Q: You mentioned that Arnold never used sissy squats [a quad stretch-position exercise]. I know that Tom Platz did them a lot. Do you think that may be one reason Platz had such freaky quads? Did Arnold miss the boat? [Read more…]
Q: Your newsletter on sprinter thigh development was thought-provoking. I have to wonder how those athletes, along with oval-track cyclists, get such good development without full-range work. Cycling is especially puzzling because pedaling a bicycle is very short range.
A: Not to mention the quad development of speed skaters, who also use limited range of motion… [Read more…]
My daughter and her firefighter husband-to-be were over again, grilling me about my training and theirs… [Read more…]
Yesterday I went over an upper-body workout in a bare-bones home gym using Doug “Mr. Universe” Brignole’s superset method.
Keep in mind that Doug usually performs four supersets, or rounds, of two exercises back to back, with reps falling like this: 30, 20, 15, 10. [Read more…]
Q: I need more outer quad sweep. A guy at the gym told me to use a narrow stance on squats, but that feels a bit unnatural to me. Will that actually help build the outer quads?
A: We asked our colleague and research maven Jerry Brainum about developing outer quad sweep before. Here’s what he had to say… [Read more…]
Q: I’m so frustrated. I constantly hear and read bodybuilders saying that you have to do free-bar squats to get big. You even put squats as the Ultimate Exercise for quads in your Ultimate Mass Workout e-book. It’s supposedly the best quad exercise and also stimulates overall mass gains. But I always get hurt when I squat heavy. My lower back
A: Some trainees simply aren’t built for free-bar squats. Because of leverage factors—usually long legs, the upper body pitches forward, which can put the lower back at risk.
Same as last week, I had to bump the Wednesday workout to Thursday, so maybe legs is just going to naturally evolve into Thor’s Day training. LOL! The thunder in my quads was deep… [Read more…]
Leg training should’ve happened yesterday, so it was Throwdown Thursday today. Funny how sleep works… I overslept by about 30 minutes yesterday, and that threw my entire morning off. Then I woke up 3 hours early this morning. Yes, 3 hours. Needless to day, it’s been a productive day already… [Read more…]