Some great champions have helped me over the years with my training and diet who all become fantastic friends in person. These great men are Joe Weider the publisher of Muscle and fitness, Jack LaLanne, the late legendary Godfather of Fitness, the greatest Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Larry Scott, the first Mr. Olympia.
When I was 19 years old I called up Joe Weider at his office in Woodland Hills, California and I asked Joe what I could do to win Best Abdominals in the Teenage Mr. Michigan.
The tip Joe gave me is to use a 10 pound weight plate behind my head when I do my sit ups on a slant board. I followed his training tip and I won the trophy Best Abdominals in the Teenage Mr. Michigan. I told Joe and he put a photo of me in Muscle Builder with a write up. I won the trophy in 1978. The Magazine is now Muscle and Fitness.
When I was 16 years old I put a call in to the TV station where Jack did his nationwide exercise show. Jack took the time to call me back and I was so excited; I was talking with a legend. This was the start of a fantastic friendship. I eventually went to Jack’s house in the Hollywood Hills and he showed me his personal gym where he trained. He had me do some exercises and he talked all about exercises and diet.
The great tip Jack gave me to get big muscles and have great endurance is this:Train with heavy weight and do 5 to 8 reps per set and this will build the white fibers, which get larger with this type of training. Do this for two weeks and then change over to doing light weight and do 15 to 20 reps per set and this will work the red fiber used for endurance. This program will make you bigger, stronger and give you great endurance.
I first talked to Arnold Schwarzenegger on the phone at Gold’s gym in Venice, California and in later years when I would be in California I would meet Arnold at World Gym where I’d have photos taken and he would help me with my training. Arnold always made time to talk to me and give me training tips. One great tip Arnold gave me is when I do my concentration curls with a dumbbell is to turn my wrist a little and flex hard and this will give you a peak. This tip helped push my arm past 18 inches.
I also met Larry Scott, the first Mr. Olympia which he won in 1965 and 1966, at the Arnold Classic at his booth. I walked up to Larry and started to talk to him and we must have talked for almost an hour. He was always so gracious. We became great friends and I would call him about every two weeks for training tips. Larry sent me his book Loaded Guns autographed and free of charge. I asked Larry what is a good way to get my arms bigger? He told me to change my exercises each week to give the muscles a fresh start and use different angles. Larry sold me the Scott curling bench and the thick tricep bar. Larry’s company still makes the best training equipment and if any readers of Muscle and Fitness would like to get any equipment or supplements call Blake at this toll free number 1 800 225 9752.
Larry always made time to talk to me and help me with my training. What a fantastic friend Larry was.
Many others have helped me, including a couple of people you should know.
My good friend fantastic Hollywood photographer Rich Hogan made all the photos of me possible. He took all the beach photos and weight lifting shots at Muscle beach California and made me look good. Rich is one of the best photographers in the world today.
Finally, I would like to thank my friend, editor-in-chief of Muscle and Fitness, Shawn Perine for all his kindness and time he spends talking with me and putting my photos and write ups in the best bodybuilding magazine, Muscle & Fitness. Shawn is always in fantastic shape. Just look in the front of the magazine and you will see he lives what he writes about.
To all the readers at Premier Bodybuilding and Fitness, I wrote these tips from the greatest in the fitness business in hopes that you use them so you get good results in your workouts.
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-- Doug Brolus