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Is Getting Stronger Really the Best Way to Gain Muscle?

Is Getting Stronger Really the Best Way to Gain Muscle?

Do you really have to get strong to get big? How much does muscle strength affect muscle size? Listen to this podcast to find out…

Spend enough time in the gym and you’ll inevitably notice that the biggest guys and gals are also often the strongest.

Sure, some people are stronger than they look, but for the most part, strength and size seem to be directly correlated.

The bigger someone is, the bigger his weights tend to be.

This begs a question, then:

Is muscle growth simply a byproduct of strength? If you just focus on getting stronger and stronger, will your muscles just get bigger and bigger?

Advocates of strength training have been saying this for decades, but their detractors say that muscle growth isn’t that simple.

They point to stringbeans that can push, pull, and squat tremendous amounts of weight, and to research that appears to demonstrate that heavy weightlifting–the bread and butter of all strength programs–simply isn’t necessary for getting big muscles.

Instead, they counter, you can focus on other training variables, such as volume, time under tension, metabolic fatigue, and others, and achieve the same results.

Who’s right? Or are both of these schools of thought misguided and the truth is somewhere in the middle?

Well, in this podcast, you’re going to get a clear, concise, and conclusive answer based on decades of anecdotal evidence as well as our current scientific understanding of muscle hypertrophy.



3:59 – What is the primary driver of muscle growth?

5:39 – What should be the number one goal for a weight lifter?

6:31 – What about people that get big but not strong?

10:20 – What about people that are stronger than they look?

13:58 – What should you do when you eventually stop gaining strength?

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  • LK

    Thanks for this. Wondering if you can give me an idea of how exactly you add more volume in for areas that are lagging. I’m doing the TLS workout plan and I’m happy with most everywhere on my body, just looking for specifics about how to give it a boost for a girl with a genetically flat butt.

    • LK

      To clarify, should I do the regular heavy sets with my glutes and then do some higher volume sets after?

      • Yes, you can add a few extra higher-rep sets to the end of your workout, and/or to another day.

        You might like this article:


        Keep me updated on your progress!

        • LK

          Awesome, thanks. I didn’t realize you already outlined a butt-specific workout. I will be doing that 30 day routine soon. Your info is resonating (and working) for me right now after 7 years of working out/dieting so much harder than I needed to. I appreciate it.

          My progress so far is: in 4 weeks I’ve lost 3-4 lbs. (5’6 went from ~123 to 119 lbs so it wasn’t ‘easy’ pounds per se.) Arms and abs looking great already. Similar to your story, I’ve been working hard for years without much to show for it. Never thought my stomach would look this good without starving. I look and feel healthier than I have in a while. My face looks better somehow. Maybe the protein and/or eating sufficient calories? As soon as I get my butt up to par, things will be good.

          I don’t want to be really ripped at all (when I say really ripped, I mean like Evangeline Lilly aka Kate in the tv show Lost). I want to be skinny-ripped similar to say Giselle. Know what I mean? I always thought you had to just be really skinny to get that but whenever I got skinny-skinny I found that I was missing something in certain areas that supermodels actually have (rounder butt, toned arms and abs). One of your articles about lifting for women helped me figure out that I could get there with proper lifting – it wasn’t just that I was genetically deficient. So kudos to you for changing the paradigm for many of us. I will stop rambling now 🙂

          • That’s awesome! I’m glad my articles have helped you out, and that you’re making great progress. Keep up the good work and keep me updated!

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