John Grimek, at 5’ 8 1/2” and around 220 pounds, was one of the most massive bodybuilders of his era. He was the AAU Mr. American in 1940 and ’41, and at age 38 he beat Steve Reeves for the 1948 NABBA Mr. Universe. He retired from competition the next year.
He was also an incredibly strong Olympic lifter. His best overhead press was 364 pounds. But what is really interesting is that for much of his career he trained in a home gym—and he always hit his entire body at each workout.
One of his methods was to do one set of one exercise for 10 reps, rest for a minute or two, then do an exercise for another body part for 10 reps, rest a minute or two, and so on until he’d trained his entire body…
After he did his last muscle group, he would rest a few minutes, and then start again. He’d do that for three rounds. It worked for him. He looked massive even in clothes….
We’re training at home these days, but we haven’t tried Grimek’s method yet. We prefer to train a muscle thoroughly before moving on—but we often do full-body workouts. It’s one of the best ways for a total anabolic-hormone surge.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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