The idea that the last 5 reps before failure are “effective reps,” and therefore the ones that REALLY matter for hypertrophy, doesn’t actually have much experimental support. In this article, I’ll re-examine the evidence for “effective reps” and put forth a (hopefully better) model.
In today’s episode, Greg and Eric field listener questions about the optimal rate of weight gain while bulking, rep ranges for hypertrophy, soreness, concurrent training, recovery modalities, and more. To finish off the episode, Greg and Eric explain why research should still broadly be valued and utilized, despite the likelihood that there’s some pretty low-quality research hiding within the overall body of literature.
In this episode, Eric has some grievances to get off his chest, and Greg and Eric team up on “Feats of Strength” to highlight some impressive lifts and pay tribute to a legend. Eric has a Coach’s Corner segment about some practical aspects of metabolic adaptation during weight loss, and a new “Question of the Day” segment challenges Eric and Greg to share some ideas they’ve changed their mind about throughout their careers. Finally, Greg shares some cooking tips for making macro-friendly (but flavorful) stews, and Eric and Greg share predictions for the forthcoming college football season. Greg and Eric also interview Leigh Peele, who tells us about the early days of the evidence-based fitness movement, weight loss, and metabolic adaptation.
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