Having recently become a slave to a Fitbit, I’ve become interested in how we can use statistics to track and improve our help. By chance, the good folks at Fix.com got in touch with a new […]
Previously on this site we have looked at the influence of Peary Rader on both bodybuilding and weightlifting. Editor of Ironman magazine for several decades, Rader was influential in the training of thousands of men during the course of his career and more importantly, his focus tended to be on ‘the common man’ as opposed to the bodybuilding giants of his era.
With this in mind, today’s post details several of Rader’s abbreviated routines from the mid 20th century. Abbreviated routines centred around compound exercises aimed at maximising as much muscle growth as possible for busy individuals.
So who would benefit from such programmes?
Given now is the time of year when many people join gyms in the hope of attaining their goal physiques, it seems only right to discuss the dieting strategy of Steve Reeves, one of bodybuilding’s original stars. In his day Steve had one of the most respected physiques in the Iron Game, winning several bodybuilding championships and even making the crossover to Hollywood where he appeared in a number of Tarzan and Hercules flicks. Using this approach Reeves was crowned Mr. America in 1947. Needless to say, it works.
Chances are at some point in your lifting career you’ve done a few sets of Romanian Deadlifts. From athletes to bodybuilders, thousands of muscle fanatics have used the exercise to bring up their hamstrings and lower backs. Given the popularity of the movement, you may be surprised to learn that this exercise is a relatively recent addition to weight training. Indeed, it was only discovered by the US in 1990.
Whether you’ve attempted to train your ‘core’ or perform some simple rehab exercises, chances are you’ve used a Swiss Ball at some point in your training career.
So where did the Swiss Ball come from? What was it’s purpose and how did they become so popular?
It all began in April 1965 in a Joe Weider magazine…
Sick and tired of conversations about who was the greatest bodybuilder, Weider had decided to create a competition pitting champions from around the World against each other. In the same year that the iconic Gold’s Gym opened, Weider’s ‘Mr. Olympia’ would see A Mr. Universe, Mr. World and Mr. America pose, flex and tense in front of thousands of fans to determine the best that Bodybuilding had to offer.
Why create a new tournament?
The following extract comes from Vince Gironda’s 1984 Book: Unleashing the Wild Physique (available here). This book cannot be recommended highly enough, from VInce’s no nonsense take on steroids to his innovative training techniques.
Today’s post comes from Vince’s advice on a lacto-vegetarian diet.
The Lacto-Vegetarian Diet
This is the easiest diet to follow because you can eat as much as you wish. It is composed of non-concentrated carbohydrates and protein from raw eggs, milk-and-egg protein powder, and half & half. You will also experience a sense of satisfaction that you can never get from a purely high-protein diet. I recommend this diet for obese people who have a hard time losing weight on any diet. The roughage will produce a cleansing effect in the intestines, which produces regularity and detoxification. This diet is great for breaking a rut if you’ve stopped making gains.
Do you know what is a bit mind-boggling? How did Arnold Schwarzenegger become such a globally-renowned actor? Honestly, how? His acting range and ability to exhibit a spectrum of emotion aren’t that of, for instance, […]
Ah yes, the dreaded Smith Machine. Criticised for its unnatural movements, failure to fully tax the muscles and its generally unappealing design.
Who invented the Smith Machine? Why did they do it and how did it become so popular? These are some of the questions answered in today’s blogpost on the history of the Smith Machine!
If you enjoy a fitness lifestyle, there is no doubt that you will already know about the benefits of whey protein. But, are you aware of how long it has been around? It might be […]