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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rarely do I buy muscle magazines, but recently I purchased MUSCLE MAG'S LEGEND edition and it is in my opinion the best article on the classic bodybuilders of ALL time and there training routines; From Sandow to Cyr to Schwarznegger to Haney to Yates. Great piece and I highly recommend it for training enthusiasts wanting to know how 'this' all started: the 'Fitness' culture. Bought back found memories of how my old crew would spend hours in the gym 'pumping iron'... Good times!

When I was a competitive bodybuilder we did some crazy training for sure. They were very effective and as 'raw' as muscle building can get!. Through the decades with the advent of 'add water and stir' programs, these great training routines get forgotten. MUSCLE MAG with my fave bodybuilder on the cover, Arrrrnoolllld?! visits the history of muscle building and physique development programs that are the bedrock of what we know as physique development today.

BSI introduces some innovative training with hybrid bodybuilding techniques but recently this week I went waaaayyyy back to share some of these training tempos and sequences with my manager, Mark.  I have to tell ya I forgot how intense they could be! Many of the techniques required 5 sets per body part with a descending/ascending rep frame: 10, 8,6,4,2 with increasing weight each set.  You would do a 2 day split routine:Monday Tuesday rest Thursday Friday... or 3 day split: Monday Tuesday Wednesday rest....So imagine how our already award winning innovative training already is then drop something like this in the mix and you have a whole new 'feeling' on REAL physique development.

Some examples:
  • Wide grip chin ups[weighted too!]
  • Wide grip behind the neck [great upper posterior delt and upper trap}
  • Lateral dumbbell raises
  • Classic squats
  • Front Squats
  • Front cable raises
  • Cable crossovers
  • Concentration curls
  • Hammer curls
  • Military press
  • Donkey Calf raises
  • 'Good Mornings'
  • '21's
  • ..........the list is endless
  • {this includes women too...and NO you won't end up looking like a 'dude'! but see a  REAL professional for help.}
Not every workout needs to be a crossfit, insanity etc. You would be surprised how challenging this bodybuilding program can be especially when adding weight for 5 SETS!!. So much of the 'true' strength' techniques are not applied due to the overwhelming programs that overemphasize metabolic training. This form of training has been around for years.  However, these programs are limited in scope and the exercise prescriptions are the SAME! They work but they get boring fast., especially if your knowledge of physique development started with this training philosophy.

 Now you can't do this(bodybuilding) or ANY workout monthly. Body builders do it as they get ready for competition. Ironically, when you introduce a metabolic circuit to a bodybuilder they 'gas' quick! You have to cycle this in series we call periodization and super compensation[later blog] But the more you know the greater your physical gains will be.  If you want to learn how to do this type of training you give us a call 734.827.2744 and set up an appointment or go pick up a bodybuilding magazine. I must warn you though if you are not familiar with the techniques then you may not know alternative and in these hard core magazines they rarely give you one.

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