"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.
i was just wondering who inspired and influenced you guys the most in your training career and why?
for me it is stuart mcrobert. after training for a few years getting no results due to overtraining and other reasons, i read an article from him which changed the way i trained completely and i started getting results. if i hadnt read that article i may not be training today.his books are excellent if you havent read them yet.
more recently ive been influenced by arthur jones, Ellington Darden,dan riley, matt brzycki, ken mannie,tom kelso,wayne westcott, and some others.
Arthur Jones for sure. He just happened to start writing about a year after I started weight training.
I started weight training because I wanted to have broad shoulders and a big chest like Clint Walker and I found out he trained with weights occasionally. I was also impressed by Bill Smith on the TV show Laredo.
Clint Walker is in his 80s now and was at a Western film festival in Lone Pine, Ca. a few years ago. Even at 80 something he is still a giant. When he was in his mid 40s he had a skiing accident and a ski pole peirced his heart, he walked down the mountain for help. I have a picture of him in an old Iron Man where he is on stage with John Grimek in a suit and they are handing out trophies at a bb contest , he made everyone else look like small children. I have no doubt Clint Walker's shoulders measured more than 24'' across, far more.
Ellington Darden, in the early 80's, then when the W.W.W. got really going say just under 10 years, then I started to read all Arthur?s work, as before this Arthur?s work was very hard to get over here, in Europe, Scandinavia, and the Easton block.
Arthur Jones with out a doubt. I saw a pic. of Casey Viator on the cover of MD. I started reading Arthurs writings then. He made you think.
Dr. Darden has also been a great influence. He has helped me with my research on negative training.
Dan Riley has been a help along with Brian Johnston.
If we want to follow the proper path, I would not be anywhere without Coach John Colman. He introduced me to HIT at 15, let me become a trainer at 16 and still gets me to think to this day. Looking back on how I thought in my late teens and not knowing how many people coach knows/knew and how much he knows...make me feel priviliged to have been retarded under the right person. Growing pains...they are a bitch.
From there, Ken Hutchins, which intoduced me to Dr. Darden (or Ell, as my boss has only ever known him from dinners and such), Arthur, Greg Anderson, Brian D. Johnston, Mentzer, Drew Baye, etc.
Initially it was this picture which got me. I didn't know who it was(Bill Pearl), and I didn't care! All I knew was that this was a look I wanted to have.
After the much travelled routine jumping most do trying to find what works, I jumped to Mentzer's HD(not intentionally, just another random jump), and this was a guy who actually wanted to justify why he was saying 'x' this and 'x' that.
From there I kept digging past Mike back to El and Arthur, and now, as Mike, El and Arthur wanted, I'm my own boss and I motivate myself.
Arnold of course. But his 6 day week beginner routine s*cked.
Then came a little article by John Little (I think), with reference to El Darden.
Then I saw an advert for a book by El called "Massive Muscles in 10 weeks". I treasure the simple book for leading me down the path of progress. Embarrasing title though, and I always hope people don't notice the title on my bookshelf! :)
So credit to El. Jones might have started it all, but El brought the message.
I've bought many of El's books. More than I need. As I think I got the idea of how my body gains muscle well.
The writings of K. Leistner from Powerlifting USA and,later,The Steel Tip.I was also fortunate to train with Doug Holland and Richard Beck when I was at college.These two little freaks were monsters of the lifting platform(as well as the off campus bars).Doug owned a small hardcore gym while he was still a student.The alley next to it was for puking!
My dad! Very muscular! He could do pushups for what seemed forever! He told me once, that when I could hold a 10 pound sledgehammer at arms length, parallel to the ground for 1 minute, I would be his equal. That took a while! Dad welded my 1st bench press and squat rack from scrap metal.
My uncle was a natural, very muscular.
His specialty, many chinups from a large apple tree limb. He was captured by Germans (WW2) at the Battle of the Bulge. He told me being in shape helped him to survive the bitter cold winter and captivity. He was listed MIA, but he came home.
Have to agree with Bill on a couple of guys. William Smith and Clint Walker. Watched them on TV and movies as a kid. Two others were Steve Reeves and Dave Draper. The first bodybuilding magazine I bought was a Mr. America (one of the old Weider mags) that had an article about the quest for the 20" arm. It had a picture of Dave Draper on one page and Leo Corbett on the other.
Actually when I was just 14 I saw a local lad who had been training a while he had just left school recently and probably had 19 inch arms at the time at 6ft something. He was one of my inspirations but there were many.