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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

We filmed Season 3 of In the Gym this past summer. Here is the episode we did where we re-created the May 12 1973 workout from the Colorado Experiment. Machine for machine in the same sequence. We will also be posting a part 2 where we set down with Randy Roach and talk about some of the factors that contributed to the overall experiment.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

The full episode where we re-created the workout from the Colorado Experiment that was performed May 12th 1973. Machine for machine in the proper sequence. Hope everyone enjoys it

https://www.youtube.com/...rM&pbjreload=10

Michael
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Nwlifter

Michael Petrella wrote:
We filmed Season 3 of In the Gym this past summer. Here is the episode we did where we re-created the May 12 1973 workout from the Colorado Experiment. Machine for machine in the same sequence. We will also be posting a part 2 where we set down with Randy Roach and talk about some of the factors that contributed to the overall experiment.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

The full episode where we re-created the workout from the Colorado Experiment that was performed May 12th 1973. Machine for machine in the proper sequence. Hope everyone enjoys it

https://www.youtube.com/...rM&pbjreload=10

Michael


Is this just a 'one workout' thing, or are you doing the whole experiment to see if the subject gains muscle?
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Equity

Michael Petrella wrote:
We filmed Season 3 of In the Gym this past summer. Here is the episode we did where we re-created the May 12 1973 workout from the Colorado Experiment. Machine for machine in the same sequence. We will also be posting a part 2 where we set down with Randy Roach and talk about some of the factors that contributed to the overall experiment.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

The full episode where we re-created the workout from the Colorado Experiment that was performed May 12th 1973. Machine for machine in the proper sequence. Hope everyone enjoys it

https://www.youtube.com/...rM&pbjreload=10

Michael


Thanks for the vid and the chance to see many of the machines in action. Great gym btw.

Are you planning for Mike to continue for a month like the original experiment? That would be rough and the reason I don't believe naysayers who claimed Casey 'did extra workouts in the
evenings' without Jones's knowledge.

Great post.

Regards.


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ATP 4 Vitality

Michael,

Outstanding

Marc
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

We do have a plan to do the whole experiment workout for workout. The problem we are having is getting enough spotters at the times we are able to train. We normally train between sessions with clients and getting at least 3 people (2 to lifts the weights in some cases) for all 14 workouts has been problematic.

Michael
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Part 2. The sit down Interview with Randy Roach.

https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

Michael
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Equity

Michael Petrella wrote:
Part 2. The sit down Interview with Randy Roach.

https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

Michael


Thanks for posting again Michael.

I knew a lot in advance about what Randy Roach was saying about the experiment; but I was surprised by his doubting Jones's bodyweight claims (205 lb's) at a certain point.

Regards.
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Equity

I'm wondering why there were never(?) any equivalent case studies by Cybex showing the superiority of positive only training or static only (by somebody)?

Was there?

Thanks.
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Nwlifter

Michael Petrella wrote:
We do have a plan to do the whole experiment workout for workout. The problem we are having is getting enough spotters at the times we are able to train. We normally train between sessions with clients and getting at least 3 people (2 to lifts the weights in some cases) for all 14 workouts has been problematic.

Michael


oh bummer, doing the whole thing would be cool. Kinda like that Boise Experiment.
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Average Al

Michael Petrella wrote:
We filmed Season 3 of In the Gym this past summer. Here is the episode we did where we re-created the May 12 1973 workout from the Colorado Experiment. Machine for machine in the same sequence. We will also be posting a part 2 where we set down with Randy Roach and talk about some of the factors that contributed to the overall experiment.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

The full episode where we re-created the workout from the Colorado Experiment that was performed May 12th 1973. Machine for machine in the proper sequence. Hope everyone enjoys it

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Michael


Very cool. It was painful just to watch the effort he was putting into those reps, trying to imagine what it felt like. With all that negative work, he must have been really sore the next day!


I'm glad to hear that you will try to duplicate the entire experiment. The trainee looks pretty muscular, so it will be interesting to see how more he gains.



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Rikus

Michael Petrella wrote:
Part 2. The sit down Interview with Randy Roach.


I'll be watching this....my big question is when and if Randy is publishing more books in the Muscle Smoke and Mirrors series. I loved those books so far.

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hit4me

Florida, USA

great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.
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Lioncourt

hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.


I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.
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BCK1

Great work Michael, (and Mike).... Really enjoyed both videos, and your gym truly is something to be proud of.... it has to be the best gym out there.....
Earlier in the year I tried doing 'Colorado expt-esque' workouts (we don't have all of that kit).... I only did one or two workouts a week (the other workout would be a standard abbreviated w/o)..... managed for around 6-7 weeks, but it became ridiculous loading everything - especially the plate loaded equipment.....
Loved it though... and felt really strong.....
Looking forward to seeing what you do next...
Brian
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HeavyHitter32

Michael Petrella wrote:
Part 2. The sit down Interview with Randy Roach.

https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

Michael


Great interview (would like to see more of these kind of things) and awesome gym!
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hit4me

Florida, USA

Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong
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ron33

I thought, Casey looked like he was heavier than 169 lbs in his before pics. At one point in my life ,I was very ill , only eating a banana , chicken breast or turkey on whole wheat everyday for about 3 yrs. a few crackers or plain piece of toast also , and everything was going right thru me .I only lost 15 pounds didn't workout ,still worked every day and I am no genetic freak as they say Casey was.
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Lioncourt

hit4me wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong


That?s in regards to his strength from the start of the experiment to the end. It didn?t change drastically during the workouts. Still stronger than us mere mortals.
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Average Al

Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong


That?s in regards to his strength from the start of the experiment to the end. It didn?t change drastically during the workouts. Still stronger than us mere mortals.


Maybe negative focused routines are not as effective for strength?
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sirloin

Average Al wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong


That?s in regards to his strength from the start of the experiment to the end. It didn?t change drastically during the workouts. Still stronger than us mere mortals.

Maybe negative focused routines are not as effective for strength?


This is why i believe Casey WAS on drugs / recovery enhancers, if he was as strong as they say and on a negative focus program, the damage he could have inflected upon himself would have been great, without RE's it would have taken him at least a week to repair and remodel from each workout, i dont care how "genetically gifted" he was or how much he ate.
But of course, it was taken on faith that he wasnt using, scouts honor and everything;)

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hit4me

Florida, USA

Average Al wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong


That?s in regards to his strength from the start of the experiment to the end. It didn?t change drastically during the workouts. Still stronger than us mere mortals.

Maybe negative focused routines are not as effective for strength?


after re-reading the results of the Colorado experiment...I would beg to differ in opinion

may 1st strength test
leg press 400lbs/32 reps
chinning 217lbs/7 reps
standing press 160lbs/8 reps
parallel bar dipping 217lbs/12 reps

may 29th strength test
leg press 840lbs/45 reps
chinning 287lbs/11 reps
standing press 200lbs/11 reps
parallel bar dipping 312lbs/16 reps

I would say that is pretty significant increase in strength....could be re-gained strength, could be ped help...who knows, I was not there so I am not going to speculate
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Nwlifter

hit4me wrote:
Average Al wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
Lioncourt wrote:
hit4me wrote:
great interview with Randy Roach, its too bad there is no video footage of the experiment, with all the video recorders that Arthur had you would have thought it would have been recorded....or was it and the footage was lost or destroyed.

I was always amazed at how *little* strength Casey seems to have gained for all the muscle he put on.


Not sure what you mean....i was under the impression that Casey was extremely strong


That?s in regards to his strength from the start of the experiment to the end. It didn?t change drastically during the workouts. Still stronger than us mere mortals.

Maybe negative focused routines are not as effective for strength?

after re-reading the results of the Colorado experiment...I would beg to differ in opinion

may 1st strength test
leg press 400lbs/32 reps
chinning 217lbs/7 reps
standing press 160lbs/8 reps
parallel bar dipping 217lbs/12 reps

may 29th strength test
leg press 840lbs/45 reps
chinning 287lbs/11 reps
standing press 200lbs/11 reps
parallel bar dipping 312lbs/16 reps

I would say that is pretty significant increase in strength....could be re-gained strength, could be ped help...who knows, I was not there so I am not going to speculate


that is a ton of strength gains, more than double on legpress.
probably re-gain with the muscle re-gain muscle size, but still, it correlates.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

== Scott==
Casey was strong as a bull before he cut off part of a finger and almost died or got very sick. During that process he lost a lot of weight and strength. After Casey recovered Jones took pictures of the shrunken Casey to show the before and after of the experiment. To exaggerate the results of the Colorado experiment Jones then had Casey lose as much weight as possible so when he did the Colorado experiment the results would look really impressive . It did look impressive but he was basically gaining back what he already had with the help of Jones probably pushing him harder than ever and god knows what he was eating or ?ingesting?. Any huge bodybuilder can lose a ton of size and strength by quitting for whatever reason and then they can easily gain it back. I don?t know why people keep bringing up the Colorado experiment as if it was some kind of unbelievable miracle happening . It wasn?t !
To do a legitimate Colorado experiment Jones should have taken some guy who had not already been huge and weighed what casey did at the beginning and see how big and strong he would get doing the same things Casey did. Of course they didn?t do that because the results would be meager. It wouldn?t transform an average guy like it did Casey but us most of us fell for the notion that if it worked for Casey we could do it too!! Har, har , har!!
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Grant D.

Illinois, USA

This decades old Colorado Experiment focus on Negative Resistance was dabbling in the right direction of 2017-2020 State-Of-The-Art In fact, when one removes momentum (and by extension most velocity) from an exercise one CANNOT DISCERN a negative FROM A positive .... because THEY ARE THE SAME THING! This is becoming evident in my training, and was likely what the progressive revelations of SuperSLow, SloBurn, HeavyDuty were glimpsing. In fact (IMHO) Dr. Darden's new ideas on "BackLoading" will be VERY REVEALING. Congrats to Dr. Darden (and John Little) who have progressed and developed their insights into new protocols ... despite the fact that they were previously at the cutting edge of Resistance Exercise Science numerous times over the decades. This will be re-posted under my Subject also :)

Good Work Mike! Perhaps you might consider a 2020 SOtA Experiment using ZERO MOMENTUM, NO OUTROADING with VOLUME REGULATION! From the SEVENTIES to the FUTURE in ony 50 years!
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AndyMitch

Arthur was taking steroids also.

People thought he was also sneaking out back for a pall mall but in actual fact was doing extra workouts.
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