I love getting emails about the incredible results MuscleHack readers are achieving out there (in contrast to the stupid emails I sometimes get).
Here is an example of just one such email from 20 yr old Matthew McCray.
Being an ectomorph, he is starting out with a small frame, much like I was.
But even he was shocked at what he could achieve with the Arms Blast workout in such a short period of time. Over an inch in 7 days to be exact! Read his message to me…
Hey Mark! Just wanted to say great job on the Arms Blast Experiment. I’ll admit even though I’ve had some pretty decent results with your THT workout and tips (back when I was doing it consistently), I was pretty skeptical about the whole 1 inch in a week.
Anyways, here are my measurements for the seven days.
- Monday: Right: 12 inches Left: 11.5 inches
- Tuesday: Right:12.25 inches Left: 11.75 inches
- Wednesday: Right:12.65 inches Left: 12.25 inches
- Thursday: Right: 13 inches Left: 12.5 inches
- Friday: Right: 13 inches Left: 12.65 inches
- Saturday: Right: 13.25 inches Left: 12.75 inches
- Sunday: Right: 13.5 inches Left: 12.75 inches
As you can see I was (and still am) pretty skinny but these were great results! Definitely more than I expected and should give hope to us skinny guys out there!
Writing this two weeks after the workout my right arm is 13.65in and my left is 13in, so these are definitely permanent gains (not just a pump) and ALL muscle as my arms have never been this hard in my life.
Sorry, I wish I had taken some before pictures for the Arms Blast Experiment but I wasn’t really expecting too much.
This picture was taken within a span of a little under six months gaining about 13 pounds [on THT]. I don’t have a facebook, but I just turned 20 and live in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
Thanks again Mark and keep up the great work!
Let me explain something quick about how the Arms Blast workout works – it’s all about a MASSIVE jump in intensity – beyond what you’ve ever experienced.
I don’t just mean 100% intensity – I mean well above 100% – I guess you could call it “hyperintensity”.
Here’s what I mean…
Before you ever started training, what sort of intensity of effort was your body exposed to? Well your daily activities probably never caused you to work any muscle beyond 20% – 30% intensity of effort. And of course, since there was no reason for your body to change, your muscle mass levels remained the same (or even atrophied).
So you start training, and let’s assume you used a science-based routine like THT. Going to failure each set in a the 8-12 rep range is training at up to 85% of your one rep max. That’s 85% as a percentage of 1 rep max and taking every set to 100% (failure), which has been shown in study after study and this meta-analysis  to be optimal for size gains.
So what happens when you go from 30% to 85% – BANG! – The “Newbie Gains” phenomenon. The drastic change in intensity that your muscles are exposed to forces your body to adapt! How? More muscle mass.
Gains can and do keep coming if you keep training at this level of intensity so long as you are adding weights and reps over time i.e. progressive overload.
But what if you could create a workout that actually caused you to work above 100%? I’m talking levels of ~130% of your 1 rep max?
Well again…your body will be forced to adapt to this massive change in intensity. How? More muscle mass.
This is what is responsible for Matthew’s gains, and the rapid gains all these guys experienced with the Arms Blast workout.
Training above 100% is what I am calling “HYPERINTENSE” training.
And if you’re sitting there scratching your head – YES it is possible to train at levels beyond 100%, this is all explained in the Arms Blast booklet.
So, I hope that gives hope and inspiration to everyone, especially guys and girls with less than optimal genetics.
Train With Intensity!
Reference:  The influence of frequency, intensity, volume and mode of strength training on whole muscle cross-sectional area in humans. Wernbom M, Augustsson J, Thomeé R.
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