Having previously discussed the history of the squat exercise, today’s post examines the creation of the Rader Chest Pull, an exercise that Peary Rader, one of the Irongame’s biggest names in the twentieth-century, often used […]
Well known as one of the greatest trainers of his age, Vince Gironda’s name has become synomous with bodybuilding champions from Larry Scott to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though Gironda made his name producing some of the greatest bodybuilding champions the sport has ever seen, he sent countless hours with beginners and intermediates seeking to sculpt their bodies or build muscle.
Today’s post discusses Vince’s general bodybuilding approach for beginners with the caveat being that Vince was known for changing exercises based on each trainer’s physique. Nevertheless, there is much to learn from his more generic approaches.
Home is where the heart is. So if you have a passion for living a healthy and happy lifestyle, your home is the perfect venue to lay those foundations.
Making the switch from gym-goer to home muscle grower can bring many rewards to your training and general life. Here’s why:
The following post comes from the immensely talented Erny Peibst of jackednatural.com. If you’re looking for advice on the best natural supplements to take or simply a review of the latest training trends, I highly recommend it.
But how good really were these guys?
And more importantly…who was the best bodybuilder ever?
If you’ve decided to become a bodybuilder, you owe it to yourself to know who the king of this sport was.
But the answer to this question all depends on how you define the ‘best bodybuilder ever’.
Here’s a few ways to judge who the best bodybuilder of all time is:
- Who won the most Mr Olympia titles
- Who’s made the most impact on the sport
- The most aesthetic guy
- The biggest and most shredded guy of all
The most Mr Olympia titles – Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman (8x)
Who had the biggest impact on bodybuilding – Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was the star in Pumping Iron. If you haven’t already seen it, order it off amazon…like straight after you finish reading this article, it’s amazing.
The most aesthetic Mr Olympia – Arnold, Franco Columbo, Frank Zane or Lee Haney.
The biggest & most shredded: Ronnie Coleman or Phil Heath.
So it depends how you interpret the question ‘who is the best bodybuilder ever’.
However, Arnold Schwarzenegger is regarded by many as the greatest ever.
- He won 7 Sandow trophies
- He changed the world’s opinion on bodybuilding; from being disgusted to intrigued.
- He built one of the greatest physiques of all time. Huge mass with a tiny waist – a look that’s still highly coveted by gym rats to this day (50 years later).
Arnie sounds like a worthy choice to me.
However, for entertainment purposes I’m going to select the top 5 bodybuilders of all time, and put them on stage against each other.
…So you can decide for yourself!
The fitness industry, was and is, a notoriously dubious business place. For every honest athlete seeking to help his fellow trainer, there are dozens of genetically blessed individuals who seek to make a living with half-truths.
This chicanery, is however, a time honoured tradition as evidenced by today’s article. Surveying the great names of the physical culture game, today’s post looks at the forerunners to the current market industry and demonstrates how many sought to promote their products over the truth. Unsurprisingly names like Sandow, Sick and Inch all feature.
So if you thought that deceit was a new phenomena in bodybuilding, you are sorely mistaken!
The Physical Culture Creed We Believe… That our bodies are our most glorious possession; that health-wealth is our greatest asset; that every influence which interferes with the attainment of superb, buoyant health should be recognised […]
Pictured above, Vince Gironda was one of the most famous bodybuilding coaches of the twentieth-century, admired and sought after by both bodybuilders and the lay public alike. For decades, Vince went against the exercising mainstream […]
If you could only perform one exercise for the rest of your training career, what would it be? Such a question plagues the online forums as an inciter for heated debates about why the deadlift or squat reigns supreme.
This question is as old as time itself, as many famous physical culturists gave their opinion on the matter quite regularly. Today we look at Bob Hoffman’s favourite muscle building exercise, the two-hand snatch.
When everything goes to plan, you head to the gym and complete your session without any fuss. It is an amazing feeling, and it is an amazing feeling because it doesn’t happen often. During your […]
Written by D. Haddleton, of Sydney, Australia in Health and Strength Magazine, in November 1964, the following article presents an ‘old school’ method of training the abs. It features several exercises long forgotten by the modern weightlifter, making it both an invaluable piece of Iron Game history and valuable training aid. Really want to kick-start some ab development? Combine the exercises found here with some old school weight loss techniques!
Every bodybuilder wants, and trains for, proportionate development. But what part of the anatomy is often neglected? And the lack of which spoils many above average Physiques? And at the same time, if this muscular group is worked and developed to its fullest extent, can impart to the owner the mark of a tough, well-trained athlete and also give him glowing health?
In your mind’s eye you are probably thinking of chest, arms, legs ; all these, of course do go to make a tremendous physique, but the true hallmark of a champion is the abdominals. Without a chiselled mid-section many promising physiques are relegated to the ranks of “Mr. Might Have Beens.”
You may think this exaggerated but cast your mind back to the ‘Mr. Universe’ contestants you have seen, or in the many photos of top men you have studied in the H. and S. Notice how fit and hard the men with well defined abdominals look, how some builds would have looked all the better for a clean-cut mid-section.
Well, if you have come this far, you probably agree with what has been written. O.K., but how to get these sometimes elusive blocks of muscle?