I’ve been a fan of Eric’s work for a long time and it was an absolute joy to finally have the chance to talk with him! Greg also joined us for this talk which made it twice as good!
Here were my questions:
1:23 – Is there a default setup of intensity, volume and frequency that naturally leads to progressive overload?
Eric delivers one of the best answers I’ve ever heard.
6:25 – Can we train for size?
You’ll learn why hypertrophy isn’t a direct adaptation, it’s a side effect of having bigger muscle fibers to be stronger and bigger fuel reserves to have more endurance.
10:53 – Many people mention that volume is the main driver of hypertrophy. Do you feel that volume in and of itself is what leads to growth or that the role of volume is actually to drive strength gains?
Eric explains why pure volume creates growth to a certain degree because it leads to increased fuel storage. After a certain point however, your muscles adapt to doing a high degree of work and the fuel cell is big enough.
After that point, the reason you may need to increase volume is to drive progressive overload. You need a certain volume of heavy enough work to produce an adaptive stimulus.
The volume you do needs to go up over your training career.
18:33 – Would you say that as long as you’re making strength gains, you should be doing as little volume as you can?
There are two ways people answer this question:
- Some people say that you should be doing the maximum amount of volume that you can recover from because that will give you optimal progress.
- Other people say that you should be doing the minimum amount while you’re still progressing because then you can always add more.
You’ll hear why Eric believes it’s more practical to be on the lower side.
22:56 – Greg ask: If you’re adding volume consistently but your strength is maintaining how much bigger can you theoretically get?
Eric explains why you should add volume only if it translates to functional improvements. Otherwise you’re adding it too quickly.
28:42 – Why do some people can get to a very advanced level of strength without having to increase volume?
Eric explains how you shouldn’t consider someone advanced by the way they compare to other people. Some people’s “intermediate” level may be above someone else’s “elite” level.
He then tells the story of Bryce Lewis who actually wasn’t advanced at all when he could squat 400 pounds and deadlift 600. Considering the level he’s at now, we could say he was an intermediate back then.
31:28 – You can create an effective training program by setting the volume, intensity and frequency in a whole number of ways. Is there a way to know whether a person would do better on a different combination of intensity, volume and frequency?
You can only do that through practice. That’s how good coaches help their lifters. Eric explains what he looks for when coaching clients and how he optimizes their routines.
40:03 – Tell us a few details about your upcoming book.
Eric is going to release a book in 2-3 months that will help people set up an effective nutrition and training plan for themselves.
42:20 – Where can people find more of your work?
3D Muscle Journey Website: http://www.3dmusclejourney.com/
3DMJ YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/Team3DMJ
3DMJ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/3DMUSCLEJOURNEY-160614584798/
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