5 Timeless Lessons

On August 3, 2016 by Physical Culturist

By: Chris Colucci, T-Nation

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.


source: T-Nation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Random Posts

    • 5 Things Big Strong Guys Do That You Should Do

      Here are five habits of highly effective lifters that you should adopt. Or just keep sucking. It's up to you.

    • Is Cardio Making You Skinny Fat?

      There is a false belief that exercise should focus on burning calories, which is followed by the reinforcement from conventional wisdom that endurance training is the best way to stay healthy and fit. Meanwhile, the only thing cardio promotes is the ability to run for a really long time. Aside from creating a physique that’s far from ideal, this is an inferior biomarker for health and longevity.

    • What Your Poop and Pee are Telling You about Your Body

      Have you ever wondered if your poop looked “normal,” but were too embarrassed to ask anyone else what their poop looks like? Or has your pee ever smelled a bit putrid? Well don’t worry, because here is a guide to anything and everything you may have wondered about your pee, and yes, your poop.

  • Recent Posts