Our biggest training influence as we got older—and wiser—was Vince Gironda. In our last Moment of Bodybuilding Zen, we featured Larry Scott and Freddy Ortiz, a photo from the ’60s taken in front of Vince’s Gym in Studio City, California.
Above is Don Howorth, another Gironda disciple and 1967 Mr. America. The photo was taken inside of Vince’s Gym and had the bodybuilding world buzzing about his incredible shoulders. Talk about wide enough to glide. Amazing! (Steve Downs photo)
One of Gironda’s favorite shoulder-widening moves was wide-grip upright rows. Here’s Jonathan demonstrating, although his grip was usually a bit wider than what’s pictured…
We also like dumbbell upright rows pulling out wide…
You may have heard that uprights are dangerous. Yes, they can be if you do them incorrectly. Keep in mind that joint impingement only occurs if your upper arm moves higher than your shoulder joint…
Simply stop the upward movement when your elbows are on the same plane as your shoulders and you’ll build them into boulders—without injury.
As we’ve mentioned, Vince was a legendary Hollywood trainer who helped us formulate our 4X density mass method—moderate poundages with short rests between sets. He emphasized sculpting the physique rather than hammering it into submission. And now that we’re past middle age, we’re glad we latched onto his advice before the hammer came down on our joints.
Remember, you don’t have to use joint-crushing poundages to build massive muscles. And you should be able to train hard through old age without debilitating aches, pains, and/or surgery.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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