Training to Win – John McCallum (December 1965)

Originally published in the December 1965 issue of strength and health

A group of us went to the gym once to see Reg Park worked. He was in town doing a show. We lined up along the wall with our eyeballs hanging on her cheeks and tried not to look too jealous when the uprising began.

Park went more like Herc Hercules did. He was weighing about 235 and all swelled up. Every time he moved looking like it was coming through his skin.

The guy standing next to me pushed me with his elbow. “It Check arms,” ​​he whispered.

I pushed him back and quietly from the corner of my mouth like they do on television. “Okay,” I said. “To keep the engine running.”

He crossed his mind. “Beware of arms,” ​​he said. “Look how they work.”

Park warming the lower back with some likely hyperextension.

“He can not do too much arm,” I said. “He was saying he just wanted to get his weight up a few pounds.”

“In his arms,” ​​said the boy. “In his arms. Look!”

It finished warming up her legs and began park. It was loaded weight until the bar slightly bent and did squats as if his life depended on them. Everyone was pushing him along the way.

He finished squatting and made some front squats and calf raises some.

‘Now arms, “said the boy.” Watch out!

Park made a pair of heavy bench presses. He jumped bar his chest and kept it like a rocket.

“He spends a lot of time in his arms,” ​​said the boy. “Forty-five minutes on the biceps and forty five minutes on the triceps.”

“Gee,” he said. “That’s an hour and a half. I should have brought a lunch.”

Park began his work at his back. He did clean energy and leaned forward heavy oar.

“He’s saving his arms for the last,” whispered the boy. “Watch out!”

Park took the bar out of the squat rack and made some presses behind the neck. You could see everyone’s lips moving when they added the weight on the bar. It’s a bit daunting. Park press more weight than most guys squatting.

“Now,” said the boy. “Watch out!”

Park picked up his towel and headed for the back.

I looked at my watch.

The boy the corner of his lip curled. “It will not be a bone. He has not made any arm work yet. Just wait.”

We expected.

The conversation calmed down and listened attentively. “That’s all,” I said. He is having a shower. ”

“He has not yet,” protested the child. “You can have a shower.”

“Well, if it is not,” I said, “.. The best coffee dismiss That’s a helluva lot of running water back there”

“Gee said the boy.” He made no arm work at all. ”

“It was a little,” I said.

“It’s not like it’s supposed to. All he did was the leg and stuff back.”

“And that?”

“I think he trained hard.”

“It does.”

“My legs and back? What the hell kind of training is that?”

“That,” he said, “is training to win. The advanced training.”

If you’ve been following this series, which is almost ready for some sort of advanced training himself. Before getting into that, however, let’s review what we have already seen. Each item is important. Pick up some back issues if you’re just starting out. You’ll slow down your progress is to miss anything.

We have covered the time factor. Keep your workouts short if you are a beginner or trying to gain weight. Long, tedious workouts will not help you unless you’re a real easy winner.

The guys who wear long workouts are very old men. Even then they have not been designed for pure gains weight. Most long programs you read about are intended to define the bodies which are already very ponderous. should not be confused with the construction of sharpening. We will enter long-term programs with time, but by then will be great and you’ll be ready for them.

Training is a progressive thing. Any nut can sit and list a lot of exercises. That does not mean it is a program. Some of the programs they see advertised in magazines and other supposedly you followed slavishly by hordes of Samsons grateful they are just outside the dreams of the authors. That’s one of the problems with students claiming that not even talk to you on the street.

There are basic rules for bodybuilding and get it in this magazine. It will not push for a lot of commercial nonsense.

I was talking to one of the big winners Mr. same time. He had a written program that was out of a magazine. I asked what he thought of him.

“Too long,” he said. “Too much time.”

“Mine,” he said. “It’s supposed to yours.”

He smiled.

“You mean he would not win?”

“No,” he said. “I mean my age lady’d quit his job and would have to look for one.”

We’ve covered the importance of extreme concentration in their training. You have to think about it. Keep firmly fixed in any kind of exercise you’re doing right now his mind. You are working with a very limited effectiveness if it does not.

A lot of guys got good results of concentration curls. You get good income each year if you focus the same way about them.

We talked about auto-suggestion. You should be getting pretty good at it by now. Any further. Set goals for yourself. They use your subconscious to focus on these objectives. Use it as a stimulus for each workout.

a lot of self-improvement courses advertised in the back of pulp magazines looks. Most ads feature heavy black print and crazy eyes as a collector tapping his finger at you. The improvement offered covers a varied field, ranging all the way how to make a million dollars selling junk around the neighborhood to cut big with the opposite sex.

The courses have two things in common. They are very expensive and all auto-suggestion push one way or another. You can get better results for the price of a force and health and buy yourself a good protein supplement with the money you save.

We touched very lightly on the value of the squat. Squats are still the big thing in a winning program. Push hard for greater and lesser power.

You do not need to take my word about squats. Ask anyone in the business of muscles. All tell you the same thing. More men develop more muscle squats in which all other exercises as a whole.

You’ll be doing a lot of squats in this series. Decide right now that you’re going to like them and be good at them.

Finally, we have covered the need for a high protein, high calorie food supplement. You have to increase your intake. You will not gain weight in the fresh air and apricots. Keep taking the supplement as directed, or something very like it.

You can change some of the minor ingredients or flavor to your taste, but be sure to take the basic drink in sufficient quantities. Two liters a day is about the minimum for really big profits.

A lot of beginners are staggered when they see the amount of food a large crane stows away. Doug Hepburn used to pack food around him as if he were on a camping trip.

Doug was the first of the superheavy. the concept of worldwide size and strength renewed. Many people thought Doug was born that way. He was not. It is constructed from an average aspect boy in a world champion. He trained in heavy exercise and enough food for a boy scout camp.

We will gradually convert training in more advanced forms. The purpose will still be more shapely and power. These are the qualities that must work at this stage. You just obstaculizas yourself if you start scratching around definition or biceps peak too soon.

We will focus on the large muscle groups. That means heavy legs and work again. And despite what commercial interests have claimed for him in the past, this is the kind of training that built Reg Park. This is the type of training bodies as Grimek and Pearl is built.

He had a lesson in the value of the leg and work back over twenty years. Unfortunately, I was too dumb when it comes to learn something from it.

I was in the Navy, and a real error in bodybuilding. I assumed upper body work was what knotty biceps and was the absolute end. I used to train my upper body throughout the day and into the night. He weighed about 165 to 6 feet tall, and the only thing about me that was gnarled was eyebrows.

I moved to a small boat for a few months. The only thing that exercise with a dumbbell was solid to heavy for anything other than squats and deadlifts. I thought I could not train properly anymore, but I could still show off a bit, so every other day I used to walk to the deck where the weight was and talk a couple of crew lift on my back for me. Then I would like to make as many pushups as I could with her. If men hung long enough, I would make a second series. After that I would do the deadlift for a while. All I tried to do was to gradually increase the repetitions.

The only other exercise I did was a couple of gaps between some pipes in the drying room.

My weight began to rise. So did my strength. I figured it was the Navy beans or salt air or something.

A few months later I moved to a meeting where they had a good full fitness and could make my old routines upper body again. That ended the squats and deadlifts. the march was finished, too. And he kept ended for a few years until I found leg and work again.

It is not necessary to join the Navy to learn this. Keep pushing the High Representative squats breathing, and next month we will start the first of the most advanced programs in bulk and power.

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