Over the years I’ve received many questions, most of which are beyond the scope of what I can answer in an email. One of my favorites starts with something like this: “I have a structure similar to yours, please give a program that will make me look like you.” Then they go on to list their measurements, height, weight, diet, and workout routine. But the most important factor is missing.
Repetition is the basis of learning. We count repetitions of each set we do in our workouts to keep track of the effort we exerted. By knowing how many reps we can do with a particular weight enables us to choose our poundages on each set we perform. Keeping track of the weights, sets, and reps is how we can ascertain how we are progressing in our workouts.
Turning 74 prompts me to wonder how long bodybuilders live? Let’s look at the statistics. I did an internet Google search of bodybuilders who have passed away to learn how long they lived. I thought of as many popular bodybuilders from years ago, those I saw in magazines as I grew up. I managed to find information on 23 men.
Here’s how long they lived:
Training to a rhythm is really entraining to the rhythm. By following the beat of music you happen to be listening to during a workout, tapping your foot, clapping your hands, or doing each rep of hanging knee up to the beat, you are adopting natures’ method of conserving energy (getting more out of your effort) by locking on to the strong stimulus (the beat in this case).
In the early 1980’s it seemed unusual as I watched one of the guys who worked out at World Gym in Santa Monica put a young lady through a workout. I wondered why she was letting him massage her butt in plain view of everyone. It was strange but I guess this was part of her training program. Nowadays it seems almost every bodybuilder is a personal trainer or wants to become one and earn upwards of $50 an hour. And in Los Angeles and other big cities personal trainers have no shortage of clients.