Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Neurological Overload Set (NOS): Ben Pakulski

Question: One of the concepts in MI40 Mass Intentions is the neurological overload set (nos). I think a lot of people are curious about this and would like to hear it explained a little further.  Would you tell us why you think this concept is so important for maximizing your workouts and stimulating new growth?

Answer:  Have you ever left the gym wondering if you could have done more? If you should have done more? I know I have. Heck, there has even been days when I contemplated going back in the gym because I just didn’t KNOW that my muscles were exhausted. That’s a terrible feeling.

I don’t know about you, but when I go to the gym I want to KNOW that my time is well spent and im not wasting my days and getting less results than I am after.

Here is the next cutting edge intensifier in muscle building: NOS

NOS stands for Neurological Overload Set. The set that overloads the body and creates the optimal hormonal environment for growth inside the muscle!

Hormones like testosterone, growth hormone, IGF-1 are responsible for growth. The best way to stimulate these hormones is through intense exercise that takes muscles to their limit.

NOS is the single most effective way to take a muscle to its complete physical exhaustion.

As many of you already know, TIME under TENSION is the number one most highly correlated factor with muscle hypertrophy (growth).

NOS start out by putting you in the exact optimal range for muscular growth via optimal Time under Tension (40-70 seconds)

8 repetitions done with a 4010 cadence (5-second reps) . For those of you unfamiliar with this cadence reference, it is very simple. It means 4 seconds DOWN(negative/eccentric portion) , 0-seconds pause, 1-second explosive concentric (contraction), and then 0-second pause.

The “0’s” tend to be most confusing for people, this simply means DON’T STOP. Use continuous motion and no rest or pause at the top or bottom of the rep.

Once you have completed 8 repetitions with 5-second reps, IMMEDIATELY decrease the weight by 20% and keep going. No cheating, no extraneous movement, just strict executed form.Repeat this 20% drop in weights 2 more times for a total of 3 decreases in weight.

This process will take your muscle to complete physical exhaustion. The lactic acid will be uncomfortable but find comfort in knowing that more lactic acid is correlated with more growth hormone, bigger muscles and a leaner, harder physique.

Note (June 2014): Ben's updated program is called Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0.  This program is even better than the original MI40.  CLICK HERE to check it out.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tension, Training, and Muscle Growth

Ben Pakulski
Here's an article from Ben Pakulski, creator of the MI40 Mass Intentions Workout Program.   According to him, there is an often overlooked factor that can lead to more effective workouts in the gym.  This one factor can radically affect muscle growth:

Question: Ben, please identify the number one training mistake that would be preventing individuals from achieving maximal muscle gains.

Answer: Well, we all know “the guy” in the gym that throws a ton of weight on the bar and moves it with terrible form and looks like hes going to hurt himself. He is the root of many of our jokes, and definitely gets a lot of sideways looks from the patrons of the gym.

We’ve all asked ourselves “WHAT is he trying to do?” Chances are, he has no clue. He comes in the gym everyday and does the Exact same thing week in and week out because he really has NO IDEA what he is trying to do.

Therein lies the problem! Guess what, more likely than not, you have all been guilty of doing this too at some point in your life (whether you care to admit it or not).

The first thing you need to do is identify your desired goal. If your goal is to build muscle, then you have come to the right place and you should take a minute listen up.

The one and ONLY most important factor that you need to consider when it comes to your quest to build muscle, is TENSION (more on that in a minute).

We have all heard people speak about mind-muscle connection, or that you’ve got to really “squeeze” a muscle to make it grow. I don’t know about you, but for most people this is a really hard concept to figure out. Those of us that “get” what it means, still really have a difficult time putting it to action.

The good news is, this is quite a simple concept and I will show you how to apply it to building your muscles literally TWICE as fast. Here is what you need to know: Muscles communicate in terms of tension. They have absolutely NO idea how much weight youre lifting. They only know how much tension or torque is going through them.

What if I told you there was a way to perform more or less ANY exercise so that you could FEEL it EXACTLY where youre supposed to feel it, AND increase muscular tension with LESS weight to get results TWICE as fast in half the time. Sounds pretty cool, right? I’ll explain.

YOU can control exactly how much tension or torque that goes through a muscle you are working at ANY point in the workout. You have complete control over HOW HARD you squeeze, HOW LONG you work, and most importantly EXACTLY WHERE you squeeze and contract. You can selectively train EXACTLY the muscle youre supposed to be and not train anything that you don’t want to be.

Every guy out there knows what im talking about. We've all don’t bench presses and got NO pump in our chests but our delts and tris were cooked! No more, gents! I would like to take this moment to introduce to you the revolutionary muscle building technique called INTENTION!

The way I describe intention to people I encounter that are unfamiliar with it is this: “Intention is the CONSCIOUS INTENT to create TENSION in the muscle” I know, I know, sounds a little hokey. BUT the fact of the matter is that this is BY FAR the best way to ensure you are maintain tension on the working muscle.

The number one most highly correlated factor with building muscle is “TIME UNDER TENSION”. The longer you can keep tension directly on a muscle, the more you control the rate at which that muscle grows.

You can do a bench press all day long, and if there is not tension in the pecs, you WILL NOT build pecs. Why is it that some people can build great chests while bench pressing while others cant? Because some peoples “genetics” all them to thoughtlessly keep a greater amount of tension in that muscle!

We now have the ability to do this consciously. The best part is, IT'S EASY!! INTENTION in action.

The most simple example of intention exists on the bench press. Grab on the bar in front of you, just like you would on a bench press. You can use any stable surface for this example. I will use the edge of my desk. I grab the edge of my desk about equally as wide as I would on a bench press. Hold on firmly, and without letting your hands move from that position, “shove” them toward each other.

What happened? Your chest contracted didn’t it? Now imagine doing this exact thing through a range of motion, like in a bench press. WOW! You just created continuous tension in the EXACT muscle you wanted to! Pretty cool right!?

You can read my review of MI40x for more information on Ben's training techniques. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mass Intentions 40 Review

Hey guys:
Be sure to check out my MI40 Mass Intentions Program Review.  You can read my explanation of what you get with the program, who it is best suited for, etc.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Muscle Review: New Blog

You may want to check out a new blog I'm working on:  Muscle Review.  I am not sure if I'll move some of the old articles from other blogs into this new one, but we'll see.  I'm thinking of moving my best articles to this new blog. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ben Pakulski Workout

Professional bodybuilder and trainer Ben Pakulski has a new program coming out called MI40 workout (Mass Intentions 40). 

You can expect more information to come soon (reviews, interviews, etc).  Until then you can check otu a free e-report called 5 Tricks to Immediately Double Your Gains.  This will be a helpful introduction to help you decide if you want to invest in the program.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: 24/7 Fat Loss

I have posted a review of Joel Marion and Craig Ballantyne's new fat loss program over at my main blog.  I recommend it:  I think you'll find combining their exercise and diet strategy would help you lose fat.  Check out the entire review here: 24/7 Fat Loss Review