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…]
This shot of Freddy Ortiz from the early ‘60s shows his incredible genetics. Freddy often trained at the iconic Vince’s Gym in Studio City, California. [Read more…]
Check out Arnold in his prime below compared to his son Joseph, early 20s, hitting a double biceps pose. The resemblance is uncanny. Are genetics important in bodybuilding? Absolutely, as is the case in most sports. [Read more…]
These photos taken in the ’50s showcase the classic lines of Steve Reeves that made him a perfect movie Hercules—excellent genetics, and not just in the looks department. Check out at his wide V taper, small waist and long calves… [Read more…]
Here’s a great shot of Lee Labrada back to back with his son Hunter, age 28 and a current IFBB pro. Notice the similar genetics, a big player in bodybuilding success… [Read more…]
This is our first time featuring the great French bodybuilder Serge Nubret in our Zen newsletter. He was known as the Black Panther, and this photo should tell you why… [Read more…]
Q: I have limited time to train—three days a week. I can get to the gym M-W-F, but I usually have family stuff on the weekends, so that’s it. Can I build a bodybuilder physique by training only three days a week? What program would you recommend?
A: Can you get a bodybuilder physique training only 3 days a week? That depends entirely on your genetics. We’ve known a few guys who looked like bodybuilders going to the gym zero days a week. Not kidding—lucky bastards. LOL! [Read more…]
This photo taken in the ’50s shows the classic lines of Steve Reeves that made him a perfect movie Hercules. The man had excellent genetics, and not just in the looks department. Check out at his wide V taper, small waist and long calves… [Read more…]
Q: I’m using a Positions-of-Flexion program from 3D Muscle Building. I’ve read a lot about the pro bodybuilders’ training, and I’m just not sure three exercises per muscle, as you recommend in POF, is enough. Can you help me understand why that’s sufficient for building the most mass?
A: First, realize the all pro bodybuilders use anabolic steroids. Those drugs heighten recovery and growth significantly. That means they can tolerate a lot more volume at each workout. On top of that, the pros have genetics for building muscle and recovering from work far superior to us normal mortals… [Read more…]
A few Zens ago, we mentioned Arnold’s ability to look shockingly massive or aesthetically sculpted. See the comparison photos… [Read more…]