Tag: Fitness

Exercise: Religion or Science? Mike Mentzer’s 1995 Q & A

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Q) I’ve been bodybuilding and jogging regularly for about six years. I run three to five miles every morning and I lift heavy weights for an intense one-hour session three days a week. After reading your articles and columns, I suspect that you might think my regimen amounts to overstraining. I admit I’m no Mr. Universe, but my training keeps me happy and on an even emotional keel. So, why do you keep harping on “over-training”?

A) Your workout regimen does constitute overtraining. The definition of over-training is performing any more exercise than is precisely required to achieve the desired result. An-one committed to the idea that optimal physical progress is the desired result must bear in mind that this can be achieved only by understanding and applying theoretical principles. However, many people do not explicitly clarify their goals; as a result, the don’t know how to properly direct their training efforts.

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Forgotten Exercises: The Hindu Squat

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Owing both to its effectiveness and its sheer longevity, the Hindu Squat is one of the most interesting exercises unknown to most lifters in the West. Targeting the quads and aerobic system to a remarkable degree, the exercise serves as a fantastic finisher to your workout or indeed a workout in its own right.

A core part of a wrestler’s training in both pre-modern and modern India, the move is sure to be of interest to those looking to switch up their training methods and try a truly gruelling exercise.

Guest Post: Simple Daily Habits to Improve Your Life

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Most people are already aware of some of the things they can do to improve their lives: start going to the gym, watch what you eat, learn new hobbies, etc. But many of us already do those things. I mean, this is Physical Culture Study after all. We lift weights, do cardio, and try to attain a healthier and active body that we can be proud of.

I have been on a mission to improve all aspects of my life for a while now. I started lifting weights only a few years ago, when I was in my late 40s. I embarked on a journey at an age most people consider “too late”. And yet here I am, now in my 50s, and arguably in the best shape of my life. It wasn’t a day and night shift from being an average adult to a fit man, however. It was a gradual change, and I picked up a few simple habits on the way that I believe have helped me tremendously. Today, I share with you some of the simplest daily habits you can take to help improve your life and inch you closer to your goals.

Guest Post: The Evolution of Supplements

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Our latest post comes from the wonderful and talented Samantha Olivier from Ripped.me. We’re delighted to have Samantha featured on the site again and know you’ll enjoy her latest piece.

There is quite a bit of hearsay as well as a slew of myths that obfuscate the truth behind supplements. Well, I would ignore the things you’ve heard through the grapevine and focus on solid facts instead. The story about the evolution of supplements is a stirring one, full of unexpected plots, developments, twists and turns. More importantly, it teaches us a lot about the products that have quickly transformed from unknown interlopers to lead actors on the central stage of fitness.

Guest Post: How to Know How Much You’ve Progressed in Training

Fitness tracking is an integral part of training but it’s frequently ignored. There are two things you should know in order to see results: where you are at right now (in terms of fitness goals) and what you have to do to get to where you wish to be.

Once you start training, your body will slowly start to change as you eat properly and exercise. The body keeps the muscles it already has and builds them further, while the fat gets burned away. However, with a lot of cardio and crash dieting, you risk shedding both muscle and fat, eventually looking slim, but weak. In that case, something hasn’t been done right.

Guest Post: What to give up for Lent, and how to stick to it!

If you think back to when you were a child, you will almost certainly remember giving things up for Lent – usually things such as chocolate and crisps. Now that you’re an adult, you might want to step up to the challenge again, but why just give up the same, boring old things that you usually give up?

If you’re looking for something better to choose – we bring you some great ideas about what you can give up for Lent that you might have never thought about before. With this being the case, you might find that you are able to make a very real difference to your life – which is always something to aim for!

Roland Cziurlok, No Gimmicks Bodybuilding (1995)

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Better to train simple and smart. Judging by the reaction most people to my training philosophy, they must think that pro bodybuilders throw around superhuman weights, perform exhaustive triple drops and negatives, and spend endless hours training every day in the gym. That may describe someone else’s training routine, but I’ve developed a far simpler system that meets my needs.

I rarely vary my routine. It’s always three exercises down for four sets of 12 reps per body part. No forced reps, drop sets or other techniques. Whatever body part I’m training, that’s my routine. And I’m usually done with my workout in 45 minutes.