Q: I’m a fan of your older 4X mass method. It’s given me impressive mass gains ever since you came out with the 4X ebook a few years ago. You’ve been talking about garbage negatives recently, but each of the four sets in 4X is a 1/3 tempo. Should I make adjustments? [Read more…]
This classic shot of Vince Gironda, the legendary Iron Guru, was taken way back in the 1950s. His aesthetic physique, with its symmetry, lines, and rippedness, holds up today.
Yep, even now most guys would kill to hang out by the pool looking like Vince… [Read more…]
Here’s a killer shot of Danny “Giant Killer” Padilla flexing outside, probably in a park somewhere freaking people out. [Read more…]
Here’s a rare shot of an off-season Danny “Giant Killer” Padilla flexing a massive arm in the ’70s. [Read more…]
Here’s Danny Padilla once again featured in our weekly Zen. Thickness and mass perfection onstage in the ’70s.
We’re fans of his physique as well as his training style that amplified his genetic gifts and preserved his joints…
In fact, our workouts evolved in many good way thanks to info on Danny’s training—and Vince Gironda’s methods as well.
Padilla’s workouts were best described as “progressive muscle-fiber exhaustion” using only moderate weights. That means no hammering joints into submission with crazy poundages…
That moderate-poundage style saved our joints and has us still training and gaining into old age—Steve is in his early 60s.
Our 4X Mass Method that we’ve been using for years now, is based on Danny’s training, which was an off-shoot of Gironda’s Density Training…
It consists of moderate weights for four to five quick sets. The method is designed to gradually exhaust the various muscle fiber types due to short rests between sets.
It’s a thorough, efficient, and safer way to get total muscle growth in almost all fiber types.
The 4X method is excellent for younger trainee looking to preserve their joints as they pack on new mass, as well as for older bodybuilders who are training around aches and pains. Oh, and the pump is unreal…
Now is the perfect time to try 4X for major muscle-growth success. For loads of motivating info and programs…
> 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
Mass-Building Lessons From the Master Trainer
Vince Gironda was the Iron Guru, a bodybuilding legend ahead of his time. His most famous pupil in the bodybuilding world was the very first Mr. Olympia Larry Scott, and he also trained many Hollywood stars back in the day, like Clint Eastwood, and even Arnold consulted with him and was a fan (even though Vince told Arnold that he was a “fat f**k” when he first arrived in the U.S.).
Many of Vince’s mass-building tricks and methods have been forgotten, buried by information and misinformation overload on the Internet, but now you can find them all, his true methods, in this must-have, 330-page Vince Gironda e-book anthology…
You get everything from “Train 21 Rest 7” to 10-8-6-15 to Vince’s Stone Age Nutrition, the 8×8 method and program and much, much more (remember, it’s 330 pages). And it’s on sale at a discount for a limited time: Simply use the code GIRONDA20 at checkout for an extra 20 percent off.
Vince Gironda: Legend & Myth (300-page anthology + many bonus gifts and programs) HERE
Mohammed Makkawy is one of the greatest short bodybuilders of all time. At only 5’3”, the Egyptian-born physique sculptor defeated men much taller and more massive. How? With his proportioned, no-weak-points physique chiseled to its peak. [Read more…]
We’ve featured Danny Padilla in our Zen installments many times, but this is a shot we haven’t seen before. It’s a great stage shot that highlights his mass and symmetry, things his training style emphasized and amplified… [Read more…]
Lee Labrada never won the Mr. Olympia, but he got close due to his incredible symmetry, proportions, and muscle size and density—“Mass With Class.” His physique was a work of art…
You can see that from this out-and-about photo by Michael Neveux of Lee in archer mode… [Read more…]
We often feature photos in our Zen newsletters that we’ve never seen before. This one of Danny Padilla is one of those. It looks like he’s at some type of ruins, perhaps the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, or the Parthenon in Greece (those are just a guesses). [Read more…]
Danny Padilla was known in pro bodybuilding back in the day as “the Giant Killer.” That’s because at only 5’2”, his perfect mass-symmetry combo allowed him to beat bodybuilders who were much taller and larger than he was. [Read more…]