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Old 09-05-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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It's unfortunate that many lifters today might, at best, vaguely recognize names like Saxon, Hackenschmidt, or Hoffman. Sandow, however, is one old school name that should ring a bell with even the most casual bodybuilder, even if it's just as "that Olympia statue dude."

These were all guys who built crazy-strong, impressively muscled physiques at a time when plate-loaded barbells were cutting-edge technology and a perfect post-workout meal was a big plate of mutton stew with a hearty lager.

It's a shame that these innovators go unnoticed when you consider that even today's top coaches who deliver cutting-edge training advice have stood on the shoulders of these legends of the lifting game.

Believe it or not, many of the theories and practices circulating today are actually modern interpretations of classic training methods. They may be backed up with new research or tweaked for greater efficiency but, on the whole, it's downright surprising how many parallels there are between "new" ideas and old school concepts.

Let's take a look at five of the biggest training practices that've been used for years – some of them for over a century – and see if we can't figure out why these ideas still haven't sunk into the minds of each new generation of lifters.

A quick heads-up, though: Reading some of this old-timey grammar might give you flashbacks of trudging through Ethan Frome in Junior High. Just deal with it and try to get the main idea. There won't be an essay afterwards.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this Swede. Good read.
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it's interesting how science is playing catch up to what bodybuilders have known for years.
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I personally think that science has messed things up and made it more confusing for people. One report says high volume, while another says low volume. One report says stay away from carbs, while another says stay away from fat. One report says you recover in 24 hours, while another says it's more like a week. I tend to ignore scientific reports when it comes to training and focus more on people's experiences.
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