What 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.
There’s a young man down the street from me who trains with weights. He’s been at it for about three years now but you’d never know to look at him. He’s got no build at all. My grandmother’s been dead for twelve years and she probably still look better that he does.
These are the words that first drew me into the world of John McCallum – and what a world to be drawn in to. He was a bit of a mysterious figure in the strength world but wrote a series of compelling articles for “Strength and Health” in the Sixties and early Seventies that fuelled a generation of young bodybuilders and strength enthusiasts and defined the modern day strength article.
5×5 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.
This is a guest post by Jason Ferruggia
Q: Can you give us some background about yourself?
JF: Sure. I have been in the fitness industry for nearly 15 years. During that time I owned my own private training facility in central New Jersey for ten years where I worked with over 500 clients from over 20 different sports and all walks of life, helping them get bigger, stronger, faster and leaner.
What makes you physically strong? This is often a source of constant debate and there are many differing opinions as to what constitutes a strong person. That is because there are a number of different types of muscular strength.
What are the different qualities of muscular strength and what is best type to have? Or do we have to train in all aspects of the strength game. If so, what ratio between the different strength types should we aim for?
Lets start first with defining the different types of physical strength there are.
Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 is produced by strength coach and writer, Jason Ferruggia. Its premise is to pack muscle on the skinny frame and transform it to “jacked” in 90 days. We looked into Ferruggia’s program to see if it was worth recommending to MuscleOldSchool.com readers and we are pleased to sat that this system has a number merits.
Who is Jason Ferruggia?
Jason Ferruggia is a veteran in the strength industry and a regular columnist for Men’s Fitness magazine. He also authors an outstanding blog, as well as guest posting on a number of respected sites such as T Nation, Schwarzenegger.com, ZachEven-Esh.com and many more.
If you looked at a young Patrick John Casey, you would be forgiven for not thinking of him as a future “King of Powerlifters”.
Born to a relatively poor family in Los Angeles, 1939, Pat was a relatively undersized kid who was often the subject of incessant bullying from other neighborhood kids. He lived in a rough suburb and toughness and fortitude was a necessary requirement for physical survival.
Enter a 110lb Paramount barbell set and a gradual but steady increase in muscle mass and overall strength ensued.