I’ve got a very POWERFUL guest blog post from a fellow strength coach Nick Nilsson who’s also known as the “MAD Scientist”.
If you missed out on the Aggressive Strength Talk session I had with Nick I put up within my last post, check that out HERE.
Now, if you’ve been following me for a while now, you’d now I’m a HUGE promoter of Taking MASSIVE ACTION.
If you want to achieve SUCCESS, you’ve got to be a Relentless Action Taker.
You’re about to find out the importance of that plus another very important factor with achieving BIG GOALS fast.
The Power of Massive Action and Short-Term TOTAL Commitment to Muscle and Strength
By Nick Nilsson
“Bodybuilding is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Wise words that are, in most cases, right on the money.
You see, it’s always been hammered into us that the best approach to building muscle is to view it as a long-term goal. It takes time to get your body used to training, to develop real strength and to build the physical foundations necessary to achieve the physique you’re looking for, whether it be for aesthetics or performance, right?
They tell us it’s not going to happen overnight…
What if it CAN.
What I want to talk about here today is a paradigm shift…the power of MASSIVE, short-term total commitment to the goal of building muscle and strength.
In MOST cases, you do need to approach muscle-building and strength training as a long-term goal. You DO need to build that foundation of body structure and development over fairly long periods of time.
But what happens when you’ve built that base and you want to go higher…when you’ve hit the wall with conventional moderated approaches and want to blast through that plateau.
THAT is the paradigm shift I’m talking about…the change in mindset from the typical “long and slow” approach to what amounts to an “interval training” approach to building muscle and strength.
In this new paradigm, bodybuilding is not a marathon…it’s a series of sprints…a series of ALL-IN training cycles where you put in everything you’ve got then you back off.
And in these short bursts, with the right training and eating, you will make MASSIVE leaps forward in strength and muscle mass.
It works. And it’s FUN.
Now here thing…this approach is NOT for everybody.
Because when I’m talking short-term total commitment to a goal, I mean TOTAL commitment. Everything else (within reason – don’t ignore your family!) must take a backseat to your primary goal of building muscle and strength. And everything in your life must be geared towards that goal.
It’s not for everybody because you have to be able to sustain this level of dedication and intensity for AT LEAST 4 weeks in a row. If you can’t do that, then this approach is not for you…the “low and slow” approach is what you need.
HOWEVER…if you’re ready to really push your limits and see what you’re capable of, both physically AND mentally, then this approach IS for you.
Let me give you an example.
I have a program called “Muscle Explosion – 28 Days to Maximum Mass” that takes this concept and pushes it to the extreme.
I’m going to give you a quick rundown of the structure of it as it’s the best way to illustrate the point I’m trying to make here.
Week 1 – Strict, low-calorie, low-carb diet. The eating and training of this phase is designed to bring your body into a state of deep deprivation, setting up what I call “nutritional voids” that your body becomes desperate to fill.
Week 2 – We fill those voids…with MASSIVE eating, water drinking and targeted supplementation. This causes MASSIVE loading of nutrients into the body, which is an incredibly anabolic state. The training switches to hypertrophy-focused via extreme volume overload (you’ll do potentially more than 300 sets of just one single exercise this week – NOT a typo). This forces acute overtraining within the space of 5 days (and these 5 days will be among the HARDEST training days of your life…this is where you really find out what you’re made of).
Weeks 3 and 4 – Now we pull back on the volume and switch to a focus on intensity. Your muscles are packed with nutrients, glycogen and water. Your body is still in overdrive trying to recover from the 300 sets you did the previous week. During this phase you consolidate the gains you made in strength and mass during the second week.
During these four weeks of training, you will be pushing yourself to the limit CONSTANTLY. It’s absolutely NOT a marathon style of program – it’s 100% focus and commitment to take giant steps forward in mass and strength (on the order of 6 to 9+ lbs of muscle, 40+ lbs on your bench press, 60 to 90 lbs on your deadlifts).
THAT is what I’m talking about with a short-term total commitment to muscle and strength.
Can you train like this all year? Not a chance.
However, when you properly apply this “massive action” focus for short periods of time, you can absolutely make tremendous gains not only in muscle and strength but in almost ANY aspect of your life.
You don’t have to be a machine all the time…just when it COUNTS.
***More Info About Muscle Explosion***
This program is not for everybody, but if you’re ready to push yourself to the limits and see what you’re made of, this is DEFINITELY one you’ll want to try.
The training is extreme and not for beginners. That being said, if you’ve built the foundations of strength and muscle already via and if you’re willing to put in the work, you WILL get the most INSANE results you’ve ever achieved in a very short period of time…it’ll put to shame even the gains you made as a total beginner.
This is the blueprint for massive action.
If you’d like to learn more about my Muscle Explosion program, you can CHECK IT OUT HERE
That’s a pretty powerful post right there.
It’s like I say – “Train 110% H.A.M.”
This is exactly what Nick is trying to communicate here. Going “ALL IN”.
If you want some SERIOUS results FAST, you’ve got to go “ALL IN”.
It’s 110% H.A.M. or nothing at all.
Now, it’s important to understand the Nick’s methods of training are extreme. If you’ve thought some of my methods are a bit nuts, just wait until you get a look at what Nick has laid out for you within The 28 Day Muscle Explosion System.
Live and (And Go ALL IN)!
Drop your thoughts and comments below!
PS – Check out more info on The 28 Day MUSCLE Explosion System HERE.
Just note, this is only for lifters who are ready to commit to 4 full weeks of INTENSE and FOCUSED training.
Not just 1 week, 2 weeks, or even 3. All 28 Days.