Wassup With Them Bodybuilders?
When I was a kid and first heard talk around the
neighborhood about 'getting muscles' - one of the
older boys said, 'If you want to build muscle you do
isometrics. If you want to tone muscle, you lift weights.'
At the time I had no idea whether there was a shred of
truth to this or not. All I knew was that the big, huge,
freak-show bodybuilders lifted weights and their muscles
were big. Meanwhile, you had guys like Charles Atlas, who
championed isometric training, running around with titles like,
'The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man' - and he didn't
look at all like the freaks, nor were his muscles huge. So
whatever he was building, it wasn't as big as the monsters who
were supposedly just 'toning.'
Then again, if you were to analyze the 'sub-subculture' of body
builders, you'd find the following:
1. Despite their big muscles, most bodybuilders are not very strong,
have little endurance, and, especially during contest time, are very
unhealthy. Charles Atlas, on the other hand, may not have been big, but
he was well built, he was natural - and he was freaky strong. Atlas,
incidentally, also did a lot of calisthenics as well as hand balancing, just
like you do with Combat Conditioning.
2. Bodybuilders, for the most part, rely on drugs and supplements
to gain their size (some are so vain they will even have implants put
into their calves and pecs, making them look the part). Then they use
'baby' weights at high repetitions to blow up the size of their pecs, arms,
legs and lats - giving them what Karl Gotch called 'counterfeit' muscles.
3. Bodybuilders, despite their talk about health, have bodies that are a
collection of aches and pains. Moreover, their body quickly falls apart under
any sort of REAL athletic activity. They are the first to get injured in a combat
type of sport and yet - ironically, are the first to tell you that weights 'help
So much for getting big muscles with weights. Or as my neighbor erroneously
stated, 'toning' muscles.
Now let's look at Isometrics. Yes, isometrics will build muscle. My neighbor was
right about that. But the muscle you build with isometrics is not 'freak' muscle.
It is natural muscle. It is functional muscle - it is muscle that's good for 'sumthun'
other than, er ... posing.
Isometrics also program your muscles from the inside-out. You actually get in
touch with your body in such a way that you can 'command' your muscles, at a
deep level, to do what you want - and they'll listen.
Isometrics also crank up your metabolism, helping you burn fat much faster than
When isometrics are done in conjunction with Combat Conditioning, you can
expect some major breakthroughs to take place. Breakthroughs like those seen
by students of Gama Fitness. - students like Bob
Lucarelli, who dropped 138 pounds and got into the best shape of his life.
If you want to see how isometrics can change your life - go check out Gama Fitness,
my advanced Combat Conditioning program right now. You'll be glad you did.
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