Zac Efron, age 32, starred with The Rock in the movie “Baywatch.” Efron built an impressive, ripped physique for the role. Having to be shirtless next to The Rock jacks motivation, for sure…
But he recently made this sad and disturbing comment…
When I was done with that movie, [I decided that] I don’t ever want to be in that good of shape again. Really, it was so hard.
Here’s what his trainer said about his workouts: “I threw everything I had at him. Stability training, power, mobility, athletic training. He did more two-a-days than anyone I’ve ever worked with.”
It was three days of workouts, then one day off, then three on again, and so on. No indication of any “special supplements.”
His workouts took 1 1/2 hours on average, and usually it was twice a day, although the second workout usually wasn’t as long.
For example, he would do his back and biceps in the morning, and then in the afternoon, hit abs.
So he was training for more than 12 hours a week. Was that necessary?
We would argue not—unless he was in absolutely horrible shape to begin with.
The sad part is that so many workout programs are painfully inefficient, using a shotgun approach. And that’s why people quit in droves…
It’s the very reason we continually search for efficiency-of-effort methods. We strive to make our training as precise as possible…
The first step should be to emphasize the “ideal exercise” for each target muscle.
Those are the moves that check off the Top-5 Efficiency, Productivity and Safety Factors (from Mr. America Doug Brignole’s 16). Those factors and ideal exercises are outlined in Old Man, Young Muscle.
We mentioned sissy squats in a previous newsletter. Another is dumbbell decline presses for chest.
Steve is 62, 30 years older than Efron. Steve also re-muscled his physique in a few months with only a 50-pound selectorized dumbbell set, adjustable bench, and a doorway chinning bar (along with the fasting methods in the free companion ebook).
Steve’s emphasize-the-ideal-exercise workouts were only 35 minute each, three days a week for a grand total of 1 3/4 hours a week, not 12 as Zac was racking up.
See the comparison pics below. That’s Steve on the left—not The Rock’s small half brother The Pebble. LOL.
In Steve’s case, no drugs, no hormone-replacement therapy, and no Photoshop. True, Steve has been in top shape before, so he was reconstructing, but still…
Steve is an old guy— it’s right in the title of his new ebook Old Man, Young Muscle.
Speaking of that ebook, here’s a quote from it that ties a neat bow on the above discussion:
You need to balance your recovery and the amount of time you want to spend training. What you don’t want is to do so much that you overtax your recovery ability and/or dread your workouts. Do everything in your power to stick with it. The goals is to be built for life.
And it’s easier than you think. Zac Efron, are you listening?…
If you want more of Steve’s how-he-did-it story, go HERE.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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