Q: Every time I go to the gym, I see some mutton head doing "twists" with a broom stick. Are they really working their external obliques and slimming their waists, or are they just doing a passable imitation of a propeller prop?

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Q: How would you recommend incorporating Power Cleans (my favorite exercise) into a Mass/Strength routine? Oh yeah. "The Poliquin Principles" has proven to be a source of first class reference. I've had a copy for nearly a month and still haven't absorbed all the information.

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Q: What are your views on the theory of static-contraction training, and where would one utilize static or partial-reps of extremely heavy weights?

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These systems like any other systems have advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

• Becomes circus acts for certain exercises. This can be quite entertaining. For example, one of these books recommends heavy isometrics holds at the top of preacher curls. I saw a kid try to do this with a weight that was superior to his body weight. Unfortunately, his limited knowledge of physics got the better of him. He made the mistake of trying to hold the weight too far down the range of motion, with the end result of flipping forward over the standing preacher bench.

Q: I currently rotate all of your shoulder routines published in muscle media with great results (I love lean away laterals), and I'm curious as to what you think is more effective to building deltoid size. Out of lateral raises for both the posterior and medial heads combined with front raises: pressing movements like behind the neck and dumbbell shoulder presses: pulling exercises like upright rows what do you see as most effective? Why do gymnasts have such fantastic shoulder development? Do you plan on writing a book on just shoulders, and can I forward you the cash for it? In the meantime may I beg you for another shoulder workout.

P.S. Have you gotten up to your pre-heart-surgery, shoulder-pressing strength?

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Q: I've read your web article about the Max Weights routine for arms and am excited about trying it. What kind of split and training frequency do you suggest for the routine? Once a week or twice a week for arms?

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