Originally Posted by jjbbq
What do you mean by short-term fix? Does that mean the muscle gained during the program would go away once you moved on? I assume that is not what you mean, but I am curious.
I know from reading this board you know what you're talking about. What program do you recommend for optimal hypertrophy. I am in the gym 3-4 times per week for roughly a hour, could do less, can't find time for more. I typically run or box for cardio on the days I am not in the gym. Thanks
Quick fix because the sort of hypertrophy you get from high volume is like filling a water balloon. Brief experiment I tried about a year ago: I did ridiculous numbers of biceps curls with TEN pound dumbbells. Did about 100 reps a day, five days a week. Did this for two weeks. Result: half-inch gain on biceps measurement. Went away after about a month.
Now, this is just me, but if hypertrophy was my primary goal ... I'd certainly cut back on the cardio. I'd concentrate on the weights for 6-8 weeks and maybe just walk a lot. The idea is not to pursue competing goals. Based on what you're telling me, your body may be confused as to whether to retain muscle or shed it.
In fact, were you to cut back on endurance work, at least for a time, the sort of strength training you're doing right now may be sufficient to confer the sort of results you're looking for!