VIDEO: Really High Volumes Revisited

MASS Research Review Video

Volume 7, Issue 11; November 2023

Michael C. Zourdos Ph.D., CSCS

A few years ago, studies using very high weekly set volumes were published, and the debate raged whether these high volumes were necessary. A new study examining an even higher weekly set volume was just published. This video breaks down the new study and determines if and when very high volumes might be beneficial for hypertrophy. 


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