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MI40’s own trainer, Joe Bennett jumps on the podcast today to lay out a few key strategies, tools and tips for jumpstarting your hypertrophy gains within 60 minutes. Ben and Joe walk you through specific muscle activation techniques, the do’s and dont’s of hypertrophy training, exercise selection and why having a large variety of exercises may not always be optimal for muscle growth. 

Key takeaways from the episode:

-The key to building muscle is not about moving more weight,

-There is no “best exercise” it depends on my variables specific to the person’s body.

– Understanding how to identify the a few Key symptoms that you’re doing an exercise wrong will save you a lot of time and keep you from injuring yourself. 

In this episode:

  • 8:15 – Success leaves clues. Being skeptical with scientific research.

  • 10:10 –  The holy grail of building muscle.

  • 11:17 –  Things to change right now to start changing your body composition.

  • 16:10 – The muscle building mindset. How to maximize hypertrophy.

  • 18:20 – How your body type determines how certain exercises affect your muscle growth.

  • 23:05 – Key symptoms that you’re doing an exercise completely wrong.

  • 28:05 – A specific bicep activation exercise to try right now.

  • 30:00 – What Joe Weider taught Ben the first time he met him.

  • 41:45 – Barbells..not the best training tool. Its arbitrary.

  • 44:07 – The first thing to start changing today for best hypertrophy results in your next workout.

  • 47:10 – The tempo test. Why slowing down the motion is essential during the learning process.

  • 48:20 – Exercise selection and how many exercises you really need.

  • 51:37 – Training Dave Bautista’s back training epiphany.

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