April 2010

It was four years ago, and it was my first time trying to bench 100 lb dumbbells at the gym.  On rep three, I decided that my head was too far off the bench, so I tried sliding down while holding the dumbbells at lockout.  My shoulder popped out of the socket and the dumbbell bounced off my chest like Snuggles the teddy bear bouncing off the pile of towels in the old Tide commercials…only I didn’t feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I suppose I should backtrack a little further and let you know that I’ve got hypermobility...

If you are a frequent reader of Wannabebig, you’ll know by now that we will be soon be releasing what we believe is THE best muscle building program out there - Hypertrophy Cluster Training (HCT-12) on Monday May 3rd, 2010. There will be no games and no B.S hype. No promises of advanced trainees gaining 27lbs in 6 weeks and no crazy expensive magic supplement you have to take alongside it in order for the program to work. We won't be painstakingly drip feeding it to you in parts, we won't be over-complicating things and there will be no cheap marketing...

While all of us have heard George Santayana’s famous quote: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” few seem to translate that teaching over to their lifting. After our rookie year in the gym, most of us are so sure that we have discovered IT (the training and nutrition “system” that is perfect for us) that we no longer really investigate other options. If you take the opportunity to discuss training and nutrition with as many different people as possible, from different gyms, different parts of the country, different countries, even those from different sports, you greatly...

I remember the days of hardcore bodybuilding diets, the 80s and 90s of pure protein, little carbs, and zero fat - I'm talking plain chicken and broccoli five meals per day that were popularized by ripped dudes like Sly Stallone. (In fact, I remember reading an article about how Stallone got shredded for Rocky 4. His diet? "Nothing but tuna and water.") But just because we remember something doesn't mean it's necessarily good. I mean, I remember getting the chicken pox, and that sucked. So I guess the question I really want to ask is, did those diets work? I'm a bit torn....