This is a great photo of Lee Haney at his peak, flexing his peak—the perfect shot and bodybuilder to usher the 100th edition of our Zen series. What a flawless physique—small waist, wide shoulders, every muscle developed perfectly.…
Even better, he still trains hard today, maintaining a muscular physique into his 60s. That’s impressive, especially when you consider that he has ZERO injuries from all of his Mr. O assaults. Why? He trained with moderate poundages only, as his famous quote verifies…
“Exercise to stimulate, not annihilate.”
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, a wake-up call that resulted in healing and more mass.
We believed we stopped the insanity just in time—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…
One reason it’s a superior way to build muscle is that it efficiently trains multiple muscle-fiber types—from slow-twitch to fast-twitch—and ignites 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—with 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 for our other favorite density method, check out STX growth-threshold tactic in our latest retooled ebook, that includes many mass-building home-gym workouts…
> Quick-Start Muscle-Building Guide 2.0 is available HERE.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
What Would You Do to Protect Your Family?
Mike Westerdal is a renowned personal trainer and national best-selling physical preparedness author, but he’s also a father and a husband… who would do anything to protect his family.
He used to get pushed around when younger and spent years building up his body and becoming stronger, getting mentally and physically tough the hard way. As he got bigger, he learned to handle himself, and working in security, he learned first-hand how violence really plays out.
Some of the other guys online who show off their self-defense videos and books need to get a grip. The level of skill needed to pull off their basic moves is CRAZY for most ordinary people.
- If a defense system requires more than a few hours to master, it’s not a program.
- The only techniques you will ever use are the simple ones.
- They need to work for an ordinary person without prior training, technique, or ability.
- So even if you think you don’t have time to learn how to defend yourself…
- You don’t need to spend years training to be a martial artist.