You may have seen the clip of a Joe Rogan podcast during which he showed a photo of himself and Jeff Bezos, both looking muscular. [Read more…]
I’m back to quoting Dr. James DiNicolantonio (@drjamesdinic on IG). It’s a simple simple statement that hits home for bodybuilders… [Read more…]
Q: Your comments regarding your testosterone dropping when you increased your workout volume is similar to my experience. I’m 55, and had my T checked a few years ago. It was 350, which is on the low side. I had been hitting the gym five days a week for an hour or more. Lots of compound exercises. I thought I might be overtraining, so I switched to the Old Man Young Muscle workout. I wasn’t sure 35 minutes three day a week would do much, but I was wrong. I began gaining muscle again, and my testosterone measured 603. Wanted to say thank you. At this point for me, the OMYM workout is magic. [Read more…]
I’m back to quoting Dr. James DiNicolantonio (Instagram: @drjamesdinic), whose insights usually have me nodding in agreement: [Read more…]
Q: You’re in your 60s and look pretty muscular. Do you use testosterone-replacement therapy? I’m in my 50s and thinking about it. [Read more…]
Q: Love Old Man, Young Muscle. It’s helped me get bigger with shorter workouts. My joint pain is almost gone too. In the ebook, you mention your runs. You’re doing four miles twice a week. Don’t you think that is detracting from your muscle-building endeavors? I’ve heard cardio makes it harder to put on mass.
A: I’ve seen studies that show cardio can make it harder to build muscle, and I’ve seen others that say just the opposite—with a boost in testosterone. [Read more…]
Q: Your less-intense approach to build more mass makes sense from a physiological standpoint. I tried it using the Old Man, Young Muscle workouts, and the pump was still awesome. I felt very energized after. I felt so good, I started wondering if I should be doing more sets. What do you think?
A: Adding sets is tricky because it depends on a lot of factors, particularly your recovery ability…
At my age, which is 63 (birthday this month—gifts welcome), I find three sets to be my limit, although I sometimes do four for stubborn muscles, like chest.
So I’m old, plus I have skinny genetics—which can also limit recovery. It’s a double whammy…
Even so, 2019 Drug-Free Mr. Universe Doug Brignole, who is my age with much better genetics, has also found that for each muscle, three sets is best…
He says he’s growing much faster since cutting back and is so excited that he may compete again—at age 63; however…
For stubborn muscles, like his side-delt heads, Doug will do a couple of drops on his third set…
In other words, he does that last set, immediately reduces the weight, does a few more reps, reduces the weight again, and cranks out one last set.
And he—and I—now stop all sets short of failure, even the drops. No writhing around to try for one last nerve-frying rep…
Those are a few options—either add a set for your stubborn muscles or try drops on your third set.
If you have fairly good recovery, you may get away with doing both for your stragglers—add a fourth set plus drops.
But always monitor your progress. That means to keep your eye on the prize, which is more muscle size.
New: Get the ideal exercise for each muscle, the best add-on moves for ultimate mass, complete 35-minute workouts, exercise start/finish photos and details on building muscle fast and efficiently in Old Man, Young Muscle.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
Testosterone prescriptions do more HARM than good for older men
Millions of men are struggling with the problems associated with low-T in today’s world, such as extra belly and chest fat, low energy and stamina, lack of sexual desire, ED problems, and loss of muscle.
Sadly, millions of men also turn to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to try to overcome these problems and try to feel like a new man again…BUT there are some VERY concerning problems with TRT that every man NEEDS to know.
After reading the article below, you might want to consider alternate routes of boosting your T levels naturally instead of through something that’s potentially as harmful as TRT…
–> Why Testosterone Replacement Therapy can do more HARM than good (for any ladies reading this, please pass this on to your husband or boyfriend if they are using or have considered using TRT)
When I started bodybuilding in high school with my best friend, Bill, we would devour the muscle magazines cover to cover, over and over. They were hard to find in our small town…
We’d often walk to every store that had a magazine rack, searching. It was a treasure hunt for the latest Muscle Builder/Power or Iron Man or Muscle Training Illustrated… [Read more…]
Q: Many years ago, I tried negative-only sets on most of my exercises. My partners lifted the heavy weight for me, and I lowered it slowly, six seconds on each of six reps. I got some decent strength gains but not much mass at all. That’s what gives me reservations about your negative-accentuated [or X-centric] technique. Will it build muscle for me even though pure negatives didn’t?
A: The heavy, pure-negative sets that you tried are great for building neuromuscular efficiency—the nerve connections that improve strength. You also get some muscle trauma; however, you lose muscular tension between each rep when your partners lift the weight for you… [Read more…]