Prof Theodor Siebert and the Protocol of Muscle Building
by BendtheBar 10-25-2013, 10:43 AM
When he began writing his own books and courses he adopted many of the principles found in the system used by Prof Theodor Siebert.
Siebert was a great German physique culture and weight lifting teacher who had helped train such famous European athletes as George Hackenschmidt and George Lurich.
He is generally given credit for the basic tenet behind all muscular development training programs.
"Do the most amount of work in the least amount of time."
While the positive affects of this type of training are all around us, nowhere is it more apparent than in the sport of track and field...
The sprinter vs. the long distance runner.
I remember hearing my high school track coach boast about how he could pick out sprinters from long distance runners simply by looking over their physiques.
Little did I know at the time that he was right on!
If you were of medium build and muscular in appearance, you were probably a sprinter.
If you were tall and lanky, you were probably a long distance runner.
This made perfect sense at the time, although I didn't realize it.
A sprinter needs explosive power. His event is done and gone in a matter of seconds.
The long distance runner, on the other hand, must pace himself.
His is a game of endurance. He must conserve energy and avoid burn out at all costs.
But, getting back to the original premise and that is...body type.
Sprinting events in track are explosive in nature. These types of events require the same type of training methods, and that is...
"Do the most amount of work, in the least amount of time."
This type of training, by the way, develops a muscular physique.
The long distance runner rarely has a noticeably muscular physique.
Incidentally, try and switch their training programs and watch what happens!
The sprinter will absolutely die on the long distance runners workout.
And the long distance runner will not fare much better doing sprints.
For more about the training philosophy of Prof Theodor Siebert, check out the classic weightlifting books and courses by Alan Calvert:
While he was most famous for his wrestling prowess, George Hackenschmidt, was no slouch when it came to lifting tremendous poundages.
They didn't call him The Russian Lion for nothing!
Check out his best seller at:
While most people know that Hackenschmidt was one of the greatest wrestlers whom ever lived, had tremendous functional strength and one of the best physiques of his day, he was also a prolific philosophical writer.
He wrote such mind benders as, "The Three Memories and Forgetfulness", "The Dethronement of the Brain", "Consciousness and Character", etc.
Until the next time...
Yours for greater strength,
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