I used to be embarrassed to go to the gym.
To tell you the truth, I even feel uncomfortable writing this story.
Almost a decade ago, I had my first "muscle building transformation". It was my first year of University, and in 3 months, I went from 155 lbs to 177 lbs. I went back home for Christmas break, and I still remember the reaction on my little brother's face when he saw me...
"Holy shit. Your neck is huge."
I still laugh when I think about it. I felt good about that too. Building 27 lbs in 3 months is no joke. But I was a newbie, and newbie muscle is easy to gain.
In fact, it took me 6 years to gain 10 more pounds of muscle. I struggled. It sucked.
I used to go into the gym, and I'd be embarrassed to work out with everyone there. It seemed like every single guy there was bigger and stronger than me.
I was deep into the research of muscle building. I knew that in order to build muscle, I needed to be stronger, but I had a lot of trouble gaining strength. After all, all the old-school natural bodybuilders were strong. Hell, even Arnold started out competing in weightlifting before he became a bodybuilder.
I tried some of the most popular programs, and they didn't seem to work. To make matters worse, my brother was training for Powerlifting, and he surpassed me in strength in all my lifts. I still had the size and leanness, but he was stronger than me. My "little" brother!
Looking back, I was a true weakling. My 5RM on the bench press was 155 lbs. See? Told you this was embarrassing.
Being weak also sucked when I wanted to add muscle or lose fat. It was a real struggle whenever I needed to diet. I had to lower my Calories and work harder than most...just because I was weak. Same with building muscle, I had to be very strict with my diet and work super hard in the gym, just to add an extra 500g to my frame. It sucked and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
It turns out that I wasn't pushing myself hard enough in the gym. What I thought was 100% effort was actually like 70% effort. You can't get very good results with 70% effort. I realize that now.
When I figured this out, it was a "eureka moment".
I started using a "wave-loading" program. The rules of the program forced me to push myself harder than I'd ever pushed myself before.
In fact, using wave-loading, I discovered I had "more in me" than I ever thought possible, absolutely crushed a strength barrier, and now I can hold my own in the gym.
This is when The 9-7-3 Strength Surge was born.
I now use it whenever I need to break through a strength plateau. As you know, I've always been a big advocate of Daily Undulating Periodization, but whenever I feel like DUP is getting stale, I switch it up with The 9-7-3 Strength Surge. On top of this, it allows me to add lean dense muscle to my frame (a side-effect I'm happy to have).
It took me years to figure this out and apply it to my own training. Now, I put everything I’ve learned into my 9-7-3 Strength Surge workout program, and today, you can get my exact strength and dense muscle building method for free.