Sunday, June 4th, 2006. Strong and shapely gym, East Rutherford, New Jersey. We’re near the peak of Muscle MASS PHASE now, and entering new territory. New personal records were hit today. In fact, we had to do today’s session at Strong & Shapely because we needed the 125+ lb dumbbells, the 300 lb lat stack, and of course the “torture rack”…
Saturday, April 8th, 2006. It’s axiomatic that exercises that give you the best results are always the hardest ones to do. If you want a huge back… you row and deadlift. If you want huge legs you squat… OR… you do THIS exercise – that almost no one wants to do because its one of the hardest of all.
Have you ever had those workouts where you SWEAR you grew overnight, literally from one workout? Where your muscles are so sore the next day that every time you so much as twitch, let alone get up and walk across the room, you FEEL it? It’s that deep muscle soreness – way down into the deepest fibers that had been asleep for years. And your muscles feel heavy. Not tired heavy, but “good heavy” – as in still pumped, and heavy under the sheer weight of the muscle mass… just sort of hanging… as if you had Ronnie Coleman’s lats. Yeah that’s it. Yes, all the serious bodybuilders know exactly what I’m talking about. Those non-bodybuilders who happened to surf onto this page by accident or are reading this out of curiosity are just scratching their heads. Blank stare. Deer in headlights. But we in the bodybuilding brotherhood (and sisterhood), we know. Well, this was one of those workouts. I’ve been a little delinquent in my blog entries, but I knew I HAD to post this one so you could see what causes such “overnight growth.”
Monday, March 7th, 2006. Empire Fitness Club, Hoboken, New Jersey. 6:30 am. Yes, 6:30 AM. Blame it on my training partner, Kostas, who forced me to get up before the sun was even up to train in the morning (to avoid the Monday night gym crowds). Actually, I’m usually a fairly early riser (between 6 and 7 am), and I enjoy being up early, but usually the first couple hours of the day are dedicated to becoming caffeinated, reading and just waking up mentally and physically. My preferred weight training time is late morning after I’m fully awake and a couple of meals are in me. High intensity weight training in the early AM was never my cup of tea. Surprisingly though, we blasted out a killer mass-building shoulder and tricep workout today. Check it out…
Saturday, February 4th, 2006. Strong And Shapely Gym, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Back Day with my training partner, Kostas “The Greek Statue” Marangopoulos. This was the best workout of the year so far. No surprise. Great gym. Great training partner. Can’t lose with that combo. Just a few months ago I had the chance to train at The Mecca Of Bodybuilding, Gold’s Gym, Venice California. This place… Strong And Shapely Gym, is The Bodybuilding Mecca Of The East Coast. In fact, If I were forced to choose between the two, I would have to go with Strong and Shapely Gym… this place ROCKS! Read on to find out why, and to find out what is…. “the torture rack.”
Friday, January 6th, 2006. A new year and a new muscle mass building season is now well underway. However, most of the training I have done so far this year and for the last two months of 2005 (since my last bodybuilding competition), is not at all like typical off season training for me. It has been much lighter and much more like pre-contest training, and today was more of the same. Read on and I’ll explain why, and I’ll reveal some of my secrets for getting killer weight training workouts when you can’t or choose not to train heavy.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005. Empire Fitness Club. Hoboken, NJ. One week from today is the next competition: The NPC New Jersey Gold’s Classic. Today’s training and dieting is business as usual – back, traps, calves and cardio today – but tomorrow starts the “final week” ritual once again…
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005. Body Quest Gym. Blauvelt, New York. Leg Day with Richie Smyth (The “Evil Trainer”). Being so close to a competition, I was not planning on doing anything too crazy for legs today, and Richie already warned me weeks ago about my tendency for overtraining close to a show, but that didn’t stop him from pulling out an oldie but goodie from his leg training bag of tricks…I used to do this one all the time, but I haven’t done this sucker in years (the gym I train at most of the time doesn’t have the machine for it)… This is one of the most evil leg exercises and almost no one does it anymore… Even I almost forgot about it!
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005. Here we go again! Two more weeks of training then it’s time for the next (and last) competition of the 2005 season – the NPC New Jersey Gold’s Classic on Saturday, October 29th. I’ve done three shows in a year/season before, but I think two competitions is plenty for me this year… Then again, I’ve been know to change my mind, and there are more shows on the contest calendar… But then again… I’m hungry! In fact, somebody send me food in mass quantities! (anything except chicken breast and green vegetables, please!)