So you don’t have time to work out, right? You’ve got a demanding job, maybe a family with a husband or wife and even a couple of kids, and you’re on the go from the time the alarm goes off in the morning until the time you fall into bed at night. Okay, we get it, you’re busy.

Maybe you still work out haphazardly, whenever there’s a rare gap in your congested schedule, or maybe you stopped working out altogether.You used to have the time to work out, but now you feel you can’t do justice to a workout, so you figure, why bother?

Greg Sushinsky is a natural bodybuilder who has trained for several years. He is a professional writer who has written extensively about bodybuilding, with numerous training articles appearing in Musclemag International, Ironman magazine, Reps! and others.Greg continues to train hard and enthusiastically.  He strives to maintain a lean, proportionate physique,  write and publish on bodybuilding, and continues to do and pursue many writing and publishing projects in his other areas of interest. He continues to advise and consult with bodybuilders, athletes and fitness people.

Summer is certainly over—with a vengeance, if you live in the east or the midwest, as you know from shivering every time you go outside now, so thus usually begins the season of shifting your training from training for cuts, to training for mass.

Six Things To Do:

1. Increase Calories Slowly.  Some people still do bulk up.  There may be a  place for this if your sport is football or pro wrestling, but if you’re bodybuilding, don’t think you are going to add twenty pounds of drug-free pure muscle in two or three weeks by eating everything in sight.  Add some good calories gradually to your eating, especially if you were on a very strict contest-type diet.  This will help you gain muscle mass instead of fat.  This is a simple concept, but if you practice it, it will pay off.

There’s still a lot of interest in Vince Gironda these days. Many bodybuilders are intrigued by Vince’s methods and views on bodybuilding, while many other bodybuilders who are more familiar with his work have a vivid impression of him. After all, Vince Gironda was bombastic, opinionated and strong willed. His views on squatting and dieting have become legendary. He voiced his opinions as if they were holy writ, so his emphatic views usually provoked an equally strong reaction in those who heard of them. You can find controversy surrounding his methods and practices as people still debate them today. Vince Gironda was a polarizing figure in the history of bodybuilding.

Voice of Olympus Interview -- Originally published at Hercules Invictus, February 2017

Greg Sushinsky was inspired by Steve Reeves and wrote two books about him, Training the Steve Reeves Way and Eating the Steve Reeves Way. Greg is a Natural Bodybuilder, a Cyclist, a Trainer and Advisor as well as an Author. He has been a Powerlifter and a writer for various Bodybuilding, Business and Sports Magazines. I greatly admire Greg as he lives the life and walks the path!

Originally published at Hercules Invictus, February 2017

Having experienced immediate results by applying one simple principle from Greg Sushinsky's e-book Training the Steve Reeves Way, I was greatly looking forward to experimenting with all the other techniques shared therein and reading the companion volume, Eating the Steve Reeves Way.

Extending my ability to proactively build my physique beyond my workouts would be a great boon indeed. Fortunately Greg Sushinsky delivers once again. He knows his subject matter extremely well and has a talent for teaching conversationally. The information he presents is painless to absorb, easy to understand and simple to apply.

If you are fifty or one hundred or more pounds overweight, you don’t need anybody to tell you what you want to do.  You want to lose that excess weight—permanently.  You want it to be the last time you have to do this.

You also know that before you undertake any serious weight loss program, especially one that involves a great deal of weight loss, you should consult your physician and find out what you can and cannot do concerning diet and exercise, and even have them monitor you along the way.  Once you get that squared away, you can proceed safely as well as effectively.

This is not going to be an article that tells you exactly what nutrition and exercise programs you must choose.  Instead, we’ll give you a framework, with some ideas and directions on how to go about setting up your plan.  These things can help.

     So you want to make the team?  You’ve seen the others out on the field on crisp, cool, autumn nights, clashing in their one hundred yard pit, and you want some of this.  You want to be a part of this—you need to be a part of it—and if someone has to ask you why, well, they just don’t understand.  Oh, you’ve got it bad.  You want to make the team.  

     The good news is you can.  These guys are—or were, at one time—just like you.  But maybe you’re thinking, “ah, I’m not like them.  I’m not good enough.”  Stop!  Don’t think that.  Maybe you’re not as good as they are right now, but the good news is you can do something—maybe an awful lot—about it.  Whether athletes are born or made is not as important as the reality that you can always put in the effort to get better, you can improve.  The good news is you can work at it, and that good news can pay off. 

     Where you are right now, you’re not quite sure how to proceed.  You know what you want, but you don’t know how to get there.   You’ve not played organized football, and you know you need to work on some things before you can even try out for the team.  You’ve played sports informally, but you haven’t lifted weights and you can tell that strength is one of the things you need for football, and you’d feel a lot better about trying out if you could get stronger, for sure, and maybe bigger, too.  So how does a beginner start?

Originally published at Hercules Invictus, January 2017

Training the Steve Reeves Way is a short Kindle e-book by Greg Sushinsky. It is based on interviews granted by Steve Reeves to John Little and several articles in MuscleMag, a popular bodybuilding magazine.The author clearly admires Steve Reeves and his well-sculpted classical physique. He also strongly applauds Steve's healthy way of attaining it. Greg Sushinsky is a natural bodybuilder himself and, in addition to writing and exercising, runs the Premier Bodybuilding and Fitness website.

Randy Roach has done it yet again. In his new book, “Comebacks,” which is the first book in Volume III of his “Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors” saga, he has achieved a minor bodybuilding masterpiece.

The book follows the 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia contests, or more precisely, the firestorm that surrounded the returns to competition of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu and their controversial, unpopular wins.

To those that remember these contests and the events that surrounded them, they’ll recall the highly emotionally charged times they were. Everybody had their favorite alternative winners: Dickerson, Mentzer, Coe, Platz, etc. While most bodybuilders, fans and observers of the sport have a variety of opinions as to what and why things happened, most felt it was one of the darkest times in the sport. Simply put, the bodybuilding world by and large thought the two contest verdicts were outrageous; the popular belief was that the outcomes were pre-determined. Yes, that means fixed.

Bodybuilders  often search for a better approach to eating. Although many admire the physique of the legendary Steve Reeves, not nearly as many know about the nutrition which helped build that legendary physique. Too often, Reeves’ nutrition has been overlooked. 
 
This article examines Reeves’ nutrition and brings it to life, as it sheds light not only on what Reeves ate but more importantly how and why Reeves fashioned his approach to eating for health and bodybuilding success.
 
Esteemed author Randy Roach continues to weave his mesmerizing tale of the history of bodybuilding, with the tantalizing release of the prologue for his upcoming Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors, Volume III, Book 1, “The Comebacks.”
 
While the title refers to the returns to victory in competition by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu on the Olympia stage, those events are really the onstage entry points for Roach’s continued exploration into the larger bodybuilding drama, this time circa the 1980s.

There is much confusion about the nutritional principles of legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince Gironda. In this short article, much of that confusion is cleared up. It features clear explanations of Vince Gironda’s nutritional approach and some ideas as to how to apply this to your own eating. It’s especially helpful for beginners, or those unfamiliar with Vince’s approach to nutrition, but there is also insight for more advanced bodybuilders. 

Here's a list of links with information about Larry Scott.

All kinds of athletes, fitness people, bodybuilders, non-athletes, non-bodybuilders, ordinary and extraordinary people talk about what they eat or ask what to eat. Many of these people have completely different nutritional practices from each other. Some are omnivorous, others are vegetarian or vegan, some are high carbohydrate, others low carb, some have no plan at all, and so on. It’s really beyond the scope of this short piece here what to say about all the approaches to eating, but there’s one thing that can be said about anyone and any approach: we can all eat better. 

1. Get on a good, general workout.
2. Begin! Start if you haven't, start again if you've stopped.
3. Know what you are training for (objective, goals).
4. Train consistently, regularly.
5. Train hard but wisely.
6. Know what to leave out of your training.
7. See nutrition as part of your training, not something apart (and vice versa).
8. Individualize your training.
9. Learn and apply what you know and learn.
10. Experiment and change.

Finally, in the midwest and other usually colder areas of the country, spring is starting to happen. Well, maybe not yet, as we have another storm looming. But spring is coming. Sometime.  While this was one of the worst winters in the midwest, it won't necessarily mean that our early spring will be warm. Unfortunately, nature's not always fair.  But sometime it's going to warm up. So when the weather changes for the better in three-fourths of the country, it might be time to change your workouts. You can do things that take advantage of the warmer weather coming.
 
1. Get Outside   
   

GO!!

Get OutsideFor most of us who’ve been bundled up and inside in the winter and early spring, it’s time to get outdoors. Okay, so maybe we’re not lifting outside at Muscle Beach in Venice, but you might be getting outside doing something physical and fun in addition to your weight training. And that’s a good thing. Whether you’re walking, running, riding a bike, playing golf or kicking a soccer ball around, some physical activity other than the weights is always good, and it’s doubly good if it’s outside. You can breathe better, your skin and body will breathe better and thank you for it. Plus it can be a pleasant way to add to your conditioning.

As much as we like to think otherwise, even when we work out hard and regularly, we think we might be getting results but often we’re not. Sometimes, instead of keeping on the same track, you’ve got to change things up a bit. Here are some ideas that might help you get better, no matter what you’re doing. 
 
1. Lose Weight—This is probably number one for most people. Whether you’re a fitness athlete, contest bodybuilder, or train for some sport, in most cases your health, performance and appearance will change for the better if you lose a little weight. Except for special cases, such as really skinny folk who are building up, or football linemen or something like that, you’re all probably carrying a few excess pounds. So, make it a goal to lose five pounds and do it. Don’t do it all at once, spread out the weight loss gradually, but start today. Change your diet, whatever nutritional approach you’re on, to eating less (or less junk), step up your activity, sweat a little more and eat a little better. You’ll be glad you did.

Q&ABulking Up”   ♦   “Steroid Weight
♦   “Bulking Up Again
 
“Bulking Up”

Q. I’m a natural bodybuilder, 5’10” and weigh 180 lbs. I’d like to gain weight up to 220, then cut back and enter natural shows at about 195 lbs. to 200 lbs. I currently have about 16% bodyfat.What do you think?

Vince Gironda Legend & MythAlan Palmieri, as diverse an individual as bodybuilding has seen, has been a lifelong bodybuilder himself, but he’s been much more than that.  He’s been (and the list isn’t limited to the following) a businessman, a mayor (yes, that’s right, Arnold wasn’t the first successfully elected public official from the ranks of the iron game), a gym owner, a wrestler, and not least of all these, a trainer and a fine writer of bodybuilding and weight-training articles.  His lifetime in and dedication to the weights has certainly made him qualified to do his work on the legendary Vince Gironda. 

Achieving Total MuscularityBook by Steve Davis

We’re very proud and excited to present a terrific book by one of the greatest classical bodybuilders of all time, Steve Davis. Achieving Total Muscularity is a complete volume that tells you in detail how to train for the unique brand of symmetry, proportion, aesthetics and definition that made Steve’s physique one of the sensations of the 1970s and after. The book contains a wealth of Steve’s hard earned knowledge, and while it was written with the information he gained from the 70s and the 80s, the book, just as Steve’s physique, was and is still ahead of its time.

Serge Nubret

Serge Nubret, 1976
Photo: Wayne R. Gallasch
Tired of bench presses? Are you dissatisfied with your chest-building results? Try this unique chest exercise and it might not only give your pecs a boost, it might change your ideas about training.
 
    The Cable Flye Push Up
 
The exercise is the Cable Flye Push Up. To do it properly, you’ll need access to a cable weight station and, well, a floor--you have that, right? How do you perform these? It’s not so hard. Select a weight with some resistance, then lean over and place your hands on the floor in a pushup position, on your knuckles. You should feel tension from the cables and the weight, which you must resist to keep your hands in the push up position. With your hands in position on the floor as you hold the cable handles, you then do a set of push ups. Simple, no?

 
To watch Robby Robinson’s dvd “Built” is to be in the presence of a master. This is much more than a world class bodybuilder working out, it is as if you are watching an artist at work, one whose art is, as he himself says, his body. As Robby takes the viewer step by step through his workouts, with Robby doing the all the sets, reps and exercises in precise form and with deep concentration—two elements of his approach that you soon learn are hallmarks of his training, Robby also provides a voice over with an insightful narration that’s much more than the mere recitation of what he’s doing. Robby is letting bodybuilders in on his personal training approach which he has honed through roughly 50 years of practice.

Dan LurieMany in bodybuilding, particularly those who’ve been around for awhile, are well aware of Dan Lurie. Dan’s story is an inspirational one; as a skinny kid with a heart murmur, he threw himself into exercising of all kinds, including gymnastics, boxing, then of course his fateful entry into bodybuilding. Dan transformed his physique so much so as to become the winner of the “Most Muscular Man” in the Mr. America contest, three times running. At 5’6½” tall and 165 pounds, Dan developed a muscular, pleasing, athletic physique which many could relate to and aspire to. Dan also entered the business world, as he began manufacturing and selling exercise equipment, later he owned and operated gyms, finding a solid place in the bodybuilding industry, building a considerable business empire from his own unstinting efforts. His accomplishments in the sport as well as his entertaining personality even landed him a role as a strongman, “Sealtest Dan, the Muscle Man,” appearing in “The Sealtest Big Top Circus” on CBS tv.

 

Steve ReevesAll of a sudden you see him; the shock of dark black hair, the ruggedly handsome face, the tall, rangy figure emerges as if from another realm--the figure overwhelms the senses at first appearance, then you start to see, as your eyes flash from place to place on that legendary physical terrain--the triceps, fully formed and popping out three-dee, wriggling as if trying to escape their skin; the long, sculpted biceps which swell and fall across your view, massive yet portioned out just so, then, that carved chest which sits under unendingly wide shoulders, gives way to a vision of thick delts that rise and cap not a mountain, but a statue of a man; the non-existent waist supported by powerful legs and outrageous, flared calves, glide this heroic figure across the screen. You have just witnessed something incomparable, and though your mind knows it’s Hercules--cinema make-believe, your bodybuilding awareness tells you the physique is real enough: Steve Reeves’ physique. Steve Reeves, the man.

Vince GirondaVince Gironda–the name reverberates.   Though he’s been dead for a couple of years now, Vince Gironda’s training ideas still live on–or should.  Perhaps no trainer in the history of bodybuilding has been more controversial, loved, hated, disputed, ignored, embraced or misunderstood than the legendary champion of the lean, symmetrical, Apollo-type physique was.  It’s unfortunate, but says more about the world of bodybuilding than about Vince, that he became known to some only for his opposition to squats, his advocacy of the meat and eggs zero carb diet (a.k.a. “meat and water” ), his tirades against running and aerobics, and numerous other bodybuilding rants that a lot of people found fault with.  Some simply felt that his ideas on training and nutrition were okay for Hollywood stars, but not applicable for hardcore bodybuilders, and dismissed him.  What’s been overlooked is the great value of his approach, his teachings, and the great contributions the man himself made to bodybuilding.

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