I‘m looking for a few good men (and some women too).  Using some principles gathered from both research and experimentation that I’ve done, I feel pretty confident that I can create a pretty remarkable and foolproof method for increasing strength with basic exercises.  Perhaps the best part is the miminal amount of exertion required to get this strength increase.  My own benchpress has increased about 30 pounds in the last 6 weeks with just a couple minutes of total exertion.  This 30-pound increase equals the increase in bench that I’ve experienced from age 14 to 34 with sporadic training, and a ton of total work overall, so I’m pretty psyched.  Of course, a recurring theme here is getting the most reward for the least amount of time, effort, and life disruption as possible.  

What I need to test this out is a minimum of 10 volunteers (I would prefer the group to be 50-50 men/women), who are willing to follow a rigid training protocol (just for benchpress) for 10 weeks/70 days.  To volunteer you must meet the following prerequisites…

  • You must have access to a gym that has a Power Rack
  • You must currently be doing some regular weight training, and ideally be using as much or more weight for your chest press exercises as you ever have (thus, not rebuilding strength built at an earlier time in your life, but building new strength)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be able to test your 5 rep max strength before and after the experiment, and be comfortable with doing so
  • You must be free of injury, particularly to the wrists
  • You must be willing to avoid all other chest and tricep exercises during the 10 week experiment
  • You must be willing to keep a detailed journal of your benchpress weight progression

If you choose to volunteer you will receive detailed instructions on how to perform the benchpress exercises effectively and safely, as well as a training schedule.  Training begins January 21 and ends on April 1.  There will be 13 workouts of 3 sets each during that time period.  I’m hoping to see the volunteer group increase 5 rep max by at least 30% in the 10 weeks.   

If you are up for it, send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Volunteer” and we’ll turn you into a guinea pig in no time.   Deadline to sign up is January 15, 2013.