The Colorado Experiment and Casey Viator

cv1Unless you are a real fan of Seventies bodybuilding, you might not readily know the name Casey Viator. A true muscular behemoth and the youngest man to win a Mr. America title at the tender age of 19, Casey's legacy is not as iconic and memorable as someone called Arnold.

But there is one photo of him that still does the rounds of muscle blogs and forums that is iconic. The photo of his seemingly astounding physical transformation in the 1973 Colorado Experiment. Despite all Casey Viator’s lifelong accomplishments in bodybuilding, the first thing everyone associates with his name is the famous, or infamous depending on what side of the fence you sit, Colorado Experiment.

Sadly Casey passed away on September 4 of 2013, due to cardiac arrest. He was only 62 years old. And his life and career have been filtering through my thoughts and reflections ever since.

 

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Mike Mentzer: Genius or Lunatic

This is a guest post by Jason Ferruggia

http://www.musclegainingsecrets.com 

mentzer1‚ÄčIf you don’t know who Mike Mentzer was I will give you some quick background. He was a famous bodybuilder who competed back in the seventies and eighties against none other than Arnold, himself.

He was known for being a huge proponent of extremely low volume training. Mike was either loved or hated; there was no in between.

He had some radical view points and an in-your-face way of expressing them. He even had the balls to call Arnold out about his high volume training protocols and say what a complete waste of time it all was. 

 

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Thick Bar Training Benefits: Getting a Grip

FatGripz-300x250-1Much has been made of the benefits of thick bar training.

Thick bar training is a true old school muscle building method.

Whereas it was a commonplace training method in the past, it has fallen by the wayside in more recent times. 

By far the most famous thick bar in history was the Thomas Inch Dumbbell that foiled the attempts of many famous strongmen – including Arthur Saxon.

 

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Six Reasons to Buy Vince Gironda: Legend and Myth

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If you are thinking, “Why do I need to buy "Vince Gironda: Legend and Myth”, and can’t come up with a reason – well then listen up

 

Vince Gironda was truly a legend of the bodybuilding game but perhaps you are tossing up whether this product is worth it. 


Well, I can think of six main reasons off the top of my head to buy this book and there are many more. 

 

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What Does Old School Muscle Building Mean To Me?

sergio_oliva3A lot of people (including myself) have been bandying the term “old school” when referring to strength training. But this term is not that definitive when it comes to what it actually refers to in our workouts. The phrase “old school” seems to bring to mind more of an emotional response than it does an actual way of training.

To me, when I hear the words “old school muscle building”, I get distinct images in my mind of 19th Century dudes in stripey one-pieces, bent pressing shot loaded barbells, while simultaneously twirling their handlebar moustaches. Or alternatively, mid-20th Century guys benching, squatting, dipping and posing down on Muscle Beach while the “ordinary” folks gawk at them like monkeys at the local zoo.

 

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Build Muscle Fast: 8 Tips On The Best Way To Gain Muscle

Build muscle fastWhat is the best way to gain muscle?

The fact is that there are many legitimate old school ways to build muscle fast but many trainees never achieve this task.

The road to muscle growth is paved with the emaciated, undernourished bodies of those who fail to achieve it.

And while there are many different good old school programs out there that will  lead you to the holy grail of muscle growth and a herculean physique, they all share common traits that must be followed if you want to succeed in your goals.

 

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5×5: A Weight Training Program For Real Strength and Mass Gains

park5×5 training is an age-old weight training program. Its greatest benefit is that it is a great balance between gaining real strength and building serious muscle.

The first person of significance who actively promoted this type of training was Reg Park. That he invented this form of training is unlikely, but he was certainly the man who first famously built a herculean physique by training in this way exclusively.

Since then a number of notable strength athletes and trainers have promoted this minimal but intense form of training to construct huge slabs of muscle on their frames. This type of training is perfect for building relative and total strength and you should be able to move from a beginning to an intermediate level of lifter in a linear way without any periodization factored in.

 

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