Dr Jurgen Giessing (email – giessing[at]uni-landau.de) is a professor of sports science at the University of Koblenz-Landau. After graduating from the University of Marburg with a teaching degree and a doctor’s degree in pedagogy in 1997, Jurgen worked as a sports therapist and P.E. teacher and continued his research about muscle hypertrophy training which lead to his doctoral dissertation in sports science at the University of Tübingen in 2002.
Since 2007, Jurgen works at the University of Koblenz-Landau where he continues his research about muscle hypertrophy training and its health related effects. His book HIT, first published in 2006, became a best-seller in Germany. His new book High Intensity Training explains why staying in shape requires very little training time and that it is the quality rather than the quantity of training that makes the difference.
Jurgen has conducted several studies on High Intensity Training with sports students, seniors, type 2 diabetics, and identical twins. There has never been an injury-related drop out (no surprise there!)
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A few caveats on this one:
- I believe I had miscalculated my calorie intake (fat is dense!). In this podcast, I report that my calorie intake is typically <2,000 calories a day, but it was likely at least 2-300 calories more and closer to 2,500 per day.
- I recorded this podcast a long time before my episode with Dr Doug McGuff on “bulking”, where Doug further reinforced Jurgen’s point about the problems chasing a calorie surplus on a daily basis. I have since stopped calorie counting and currently eat a high protein diet to satiety each day (typically 2 large meals per day).
In this episode, we cover:
- The origins of multiple set training
- The problems with research comparing number of exercise sets
- How to manage calorie and macro-nutrient intake for gain muscle
- … and much, much more
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Berger in retrospect: effect of varied weight training programmes on strength
- Single vs. multiple sets of resistance exercise for muscle hypertrophy: a meta-analysis
- Beware the Meta-Analysis: Is Multiple Set Training Really Better than Single Set Training for Muscle Hypertrophy?
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Dr Doug McGuff and John R. Little ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- The Effects of Overfeeding on Body Composition: The Role of Macronutrient Composition – A Narrative Review
- Dr James Fisher – How to Reunite the HIT Community, Workout Routines, and Sun-bedding
- Resistance Training Volume Enhances Muscle Hypertrophy
- James Steele, PhD – The Problems With Measuring “Effort” In Resistance Training Science (#167)
- Clarity in Reporting Terminology and Definitions of Set End Points in Resistance Training
- Dr Ted Naiman (Listen to my episodes with Ted here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
- Dr Richard Berger
- Skyler Tanner (Listen to my episodes with Skyler here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6)
- Dr. James Steele (Listen to my episodes with James here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)
- Dr Doug McGuff (Listen to my episodes with Doug here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)
- Dr James Fisher (Listen to my episodes with James here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)
- Arthur Jones
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- James Krieger (Listen to the episode with James here)
- Dr Brad Schoenfeld (Listen to my episodes with Brad here: Part 1 and Part 2)