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Fazc 11-12-2012 05:45 PM

Old John Grimek Quote on Full Body Training
"I'd usually train about five days a week and sometimes six. How long? Sometimes when I felt ambitious and I wanted to do more, it would take four to five hours. Normally it would not last more than two hours at the most. I trained everything in every workout-I didn't do what they call split workouts and train legs and arms one day, back and other stuff the next day. No, the only way I ever isolated a group of muscles was when I was finished with my routine for the day and I still thought I needed more for my back or chest or legs or whatever. Then I threw in an additional two to three exercises and much heavier-you know, trying to maximize the thing. And that was it. What is called split training wasn't used then, although I had read somewhere that Hackenschmidt was using a method where he would isolate certain groups on certain days or else put more emphasis on a specific part while training the entire body on a given day. But I never had a yen for that. I was making progress all over, so there was no need for a concentration on a certain area. And I never found that training the whole body in each workout was too tiring. In fact, when I got through, I was feeling a helluva lot better and more ambitious and energetic than I did when I started".

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LtL 11-12-2012 05:57 PM

What a legend.

BendtheBar 11-12-2012 06:44 PM

Love it.

Off Road 11-12-2012 06:48 PM

I couldn't even imagine training intensley for three or four hours straight.

5kgLifter 11-13-2012 11:43 AM


Originally Posted by Off Road (Post 291773)
I couldn't even imagine training intensley for three or four hours straight.

IMO, I think we sometimes misnterpret and since we can't ask them we can only rely on how we read what they said they did; I doubt it was 4 straight hours, as in without breaks (even if short breaks), more than likely intense but even then maybe he had back-off sets incorporated there somewhere.

You can be at a gym for 6 hours but not train every single minute of the time you're there...

BendtheBar 11-13-2012 01:00 PM

One thing I will say...I long for the day when I have that much free time :)

Kuytrider 11-13-2012 01:07 PM

Blatant overtraining that :D

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