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To See The Future Look At The Past

By On October 11, 2011 No Comments

Excerpts from “Vince Gironda Legend And Myth” by Alan Palmieri

Vince Gironda, a legend in bodybuilding history will be forever be immortalized not only for his unique approach to bodybuilding but his unique approach with people as well. Perhaps the most controversial individual bodybuilding has ever known and without a doubt, Vince himself made certain it was that way. Vince was a master of many things.

He was also lacking in some areas, such as marketing techniques. Vince was at his best however, when he could cause controversy and he was definitely a master at doing so.

Loved by some, hated by others… all would have to agree Vince Gironda had a passion for bodybuilding.

The following are exerpts taken from the newly updated Vince Gironda Legend And Myth.

The information exchanged was fast and furious. I would reflect for days about what I was told. In fact I would have to carefully consider all of it and would have to put it into some order, in my mind, before I could fully grasp what I needed to get out of it.

Sometimes it was frustrating, I felt like I was being bombarded with things I would never understand unless I could sit down with him face to face. In time, with patience on my part, I could sort it all out and see the message. For me, the confusion that some might find in my not condensing by subject, represents a more realistic picture of what I want to present.

This book is not only about Vince it is also my sharing with you the much too short experiences I had with him as well as the valuable methods he preached.

“What do you want?” Is this Vince, I asked? “What do you want?” I would like to speak to Vince Gironda please. “Look for the third time what do you want?” “I don’t have time to play phone games!”

This was exactly how my first phone call to Vince went. Surprised? A little, I had already heard and read about his reputation and although you may have heard stories, nothing is quite like getting hit with it first hand. It didn’t take me long to realize I was talking to the real thing and it made me hesitate long enough for Vince to say: “I’m busy, call me back when you get your act together”.

Wait Vince, I said, “I’m calling long distance from Tennessee and I would like to ask you a question.”

Years ago but it seems like only yesterday. Hard to believe time goes by so fast.  I don’t recall the year I first talked with Vince but believe it to be sometime in the late sixties. I was active in bodybuilding in the 60’s, a time I consider the “Golden Era” of bodybuilding. The phone calls and correspondence continued well into the 70’s. I wish I had held onto all the letters but I still have the courses he sent. Worn and used they are still a keepsake I pick up from time to time just as I do other items I have from that period of time.

Deserving or not… true or not, Vince had a reputation for being rude and abrupt and that’s putting it mildly. He also had a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable, innovative, and intelligent people connected with bodybuilding. It has been said that Vince was self-taught in anatomy and kinesiology. He developed methods and techniques through experimentation, observation, and creativity that set the standard for bodybuilding years ago and are still followed today, time tested and proven.

It was Vince’s reputation for knowing all the ins and outs of bodybuilding that I wanted to tap into. I felt if I was going to be able to do that I would have to put up with his harsh, direct manner and so I did. Glad I did as a matter of fact. What I discovered was Vince also had another side that was not so well publicized, one of being willing to share his knowledge with someone who would listen and follow what he said; exactly what he said and to the letter. Don’t and he would spit you out in a New York second.

For some reason, unknown to me, Vince also showed interest and understanding for my questions in each conversation and correspondence. It was almost like he was a different person from what I had heard about him and our first phone conversation.

Sure he would rant and rave but he also made certain I understood exactly what he was talking about. He must have had a good memory because I would call him two or three months later and he would ask direct questions related to what we discussed previously without me even brining subjects up. He had a knack for getting his point across like I have never seen, before or since. Say what you want about Vince but you can’t say he ever had a difficult time letting you know what he thought.

People change as they go through life. I do, those reading have or will, and I am certain Vince did. All I can tell you is that if he changed his philosophy or ideas about bodybuilding they were either before or after I was communicating with him.

During the years I had a relationship with Vince, he remained consistent. I’m not sure I could write all he spoke of or what I learned from him. I must admit, although I never disagreed with him, I didn’t accept everything he told me.  Maybe that was a mistake. I knew then and I believe today he was way ahead of his time in many respects.

During the period I communicated with Vince I was already aware of my genetic limitations and grew to accept the fact I would never be a world-class bodybuilder. A local reputation would have to do and I would live with it. I also learned from Vince that one should build on what they have instead of trying to create something they do not have.

Create illusions, just like a magician. Take what you have, blend it together and capitalize on your strengths. Easier said then done, especially when it is being said on the phone and through the mail three thousand miles apart. But it made sense, a lot of sense.

Vince himself was not a large man and I think this is why he stressed proportion and symmetry so much. I have no doubt he would not accept what our sport has become today. Size has its place but there is a limit to what is really appealing. Of course I might be wrong but I just can’t see Vince putting his stamp of approval on what the sport has become.

As unique as his thinking and methods were, if you look at them closely you will find they are built on a very basic foundation, a very solid foundation at that. Some of his concepts are today being exalted as being “New Breakthroughs.” All you have to do is look at the past to see the future.

Did Vince believe everything he preached? I really don’t know! I do know he could justify anything he said about bodybuilding and make a case strong enough so those that scoffed would leave and try it anyway. In secret mind you, so that no one would know they tried his latest theory or method. I honestly believe he was sincere in what he said and I also believe just as strongly he was an excellent promoter.

He knew how to promote his beliefs, his methods and concepts, his gym. I didn’t and still don’t see anything wrong with that. After all, business, any business, relies on being able to sell in order to stay open and profitable. The gym and health and fitness business is difficult no matter how you look at it. Vince was a success in the industry for many years, mainly due to his excellent ability to promote.

Although he was a great promoter, perhaps the greatest trainer, and acclaimed author, he was not a great businessman. His interest was not business but in training and writing.

Most people associate Vince with Larry Scott but there were others, many others.  Some stayed with him and others left. As times changed, so did bodybuilding as well as those involved with the sport. People became different. Arnold ushered in a new era. I’m still not certain whether I consider Arnold as the end of the “Golden Era” of bodybuilding or the beginning of a new era. Either way I think his arrival on the scene was at the same time a change was taking place. Did Arnold bring about the change or was change evolving on its own is a question for debate that has supporters on both sides.

…. During one phone conversation concerning my arm training Vince yelled; “cut back, cut back, cut back.” “Take one full week off from all training and when you resume do exactly one half of what you’re presently doing.” “But Vince,” I said. Slam, he hung up. I tried to call him back but someone else picked up the phone and informed me Vince was busy. I called for two weeks before Vince would talk to me again. Typical Gironda!

When he spoke you were to listen and follow. I guess a lot of people would have gone on their way and just cussed him. Deep down I felt he knew I was sincere and I absolutely knew I wanted his experience and insight so I kept calling and writing. When I finally reached him he let me know that it was not his policy to accept phone calls and talk training over the phone. Like I stated earlier, I don’t know why but this limited relationship continued on and I did call and we did talk training.

 The Story Continues….in the NEW
“Vince Gironda Legend & Myth.”

Warrior Physique Report – Free Update

By On June 1, 2011 1 Comment


If you are reading this, then you and I may be from the same tribe of Hard Core Strength Warriors!

We are men who are in a constant, desperate search for new training challenges that push the limits of our physical, mental and emotional potential.

We are obsessed with getting stronger, becoming more athletic and dominating every challenge we’re offered.
“Getting fit” is not good enough for us.

You and I NEED to test our will, throw caution to the wind and hold achievement, not safety as our ultimate goal in fitness and in life!


In this report let us explore how some of this planet’s all-time greatest elite warriors of the past developed some physiques that have become legendary! If you feel like you’re close to becoming a desk jockey or you want to feel like you did in college, revive your energy, build lean muscle mass while burning fat as fast as possible all while making yourself as uncomfortable as possible than download this free PDF right now.

If you Want the Physique of a Warrior You Have To Train Like A Warrior!

Raw Egg Whites & Chicken Breast Shake!

By On April 22, 2011 19 Comments

While we’ve been on the topic of crazy mass building methods… one of my good buddies sent me this video of a Japanese bodybuilder by the name of Katsumi Kitamura a few years ago. (by the way, this dude is dead now… seems he died of heart failure due to severe dehydration and mineral imbalances, go figure.)

While you might think this video is crazy, I bet its only the tip of the iceberg for what some guys are willing to do to gain mass.  (and after reading some of YOUR stories… I know you’ve seen some weird stuff too!)

Today I just wanted to share an update on a project that I am working on.

In the spirit of the true Hybrid Muscle Building tradition I am committed to ONLY bringing you information that “makes sense”.

Hard science backed by credible references.

When Lean Hybrid Reloaded (for getting leaner) launched in February 2011 I introduced you to the concept of “macro nutrient cycling” brought to our attention by Ori Hoffmeckler.  I also shared my experiences with Intermittent Fasting that I discovered by studying the work of Brad Pilon.

Next week I am going to introduce you to two very important, but “unsung” heroes in the world of MASS GAINING.  These guys have been working behind the scenes for decades and have brought insight and inspiration to some of the most world renowned fitness experts, like Bill Phillips, and bodybuilders.

The first gentleman is Dr. Torbjorn (pronounced Tor-b-yorn) Akerfeldt who was a scientist (in endocrinology, physiology, pharmacology and nutrition) and real-world bodybuilder, (6’ 1”, 225 lbs., with 8% body fat).  Dr. Torbjorn’s method for building EXTREME amounts of muscle mass in minimal time.

What I like most about Dr. Torbjorn’s mass building method is that it is perfectly aligned with several of our Hybrid Philosophies including “cyclical” nutrition / training, as well as in regards to the folly of  “bulking and cutting”

Next, you can look forward to learning EVERYTHING you need to know about this “Hybrid Mass Building” method from one our good friends and most trusted resources Dennis Weis.

Dennis was a  top level titled Power-Bodybuilding champion. He is also a hard-hitting, uncompromising freelance professional writer and investigative research consultant in the fields of bodybuilding, nutrition, physiology, and powerlifting.  You may be familiar with some of his work published in Bodybuilding Monthly (U.K. publication), Exercise For Men Only, Hardgainer (Nicosia, Cyprus, publication), Iron Man, Muscle & Fitness, MuscleMag Int’l, Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness and Reps!

If you are as sick of all of the Mass Building Mayhem as I am and would rather learn a HYBRID method for building mass than drinking the “muscle sludge shake” in that video above then I think you are really going to like what Mike and I are going to share with you next week.

Have an awesome weekend fellas ;)



The Worst Mass Building Blunders Ever

By On April 20, 2011 51 Comments

One of the most common quotes often recited by people who have used our Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded program is “your system just makes perfect sense!”

I gotta admit that I DID put a ton of time into creating the system as well as into testing it out at my gym for over a year.  So, if everything in the program seems well thought out and calculated, thats because it is!

Something else that I’ve got to admit to is devising and trying out some really weird and wacky means for gaining weight and building muscle mass.  Some of these goofy mass gaining tactics were shared with me by friends, and a few others I had just plain “pulled out of my ass”.

I began weight training using a power rack, barbell and about 300 pounds of Olympic plates in my parents basement when I was 14 years old.

At that time my uncle had just gotten his personal trainer’s license and committed to teaching me and my younger brothers how to train properly with the weights in our basement.

After a few months of learning the barbell basics my uncle decided that it was time to “step it up” and add some mass gaining nutrition strategies to our program since I needed to get bigger and heavier to play football.

As a great coach and trainer my uncle devised an incredible meal plan for me to follow that included three whole foods meals and three “weight gainer” shakes per day.

Now, if you are not familiar with what your typical weight gainer’s shake was like back in 1995… just imagine mixing 12 tablespoons of chocolate Quick, 10 tablespoons of sugar, maple syrup, flour and whole milk into one of those red and white Big Gulp cups you see fat kids walking out of 7 Eleven and sipping Slurpies from on hot summer evenings.

Well, as a high school kid eager to gain mass I decided that if I were to gain as much mass as possible in the minimum amount of time, that perhaps I should suck down one of these big, nasty insulin spikers WITH each one of my regular meals.

Imagine drinking a shake that had over 3,500 calories and 112 grams of sugar along with your meal of chicken wings and white rice!

Forget about gaining “puffy muscle”, I just got FAT!

In 9th grade I was 160 pounds with six pack abs, by the time I was graduating 10th grade I was 210 pounds with a double chin.

Did I gain mass?

Was I stronger?

Then was this really a “muscle building blunder”?
I don’t know… you tell me!

There are just some things that I do, to get what I want, that ends up costing us more than I get from it.

For instance, a friend told me yesterday that his college football coach had him eating raw potatoes, like they were apples, several times per day!

I don’t know about you, but I’d say that the indigestion and colon blowing that may be associated with eating raw tubers may not be worth gaining a few extra pounds.

And how about this GOMAD diet?

Before the age of pasteurization for so-called “public safety” (ie. shelf life), milk was actually an incredible super food loaded with live enzymes and beneficial bacteria.

But now, with all I know about the disgusting and dangerous side effects of drinking processed milkI might as well just invest in some injectable testosterone and deal with the shrinking testicles over chronic persistent farting… at least my tiny testes wouldn’t send my four young children running away from me like the Japanese from Godzilla.

Now, if you are desperate to gain mass I can totally see why you’d go about trying almost ANYTHING to watch the scale dial move forward an inch or two…. and if you’re anything like me you’re not scared to get a little wacky or weird about it.

I enjoyed a real hearty, tear jerking, belly laugh out loud when recounting some of the crazy things I have personally done and hearing stories from what others on the “path to mass” have experimented with.

So, I’d like to keep the smiles bright just a little bit longer and learn about some of the wackiest muscle building blunders YOU have made.

It can be anything from a psychotic diet to some magical workout or even a strange superstition about smearing bull’s semen on your forehead at night before sleep… whatever!

Just post your story below!

As you think about your story keep in mind that II am pulling the strings to license an amazing “anabolic cycling” mass building system devised by a doctor of physiology that I learned about.

And just like Lean Hybrid Muscle, this guy’s mass building stuff “just makes perfect sense”! :)

Looking forward to your stories!

To Buy Or Not to Buy Metabolic Cooking?

By On April 7, 2011 2 Comments

Competitive bodybuilder, fitness coach and nutritionist Dave Ruel—aka the ‘Muscle Cook’—says that he has three passions in life:

1) bodybuilding
2) nutrition
3) cooking

Dave’s particular passions for nutrition and cooking have led him to begin authoring strength training-focused cookbooks/guides. His latest work is entitled Metabolic Cooking. Countless different bodybuilding cookbooks are published each year, but what’s exciting and different about Dave is that unlike most others, his approach to bodybuilding and fitness nutrition isn’t boring.

In fact, Dave promises that not only are his recipes remarkably healthy, but they’re extremely tasty too. Now that sounds like something I can sink my teeth into, so let’s take a look.

Dave says that Metabolic Cooking is geared towards persons who are trying to shed excess body fat. The program is actually comprised of several volumes.

First, there is a 50-page Fat Loss Optimizer cooking and nutrition guide. Here, Dave lays out the foundation of his approach to cooking for fat loss. The Metabolic Profile is one of the key concepts that you need to understand before diving into the program. As you review the cookbooks, you’ll find the recipes based on the particular nutrients included, referred to as proteins (P), carbohydrates (C), fats (F), and vegetables (V).

Dave has created each of his recipes so that you eat various combinations of these with each recipe. This helps promote the overall metabolic boosting benefits of the program, helping you to shed unwanted body fat.

Each recipe in the book has its own metabolic profile. The guidelines for this metabolic profiling approach are not difficult to follow: the Ps contain 15 grams of protein per serving; the Cs contain 10 grams of carbs per serving; the Fs contain 5 grams of fat per serving; and the Vs contain enough vegetables to be equivalent to one serving size. He recommends that you eat four to six servings of vegetables each day and says that you can add veggies to as many meals as possible throughout the day. The program is based on a six-meal-a-day strategy, with three main meals (break, lunch and dinner) and three snacks (mid-morning, mid-afternoon and before bedtime). Carbs are eaten early in the day at breakfast, with the mid-morning snack and at lunch time. Other than vegetables, carbs are not part of the three later meals or snacks. Proteins and fats are a part of all meals and snacks, however.

There are nine different cookbooks that comprise Metabolic Cooking: breakfast, chicken and poultry; fish and seafood; pork; red meat; sides; smoothies; snacks; and vegetarian dishes. You certainly won’t get bored because there are more than 200 different fat burning recipes to choose from, with each recipe coming complete with its own nutrition profile along with directions how to prepare it.

Each cookbook comes with a nice assortment of anywhere from 14 to 30 recipes to choose from, with the majority of them being pretty simple to prepare. Like any sound fat-loss nutrition plan, Metabolic Cooking places a strong emphasis on breakfast. According to Dave, “Having a well balanced breakfast that includes all three nutrients including proteins (P), carbohydrates (C), and healthy fats (F) is the best way to get your metabolism jump-started for the day and ensure that you have energy to spare as you go about your morning.” A healthy well-balanced breakfast is essential to setting your body’s ‘metabolic pace’ in fat-burning mode throughout the day. Numerous studies have found that people who eat a healthy breakfast burn more calories and fat throughout the day than non-breakfast eaters.

Complex recipes with lots of uncommon ingredients and complicated preparation instructions are what turn me away from a lot of ‘healthy’ cookbooks I’ve seen over the years. It’s a shame but I’ve tossed plenty of otherwise great bodybuilding/fitness cookbooks into the recycling bin because the recipes were just so flipping complicated to prepare. I’m happy to report though, that Dave Ruel apparently feels the same way.

Sample Recipe for Asian Turkey Burgers

Going through the ingredient lists in the various cookbooks I hardly ran into anything at all that might be difficult to find and even nearly all of the recipes only involve 3 to 6 steps to prepare. Even for someone who is ‘challenged’ in terms of cooking skills, Dave’s Metabolic Cooking recipes are manageable.

But, I’ve saved the best part for last—not only are Dave’s recipes healthy and simple to prepare, but they’re downright tasty too! His dishes really run the gamut of cuisines, so whether you’ve got a taste for Mexican, Asian, Italian, vegetarian or down-home American fare, you’ll find something for you.

You also get a broad variety of choices in terms of poultry, pork, seafood, fish, red meats and vegetarian choices so you’ll be able to mix things up as much as you like. You also get a fantastic selection of snacks and smoothies too so you won’t have to deal with any of those nasty hunger pangs between meals.

Now let’s get to the bottom line—can following Dave’s Metabolic Cooking plan help you to shed unwanted body fat? The answer to that question is a resounding yes—with the caveat that nutrition isn’t the only component of a realistic fat-loss strategy. Other things such as regularly exercising, getting plenty of sleep, not smoking and not drinking excessively are important too. I’ve looked through the recipes and can say that Dave has indeed done his homework.

But in terms of establishing a sound nutritional foundation for fat loss, you can’t go wrong with Dave Ruel’s Metabolic Cooking plan.

1 Simple Modification To Lower Body Fat

By On November 3, 2010 3 Comments

modification to lose fat

I’m going to cut right to the chase and get to the point.

Eat more veggies than starchy foods for your carbohydrate source

Here’s why:

The end result of all carbohydrates broken down by the body is glucose, also called blood sugar.

So whether it’s a spoon of sugar, a piece of bread, or some broccoli, the body breaks each down to use as its main fuel source, blood sugar.

The difference between some of these carbohydrates is the rate in which the body metabolizes them, or breaks them down, to use as blood sugar.

There are simple carbohydrates like fruit, syrup, and sugar and there are complex carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, and oatmeal.


Why Do Diets Fail?

By On October 27, 2010 6 Comments

by Patrick McGuire

best-worst-dietsIt seems every other week there’s a new diet, weight loss or fat burning system released.  When something is new there’s usually a lot of hype and people get pretty excited which is normal.  It doesn’t help that our in boxes gets flooded with raving reviews.

What I want to do today is give you a quick overview of the World’s Most Popular Diets.  Elliott and I always encourage you to empower yourself and make informed decisions.  We’re hoping by the end of this article you’ll be better equipped to judge a solid fat loss program versus something that claims to be a magic bullet.

There are a lot of different types of diets out there. However, there is a balanced solution that will allow you to lose weight and maintain Your Best Body Ever.   The solution is to follow a proven effective fat loss program that includes a combination of a balanced macronutrient ratio (protein to carbohydrate to fat) with a slightly restricted calorie intake while increasing your energy expenditure each day through increased activity.

Summarized this means exercise more, eat a little less and make sure you’re getting enough protein, fat and carbohydrates.

You want to hear something interesting?

Of all the diets in the world, with all of their different marketing programs, there are only four basic diet philosophies.

(Oh before I forget I want to thank my friend Patrick McGuire of Empowered Nutrition for sharing and teaching his knowledge on this topic.  I’ve got a really cool story to tell you about “Pat” but I’ll save that for later.)

Like I was saying, most programs you see are variations of the four main diets explained below.


Greatest Trainer That Ever Lived – Part 2

By On September 16, 2010 22 Comments

Remembering The Guru:
Vince Gironda The Greatest Trainer That Ever Lived

Guest Post By Ron Kosloff N/C of NSP Research Nutrition

Vince Gironda Part 2:

bodybuilder_Gironda(Last Week, Vince’s friend Ron Kosloff revealed never-before told anecdotal tales of the muscle maestro. This month, he adds more unpublished gems to complete his one of a kind necklace of Gironda memories.)

Early on in my association with this young fellow I’m training, he observed that we weren’t doing much. You never want to work a muscle more than twice in one week, and when you work it, you work it with intensity. You never rest for more than 15 or 20 seconds between sets. When you work with intensity you’ll be surprised how fast you get the pump, which is what you’re looking for. Remember, when you’re trying to gain, you never work your stomach because the stress attacks and shocks the nerves in your solar plexus and then your hormone levels go down.

This is the routine I had him on to start. You work your biceps, triceps, delts, chest and back on Monday. You work your forearms, thighs, leg biceps and calves on Tuesday. If you want to work your inner thighs on Tuesday also, that’s okay. Repeat Monday’s workout on Thursday and Tuesday’s workout on Friday. Then you have to rest because this is when HGH is released by your pituitary and you’ll gain muscular size.

I said, “I’m going to show you how not to work out.

I’m not criticizing anybody, but this is how most people train.” I pointed to a fellow in the gym, a local bodybuilding hero who’d won a few contests and was a steroid user. “He’s probably here six days per week,” I explained, “but when he comes in he doesn’t do very much. He thinks that just being in the gym and taking steroids is going to increase his physique, which will probably happen with the steroids.” I told the kid to watch this guy.


The Greatest Trainer That Ever Lived

By On September 7, 2010 135 Comments

Remembering The Guru:
Vince Gironda The Greatest Trainer That Ever Lived
Guest Post By Ron Kosloff N/C of NSP Research Nutrition

Part 1:

VGClose family members apart, when was the last time you witnessed grown men weeping at the loss of a comrade? Sure it happens, of course, but when the late great Vince Gironda died, the outpouring of emotion was felt from coast to coast and beyond.

I’ll never forget the day of October 20th, 1997. I was at my desk when Ray Raridon, owner of NSP West in Los Angeles called me at three p.m. and asked if I was sitting down. After I said yes, he conveyed to me the sad news that Vince Gironda had passed away. We spoke for a short time, both extremely very sad and extremely stunned. After I hung up the phone I was in sort of a mental daze as my 25-year association with Vince literally flashed before my eyes. I remembered all the good times and the bad times. As I sat there for about a half-hour I began crying profusely. I’m a grown man, but this news did affect me very, very much. I called my friend Chris Aragona. Chris is a personal trainer and former owner of a health-food store in the Long Island section of New York. We’ve been friends and business associates for about 20 years.

Chris teaches Vince’s method’s as I do. We talked at length about Vince, and he too reminisced. I mentioned that I had seen Vince about a month before he closed his gym, and to my way of thinking – just a personal opinion – Vince Gironda probably died of a broken heart simply because his gym was his whole life. To my knowledge, he never did anything else. From the time he was a young man until he really got into the gym business – I think it was 1946 – he had worked or been in the fitness business most of his life. So you can see what a dramatic effect the gym closing must have had on him. Bodybuilding meant more to him than anything. When he would train someone who became successful, this was his personal reward. Chris agreed with me that there was a lot of heart and honesty in Vince. As long as I can remember, Chris has advocated Vince’s methods. He is a personal trainer. I believe he has done that exclusively since he got out of the health-food business. On many occasions Chris and I have shared stories about our personal training experiences and one point we always agree on is that anyone who follows Vince’s methods is sure to have great results. I personally have never failed if my student follows Vince’s principles. (Vince actually wrote a book on his training principles. It is titled, “The Wild Physique.”) After Chris and I spoke, I put the office recorder on and reminisced for about two hours.

I recalled our first meeting.

I had a consultation with Vince, and while we were talking, he excused himself, got up, took some money out of the register, gave it to a member, and promptly threw him out of the gym for doing situps and leg raises. I was shocked, of course, but when I found out Vince’s reasoning I understood. Situps and leg raises don’t reduce the size of your stomach, as Vince discovered about 40 years ago, so the student was just wasting his time. He really wasn’t listening. Vince had previously told the student not to do them because he was personally training the guy. Along with everything Vince taught me, I realized then that he was probably far ahead of his time. In retrospect, I believe most people didn’t even know what he was talking about. I learned that 95 percent of what Vince told me simply worked. Chris made the same discovery. When I train people, they quickly realize just how great his simple, intelligent methods are.


Avoid Xenoestrogens

By On July 29, 2010 19 Comments

We know that testosterone is the male hormone and estrogen is the female hormone. But have you ever heard of xenoestrogens? Probably not, so that’s what we’re going to discuss. We’ll talk about what they are, why you should avoid them, and most importantly–how you can avoid them.

jacked-dude“Xeno” is a prefix based on the Greek word “Xenos”, meaning stranger. Estrogen of course refers to the female hormone. So put the two together and you literally have “stranger estrogen,” which in reality, isn’t far from the truth. Xenoestrogens are in fact, novel, industrially made compounds that in the body, have effects similar to those of estrogen. In men, testosterone is of course the dominant hormone but we actually have estrogen in our bodies as well. In women, it’s just the opposite–they are dominant in estrogen but have testosterone as well.

In men, high levels of estrogen can cause reduced levels of testosterone, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, increased body fat, loss of libido and sexual function and an enlarged prostate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to grasp that high levels of estrogen in a man are not a good thing. And if you think about the literal meaning of the word “xeno” (stranger), combined with the fact that they’re “industrially made,” then a guy could logically make the assumption that xenoestrogens are not going to be something you want in your body.