Sorry, but you’re not a ‘hardgainer’. Force your body into growth by implementing mechanical tension, metabolic stress, volume, and rep range manipulation.
‘Functional’ training and tricep kickbacks are keeping you weak. Stop messing around with useless methods, master the movements and intensities that build sports-specific strength.
‘Just sprint and jump to get more explosive’ – this is why you’re still slow. Build your engine first. Soon you’ll be dunking, beating opponents out of cuts and sprints, and feeling like a beast.
I come from a background being an unathletic, scrawny, weak, slow high school basketball player. Over 8 years of trial-and-error in training, I have gained 50 lbs. of muscle, increased strength (500+ lbs. Squat and 600+ lbs. Deadlift) while increasing explosive athleticism. Now I work as a Division-1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, training athletes to get jacked, build strength, increase vertical jump, sprint speed, agility, and endurance all at the same time. Hypertrophy Cluster Protocol reflects my time of work.
I ended the basketball season at around 175 lbs. and am now back up to 190 lbs. while feeling the same in terms of explosiveness on the court. Strength wise, at the end of the season I was benching 70kg for reps and am now benching 80kg for reps. I’m also back to squatting 140kg for reps after struggling to squat 120kg for reps during the season.Chris T. Division III Basketball Player
Before I started the program, my max 1-rep squat was 315 lbs., I wasn’t able to do 2 reps, now I do 3 reps easily. My deadlift was 315 for 1 rep and now I do 405 lbs. for 6 reps. I definitely increased in endurance, power, and I am leaner
Peter A., Former Collegiate Baseball Player
In 5 weeks, my back squat has increased 60 lbs., deadlift up 65 lbs., and bench press up 40 lbs. since starting the Hypertrophy Cluster Protocol
A couple months ago I reached out to Jake because I was having trouble finding the right workout for myself. I didn’t know what to do, I loved to be in the weight room but nothing was transferring over to the ball field for me. Whenever I did think the workout was good, I would end up with injuries after. This semester Jake showed me cluster training and I have seen pretty great results with my strength and power. Three cluster lifts that have been really beneficial for me are the squats, dumbbell bench, and incline dumbbell bench. I have seen more mass on myself, and I have been throwing the baseball a couple mph faster this year. Most importantly, I have been injury free while doing a cluster workout every day for the week.Brady S. Division III Baseball Player
Jerry S., Strength and Conditioning Coach
My bench has increased. But also my hang clean and strict military press have gone up significantly
Zach C., Hockey Player
My strength and power have improved significantly. My shot in hockey has improved in speed, quick release and over all responsiveness in puck control. Lateral movement has increased in speed, and overall stability and core strength have improved. I’ve loved it so far, I’m doing round two as of next week.
I’ve always been a hard gainer. I’ve never weighed more than 153lbs even though I’m a hockey player. I’ve tried so many times to gain weight, in and out of the gym. I’ve only been on your program for 2.5 weeks and I’m already up to 155lbs. Also I was SUPER weak maxing out my front squat at 135lbs, but now I’m front squatting 225. I’m playing club hockey next season and wanted to get bigger, and in better shape. After all my failure at gaining weight I’m trying one more time, and I’m already seeing results, and it’s only been 2.5 weeks.Matt M., Hockey Player
Jake introduced his Hypertrophy Cluster Training to me while I was at Judson University coaching. We were looking for a program to start our players on to start our spring strength training. Myself and the rest of the coaching staff didn’t have enough knowledge on how to help our guys get to the next level. The first three weeks of our strength training you could see that they were getting stronger and gaining mass. The program was laid out in a format that was easy for our guys to understand so we could get maximal results. I thought our strength program definitely took a big step while using this program.Cole Schreiner Northland College Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
Christian H., Former Collegiate Baseball Player
I'm able to dunk again so whatever we're doing is definitely working
Vid M., Collegiate Basketball Player
After 3 months of Cluster Hypertrophy, Bench Press increased 40kg, Squat increased 70kg, and Deadlift increased 60kg.
I finally benched 225. Cluster Hypertrophy is the shit. I think I hit PRs everywhere and especially with good form.
Table of Contents
- Gain Size, Gain Power: The Concepts
- The Three Essentials: Tension, Stress, and Volume
- Clusters: Optimized Hypertrophy Training for Athletes
- Get Big, Get Fast: Simple, Effective Guidelines (features 3, 4, and 5 day training options and exercise demonstration)
- Next Up: Get Strong