September 2010

In the quest for more muscle, we often get caught up in the craziest approaches to training, all for another pound of muscle or a few extra reps. Think about it; I know you’ve tried some of the crazy techniques, like the twenty four-hour arm training program or the one-set-to-failure method. Heck, why wouldn’t you? Anything that is different from the normal routine can help you to grow. The problems start when we get too far away from the basic premises that dictate how much we can grow. Before looking at any intensity technique, you must ask yourself a few questions: Are you getting...

Since its origin fifteen to twenty years ago, DC Training has slowly matured as a muscle-building system, steadily picking up positive buzz, a fast-growing group of new advocates (in both number and body mass), and a more solid rep over the years. With pros like David Henry, Mark Dugdale, and fast-rising amateur Dusty Hanshaw talking about DC Training, that growth doesn’t seem to be leveling off any time soon. Originally discussed by its developer, Dante Trudel, in his mid-nineties newsletter Hardcore Muscle, the system was christened DoggCrapp Training when Trudel, responding to a topic on a bodybuilding website, chose the tragically...

In July, I wrote an article for Wannabebig called “Get Real.” The article was a discussion of my views on the flaws of the bodybuilding media (magazines and Internet) and how those perceptions may act as a disservice to those at the grassroots level who are trying to find their way in lifting. My contention was that the average person gets bombarded with the exploits of the elite at such a level that “spectacular becomes commonplace”. In such a world, the accomplishments of the average dedicated gym-goer just don’t seem to stack up. This can be a pretty disconcerting, sometimes debilitating,...

Vincent Dizenzo has been crushing big iron for over fifteen years.  Early in his strength career, he was a three-lift powerlifter, but two ruptured discs in his back caused him to reconsider his training focus, and he became a bench press specialist (which was ironically his weakest of the big three lifts originally).  Vincent has held multiple bench press records, including a recent 605-lb raw bench press as a Masters competitor.  Suffice it to say that he is a brutally strong presser, but that is only a small part of the focus of this interview.  Vincent’s 605 lbs was done at a...

Every now and then, I think every hardcore weightlifter hits somewhat of a mental blah.  You know the one…you roll into the weight room, look at all the steel, run through your planned routine and why you're doing it in your head, then suddenly think, “I'm getting a little bored!”  There are a handful of experts that would say, “you must be overtraining…your CNS must be fatigued.”  Yeah, maybe that’s the problem.  And maybe you ARE just a little freaking bored!!  It's not crazy to switch things up from time to time and use a few training modalities that are far from...