With almost 50 years of training experience, I’ve come to realize that incomplete recovery is the #1 roadblock to achieving the fastest hypertrophy your genetics will allow… [Read more…]
Here’s high-intensity advocate and pro bodybuilder Mike Mentzer’s answer to those who asked how he accounted for the success of all of the top bodybuilders who used high-volume workouts (John Balik photo)… [Read more…]
Q: I’m making new gains with [STX and the Old Man, Young Muscle workout], but I’ve read that longer rests between sets is better for mass. I think that’s wrong in my case. You say that 20-second rests between sets is like extending the set. My question is, would it be even better to do a drop set [reduce the weight] with no rest between? [Read more…]
In the last training newsletter, I mentioned that most of the ideal exercises are isolation, or single-joint…
Starting body-part routines with them is not only safer but also more hypertrophic. What?
Am I crazy? Aren’t the mass moves—like barbell squats, bench presses, and rows—the best of the best?… [Read more…]
Not many people know that to practice his fighting skills in real life situations, Bruce Lee would go out to tough areas of town wearing one of his wife’s blouses: “What are you looking at, punk?” [Read more…]
Q: The consensus has always been to do heavy compound exercises, like squats and rows, for mass. Do you not believe that? Your focus seems to be on isolation exercises. Don’t you think you would be bigger going heavy on the big exercises?
A: Even if I did think that heavy compound exercises built more mass, which I don’t, I would not emphasize them at this point. I’m 64 years old… [Read more…]
Here’s a quote from respected hypertrophy researcher Chris Beardsley on volume as you become more advanced… [Read more…]
Q: I’m loving the Old Man, Young Muscle workouts. Just what the doctor ordered to build some new muscle. What’s your take on the muscle experts online that contradict your methods and exercise choices?
A: I’m not one to go online and call out other people’s methods. In this newsletter and OMYM, I simply explain why I train the way I do and back it up with research studies. [Read more…]
Q: The Old Man, Young Muscle program has me finally putting on some size. I think I was overtraining and not using the right exercises for age 55. You recently mentioned that you do full [three-exercise] Positions-of-Flexion mass routines for some lagging body parts. I would like to do that too. Do you recommend doing the stretch move then a contracted exercise to finish or vice versa?
A: That’s a great question. The order of your add-on exercises can make a big difference, and both ways have benefits—but one is superior. [Read more…]
Here’s a great shot of young Arnold meeting his bodybuilding idol and movie Hercules Reg Park. As you can see, Arnold was proudly sponsored by Wienerschnitzel. [Read more…]