Testosterone: Charles, one thing I've always liked about your work is that you cut through the bullshit and bring us back to reality when needed. That's the kind of stuff I'd like to focus on in this interview. So, what's making you want to tear your hair out in the fitness and bodybuilding community in regard to training theory?

Charles Staley:

T: I'm sure very few people have thought of it that way. How does this style of training affect recovery?


T: Cool. Tell me, what has you excited right now in this field. What's the newest, coolest thing you can lay on us?


T: We'll be reviewing that vest soon in our "Stuff We Like" column. Now, you've written a little here at T-mag about post-workout cryotherapy, which is basically an ice massage. What's that all about?


T: We may have to try that. Here's a good question for you: It's easy to spot newbie mistakes, but picture an experienced lifter. The guy reads T-mag, checks out your site, and has been lifting for ten years. What mistakes do you see a guy like that still making?


T: What do you mean by "available resources"?


T: Give us something cool training-wise we can try the next time we go to the gym. Anything goes, as long as it's interesting and something we may not have tried before.


T: I'd imagine! Okay, I'm going to throw a bunch of stuff at you now and you just tell me what you think of each one. Training to failure.

T: The "pump." Is it necessary?

T: Steroids.

T: Steroids in baseball.

T: Vegetarians.

T: Good argument! Next topic: alcohol and pot.

T: "Functional" training.

T: Really?

T: Machines vs. free weights.


T: Soreness.

T: You once told a guy on the T-mag forum that if he was really seeking soreness you'd be glad to run over him with your pick-up truck. What did you mean by that?

T: The term "No pain, no gain."

T: The term "Go heavy or go home."

T: "Body for Life."

T: Fitness gadgets on TV.

T: You're joking , right?

T: Heck, I may have to try it then! What do you think of personal trainers in general?

T: Some experts in the field seem to base their ideas on what works for them. That's natural of course, but does it create an unfair bias? In other words, should the tall ectomorph listen to the short, endomorphic strength coach when he tells him he has to squat to get big quads, or that he can get big on low reps?

T: You were one of the first experts out there to talk about the difference between tall and short guys in the gym. Can you give us an overview?

T: Good point!

T: How does height relate to injuries?

T: Duly noted. You once said that the most important virtue for an athlete or bodybuilder to have is an open mind. Elaborate please.

T: Just don't appear on late night cable TV hawking the "Super Ab Cart" for four easy payments of $19.95! Charles, at the SWIS symposium last year, you used a life analogy about how much a person's life would change if he was to become suddenly rich. I liked that. Can you share it with T-mag readers?

T: A while back you published a couple of articles on EDT training here at T-mag. How has the response been? What kind of results are you hearing about?

T: Tell us a bit more about how EDT works for the readers who may not be familiar with your system.

T: I hear there's an EDT book in the works as well, correct?


T: Okay, Charles, thanks for all the info!