Those ubiquitous lifting belts

A competitive powerlifter benefits from the wide, thick belt he or she wears while making a maximum squat attempt because that belt can help to increase the intra-abdominal pressure, thus providing added support to the vertebral column. The Olympic-style weightlifter might benefit from a belt while holding a heavy jerk overhead, with the belt serving to give some support and reminding him to maintain proper back and hip position. But a bodybuilder wearing a belt A lifting belt is a part of...

Another of the deceivers

In the previous issue I referred to Larry Scott, Bob Gadja and Sergio Oliva as just three of the many men who were behind the deception which caused untold frustration and disappointment for the training masses. But those three played only a small role in deceiving me, relative to the havoc Arnold Schwarzenegger reeked. Sure he inspired millions, but at the same time he misled millions and his instruction robbed millions of some of the best training years of their lives. The ensuing desperation...

Common sense and those new training programs

Despite the recent influx of Soviet influenced approaches to powerlifting training, common sense will dictate the optimal number of times that one should squat, deadlift, bench press or train per week. Most lifters are more than willing to abdicate the responsibility of their own judgement to a higher authority, believing that there is one, or perhaps a few routines that hold the answer to a state championship or an Elite ranking. As soon as powerlifting usa, muscle & fitness, or j iron man...

From The

Finding out how much exercise you need and not how much your body can stand is still the biggest problem most weight trainees have failed to understand. In the last week two hardgainer readers have been in touch with me. Both were doing workouts that would kill a horse if done in the way you must in order to gain strength and size. On top of that they were doing way too much cardio work. One of them said that his workout takes him two hours to complete. If you're a hard gainer, then working out...