Posts Tagged ‘arnold schwarzenegger’

High Intensity Training VS Volume Training

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Which is Better?

I get this question all the time, and before I give you my answer, let’s take a quick look back at the history and fundamentals that each style of training offers.

HIT History

The history of HIT training started back in the seventies with a dude named Arthur Jones. This guy was smart—he was an entrepreneur who invented a line of fitness machines called Nautilus that were designed to isolate specific body parts. These Nautilus machines were usually set up in a circuit type setting so that individuals could come to the gym and hit every body part by simply running the circuit in about 20 to 40 minutes. Convenient right? So convenient in fact that gyms began investing in Nautilus machines as a primary feature to sell more memberships. (more…)


Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The 1970’s was the heyday of bodybuilding’s unsung heroes – when men pushed rusted steel for the pure love of the sport. These misunderstood giants forged ahead during a time when nobody outside the musty gym walls really gave a damn. They carved their own path that would set the precedence even for today’s standards.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the ring leader to these misfits, with iconic names like Zane, Columbu, Robinson, Katz, Mentzer, Corney, Draper, Padilla, Dickerson, Beckles, Ferrigno, Waller, Oliva, and Platz. These were the giants, the men that took bodybuilding and made it a household name. They stood on the foundation for which men like Eugen Sandow, Charles Atlas, John Grimek, Reg Park, Bill Pearl, and Steve Reeves built. They had a greater understanding about nutrition and the importance of dietary protein than their predecessors, and took the sport to the next level.

At that time beef was a bodybuilder’s favorite muscle building food, but when it came to contest prep, there wasn’t anything greater or more convenient than canned tuna. It’s funny to think that whey protein wasn’t even in the picture for these guys back then. They just knew they needed to eat lots of good foods, and supplement with a solid source of low-fat protein. (more…)


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The other day I was at the grocery store and this big dude approached me. To tell you the truth I wasn’t sure if he was gonna check out the grub in my cart or challenge me to an arm wrestling match! He says, “Hey bro, I have a question for you. I come from the old school of hard knocks and believe that you need to get in the gym and move heavy weight if you want to get big. What’s your take?” So we spoke for about 15 minutes and this is what I had to say:

First of all I love old school training! There’s nothing that feels better than going in the gym and hitting the weights hard old school. Watch the flim Pumping Iron (25th Anniversary Special Edition)with Arnold Schwarzenegger barefoot repping out full squats and all the dudes of that era moving weight. The Venice Gold’s was a gritty gym and the sound of everyone grunting through those last few muscle numbing reps is inspiring to watch. When I had an apartment in Santa Monica I used to train at the Venice Gold’s Gym every day and you could still sense an air of the classic Pumping Iron flick in some of the dusty corners. (more…)