In answer to your recent letter, I'm not at all adverse to being quoted, so long as I'm not quoted out of context. However, I would much prefer that this letter not be cut or condensed in any way, reprinted in its entirety.
First, I'd like to make my position clear, concerning the anabolic hormones or 'tissue drugs', as you call them. I'm neither-for-or against their use, as far as the general public is concerned. Each individual is a complex combination of innumerable factors, both physical and psychological, and certainly no one can say truthfully that anything is good for EVERYONE. These hormones are contraindicated in certain diseased conditions of the prostate and liver. However, under normal condition, I feel that they are very useful and beneficial for the average bodybuilder when used with discretion.
Most of the arguments I've heard against the use of these substances have revolved about the theme that it isn't natural to take hormones or drugs. I would answer by simply stating that neither is it natural to drink milk, eat bread or cooked food of any kind, use salt, imbibe wheat germ oil, take vitamin, mineral or concentrated protein supplements in any form. It's even unnatural to bathe daily as we do, and exercising with weights on a regular or a strenuous basis is not natural. Yet, who condemns these practices because they are unnatural? I'd hate to be forced to live in a strictly natural manner. I would then necessarily be uncivilized and, I am convinced, quite unhealthy.
Another argument is that great 'authorities' Hoffman and Weider are against using them. This I can answer simply by pointing out that hormones cannot be sold legally by these self-styled authorities. Since no profit is in it for them, as there is in the products they peddle, it isn't difficult to see why they're against them. After all, if bodybuilders turned to effective hormones, how would the health food boys stay in business?
There have been some adverse reactions due to misuse of these substances, to be sure. However, these reactions have been extremely rare and almost always associated with over dosage in individuals who were being treated medically for various conditions of poor health affecting the metabolism of these hormones. Besides, all known side effects of these substances are completely reversible upon reduction or withdrawal of dosage. There are far more people whose health was damaged by milk, eggs, wheat, vitamin supplements, etc. In fact, there is hardly a food or drink which hasn't been harmful to someone.
Would anyone condemn the use of insulin, because it's unnatural? Or thyroid extract or cortisone and its derivatives? If individuals must use these substances, nothing can convince them not to take their daily dose, because it's unnatural or because a few persons may have had an adverse reaction from taking too much. They know that their daily doses are all that stand between themselves and death.
My experience with anabolic hormones has been very fruitful. I've been using them for almost ten years now and I can honestly say they have benefited me greatly. I will soon be 46 (1966) and I find my physical development and total vitality to be on a higher plane with much less effort than it was, ten years ago. I firmly believe that aging is chemical and that some day, via hormone therapy, we'll be able to extend the prime of life far beyond what it is today. Meanwhile, I'll not be twiddling my thumbs waiting^ I'll take advantage of every trick at my disposal, natural or unnatural, to extend my prime as long as I can; for I've found the anabolic hormones do much more than merely enhance muscular size - they have a toning effect on practically all my bodily functions.
To explain how these hormones accomplished their actions, would take volumes to delve into the many faceted and intricate workings involved and then it would only be theory. The only thing you can say as certain is that they work and, in some cases, are life saving.
I could tell you more about the history of anabolic hormones - how they are derived, etc. - but it would make too long a letter. I would, however, like to bring one more item to your attention. I know of three Mr. Americas and at least one Mr. Florida, also several movie stars who rose to glory when taking these hormones. In fact, one of the greatest and best known of all bodybuilders became Mr. America in the 1940's, after taking testosterone - the parent hormone from which the more recent anabolic hormones have been derived. He later became Mr. Universe and even today, twenty years later, he is still considered by many, to be the greatest of them all. In closing, I look forward to seeing this letter presented to your readers. - Bill Barad
Donne Hales Responds
Bill Barad is the only man I know who used tissue drugs successfully, for so long. His case is encouraging but certainly not conclusive evidence. Favorable results such as weight gain, size, more energy, power, increase of hardness in muscles have been reported. Others have had reactions such as a bleeding from nose and rectum, chest pains, loss of sexual drive, nausea, upset liver, appearance of puffiness. It is obvious that much is to be learned and results vary due to body chemistry or other factors.
The building up phase of metabolism is anabolism, thus giving its name to this type of drug. A hormone, of course, is an "exciter" in the system; it takes only an infinitesimal bit to vastly effect body chemistry, as they are so powerful. Here is one theory of how the anabolic hormones work - the cell's membrane acts like a sieve, permitting some elements to enter the cell, rapidly, others slowly and some, not at all. A molecule of growth hormone may drape itself over the membrane, thus changing the nature of the "sieve". Maybe it lets more amino's enter, giving the enzymes more to work with and forming more protein, which accelerates the cell growth and multiplication. If this action takes place in the body's billions of cells, rapid growth will result. Common sense should indicate that changing normal metabolism as they do, tissue drugs MUST be considered dangerous. Read this, from THE BODY, by Nourse, "...hormonal activity must remain in delicate balance - like salt in a stew - or the entire body will be thrown out of kilter." Does this make you think?
Anabolic hormones are used following surgery or a long illness, with people who do not metabolize properly; they were intended for therapeutic use and nothing else! Their labels specifically warm that lengthy use is not recommended and advise supervision by a doctor while taking them. Does that sound as if they are NOT dangerous? Don't kid yourself that they are like penicillin, insulin or other drugs that have known side effects. Those medicines are used in cases of desperation, with the patient willing to risk the bad effects. This is not so with a tissue drug - if you're using one, it's due to vanity. If you ask me, that's a foolish reason for taking serious risks!
It is unfortunate that there isn't yet definite evidence of serious harm from these hormone drugs. Side effects from chemicals don't usually show up until years later and if the product isn't widely used, reports are slower. Sulfonamides were lauded as a safe, wonder drug in 1957; in 1964, it was proven they caused severe blood disease or ulcerations. A flu vaccine popular for ten years was pinned down in 1965 as causing tumors. Because you don't drop dead when it is taken, doesn't mean a chemical is safe!
Another mistake is to assume that these anabolic hormones must be safe, or they could not be sold. The Food & Drug Administration is notoriously lax in protecting the public from the powerful drug monopolies. That office has continually passed drugs as safe that were later proved dangerous; just as often, they have failed to act against products known to be harmful, allowing them to remain on drug shelves, with a change in the label. In recent years, they have passed chloromycetin, orabilex, parnate, enovid and others; all have caused drastic results - even death, in some cases. Physicians can not be relied upon for protection, even if sincere. The AMA says that 90% of the drugs known to a doctor when he begins practice, will have replaced during his career. They also add that less than 20% of the new ones will have received adequate testing! Drug companies are tremendous businesses; I do not find it strange to think they might place profits ahead of public welfare! No, the best protection is still common sense.
Modern society is ruled by a slap-happy way of thinking - it blissfully accepts poison sprays, chemicals in food and yes, hormone drugs, without question. They smugly quote "After all, we're healthier than ever". And I say, the Hell we are! Juggling statistics makes it appear we live longer, but we can not ignore the alarming increase in all degenerative diseases, like cancer. In my mind, this brings us back to tissue drugs. In A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH by Bailey, this appears, "...all cancers share a basic similarity: uncontrolled, spreading growth". If you recall the way in which the anabolic hormones probably react on metabolism, does that sound comforting? And then this, "the law says that cells should grow, but only enough to benefit the whole organisms". Some will accuse me of using "scare tactics". I am, and with good reason - if you're toying with the tissue drugs, you SHOULD be scared!
Most men who use anabolic hormones do so in ignorance; they believe they must use then to get a top physique and they do not have any idea of their evil potential. Some of the greatest physiques in history were developed BEFORE the hormone crazy, including the immortal John C. Grimek. Today, we still have stars who have never touched them.
Although tissue drugs do seem to stimulate growth, they do not always produce desired results. Immediate ill effects often appear and, in the light of scanty knowledge about hormonal effect on bodily processes, there is a definite risk of possible later side effects. In the face of all this, if being big is your only objective in life, if it is more important to you than possible danger to your health, I have no further arguments to offer. After all, it IS your life. - Donne Hale
I was in 100% agreement with Donne's response to Bill Barad and on a personal note I would say that, unless you are a pituitary dwarf or 99 years old and weight 60 pounds, you shouldn't ever risk the use of anabolic steroids (or thyroid drugs for that matter).
This program-neither the diet nor the workouts are NOT recommended for beginners or for bodybuilders age 40 and beyond as it might cause side effects (and blowback) of Central nervous system shock, Adrenalin gland exhaustion, Rapid testosterone and growth hormone depletion or high levels of the catabolic hormone "Cortisol". Remember that recovery must always precede muscle growth!
There is no easy way, no shortcuts in bodybuilding. Learn to workout hard, eat well, get enough sleep, don't consume alcoholic beverages or smoke. Pay your dues.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the physical force protocols and nutrition that one man (Richard Simons) used to MAKE A
REMARKABLE METAMORPHESIS 25 POUND WEIGHT GAIN IN ONLY 21 DAYS!
Bonus Report No. 1
Mind Power Doctrine
of an Iron Warrior By Dennis B. Weis "The Yukon Hercules"
There is an old adage that says, "Think big, act big, to get big." It is therefore very important to learn about mind doctrine management if you want to become bigger and stronger.
The mind power doctrine of an iron warrior can be broken down into three simple but inseparable factors: Belief, Vision, and Method.
Belief is the degree of self-confidence (trust) a person has in himself or herself. The difference between an iron warrior bodybuilding champion and others is the size of his or her belief.
A mediocre bodybuilder might express his belief like this: "I'd like to be an iron warrior bodybuilding champion some time, maybe, if it's not too hard." Lee Haney, eight-time Mr. Olympia, puts it this way: "I want to be a champion. That's what I see Lee Haney as, a Champion. There's nothing wrong with having a healthy ego. That's why there are sheep and there are shepherds." Notice the difference between the two beliefs?
Vision is the appropriate and attainable short- and long-term goals. Adding 1/2 inch to the arms in one day is a short-term goal.
Method is the process used to fulfill the vision. For example, the process for fulfilling the vision of adding 1/2 inch to the arms in one day can be achieved by following the advice in my SPECIAL BIG ARMS REPORT (available at: www.dennisbweis.com).
It is important that you begin thinking like an iron warrior bodybuilding champion by adopting the mind power doctrine of Belief, Vision, and Method. Doing this will help you access the reservoir of untapped strength within your body. This is vital, especially if you are into the advanced stages of, say, German Volume Training (read about this unique training protocol in issue #118 at www.t-mag.com), where the program becomes such a bully that you may begin to experience self-imposed limitations of frustration, doubt, and indecision. You may even begin to question your energy, endurance, sanity, and willingness to carry a program such as German Volume Training to its completion.
Such self-imposed limitations are indeed major barriers of the subconscious mind and, as a result, can cause temporary lapses of mental concentration. It is absolutely paramount that you let go of disruptive influences such as frustration, doubt, and indecision and focus on the light of total awareness or laser concentration (metaphysical) needed to complete a program such as German Volume Training or others.
Bill Pearl, a multi-Mr. Universe, has stated at a number of his superseminars that "you can't take anything negative you are doing in the sport of bodybuilding and turn it into positive results. It won't work." He goes on to say that "You must condition your subconscious mind to think that you are getting bigger and training with more intensity and your body will respond accordingly."
To condition the subconscious mind in the manner that Bill Pearl described requires the implementation of a couple of self-actualization resources.
First, begin reprogramming your subconscious mind with some very precise, measurable, and powerful motivational affirmations. Here are some examples: Mentally or audibly with full force and conviction, say (to yourself):
"I will train each occurring set of the exercise at hand (of say the Standing Two-Hands Barbell Curl or the Standing Barbell Press Overhead etc.) with focused intensity."
"I will conquer and dominate each set with an unchained will to triumph and succeed."
"I will prevail in the moment and take myself to absolute physical levels that surpass and rival previous ones."
I will conquer and dominate every single rep of the upcoming set and get progressively stronger while doing so."
"I will masterfully succeed in the gym."
"My upper arms will grow bigger by ^ inch."
"Today I will perform the most intelligent, rigorous, and locked-in priority workout of my life."
Notice the emphasized words in each of the motivational affirmations. They are called "trigger words" and serve as a mental stimulus to unite the muscle fibers in your being to respond to their fullest potential. You can choose other trigger words and specific and concise positive reinforcement phrases if you wish.
Specific and concise positive reinforcement phrases (motivational affirmations) should personally reflect an unchained power and commanding dominance to master the direction of your thoughts. Here are some examples:
• Weak reinforcement - Make my legs stronger.
• Specific/concise reinforcement - to squat 400 pounds slightly below parallel with perfect form for a big triple.
• Weak reinforcement - to eat better or really zone in on my diet starting next week.
• Specific/concise reinforcement - to consume no more than 3,000 calories a day with a ratio of calorie intake to be 40% complete protein, 50% complex carbohydrates, and 10% unsaturated fats, beginning next Monday morning.
• Weak reinforcement - to lose weight.
• Specific/concise reinforcement - to weigh 210 pounds and have 10% bodyfat or lower.
• Weak reinforcement - to get my bench press up.
• Specific/concise reinforcement - to increase my maximum single effort in the flat bench press from 300 to 300 pounds in the next 10 to 12 weeks.
Specific/concise reinforcements are measurable, meaning that two independent people should be able to agree within acceptable limits that the reinforcements occurred or did not occur. Weak reinforcements are less defined and much more difficult to measure in terms of results.
The motivational affirmations or reinforcements that I have been discussing are an important power of the mind power doctrine. The subconscious mind cannot distinguish between what is real and what is not. You must therefore, with a commanding dominance, deeply, fully, thoroughly, and completely convince your subconscious mind of your belief in the motivational affirmations. Only then can you create your own realities.
So, with a burning inner conviction, emotionally, with all of the force, all of the drive, and all of the desire (desire is the font of will power) that you are capable of feeling, mentally or verbally repeat 10-15 times your favorite precise, measurable, and powerful motivational affirmations. As you continue to repeat these phrases, you will begin to feel absolute sensations of unchained power flowing, pulsing, and surging through you both mentally and physically.
The second Self-Actualization Resource is mental imagery-rehearsal of any training protocol you are currently following (e.g., German Volume, Titan Training System, etc.). It is said that what the mind can conceive and believe, the body can achieve. And so it is with this thought that I'll begin with an explanation of mental imagery-rehearsal by borrowing some of the commanding and dominant insights and expressions of mind doctrine techniques that many world champion bodybuilders use to access peak performance in the gym.
Mental imagery-rehearsal and its application to the iron athlete is a thoughtful and intelligent two-stage event consisting of pre-workout and one-set interval preparation. Here's a brief look at each.
Stage I: Pre-Workout Imagery Rehearsal_
Simply stated, you will mentally visualize (like seeing a series of pictures on a movie screen), by bringing images into the mind, all the simple and complex elements associated with the forthcoming workout.
About 15 to 30 minutes prior to your workout, go to a place of solitude (void of ringing telephones, ticking clocks, people talking, and bright lights). Sit in a comfortable chair. Close your eyes and begin slowly and deeply to breathe in and out through your nose and begin to relax (called relaxed breathing).
Now, begin mentally to empty your mind of all thoughts that do not pertain to the workout. Don't let intruding thoughts attract your attention. This could be any thought such as what you did yesterday, what you are going to be doing after the workout. Sometimes a remark that someone made that you didn't particularly like will pop back into your head, but don't let it.
Drive away the nagging negative voice from the dungeon of your subconscious mind that might be telling you to skip your workout for one reason or another. Mentally see yourself well rested, recovered, and stronger from your last workout a couple of days ago.
As you continue to progress into a relaxed state, visualize the collective atmosphere of the training energy in the gym that is being generated by the other iron warriors. Feel this sensation and how it gives you a special power to dominate the heavy iron.
Become a master of training by mentally reproducing the tracking patterns of the exercises rep for rep, set for set. Repeat this process several times in your mind.
Finally, see yourself at the conclusion of the workout with a bone-deep, growth-producing, vein-choked pump in the muscles of the upper arms.
When the mental pictures and related sensations that you expect to see are clear and vivid in the mirror of your mind, open your eyes. Your should now have an unyielding commitment, intense desire, determined persistence, and powerful will to succeed moving, flowing, pulsing, and surging through your entire being.
It's time then to get up out of the chair and step into the hardcore trenches of the gym.
Stage II: One-Set Mental Imagery Rehearsal
This stage of mental imagery-rehearsal is conducted approximately 10-15 seconds prior to each set of a prescribed exercise methodic. While standing or sitting, however you feel most comfortable, close your eyes and take in and exhale short breaths of air as you mentally prepare (with selective focus) for the moment at hand.
You must go to that place in your consciousness where there is no pain, no negative influences, no fear, a state of mind where only positive forces dwell.
Your mind must be time-locked (cohesive) with the muscles in order to do battle with the heavy iron. Begin by picturing in your mind's eye the bench, the bar, the plates. Imagine this so intensely that you can smell the sweat, feel the knurling on the bar, hear the plates rattle, and so forth.
If you are going to be performing the classic standing two-hands barbell curl, for example, recreate all of the exercise mastery techniques that are necessary for the successful completion of each gut-wrenching rep of the set.
The more organized and detailed you can make this ritual of mentally focusing in one-set intervals, the better chance you will have for training to the outer limits of muscular size and strength. Here's another way to explain it. Think of how organized and detailed the ritual of mental imagery-rehearsal would be if it related to making love to a beautiful woman. The details are never slippery or vague. They're always clear and vivid.
As the magnitude of mental imagery-rehearsal for the upcoming set becomes more and more vivid, you will begin to feel torrents of unleashed fury and your heart will beat in a manner that reflects your ability to dominate and prevail in the moment. Open your eyes. You are now 100%
mentally focused and psyched. Go for it! It's time to lift the HEAVY IRON!
Tip: During your workout, play your own favorite high-energy music to trigger strong energy responses.
I have explained the mind power doctrine of an iron warrior in very general and broad terms. This is thoughtfully done, because accessing peak performance is highly individual. To awaken the sleeping giant within, I suggest you visit the following websites for more information on mental training:
Develop the positive mental attitude of a champion Iron Warrior by thinking BIG and thinking SUCCESS. Never give in. Always remember; Lifting The Heavy Iron Is A CHALLENGE, Every Set Is A WAR and Every Rep Is A Victory. Conceive, Believe, Achieve your goals and dreams. Commence positive action. Do this and your muscle size and strength can't help but grow, Grow, Grow!!!
BONUS REPORT No. 2
OTHER NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES "FOR GAINING MUSCULAR BODY WEIGHT"
By: Dennis B. Weis "The Yukon Hercules"
Ten Hot Tips!
1. To gain a pound of muscle per week, you need to do several high intensity workouts and increase your daily food consumption by 100-200 calories per day. This is what you want to do is gain weight in the form of muscle, not fat, and muscle and fat differ in water, protein, and fat content.
This chemical breakdown shows that our skeletal muscle weight is made up of almost three-quarters water. We now know that muscle and fat are two diverse substances that differ considerably in composition. This leads us to the subject of muscles turning to fat, a common myth.
It simply isn't true that muscles can turn into fat, but it's not hard to understand how this misconception arises.
A football player at the peak of his career, for example, is playing the game with great intensity and regularity each week. He is also consuming a tremendous number of calories each day to sustain this energy output.
Now, look what happens when he retires. He is no longer playing football, so his energy requirements are noticeably lower. While he may continue to work out with weights, over a period of months, this activity usually ceases completely, and as a result, his energy requirements are dramatically reduced. But, at the same time, the football player is consuming the same number of calories per day as when he was playing football and working out with weights.
Basically, this is what happens: lack of physical activity such as playing football and pumping iron has caused the muscles to atrophy or diminish in cell size.
Consuming more calories than he needs contributes to some rather large gains in body fat. Some of this body fat forms a layer between the skin and the muscle cell (which has diminished in size from lack of exercise stimuli), and this gives the illusion of muscle turning to fat. If this person had a proper knowledge of nutrition and exercise, he would have decreased his caloric intake in accordance with his marked decrease in physical activity.
Had he also continued with some type of workouts, whether aerobics or circuit weight training, he would have been able to maintain stimulus to his muscles while preventing fat gain by reducing his caloric intake. This example disproves the myth that muscle turns to fat, but it also shows what can happen to an athlete in any sport who does not eat or train smart.
Eating to gain requires that you figure out your daily menu for each day of the week. Eat basically the same foods from each of the food groups as you normally would. If you do make a substitute (for sanity's sake) be sure the replacement is of the same caloric value. In this way you won't constantly have to refer to a calorie book.
2. Slow down your basal metabolic rate by doing absolutely nothing beyond your daily obligations such as family, job, and workouts. Don't participate in any extra sports activities whether bowling, hockey, golf, marathon running, racquet sports, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, or wrestling.
3. Try to get eight to nine hours of sleep each night. We are speaking of quality sleep, where you retire an hour or so before midnight and sleep through until 7:00 A.M. or so. If at all possible, try to take a short one-hour nap during the afternoon. Those of you who are working at a job requiring a swing or graveyard shift will have to adjust your sleeping hours accordingly.
4. Don't stand when you can sit, walk when you can ride, etc.
5. Don't smoke, because this constricts the blood capillary beds in the body, which in turn has a debilitating effect on oxygen-carrying enzymes in the body. Smoking also triggers a risk in blood sugar levels, which depresses your appetite.
Now you can begin to understand why smokers who quit gain weight rapidly (which is not to say that those who are overweight should start smoking as a means of depressing the appetite to lose weight). Smoking also destroys vitamin C at the rate of 35 milligrams (the amount found in one orange) per cigarette.
6. Do not exercise directly before a meal since that may depress your appetite. To stimulate your appetite: Mix one egg yolk with 2 ounces of red wine and drink this concoction 1/2 hour before a scheduled meal.
7. Avoid those uptight situations that upset the nervous system and burn up valuable calories. To do so you must know yourself and how to react to people. Eliminate anger, anxiety, fear, frustration, and the like whenever possible. Work at developing a physical ease and a positive energy source.
8. Never allow yourself to get hungry. To prevent hunger, try eating four or five times per day, perhaps three substantial main meals with three smaller feedings or snacks in between. This meal schedule will allow you the best utilization and assimilation of your foods.
9. Be sure to include digestive enzyme tablets (pineapple enzymes) at each meal or snack to improve digestion and absorption.
10. After very diligently following the advice given in secrets 1 - 9, some of you may find that gains in muscular body weight are still not apparent. If you suspect that the problem may be due to your daily caloric consumption, try the unique calorie blitz method described below for gaining that extra muscular body weight you desire.
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