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Old 11-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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I haven't seen this discussed much, so was he either:

  • An excellent spinner of both funny and interesting tales?
  • A genuinely good physique writer who wrote applicable and appropriate routines?

Or perhaps both?

There's a big difference between the two. Discuss.
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I own the good. The tales are fun at times, but I always find myself looking for the meat. I will have to take a look at them again and comment.

I remember a story about 20 rep squats that was quite entertaining...
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I'm waiting for you to chime in before I go back and look at the workouts.
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Definitely very entertaining stories, some of the humour was brilliant. (Basket case?)

He didn't speak much about heavy/light/medium if at all from what I remember but this was a typical workout:

Press - 3 x 12
Squats - 3 x 12
Bench Press - 3 x 12
Power Clean - 5 x 5
Bent Row - 3 x 12

Something like that to be done heavy 3 times a week.

His more advanced routines were even more work and not less. His cutting routines were 6 days a week for 40 sets a day. He claimed he bulked upto to the mid 200's and got his Squat to 500 doing this.
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I have read many of the stories but do not own the book. I find his writing style entertaining but some of his routines seem a little extreme.
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This is bringing back some memories. I will have to flip through it again after dinner.
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