Video for Gymchat 236 - Programming for Strength vs Hypertrophy (Jason Paris)

One or the other, or a little of both?


Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 236 - Programming for Strength vs Hypertrophy [with Strength Coach Jason Paris, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.


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It was a great discussion. Josh and Jason discussed Jason's fitness background, overview of differences between strength training and hypertrophy training, Jason's overall approach, importance of starting at the beginning - not skipping over basic skills, GPP (General Physical Preparedness), duration, training to technical failure (technique breakdown), sleep, power naps, commitment, periodisation, deloading, intent to move bar quickly (against resistance), tissue damage during eccentric part of lift, benefits of low bodyfat, use of machines, rep ranges, rest breaks, accessory work, volume per workout, fatigue, training intensity, testing 1RM, training frequency, sample workouts, training for general fitness, caloric intake; and a whole lot more. If you're ready to find out how training for strength differs from training for hypertrophy, make sure you watch this one.

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There were a number of resources mentioned in the discussion, particularly :

As well as Jason's own site :

Nice one.


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