- Written by: Greg Sushinsky
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.
- Written by: Greg Sushinsky
Are you building muscle?
Are you making progress right now in your workouts? Many of you are not, even though you’re dedicated and disciplined. You show up for your scheduled workouts, you never miss one, and you work out hard, don’t you? So why aren’t you getting the results you want?
There can be many things that contribute to a lack of progress: unrecognized fatigue that adds up after successive workouts, or perhaps you’re not doing the right exercises you need to do at the time, or maybe you’re not working as hard as you think; maybe you’re even working too hard. And there’s nutrition, too, of course. Maybe you’re not eating the way you need to eat right now.
Then again, maybe you are doing all these things right. So why aren’t you gaining?
- Written by: Doug Brolus
Here’s an excellent article by Doug Brolus, who has trained for over five decades and is still getting results. He’s found out through vast experience ways to train and eat that will take care of your body for the long haul. Here he gives you insights into how to train to protect your joints and improve your results.
Training Tips To Help Prevent Injury
Exercise: Preacher Bench Curls
When you use a straight bar on preacher curls your hands are locked in one position and can cause inflamed tendons near your elbows (which is called epicondylitis), from too much pressure on the tendons. I use dumbbells so my wrists are not locked in one position. I can rotate my wrists and this will take the pressure off the tendons. I also put a 4 to 5 inch block under the back of the preacher bench to give it more of an incline. This also takes the pressure off the tendons and will give you a much more peaked biceps.
by Elaine LaLanne and Greg Justice
Foreword by Lou Ferrigno
Decades before celebrities and athletes promoted health and fitness, Jack LaLanne, The Godfather of Fitness, was already recognized for publicly preaching the health benefits of regular exercise, proper nutrition and a positive attitude. Pride & Discipline: The Legacy of Jack LaLanne reintroduces Jack's message to a new generation.
The incomparable figure of Steve Reeves stands astride bodybuilding history, so much so that some are not even sure he was real. Rest assured, though, Steve Reeves and the magnificent physique he created—some would say the greatest ever in bodybuilding—was plenty real. While many others admire Reeves and the physique he created, the legacy of his type of physique has been obscured by the different direction modern bodybuilding has taken. This should no longer be the case. Although Reeves left a written legacy of his training and nutrition record, many bodybuilders—particularly natural bodybuilders—still don’t quite understand how to apply his principles of nutrition and working out to develop their own physiques.
Vince Gironda—the name resounds throughout bodybuilding, still. This accomplished bodybuilder and master trainer left a wealth of ideas and methods on training and nutrition that still has relevance today. Though many of Vince’s concepts are known, they’re often not well understood.
That’s where this little book comes in. Originally written as two separate articles on Gironda’s training and nutrition, they’ve been combined due to readers’ requests. This modest volume of concentrated material gives a condensed introduction of Vince’s principles on training and nutrition for beginning bodybuilders, yet there are also surprising insights on Vince’s methods and ways to apply them even for advanced bodybuilders.
- Written by: Greg Sushinsky
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.
by Robby Robinson
The Black Prince 2: Diary of a Bodybuilder is the second book of old-school bodybuilding legend Robby Robinson, AKA The Black Prince and Mr. Lifestyle. It is a collection of Robby's 50+ years of bodybuilding and lifestyle wisdom. It will send you through all three of the crucial tenants of muscle building and health: Nutrition, Training and Recovery as well as the competitive prep methods that won him numerous bodybuilding titles over his long career. This book is an excellent reference and a must-read for anyone serious about bodybuilding and an overall sustainable healthy life!
Ray Raridon, Ron Kosloff and Vince Gironda
The bodybuilding world lost another leading light when Ron Kosloff died in August 2019. He was not a big-name competitor so many don’t even know who he was. Nonetheless, he was an important figure in the sport.
Ron Kosloff, who lived in the Detroit, Michigan area, was a nutritionist and bodybuilder, but he was foremost an ardent teacher and passionate advocate of the training and nutrition principles of Vince Gironda. Decades ago, Ron went out to California to Vince’s Gym and spent an intensive six weeks learning under the Iron Guru, Vince Gironda. It changed Ron’s life.
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