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I haven't been posting much lately but I am continuing to train hard with both cables and calisthenics.
I have seen a lot of discussion recently about the effectiveness of occlusion training for building muscle. And while I have no desire to train with a tourniquet on my arm, I have been interested in techniques that internally mimic the effects of occlusion training. Here are a couple good discussions of the issue:
Basically, the upshot of it is that training muscles with high reps under constant tension (often with partials) induces an oxygen deprived state (hypoxia) that sets in motion a whole chain of muscle building physiological processes.
It occurred to me that the 5X5 muscle spinning protocol that Fatman outlines in his strandpulling book is a great example of this kind of a strategy. I have tried this every now and again and have gotten ridiculous pumps from it, but have never approached it methodically enough or for a long enough time period to tell whether it was effective in building muscle. Has anyone used this technique consistently? Can you report back on your findings and experiences? Thanks!