Here’s a unique shot of Arnold wowing a female reporter. This exemplifies one reason so many of us lift—to roll back our sleeve and flex a massively peaked biceps… [Read more…]
Q: The 4X Mass Workout is filling out my muscles faster than anything I’ve ever tried. Thank you! I’m wondering what you think about doing something weird on the last set. Like I’ve been doing a drop set on the last set every so often or a superset with another exercise just on that last set. Is that okay, or should I only stick to straight sets with 4X?
A: If you’ve been reading this newsletter for any length of time, you should know that we encourage any and all types of training experimentation. Always remember that what packs on new mass for one person may not work well for another, so be innovative and open-minded… [Read more…]
Q: Many years ago, I tried negative-only sets on most of my exercises. My partners lifted the heavy weight for me, and I lowered it slowly, six seconds on each of six reps. I got some decent strength gains but not much mass at all. That’s what gives me reservations about your negative-accentuated [or X-centric] technique. Will it build muscle for me even though pure negatives didn’t?
A: The heavy, pure-negative sets that you tried are great for building neuromuscular efficiency—the nerve connections that improve strength. You also get some muscle trauma; however, you lose muscular tension between each rep when your partners lift the weight for you… [Read more…]
Here’s Danny Padilla once again featured in our Zen weekly. Thickness, aesthetics, and mass in the studio in the ’70s. [Read more…]
Mike Mentzer’s physique was thick—and vascular when he was ripped. A late 20th century Hercules with streaking veins. [Read more…]
Here’s a unique shot of Arnold backstage during his last competition, his comeback win at the 1980 Mr. Olympia. He’s got that Oak thickness that’s impressive even by today’s freak standards… [Read more…]
Frank Zane’s chiseled physique is still considered near perfection today, etched muscle that seemed attainable.
He wasn’t from the gargoyle school of bodybuilding, so you rarely saw him hit a “crab” most muscular pose. This photo is about as close as he came to that. [Read more…]
This is a great photo of Lee Haney backstage revealing his crazy abs and thick, striated pecs.… [Read more…]
Here’s a great shot of a bulked up Arnold. Yes, he’s a bit smooth here, but look at the mass—and his quads had some separation. That may have been triggered by his stylish shoes. LOL… [Read more…]
Mike Mentzer’s physique was thick. Even relaxed he looked Herculean, as in this gym shot from the ’70s. [Read more…]