There was a period in competitive bodybuilding when art and aesthetics ruled. The gargoyles were not winning, and Frank Zane, pictured below was more than okay with that… [Read more…]
Q: My workouts have been crazy good since I started using 4X. Now I’m anxious to try Downward-Progression 4X and Progressive-Speed 4X. I think I understand DP, but can you explain PS a bit more? If it’s better than regular 4X, I might grow 20 pounds of new muscle by my birthday. I’m in!
A: We’ve been discussed DP, or downward-progression, 4X, in the past and trainees always love it because of the pyramid. Here’s the drill… [Read more…]
Q: In Chapter 6 of The Super-Size Crash Course, you outline an alternate Phase 1 with Progressive-Speed 4X at one workout followed by Downward-Progression 4X+ at the next. Can I do both methods at the same workout?
A: Before we answer, let’s describe both mass tactics for those who aren’t familiar with them: [Read more…]
Q: I’m ready to start the Super-Size Crash Course, but I have a question: Do I do any warm-up sets before I do 4X on an exercise? You have warmups listed for the regular sets and pyramids, but none for 4X, or the other 4X-based sets.
A: First, warm-up sets are very important. In the 3D Muscle Building e-book, we have an entire chapter on it (“Prelude to Mass”) with various ways to do it for extra size and strength gains—partials, neuromuscular priming, etc. But the general warm-up protocol is simple… [Read more…]
We’ve talked about Bob Paris before, but check out his physique in the lineup below from the 1985 Mr. Olympia. He’s right in the center. Perfection… [Read more…]
Q: What’s the deal with upper vs lower abs? I’ve read that you really can’t train each individually, but don’t leg raises work the lower-ab muscles and crunches work the upper? I really want to have ripped abs by springtime, so I want to start now. Help.
Q: You’ve said that training each muscle only once a week doesn’t work for most people. But I just got the Fat-to-Muscle Workout (thank you for the sale price!), and both the four-day and three-day workouts train each muscle only once a week. Am I missing something?
A: You’re not missing anything; we’re just insane. Seriously, in the Q&A section of The Ultimate Fat-to-Muscle Workout we mention a study on negative-style training and the need it creates for much MORE RECOVERY. That’s the answer… [Read more…]
Q: In the BASIC Power-Density Mass Workout you have V-handle pulldowns as the only lat exercise. I know you I.D. that as the Ultimate Exercise for lats in The Ultimate Mass Workout e-book, but those hurt my forearm. Can I do regular [pronated-grip] chins instead?
A: Yes, but you won’t be able to do both Power and Density for chins—unless you’re freakishly strong on that exercise…
We suggest chins for Power and regular pulldowns for Density, like this…
Chins, (pyramid) 3 x 9, 7, 5-6
Pulldowns, (4X) 4 x 10
Of course, if you’re a freak, you can go ahead and do a 4X sequence on chins after your power sets. But most trainees will need less than bodyweight, so pulldowns is the answer. Power plus Density for muscle immensity.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
Ripped Muscle Now: Harvard Research
Harvard researcher Dr. Dimitrios Stamou discovered an enzyme that eats bodyfat. It’s helping women and men lose up to 21 pounds on average in less than 28 days.
Plus, it can help bodybuilders get freaky ripped faster than ever (see the pic of the 69-year-old who is shredded at the link below).
Remember, when you’re leaner, you look bigger than ever… And best of all, your body can MAKE this fat-blasting enzyme by eating these specific foods… and they taste GREAT.
Our colleague, the man who owned the gym that Lou Ferrigno trained at in “Pumping Iron,” turned us onto this. He’s using it himself to shed fat faster than ever, and he’s in his 50s. Get the details and see his photo HERE.
Two legendary Mr. Olympias of the past couple of decades are pictured below, Ronnie Coleman (left) and Jay Cutler (right). (Bill Comstock photo). [Read more…]
Q: I understand that heavy weight isn’t important for maximum muscle growth. Can you tell me what I should include in my workouts to build the most mass possible in the shortest time. I want to get bigger.
A: Well, “heavy” weights are important, but “heavy” is relative to YOU—and dependent on muscle fatigue. You may struggle with 20 pounds in a certain exercise at the END of a bodypart workout. So that 20 pounds is “heavy” for you on that exercise at that moment… [Read more…]