Testosterone: Now, let's talk juice, and I ain't talking about orange juice. What's your general opinion about steroids?

Don Alessi:

T: So now they have no idea how to diet or train because they always relied on the drugs to make up for their lack of knowledge.

DA:

T: All that sounds like you're anti-steroids these days, but you said you wished they were legal. What's up with that?

DA:

T: So you'd like to see doctor-prescribed, doctor-monitored, safe and sane doses?

DA:

T: What's the dumbest trend you've seen recently in training?

DA:

T: Along with ILS (Imaginary Lat Syndrome) those are givens. What else pisses you off?

DA:

T: Is this like those commercial gyms that puts everyone asking for help on the same circuit machine program?

DA:

T: What's your stand on volume verses HIT-type training?

DA:

T: Well, what few are left are very vocal.

DA:

T: What do you think about training to failure?

DA:

T: What are your general ideas about diet? What kind of diet do you put your clients on?

DA:

T: That's interesting because all I have to do these days to lean up is drop the carbs to about a 100 grams a day. That's it, and it works great.

DA:

T: How much protein and carbs do you recommend?

DA:

T: Let's talk about Meltdown Training, which has received a lot of attention. Why the heck are we using slow concentrics (the lifting portion of the exercise) in this program instead of slow eccentrics (negatives) like we're used to?

DA:

T: Does a GH burst during training really make a difference?

DA:

T: Really? Because there's some controversy about what effect, if any, these natural GH fluctuations have on a person's physique.

DA:

T: I can't believe I'm saying this, but is it then possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time with something like Meltdown Training?

DA:

T: Meltdown Training twice per day? Man, you're either sadistic or dedicated, I can't decide which! Next topic: Are aerobics evil?

DA:

T: Okay, we can lose fat and build muscle at the same time. Can we get really strong and train for hypertrophy at the same time? Or are those two different goals?

DA:

T: So the bodybuilder or the guy who just wants to look good needs to delve into powerlifting every once in a while, but the competitive powerlifter needs to stay away from hypertrophy training/bodybuilding?

DA:

T: Interesting stuff. Any final words for T-mag readers?

DA:

T: Amen! Thanks for the interview, Don. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the future.

Keep an eye out for Coach Alessi's new Question and Answer column that will debut here at T-mag in a few weeks.