We’re not sure who took this photo of Lee Haney, but it’s from of one of his eight Mr. Olympia wins—a flawless double-biceps pose…
Interesting that he still trains hard today, maintaining his muscular physique at over 60 years old. That’s impressive! And get this: He has ZERO injuries from all of his Mr. O assaults. Why? He trained with moderate poundages only. Check out this telling quote from him…
Exercise to stimulate, not annihilate. Set small goals and build upon them.
Contrast that with the Mr. Olympias who trained with mega-heavy poundages. Most can’t train without severe pain, and some are nearly crippled.
We got on the “stimulate don’t annihilate” bandwagon as we approached middle age and got a jolt of wisdom. We had a few injuries from training too heavy—Steve has a bad shoulder from powerlifting bench pressing and Jonathan has recurring lower-back twinge from heavy squats. But that’s it.
Luckily, we stopped the insanity before it was too late. That was after we finally embraced something legendary trainer Vince Gironda continually tried to hammer into out heads during many of his visits to our Iron Man offices: moderate weights and short rests are best—Density Training…
And with it, we healed and started growing again. One reason is that it had us efficiently training multiple muscle-fiber types—from slow-twitch to fast-twitch—and getting an unreal pump at every workout
One of our favorite Density methods is outlined in our 4X Mass Workout ebook. We highly recommend you try 4X for multi-muscle-fiber growth success—and no joint stress. And if you can’t let go of mega-heavy training, at least use 4X every few workouts to stimulate rather than annihilate…
> The 4X Mass Workout 2.0 is available HERE.
Or grab this multi-e-book package, which includes 4X Positions-of-Flexion programs plus many free mass-building bonuses, for your muscle-building library: the After-40 Muscle-Size Manual package HERE.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
Mass-Building Lessons From the Master Trainer
Vince Gironda was the Iron Guru, a bodybuilding legend ahead of his time. His most famous pupil in the bodybuilding world was the very first Mr. Olympia Larry Scott, and he also trained many Hollywood stars back in the day, like Clint Eastwood, and even Arnold consulted with him and was a fan (even though Vince told Arnold that he was a “fat f**k” when he first arrived in the U.S.).
Many of Vince’s mass-building tricks and methods have been forgotten, buried by information and misinformation overload on the Internet, but now you can find them all, his true methods, in this must-have, 330-page Vince Gironda e-book anthology…
You get everything from “Train 21 Rest 7” to 10-8-6-15 to Vince’s Stone Age Nutrition, the 8×8 method and program and much, much more (remember, it’s 330 pages). And it’s on sale at a discount for a limited time: Simply use the code GIRONDA20 at checkout for an extra 20 percent off.
Vince Gironda: Legend & Myth (300-page anthology + many bonus gifts and programs) HERE