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"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
Arthur Jones believes, "has all but
destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
MUCH of that "something."

 

This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.

To find out more about McCutcheon and his training, click here.

 

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JJ McClinton

Hey Ellington,
Was just wondering if you had any new projects lined up in the future. Any new books and articles being outlined or research projects? It would be really cool to see what your thoughts are now on how to train for the 60's and up age group. I am only 22 but I think all the information for the younger to middle age group has been said, unless of course a new type of training tool is invented (which could be awhile). I think proper strength training for the older demographic is kind of an untapped area in the mainstream, which is unfortunant since they probably need it the most. I read that you think an older trainee could potentially need a little more volume and slightly less intensity. Have your views changed since that statement?
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Ellington Darden

JJ,

I definitely want to do follow-up book to the New HIT, called The New HIT 2. I'm also interested in Living Longer Stronger for Men Over 60. Plus, perhaps something for the younger fitness crowd centered around abdominals. Of course, all of these book projects require getting an enthusiastic publisher behind your idea.

I'll be sending out proposals over the next few months.

Ellington
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MotorFed

California, USA

I was just curious as to what more you would include in a second book about HIT, Dr. It seems that the current New HIT is pretty encompassing. Do you have more untold stories and concepts that you dont think you expanded on in the first?

Dan
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Ellington Darden

Yes, there's a lot of material that hasn't been covered, a bunch of unpublished photos, and many more Arthur Jones stories.

Ellington
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HeavyHitter32

Ellington,

I would like to see you write more about routines and training recommendations for "hardgainers" or people with poor recovery abilities and super advanced individuals.
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liftnbig

I second that HeavyHitter32, as come March I will have been at this for 28 years, so obviously the intensity I am able to generate makes the usual HIT programs unpractical for me. When do you see this new book coming out Ellington?
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J.W.

Indiana, USA

Dr. Darden-

I see where you are thinking of doing a book at some time in the future for older guys. I like the idea but I hope that it is different than most along this line than I have seen in the past that is written for older lifters.

Most seem to be geared for guys who are couch potatoes or haven't done anything in years who want to tone or just have minimal results.

Someone needs to write a book that is for guys who have lifted for most of their adult lives but may be approaching their 60s or even 70s but are still in good health and good physical condition who wish to keep it going and improving and take part in some hard workouts. This should be addresssed along with the special needs of older lifters who are just wearing out a little and may have some issues associated with the aging process. I thnk there are a lot of older lifters this would pertain to.

Is this what you had in mind?

Thanks.
J.W.
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Ellington Darden

JW,

Be realistic. Do you know how many guys there are in the United States who fit that description? Not many percentagewise. You'd have trouble selling 100 copies of such a book.

Ellington
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Sorry J.W., but I don't think most of the aging lifters out there are a very persuadable crowd.

The worst, most jerky and contorted form I see at the gym, are the older dudes who INSIST on trying to throw around the same weights they used in their youth!

These guys have 30 or 40 years of doing things a certain way. What makes you think they're going to listen to some book?
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rtestes

Mississippi, USA

Why not publish a book that covers HIT as a lifetime plan for teens to 80s, beginners and advanced. The Encyclopedia of HIT. Make exercising to failure popular to everyone.

The history of HIT and the old days should be documented and is interesting. But the information might not matter to newer generation or those that don't follow the game.
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

Agreed. My father is going to be 60 this fall. He was in great shape back in college (if you see older photos of him you know where my younger brothers got their potential for larger muscles), but these days he just works out a few times a week on a Bowflex-type machine (an inferior copy made by another company) and is only concerned with maintaining his existing strength levels and trying to lose a little bit of fat.

A book has to appeal to a reasonable number of people to be worth publishing, otherwise you lose money on it. The more you limit your audience, the fewer copies you'll sell.

You could write a book on grip training specifically for people with polydactyly if you wanted, but you probably wouldn't sell very many.

Drew Baye
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Ellington Darden

rtestes,

The Encyclopedia of HIT sounds like something that might sell. I'll give it some thought. Thanks.

Ellington
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J.W.

Indiana, USA

Dr. Darden and others-

Thanks you for your response to my comments on the 1st. I guess I was looking at it from a different perspective. Obviously what I proposed would probably not have wide appeal and I would have to say that many older lifters are set in their ways and not inclined to be as open minded in their training as some younger lifters to new concepts. I have also seen some lifters in their 60's doing some unusual routines with sloppy form.I wouldn't ask most of them for advise.

I suppose I was looking at it as possibility to show what the potential would be for an older lifter who followed HIT principles. Kinda go where no one had before. I felt many of your earlier works were ground breaking such as the books with Whitley, Mueller and your latest with Hudlow as the test subject.

I agree that it would probably be difficult to find someone in their late 60s or early 70s with the combination of lack of physical limitations, plus possess a drive and open mindedness to really train with the intensity of a high level HIT format that I was proposing. I am sure there are some out there, but they might me hard to locate.

I think it would be inspirational to see something that would test the upper limit of human potential where there has not been much attempt to identify- a high level of muscle increase in a senior citizen. At least this hasn't been done to my knowledge. However, again I respect your opinions and I certainly understand your perspective. It's no fun holding a party if nobody comes and the same can be said for writing a book. No point in writng something if nobody wants to read it.

Your points are well taken.I am sure whatever you decide to do for your next book about it will be informative.

Thanks again.
J.W.
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