I Believe in the Max-OT (Maximum Overload Training) principles that I learned from Paul Delia, owner of AST Sports Science. Max-OT is a low volume, high intensity approach to stimulate muscle growth.
I use basic free weight movements with heavy weight and low reps. I stay in a 4 to 6 rep range on my movements. If I can get more than 6 reps, the weight is too light.
I also believe in a low number of total sets per body part and that each body part should be worked only once per week. This is consistent with the Max-OT philosophy in that recovery is a key element in the muscle growth equation.
To learn more about Max-OT Training check out my Training DVDs .
Your workouts are merely the stimulus and it is what you do when you leave the gym that will directly impact the degree of your results.
I believe that the cornerstone of a good nutritional plan is quality protein. Consistently supplying yourself with protein every 2 to hours keeps your body in an environment that is conducive to muscular growth.
I emphasize protein because I feel that it is the key ingredient. Protein builds muscle. A person who is training intensely will have a higher protein requirement than a sedentary individual.
Post-workout nutrition is essential for maximizing gains. I follow the post-workout nutritional plan outlined by AST Sports Science Director of Research Paul Cribb. To learn how to develop the perfect nutrition plan check out my Nutrition Seminar DVD and the Lost Logs: The Ultimate Guide for Getting Totally Shredded .
If you believe you are ready for one of the following cycles you will have many cycles under your belt, supplemented with numerous anabolic steroids , 5 is a good number and have learned how to not only have successful cycles but ones in-which side-effects are controlled. Further, to be ready for an advanced cycle you will be one who is able to maintain more gains after a cycle than you lose. Some gains will always be lost after a cycle is complete, this is a given but maintaining a majority of your gains is possible. If this is not possible for you then you need to reexamine your use, your diet and perhaps even your training.