Phase 4 of Hypertrophy Max is called Max Volume. These workouts are designed to maximize (you guessed it) training volume. You’ll hear them talk about the concept of over-reaching–doing more volume than you would normally do. This can be very effective if you can do it without over-training.
Here are a few benefits to this kind of training:
*You’ll break through size and strength plateaus as you push your body to new limits.
*Like the previous phase, volume training tends to result in increased growth hormone production.
Keep something in mind with volume training: this only works if done as prescribed by Vince and Ben. You have to give yourself adequate time to rest/recover, use the appropriate level of intensity, etc.
*Positive changes in body composition. Ben says a trainee can realistically expect a drop in body fat percentage while simultaneously seeing muscle gains–not a bad deal, right.
As always, Ben has a way of getting the maximum muscle stimulation out of each movement–it’s a truly scientific approach to building muscle. I noticed a few movements/exercises I’ve never seen before and he teaches you how to tweak familiar exercises to get the most out of them. I understand why he’s considered one of the best minds in bodybuilding.
The second phase of Hypertrohy Max is called Max Density, meaning it is focused on increasing the efficiency of training–doing more work/training in less time. Ben is the one who trains in this series (not Vince). This style of training, they argue, is often overlooked.
As always, the video workouts are really high quality. Ben Pakulski is really a master at taking an exercise and adding subtle angles/grips to maximize the muscle stimulation.
Another thing you’ll notice is Ben doesn’t use a lot of weight–using a high percentage of your one-rep max is notthe focus of this phase of training.
Here are just a few advantages to training this way:
*It isn’t as hard on your joints. As I get older I’m getting more interested in learning how to get results with lighter weights. This is something I would have studied more if I could go back and re-do my 25+ years of training.
*It would be very useful for competitors who are preparing for a contest (or photo shoot). Ben noted that he can’t use extremely heavy weights when he gets close to competition because of the dieting involved.
*No spotter required. You could probably do most of this phase without a training partner.