Q: I am retired NYPD. Little older now, haha. Your Hypertrophy for the Ectomorph program fits well into my abilities at this time. Happy to learn that reduced volume is best. I have a few old shoulder and elbow injuries that get aggravated by excessive volume. Nothing too serious, just annoying. Again, thank you for the program. Which of your books do you recommend for a +65 guy?
My Answer: For the older bodybuilder I would suggest Neo-Classical Bodybuilding. This book has a chapter on low volume training, which is more appropriate for senior bodybuilders. This chapter reveals how that even though you train with low volume, you can still manipulate other program variables to sustain muscular growth.
Q: Just flicking through Volume Two and reading about the Supercharging H.I.T. programs and it mentions people that the program might be good for.
One section says, “Individuals who have really crappy neural endurance – Some lifters have no strength endurance, no matter what stage they are in their training history.”
This definitely feels like me, as I am an intermediate lifter and been training long enough, [but] I don’t have any strength endurance. We had recently put this down to low T, but could it simply be that I have crappy neural endurance?
I mention this, because I even struggle to get through the Low T/Fast Twitch program in your book Tactics and Strategies. Would I be better suited to a HIT type program?
My Answer: Well, there’s only way to find out and that’s to try out a H.I.T. type of program. For all we know, you could have both: low T and poor strength endurance. Sort of sucks.
But knowing what your weaknesses allows you to overcome them. You can still gain quite a bit of muscle and strength on H.I.T. type of programs. You just don’t have strength endurance. As long as you adhere to the principles in that chapter (1-2 sets per exercise, short frequent training), then you should make some progress.