A few newsletters back I praised the aesthetic physique of Steve Reeves, movie Hercules who won the 1947 Mr. America and the 1950 Mr. Universe… [Read more…]
While competitive bodybuilding has gotten somewhat out of hand in my opinion, some of us still strive for an aesthetic-muscle look…
That is, a physique with proportioned muscle that doesn’t force you to waddle down the beach or require a tailored circus tent for a suit. [Read more…]
Here’s a rare shot of Mr. America/Mr. Universe Dave Draper’s reaction to Bill McArdle’s massive arm: “Aye, your trrricep looks like a wee thick Irrrrish lass straddling yourrrr upper-arm bone.” [Read more…]
Mr. America/Mr. Universe Doug Brignole has some thoughts on my recent musing on stretching and stretch moves for mass.
He makes the observation that some muscles respond better than others to full stretch, and putting some into a full stretch can be dangerous, such as rear delts. Bringing the arm too far across that body can damage the shoulder joint…
And also lats. Here is Doug’s take… [Read more…]
Mr. America/Mr. Universe and biomechanics expert Doug Brignole is doing a guest-posing exhibition in Las Vegas October 22. It’s at the AAU Mr. Universe that he won in 2019 (location: Plaza Hotel and Casino).
That means Doug is in contest-prep mode because he does not want to guest pose looking like a glazed doughnut. No chance of that. He’s a ripped 185 right now and very close to stage ready, as you can see here… [Read more…]
Mr. America and 2019 Drug-Free Mr. Universe Doug Brignole isn’t shy about emailing me when I’m right—or wrong. It’s the latter this time, and I concur. [Read more…]
A couple of issues back I discussed two recent studies showing that exercises with a significant beginning stretch component built more mass than those that had less. [Read more…]
Q: You did a good job of explaining the research on area-specific muscle-fiber growth from Chris Beardsley. I know Doug Brignole is a fan of Beardsley, so why does he disagree with the idea that a fiber can grow in different areas depending on the applied stress? Even researchers like Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., agree that it’s how growth happens. [Read more…]
You already know the Mr. America/Mr. Universe to which I’m referring: Doug Brignole. Here he is winning the 2019 Drug-Free Mr. Universe at age 59 (Lance Kincaid photo)… [Read more…]
I was more than pleased to see that Mr. America/Mr. Universe Doug Brignole filmed his workouts and has them all on video. You can check them out HERE.
While he has invited me to come and train with him—or maybe I invited myself—he lives about an hour away, which is three hours if L.A. traffic is in full swing. So I’ve opted for back-and-forth discussions. And now I’ve got these videos to clarify some things… [Read more…]