate/advanced trainees who are not ready/willing to invest in this program:
Mass Intentions (MI40) is the first program Ben and Vince produced together. It has been popular among my readers.
Nick Nillson’s Mad Scientist Muscle lists several advanced training techniques designed to take you through training plateaus.
Jason Ferruggia’s Minimalist Training is one of my all-time favorites as far as training manuals go.