An opinionated look at the men and women whose passion for the iron made the world safe for hypertrophy
"Sorry, this has never happened to me before."
On our way to Montana for the National Weight Pentathlon, my wife Tiffini and I pulled over for a break. It's a beautiful drive, but I drink a lot of coffee and I'm 49, so we have to pull over for a lot of "breaks."
This week, one of the great mentors in my life died. He was Coach Ralph Maughan of Utah State, and he taught me one great lesson.
I remember when I was still at University, earning my degree in English, and had to read Dante's Inferno. For anyone who isn't familiar with this story, it's about the author's three-day descent into Hell, guided by his greatest inspiration, the Latin poet Virgil.
Here's another well-referenced investigation by our friendly neighborhood warrior nerd, offering facts and tips on what might just be the reason for your progress stalemate. This is one article in which the author will actually feel better if you fall asleep while reading it!
Ever since the Olympics were played in ancient Greece, athletes have been looking for an edge. At that time, athletes used some very suspect compounds in hopes of increasing their strength, quickness, and endurance. They ingested various substances with the hopes of giving themselves even a slight advantage over other athletes.
Usually, when you're talking weight training, you're talking about the five acute training variables; exercise selection, order of exercise, load, volume, and rest. There are literally thousands of training articles out there, discussing the many thousands of possible combinations of these variables.
Not too long ago, the US government effectively banned the sale of prohormones. With "andro" and anabolic steroids now illegal, bodybuilders and athletes were forced to once again rely only on protein powders, healthy foods, and heavy weights. There was no more juicing, no more cheating, and no more drugs being used in the pursuit of fast muscle and improved performance...
You're not supposed to be here. In this motel room, in this bathroom, backstage at this show. You aren't supposed to be seeing this. This private moment, this intimate setting, this unguarded emotion.
A regular Joe uses steroids and keeps a diary. Controversy ensues.
A roundtable discussion featuring Lou Schuler, TC, Chris Street and Jim Vigue