Cstrach – perfect timing for this post as I was having the exact same thought today. I’m coming to the end of one cycle through the 24 week program and have had great results, but as I cycle back through the max strength/ME phases I would like to mix in some hypertrophy. Part of it is vanity and part is the thought that as I get older I will have to fight muscle loss, so perhaps I could have a bit more now to help offset future losses with age.
I was thinking about switching the max strength workouts from 6×4 to 3×8 with a slightly lighter weight. I figure I might need to add in a mini max every couple of weeks to keep the max strength.
I look forward to hearing what the coaches and other participants say/recommend. Have any of the coaches experimented with this or observed size gains as an unintended consequence of other training experiences? I.e. We had an athlete try x and normally recommend against it because it causes muscle mass gains.