Training Guide Updates In Progress!

The Hypertrophy Training Guide Central Hub

by Dr. Mike Israetel, Co-founder and Chief Sport Scientist | Apr 27, 2017


Updates To All Training Guides Now In Progress!

Dear Readers:

Starting now, each muscle group guide will be replaced approximately every two weeks. These updates to each guide involve massive expansions to training volume recommendations, loading recommendations, and multiple brand new sections on rest time and training modality guidelines. 

Thanks as always for tuning in to learn and succeed!

Dr. Mike Israetel | Dr. James Hoffmann | Jared Feather, MS

If you’ve read our Scientific Principles of Strength Training book, then you’re already one step ahead of the game in terms of understanding the theoretical underpinnings of proper resistance training. And while that book is geared towards strength development (a hypertrophy book is going to occur down the line!), the principles apply greatly to hypertrophy training as well.

But aside from just the principles, a practical guide can be quite useful. YES, you can use just the principles to build your own programs to gain muscle size, but some real-world advice on what those programs can look like can be a huge help in starting to construct your own.

The link between principles and practice is precisely why we made the hypertrophy training guides. Muscle group by muscle group, these guides help you determine the intensity, volume, frequency and kinds of exercises (as well as video instructions on how to perform them) that are likely to serve as the foundations of your muscle building programs.

For further elaboration on principles and their application in customizable training programs, check out the products below! 

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Below are the guides, linked here for easy access, designed for your success, and being updated one by one as we speak

But, before you dig into the individual muscle training guides, please have a look at the Training Volume Landmarks article so that you can make more sense of the volume recommendations given by the individual guides. 

  1. Back **Updated Nov 2019!**
  2. Abs   **Updated Dec 2019!**
  3. Traps **Updated Jan 2020!**
  4. Triceps **Updated Jan 2020!**
  5. Forearms BRAND NEW!
  6. Calves **Updated Mar 2020!** 
  7. Front Delts **Updated Apr 2020!** 
  8. Glutes **Updated Jul 2020!**
  9. Chest
  10. Biceps
  11. Rear/Side Delts
  12. Quads
  13. Hamstrings

Please enjoy these articles, feel free to share them, and best of luck in your muscle gain journey!


This article originally published April 4, 2017