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How to Train for a Better Physique

How to Train for a Better Physique

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How to Train for a Better Physique

75 pages
52 minutes
Oct 25, 2016


There is a difference between how successful bodybuilders train, and how "everyone else" does.

That is the basic premise of this book. If you watch someone like Lee Haney going through a weight training workout, you will see a difference in how they approach it relative to everyone else. 

It's not just about this or that number of reps, or whether or not you "train hard." Successful bodybuilders approach their training sessions differently than those who spend years spinning their wheels.

This book is about the concentration it takes when you're inside the weight room. It's about how to get the most out of every rep, of every set, of every workout. Yes, it's about the mind-muscle connection. It's about listening ti internal cues, your muscles, and your body. It's about how to approach weight training and bodybuilding intelligently and with the right mindset. It's about training hard, without training just your ego. It's not about watching the clock or counting out a certain tempo. It's about learning to listen to your body. 

There is info here about workout program design, muscle soreness and DOMS (what's acceptable, what isn't), the truth about tempo training, rest times, exercise range of motion, what makes for so-called "heavy" training, listening to your body and its internal cues, and more. 

This book is not a workout program or a weight training program. It's about how to approach everybodybuilding workout program.

Learn what true bodybuilding training really looks like and feels like.

Oct 25, 2016

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How to Train for a Better Physique - Scott Abel

How to Train

for a Better Physique

The Truth About Weight Training Success and the Secrets to How Successful Bodybuilders REALLY Train

Scott Abel

About the Author

Scott Abel has been involved in the diet, fitness, and bodybuilding industries for over four decades. He has written for, or been featured, in magazines like Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Muscle Mag, T-Nation, and many more.

Scott has trained — and trained alongside — many of the top bodybuilders from the Golden Age of bodybuilding. Guys like Lee Haney, Bill Pearl, and more. This book is about how the successful bodybuilders really train — the small, slight differences that are not down to this or that number of reps, but how to approach each and every training session.

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Chapter 1. The Fundamentals of Program Design and Physique Development

Chapter 2. The Lee Haney Mantra: Stimulate, Don’t Annihilate

Chapter 3. Muscle Soreness and DOMS: What You Need to Know!

Chapter 4. Range of Motion and Muscle Stretch

Chapter 5. Rest Time Between Sets: A Lesson About the Importance of Internal Cues

Chapter 6. Tempo Schmempo

Chapter 7. The Truth About Tempo Training

Chapter 8. Lessons from the Front Lines: Abel Leg Thirties


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Thank You + A Free Gift

First: Thank you for taking the time to read this book.

An excellent companion piece to this book is my Innervation Training Primer.

It’s yours, free. To snag your free copy, just visit:

My Innervation Primer is filled with practical tips and advice for getting more out of your training programs. There’s more info about the mind-muscle connection, plus practical tips for learning how to get more out of every rep—a topic very relevant to this book!

How to Train For a Better Physique


This book addresses a few of the very nitty gritty details of the training session.

I want to address questions I often get from trainees:

Should I count out my tempo? Which tempo is the right one?

I’m sore still: should I train today?

How long should I rest between sets?

How do I get the most out of a training session?

In the first chapter I discuss some of the fundamentals of program design and physique development. This is more of an overview type chapter than the other ones.

After that I move towards thinking about what the goal of the training session is (to stimulate, not annihilate). When you step into the weight room, you should have a very specific end goal in mind. That is, your goal should be to stimulate your muscles in the most effective way possible. This book addresses what I feel are the absolute, key components of that.

I hope you enjoy it.

Chapter 1.

Fun-da-MENTALS of Program Design for Physique Development:

Understanding Neurological Efficiency

Before getting into the nitty gritty of the training session, I’d would like to spend a bit of time going over some general concepts about program design, especially when it comes to physique enhancement (i.e., training for aesthetics vs. training for pure strength. Yes, there is a difference.).

After four decades in the fitness and body transformation world, it’s amazing to me that the same illusions and inconsistencies exist today as existed all those decades ago.

The fact is that even many so-called experts don’t have a handle on proper, precise and effective program design for muscle development. There is far too much spill over of strength experts who come to the physique-building game with their own paradigm and training biases. For many trainees, I can tell you that today’s strength bias in program design may be the very thing holding you back from the gains you are seeking.

One common theme you’ll find in this book is this: It’s not about the numbers. Okay? Let me repeat: It’s not about the numbers!

Furthermore, it’s one thing to put on muscle mass, but what about balanced and aesthetic muscle mass? Mass with class, if you will? Who talks about this these days, when talking about how to gain mass? Well, I’d like to!

Just so you can judge yourself whether I know what I’m talking about, here is a picture of me from back in the day:

My focus was never on pure strength, but on creating balanced lines and an aesthetic physique. When it came to training, that informed both my strategy and the tactical implementation of that strategy.

What few of today’s

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