When will the steroid users learn?

September 5, 2014

Another one bites the dust.

Performance enhancing drugs claim another victim, Mike Jenkins, and these guys can’t believe the comments in the article.

I’m not surprised that the Iron Garm residents are shocked by the comments.  They live in a world where anything goes and don’t understand the comments of such small minded folks that think sports should be drug tested (Is strongman even a sport?).

6’6 and 400+ lbs would be enough of a stress on anyone’s heart let alone someone that is drugging their way to the top of the strongman competition.  Does health even enter the mind of these competitors?  It’s a tragedy for his family, but one that was preventable.  Our choices have consequences.   Roll the dice and sometimes you lose.

“His death sent a ripple of grief and disbelief through the strength sports world.”  Grief sure, but disbelief?   You gotta be dumber than a rock to be shocked that using the amount of drugs some of these athletes chemistry experiments are using is not going to be hazardous to one’s health and maybe take a year or two or several decades of of your normal life expectancy.

“Steroids are used to promote body mass and increase strength, and the health problems that can result from their long-term use are well documented.

No shit?

If you are a PED condoning athlete or lifter and find this article offensive.  Tough shit, maybe you’ll wake up before it’s too late.   Mike can’t and it’s his and his families’ loss.  So my sympathies go out the his family.  The rest of you get my middle finger.


I’m Stronger Than You

March 16, 2012

I’m stronger than you, just not stronger than you and your SHIRT, bitch.


April 28, 2011


By Arthur Jones



While the author may be widely known in the field of physical training only as a result of the recently announced developments which are the subject of this Bulletin, quite a number of readers will probably recognize the name in connection with another field — since, for the past fourteen years, motion-pictures produced by the author have been in constant distribution throughout the world. Included in these credits were the following series of films produced for television, “Professional Hunter,” “Wild Cargo,” “Capture,” “Call of the Wild,” and major portions of four other series, as well as several theatrical and special films for television. The most recent film produced by the author was seen on CBS network on Friday, August 28, 1970 at 7:30 in the evening – – titled “Free to Live: Operation Elephant,” a one-hour, color special on a major conservation project, the capture and relocation of African elephants.

Before becoming involved in film production, the author was an airline pilot and conducted a large-scale import-export business in wild animals, birds, reptiles and tropical fish – – an occupation which eventually led to the production of films based on conservation themes.

Eight members of the author’s family – – father, mother, brother, sister, paternal grand-father, uncle, cousin and brother-in-law – – are medical doctors; or were, when still living. And the author has devoted a great deal of time to research programs in closely related areas – – work dealing with both wild animals and human subjects.

Such work in the field of weight-training dates back approximately thirty years – – and while such research has certainly not been constant for that period of time, several years were spent in such studies; with, until very recently, no thought regarding the commercial possibilities that might result.

As recently as a year ago, it was the author’s intention to publish the results of his experimental work in this field without taking credit under his own name; Bill Pearl was primarily responsible for causing a change of plans in that regard. He said, “. . . if you don’t take credit under your own name, somebody will try to steal the credit for anything worthwhile that you have produced.”

Since no commercial considerations were involved in the development of the new Nautilus training equipment, absolutely no publicity was given to this research program until long after everybody involved was satisfied with the results that were being consistently produced by a high percentage of the trainees using this equipment in experimental training programs; an as a natural result, many people are probably left feeling that the recently announced results are based upon hasty conclusions – – whereas, in fact, the background of research data upon which these conclusions are based is literally enormous.

Secondly, since there is really no practical ground upon which a reasonable comparison between the new equipment and previously-existing types of conventional training equip-ment can be based, it is extremely difficult to even attempt to draw such comparisons.

How, for example could you fairly compare the barbell to any type of training equipment that existed previously? By comparison to any earlier equipment intended for the same purpose, the barbell was literally; a great leap forward, a major breakthrough, capable of producing more in the way of muscular mass and/or strength increases in a few months than any other method of training could produce in a lifetime.

And not the same sort of breakthrough has occurred again; and just as the barbell was an almost complete departure from earlier types of equipment, the Nautilus equipment is also something entirely new. Nautilus machines are not an improvement in equipment’; instead, they represent a new approach to the whole idea of progressive weight-training.

Rather than attempting to design exercises based on the use of conventional training equipment, the problem was approached from an entirely different direction; totally new equipment was designed to meet the needs of human muscular structures.

And in many respects, that was one of the most difficult parts of the problem; since it was first essential to establish just what was required for stimulating increases in muscular size and strength. And since very little in the way of serious work has been done in this field by the scientific community, there was almost nothing to refer to for guidance.

High degrees of results were obviously being produced by training with barbells and conventional pulley devices, but there was certainly nothing even approaching agreement insofar as the best method of training was concerned.

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Steve Reeves Had It Right

January 25, 2010

Here are some Steve Reeves quotes that are right on in my opinion.

Quotable Quote by Steve Reeves
“Today, everything about the top bodybuilding champions is oversized; they have lost the whole purpose of bodybuilding which is to create a harmonious whole, not to exaggerate the development of one part or parts, of the body.  A body has hands, legs, feet, arms and a head.  If a man’s arms appear bigger than his head, his body is thrown out of proportion.”

“Today’s bodybuilders are carrying too much muscle for their frames, which distorts and obscures the natural lines of the body.  Why these men would aspire to deform themselves at such tremendous sacrifice is incomprehensible.  This has been indulged in to such an extreme that I’m thinking of sanctioning a special Steve Reeves Trophy to be presented at shows to the man whom I think has the most classical proportionate, tastefully developed physique.  The man who doesn’t actually win the contest might win my trophy, which in the long run might be more prestigious.”

“I don’t believe in bodybuilders using steroids.  If a man doesn’t have enough male hormones in his system to create, a nice hard, muscular body, he should take up ping pong.”

“I’m often asked how I would compare myself with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I think Arnold Schwarzenegger is in great shape.  But if there were two buttons, and I could push one button and look like Steve Reeves did in Hercules, and push another button and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger did in Conan, I’d push the Steve Reeves button.”

Bodybuilding today is an absolute joke.  Why don’t they just compare pharmaceutical bills.  Biggest bill wins.

The Elephant in the Living Room

January 13, 2010

With so much focus on steroids in major league baseball the last couple of years one has to wonder when someone is going to notice the football players.  If baseball players take a few cc’s of steroids, the nfl players by comparison are using by the pound.

A letter by Steve Courson discovered posthumously is excerpted here

ACSM Now Endorses Simple Training Programs for Experienced Trainees

September 4, 2009

In a shift from its prior position stand statement about progressive resistance training for experienced trainees1, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in its 7th edition of its Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription2, now
endorses much simpler training programs as effective for both beginners and experienced trainees.

A majority of the recommendations from the Guidelines book were presented at the recent ACSM national convention without disagreement.

Here are some of the points and recommendations from the new guidelines that you can effectively use for your own training.

Perceived effort is a good measure of intensity. Rather than focusing on protocols that use different percentages of 1 RM, focus on perceived effort. Using different percentages of 1 RM is not a good way to prescribe exercise programs. This is because across individuals, and different muscle groups, and different exercises, the same percentage of a 1 RM can yield a different number of repetitions. Such differences can exist within an individual. This means that for some people and for any exercise an individual performs, the prescription can be too hard or too easy, rendering it ineffective.

Different repetitions and resistance can yield the same degree of effort when the maximum repetitions are performed in a set. This means that a wide range of repetitions for a set can be equally effective. For example, a very high degree of effort and intensity can be reached in a set where you perform six repetitions in good form with a heavy resistance and ‘fail’ on an attempt at a seventh repetition or where you perform 12 repetitions with a more moderate weight and ‘fail’ on an attempt at a 13th repetition. In either case, the maximum recruitment of muscle fiber motor units would have occurred. You can choose to train with any number of repetitions with an effective set taking between about 30 seconds and 90 seconds.

There is no evidence that there is a separate way to train for strength or endurance. As you become stronger, you will increase your absolute muscular endurance. For example, if through training, you increase your strength in a movement from 60 lbs to 85 lbs, you may increase the number of repetitions you can perform with 40 lbs from 12 to 20. No special training is required to increase endurance. For each person and for each exercise and muscle group, relative muscular endurance is stable and appears genetically based. For example, a beginner’s 1 RM on an exercise may be 100 lbs and the trainee can perform 8 repetitions with 80 lbs (80%). Two years later, the trainee can do a 1 RM with 200 lbs and perform 8 repetitions with 160 lbs (80%). Relative endurance using a percent of 1 RM hasn’t changed and evidence indicates that it will not change. Protocols assuming that the relationship can be changed are not based on scientific research.

Based on raising a resistance in about 3 seconds and lowering the resistance in 3 seconds, performing several to 15 repetitions can be effectively used. If longer duration repetitions are performed such as using a 5, 5 (10 seconds for 1 repetition) then several to 8 to 10 repetitions can be used.
Increasing bone mineral density may depend upon using somewhat lower repetitions such as 6-8 and therefore training with somewhat greater resistance. A variety of exercises can be used because the effect of resistance training on bone mineral density is site specific.

To increase strength, training has to produce an overload beyond a minimal threshold. Maximum effort produces maximum intensity and the greatest stimulus but the maximum stimulus may not produce any greater adaptation than a somewhat submaximal effort if there is some marginal overload. This means you should focus on progression while using great form and not an absolute maximum effort where form may be compromised.

Train through as complete a range of motion that is comfortable for you.

Assuming all the other variables are kept constant, the intensity of training can be increased by increasing the weight, number of repetitions, and by reducing momentum through increasing the repetition’s duration. Muscular tension for an exercise may be maintained and intensity increased by not ‘locking-out’ on multiple joint exercises such as squats and bench press.

There is no evidence that any one exercise is better than any other exercise for a specific muscle group. There is no evidence that performing an exercise a specific way such as on a stability ball produces better outcomes for strength or endurance than if the exercise is performed in another way. The exercises are simply different.

A variety of exercises can be used for each muscle group and can perhaps provide some physiological and psychological benefits beyond consistently performing the same exercise for a muscle group. However, a variety of exercises for each muscle group need not be performed in one training session but rather across training sessions.

While a few researchers have shown better outcomes for strength and muscular hypertrophy with multiple set protocols, the overall evidence does not support the performance of multiple sets of each exercise or higher volume training.

A guideline is to take about 3 seconds to raise the resistance and about 3 seconds to lower the resistance using a full range of motion for each repetition. Longer duration repetitions may decrease momentum and increase intensity.

There is not any consistent evidence that the stimulus (repetition performance, number, duration, volume of training) for experienced trainees needs to be different than for beginning trainees. Therefore, there is little or no basis for special ‘advanced’ routines promoted by some organizations, websites, and magazines.

A program for any trainee can consist of eight to 10 exercises performed two to three days per week. Different exercises for each muscle group could be varied across workouts. For example, a squat can be used for the thighs in the first workout in a week and the leg press can be used in the second workout.
One set per exercise performed to volitional fatigue can be used with 5-6 to 15 repetitions in a set if a 3,3 duration repetition duration is employed.

Training should be on two or three nonconsecutive days in the week.

Rather than the time consuming and complex guidelines and protocols that were recommended from the ACSM’s prior position stand1 and other organizations, the current state of the science recommends a far more efficient approach to training. Efficient and simpler training programs also are likely to result in greater adherence and more consistent training. In that way, the new guidelines should also produce better outcomes.

Here is one starting point. An effective routine can consist of a compound and isolation movement for one set each for larger muscle groups and one exercise for one set for smaller muscle groups.


American College of Sports Medicine. Position Stand: Progression models in resistance training for healthy adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2002; 34: 364-80.
ACSM. (2005). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (7th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins

PHA Training

August 8, 2009

A lot of so called exercise gurus promote lsd, long slow distance as the best fat burning method of exercise. Wrong.

Now first off, let me come right out and say, I have nothing against runners, the running industry the shoe companies, anyone associated with running. It’s a great and healthy activity for many.

What I do take exception to is that it is so heavily endorsed as the only way to burn body fat. It’s not, not even close.

What is? Weight training. Am I serious? Yes, I know there is the 300 lb behemoth at your gym that waddles in and out of the squat rack occasionally to sip on his gallon of water. Have no fear, he’s not the one burning the body fat, I don’t want you to emulate him or his training.
You don’t want to look like a 300lb monster that can barely tie his shoes.

The good news is you won’t. Instead, you’ll have a lithe sculpted body, with strength to handle any task and the endurance to carry it out. The powerlifter I mentioned has the strength, but not the endurance, plus a build that would never get you into the clothes you want to wear.

The type of training I’m talking about is peripheral heart action, or PHA for short. It’s basically a specialized type of circuit training meant to keep the blood flowing around your body. What it means in practice is that you follow a certain schedule of exercises in your workout that is designed to give you a great workout that produces cardiovascular improvements, strength improvements and most of all burns a ton of fat and elevates your post workout metabolism to burn even more fat.

The idea of pha training is not to pump up your muscles like in regular bodybuilding, but to have your heart move the blood from muscle group to muscle group around your body nonstop.

The workout itself consists of compound movements, bench, squat, dead lift, overhead press, pull ups, or similar movements performed one after another in a circuit fashion, repeated for a certain number of times. Usually you pick four of these movements and then do 6 or 8 reps per movement and then go immediately to the next exercise and repeat the circuit for a certain number of times. Sometimes people have a second circuit of different exercises they’ll do as well.

This workout melts fat very well and is superior to the long slow distance type of workouts in that it’s easier on your joints and is much quicker to perform.

Seven Laws of Weight Training

April 19, 2009

I ran across this on the internet.   Something Fred Hatfield aka Dr. Squat once said.  Many people fail to heed these when designing training programs.  You can’t ignore gravity and you can’t ignore these.

Recall the seven laws of weight training from most sport scientists’ perspectives. Here they are:

  1. The Law of Individual Differences: We all have different abilities and weaknesses, and we all respond differently (to a degree) to any given system of training. These differences should be taken into consideration when designing your training program.
  2. The Overcompensation Principle: Mother Nature overcompensates for training stress by giving you bigger and stronger muscles.
  3. The Overload Principle: To make Mother Nature overcompensate, you must stress your muscles beyond what they’re already used to.
  4. The SAID Principle: The acronym for “Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands.”
  5. The Use/Disuse Principle: “Use it or lose it” means that your muscles hypertrophy with use and atrophy with disuse.
  6. The GAS Principle: The acronym for General Adaptation Syndrome, this law states that there must be a period of low intensity training or complete rest following periods of high intensity training.
  7. The Specificity Principle: You’ll get stronger at squats by doing squats as opposed to leg presses, and you’ll get greater endurance for the marathon by running long distances than you will by (say) cycling long distances.

Powerlifting as an Olympic Sport?

March 4, 2009

Before when I wrote about lifting suits and other jokes on lifters, I was serious. The gear (suits and “other” performance enhancing items) make Powerlifting a joke.

Long ago there was an attempt, to get the sport of powerlifting into the olympics. Do you really think the public wants a strength sport in which the clothing a lifter wears lifts the weights rather than the lifter?

Look at that! Frank’s bench shirt is so much stronger than Bill’s. Bill your shirt is weak!

Maybe in the future we can have the suits and shirts lift and leave out the lifters all together.

Unless power lifting gets it’s collective head out of its hind end and gets rid of the 22 federations with different rules and outlaws the magical clothing the sport is dead to all but it’s participants.

Maybe one day we’ll see a legitimate 1000lb bench, but all of the 1000lb plus performances so far have been a joke on the lifter who performed the lift.

If your so damned strong, show up in a plain old cotton t shirt and put the same weight on the bar as you did with your bench shirt. Don’t forget to make out your will though. In other words the Olympics are a long way off and getting further away all the time.

Oh and if you are one of the super suit/shirt wearing lifters, you are the equivalent of the synthol users in bodybuilding. In fact watch this video to see what happens when the shirt fails. It proves what a joke you are.

More on Powerlifting as an Olympic Sport

You Might Be a Roid User…

December 25, 2008
  • If you are 35 and still have acne on your back…
  • If your eyes are so far back in your head, you’re mistaken for the missing link…
  • You’re abs are ripped, but stick out further than most beer guts…
  • When you use the term “gyno” you aren’t referring to a gynecologist…
  • You’re not angry, it’s just that the rest of the world is so f’ing stupid…
  • The vet called and he wants his meds back…
  • You look like Tarzan, but play like Jane…
  • You think the discoveries of Einstein and Newton pale in comparison to Duchaine’s…
  • You’re wishing a service like the diabetics have existed to send you new needles…
  • You think everyone gets giant puss filled lesions on their ass…
  • All your friends are bouncers…
  • You have your mail delivered to the gym…
  • Feel free to comment with others you think of.