Bringing an Old Legend to Life Vince Gironda was the original "Iron Guru." While Weider was touting himself as being the "trainer of champions" it was actually Gironda who had one of the most successful followings of bodybuilding champs.
You've been training your abs incorrectly forever. That's right, forever . But how? Have all of us T-Nation writers missed the "core training" boat? While we as authors hopefully know a little bit about this stuff, the fact of the matter is there's a paradigm shift going on with regards to the functional anatomy of the core, as well as how it should be trained for maximal performance.
The last time it happened I was getting changed in the locker room at my gym. Two pudgy-bellied gym members (PBGMs) were discussing the relative virtues and drawbacks of doing cardio as part of their training program.
[Editor's Note: T-Nation has, among its members, a lot of good, if not great, writers. Unfortunately, they've never had a place on T-Nation to feature their work. No more. With the inception of the "Random Acts" area of the site, they now have a place where they can share their talent. The following is a great piece by D.W. St. John, a long-time member of the site. I think it's pretty damn good.]
Forget the typical 3 sets of 12 reps on the standing calf raise. Forget the seated heel raise. Forget the donkey calf exercise. Forget anything STANDARD you've heard about working your calves.
Let's assume you were abducted by aliens. Heck, if you grew up in Arkansas, it probably happened all the time. Only this time, instead of just flying you around and then dumping you back in a peat bog somewhere, they decided to keep you for their captive human breeding program.
So I was outside on the patio sunning my schlong — you know, for the Vitamin D — when the doorbell rang. I got up and walked back into the house, simultaneously pulling on my pants and doing one of those awkward one-leg-in, one-leg-out hopping motions that are the lifeblood of the sack racer.
Steve was about to begin a big bulking phase and wanted some advice. He had read the original Big Bulking Tips article and applied many of the ideas with great success, putting on 15 pounds in a little over two months.