Many bodybuilders antagonize over their slow muscle growth, but working out smart, not just hard, will gradually transform your physique…
Still, the determining factor in how your physique will look is genetics, plain and simple—case in point Mike Mentzer. Check out his physique in his late teens (below left) and how he looked at the peak of his bodybuilding career at age 30.
Notice that the shape of his physique was already in place after only a few years of training. He merely refined it over the next 10 years by gradually adding some new
When Mentzer was training for the ’80 Mr. Olympia, IFBB judge Roger Schwab put him through many of his workouts. Roger said Mike used a full-body routine three days a week, and he used the modified Pre-Ex method. For example, for chest, he did a higher-rep set of Nautilus flyes (isolation), rested only briefly, then did a heavy lower-rep set of Nautilus decline presses. Yes, one set of each exercise only—higher-rep isolation followed by
Mentzer’s modified Pre-Ex is a version of our STX method, slow-twitch exhaustion, which we outline in our Anabolic Reload ebook.
STX is based on a Brazilian study showing that the high-rep set first on the initial exercise not only helps activate more fast-twitch growth fibers on the heavier set that follows but also triggers new growth in the slow-twitch “endurance” fibers. Most bodybuilders tend to ignore slow-twitchers (higher reps), but they have been found to have more size potential than previously believed. That’s a good way to get more residual growth. Heck, we want as much size from as many layers as possible, including slow-twitch fibers. That’s Anabolic Reload STX.
> The STX Anabolic Reload ebook is available HERE.
> The Pre-Ex 3X Mass Workout is available HERE.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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