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Training Tips: Strength VS Size Part 1, What’s the Difference?

Most people start to lift weights because they want to get
bigger and stronger.  At first, it’s easy
to do both.  Just picking up heavier
weights each workout forces your body to adapt and grow.  However, once the Honeymoon is over, it will
become more difficult to gain both size and strength at the same time.  Now what to do?

Strength training and size training are two different
principles.  And yes, there is going to
be an overlap of both, no matter if you train for size or strength.  So now ask yourself, do you want to be strong
enough to pick up a Bus, or just look like you can?

1. Train for Strength


Strength training’s primary purpose is To Get You
Stronger!!!The idea is to train your
muscles to respond to small, quick bursts of power.  Strength training is more about training your
Central Nervous System and making new neural pathways that help you lift more
weight.  When you train, your nervous system
grows first, your muscles second.  When
you focus on heavy, compound movements, your nervous system gets more of an intense
workout than your muscles.  Getting
bigger is nice, but a Strength Athlete doesn’t care about anything except
getting stronger.

How do you train for strength?  Make the Big 3 (Bench, Squat, and Deadlift)
your priorities, and keep your reps low.  I prefer my strength athletes to perform between 4-6 reps on most exercises,
with enough rest between sets to put forth max effort on every lift.

2. Train for Size


Have you seen any pics of recent bodybuilders?  22-inch arms, 60-inch chest, six pack, you
get the idea.  Now compare them to the
top Powerlifters in the world.  The
bodybuilders look like they are 1000 times stronger than the Powerlifters.  But they aren’t.  In fact, they are much weaker.  Wtf is going on?

When you train for size, you are less concerned with the
amount of weight you lift, and are more focused on strict form and time under
tension.  When your muscles work longer,
they release more hormones that are responsible for recovery, and building more
muscle size.  With Strength training,
most sets don’t last more than 10 seconds.  When your sets are fast and under 10 seconds in length, you work more on
developing the Nervous System.  For
optimal size gains, you want your sets to be in the 20-30 second range.  When your sets last more than 20 seconds, you
work more on developing soft tissue, such as muscle fibers, blood vessels,
ligaments, and tendons.  The body parts
that are responsible for making you as big as a house!

How do you train for Size?  Include the Big 3 in your workouts, however use less weight and make the
sets last longer.  I prefer my size
athletes to perform between 8-12 reps on most exercises, with as little rest as
possible between sets.  However, don’t
sacrifice completing your rep goals by not resting long enough.30-60 seconds rest between sets is a good
place to start.

3. Sample Workouts


Strength Workout:

Monday – Back / Front and Side Shoulders

Exercise Sets   Reps    Rest
Deadlifts 4 4-6 90 sec
Lat
Pulldown
4 4-6 90 sec
DB
Arnold Press
3 4-6 90 sec
DB
Rows (both arms)
3 4-6 90 sec
DB
Lateral Raises
3 4-6 90 sec
Straight
Arm Pulldowns
3 4-6 90 sec

Tuesday – Arms
Exercise Sets        Reps          Rest                

DB
Curls

(alternating arms)

4 4-6 90 sec

Single
Arm Reverse Grip

Pulldowns

4 4-6 90 sec

DB
Reverse Grip Curls

(both arms at the same time)

3 4-6 90 sec

Standing
DB Tri Extensions

(both arms at the same time)

3 4-6 90 sec
DB
Hammer Curls
3 4-6 90 sec

Tricep
Rope Pushdowns

(both arms at the same time)

3 4-6 90 sec

Thursday – Legs
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Squats 4 4-6 90 sec
Leg
Curls
4 4-6 90 sec
Leg
Extensions
3 4-6 90 sec
Standing
Calf Raises
3 4-6 90 sec
Seated
Calf Raises
3 4-6 90 sec
Leg
Press
3 4-6 90 sec

Friday – Traps / Chest/ Rear Delts
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
DB
Shrugs
4 4-6 90 sec
Incline
Chest Press
4 4-6 90 sec
Bench
Press
3 4-6 90 sec
DB
Flys
3 4-6 90 sec
Pec Deck
Chest Fly
3 4-6 90 sec
Pec
Deck Rear Delt Fly
3 4-6 90 sec


Size Workout:


Monday – Chest / Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Bench
Press
4 8 60 sec
Incline
DB Press
4 10 60 sec
Cable
Crossovers
4 12 60 sec
Tricep
Pushdowns
4 10 60 sec

Standing
DB Tri Extensions

(both arms at the same time)

4 12 60 sec

Tuesday – Legs
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Squats 4 8 60 sec
Leg
Curls
4 12 60 sec
Leg
Extensions
3 12 60 sec
Hack
Squats
3 10 60 sec
Seated
Calf Raises
4 15 60 sec
Standing
Calf Raises
2 30 60 sec

Thursday – Back / Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Bench
Press
4 8 60 sec
Pec
Deck Chest Fly
4 10 60 sec
Pec
Deck Rear Delt Fly
3 12 60 sec
DB
Lateral Raises
3 12 60 sec
Straight
Arm Pulldowns
3 8 60 sec
DB
Incline Flys
3 12 60 sec

Friday – Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Standing
DB Shoulder Press
4 8 60 sec
Seated
Arnold Press
4 10 60 sec
DB
Side Laterals
3 12 60 sec
Cable
Rear Delt Raises
3 12 60 sec
DB
Shrugs
3 15 60 sec
Face
Pulls
3 15 60 sec


4.  Conclusion


Your approach to gaining size is different from trying to
gain strength.  Manipulation of rep
schemes easily allows you to train for your specific goal.  And what’s the coolest part?  You can combine these two different training
philosophies to get the best results of your life.  Don’t get held up by a plateau.  Break through it, and use it as a spring
board to speed up your results.

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