In yesterdays article we spoke about 3 mistakes most people make when trying to make body composition changes like losing fat and gaining muscle.
If you haven’t read that article click here (It’ll open a new window) Make sure you read this first or all of the info on this page won’t make any damn sense.
If you did get a chance to read yesterdays article lets get into what Henry taught me about solving the problems most people run into when trying to either get lean, build muscle or both.
According to Henry Burning Fat
And Building Muscle is Directly Related to 3 Things
- Your Nervous system
- Your Training Split
- The Type of Cardio you use
Your Nervous System is a Major Player When it Comes to Fat Loss.
You probably already know this but the central nervous system (CNS) is a complex of tissues controlling the activities of the body. Heavy training teaches the CNS to recruit high threshold muscle fibers. These muscle fibers are the ones best suited to increase in size, leading to bigger, stronger muscles.
Secondly… muscle is a metabolically demanding tissue. it needs to be constantly fed. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even when you aren’t exercising.
This is why recruiting the CNS with heavy training was an absolute necessity when you want to lose fat and build muscle.
That shit blew my mind…I had always thought fat loss was a simple calories in vs calories out equation but according to him that wasn’t the case when losing fat and retaining or gaining muscle is the goal.
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Metabolic Training Should Supplement High Intensity Training for Maximum Fat Loss
He also explained how lactic acid training aka metabolic training promoted hormonal production.
Testosterone and growth hormone are essential hormones for fat loss and according to Henry, total body training and heavy strength training were the best ways to trick the body into spewing out these hormones at a rapid rate.
This was the reason why bodybuilders who performed metabolic training generally looked leaner than pure strength athletes (Powerlifters) even when they aren’t dieting.
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Cardio is a MUST to lean-up while maintaining muscle mass
Everything I had read recently had warned me about the evils of cardio. The experts said that steady state cardio was horrible for fat loss and all it ended up doing was transforming high threshold muscle fibers into slower responding endurance fibers.
But Henry said something completely different…
He told me the so-called experts were way off base. Bodybuilders from the golden era used a particular kind of cardio to shed fat – this “special” cardio helped you melt away fat without sacrificing any muscle.
I was intrigued.
Before we parted ways Henry handed me a sheet of paper. It was a copy of the exact program he had used to get ripped. I stuffed it in my pocket, shook hands with him and eagerly drove home.
The entire drive home all I could think about was tearing into the program and dissecting it to uncover what made it so good.
Over the course of the next few days I mulled over the scribbles on the sheet. The program was simple enough but the more I picked at it, the more clear it became.
Based on the things he had told me I was starting to see why it worked
I knew I’d have to dig and and try it out before I could positively say this program worked
The next day I started the first workout and before the hour was over-I knew Henry was on to something. The workout was short yet and tough
As the week progressed I followed everything on that sheet of paper. Each time I went through a workout I jotted down notes. Though the program had led to Henry’s remarkable transformation there were still things which could have been improved.
I kept thinking back to the circuit training programs I had done earlier. Yes, they had made me weaker but they had also helped me shed a good amount of body-fat fairly quickly.
What if I were able to take the best part of those circuit training programs and combine them with Henry’s program – could that make the program even better ?
For days I stewed over it.
Each style of training was so radically different.
Henry’s program was based on a linear periodization model, where you trained for a specific result every 4 weeks.
The problem with this approach to training was that the results gained from each 4-week block usually disappeared by the time you got into the next training block… It seemed like a waste of time.
Some years back I had read about a different style of periodization called undulating periodization. It was used by the Russians with their Olympic athletes to get them ready for competition. The beauty of this undulating periodization approach was that it allowed you to train for multiple qualities within a given training block without sacrificing any of the gains made.
I had used it a few years back for for powerlifting – could it also be used for fat loss?
On December 28th I am going to offer the complete system I used to lose over 30lbs of stubborn body fat while getting more muscular and stronger to eveyone who downloaded the 5 reasons report at a HUGE discount. I want to thank you for registering
Oh btw I’m also gonna be giving away a few FREE copies of the entire system this …. make sure you watch your email for all of the details