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 this episode, Eric Trexler formally announces that he is a different person than Eric Helms. Greg shares some impressive feats of strength, Eric shares a Research Review segment about how antioxidants relate to nitric oxide and hypertrophy, and Greg tells us all about his new article on the concept of “effective reps.” Greg and Eric also interview Lauren Colenso-Semple, who tells us about muscle fiber types, her recent study on training volume for resistance-trained females, and the optimal Doritos flavor.
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.
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