In our Zen 33 newsletter, we had before and after pictures of Frank Zane. We found a few others in our archive that show his progression from skinny teen, age 17, to bulky 20-year-old to Olympia physique perfection… [Read more…]
To be fair, the Frank Zane before picture on the left was taken after a few years of training. And you can see his genetic predisposition for bodybuilding. Heck, many guys at our gyms would kill to look like his “before” pic. LOL. [Read more…]
In our Zen 3 newsletter, we talked about Arnold’s biceps peak and his full-range workout (POF: standing curls, incline curls, concentration curls).
But Arnold’s secret to eye-popping bi’s: He trained his brachialis muscles directly. Those lengthy muscles snake under the biceps and connect down on the forearm. When the brachialis are beefed up underneath, they push the biceps higher when flexed—sky-high peaks. [Read more…]
The photo below of Larry Scott and Freddy Ortiz was taken circa 1962 in front of Vince’s Gym in Studio City, California. [Read more…]
Q: I need some POF exercise clarifications. In some of your POF leg workouts, you have hyperextensions for hamstrings. I thought hyperextensions are more for your lower back. Also on the Heavy/Light Ultimate 10X10 Mass Workout, you have incline one-arm lateral raises and leaning one-arm lateral raises. Aren’t incline and leaning lateral raises the same thing?
A: We understand the occasional need for POF exercise clarifications. Hyperextensions are often classified as a lower-back exercise; however, if you keep your lower back flat throughout the stroke, you will hit your hamstrings hard with help from your glutes. Make an effort to really feel your hamstrings elongate as you lower to the bottom position; force them to bear the brunt of the resistance. Remember, don’t allow your lower back to round at the bottom… [Read more…]
Danny Padilla was known for his classic, no-flaws physique. His nickname was “the Giant Killer” 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…]
Q: I was going through some old IRON MAN magazines to give to my nephew, and saw Jonathan on the cover of the March ‘09 issue. Unbelievable biceps! I couldn’t find an article on his arm training in that issue, though. What arm workout did he use to build those incredible peaked bi’s?
A: Full, peaked biceps are only possible if you have the genetic propensity to build thick, high bi’s. That’s not to say you can’t do it; you’ll never know till you try—and full-range training will bring out your full muscular potential… [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 walk down the beach looking like Vince… [Read more…]
We’ve both lived in a beach town—Steve still does—and nothing fuels workouts more than summertime near the ocean. You know you’re going to be hitting the sand (or lake or pool) more than a few times, so you better be hitting the gym hard. [Read more…]
We’re not sure who took this shot of the very first Mr. Olympia Larry Scott, but it looks like it’s in a gym at a seminar perhaps…[Read more…]