Mr Canada 1970 has arrived because he had a ringing in his ear and thought someone was talking about him behind his back.
Let me introduce myself with a story. Those who feel my words are worthless stop reading now! Caught you! Well, Ray Mentzer came to Australia many years ago and was going to start a new life in a new country with his girlfriend and daughter Dagny. He gave seminars and training camps at my gyms and we got to know each other. It happened that he moved to Sydney and stayed at my place for several months. We got to talk about Nautilus, Arthur Jones, Mike Mentzer and lots of things concerning training and the people in it. Ray was an intelligent guy but he was also very sensitive and ended up more or less on his own. He had, muscle for muscle, some of the largest muscles ever built on a human. I remember one day when he flexed his biceps and said he might try to get it to touch his wrist. It wasn't that far off, anyway. Ray was also the one of the strongest men to walk this earth and once did two squats with 925 pounds. That is superman territory.
Well, Ray and I differed about training theory. He was a high intensity advocate and recommended brief, but intense workouts. He trained bodyparts once a week. Well, in some sense he did one direct workout and one indirect workout. If he did chest he combined it with biceps. One pressing and one pulling movement. Then several days later he did back and triceps. All thought out and it worked for him and the people he trained.
Ray eventually moved back to America and settled in LA near Hermosa Beach where he had a clinic that utilized MedX machines to help people with back, neck and leg injuries. He had owned gyms before. Well, I am more than 10 years older than Ray and I have been around the scene longer than he had. So I didn't abandon my theories just because I disagreed with him. I had to be convinced that my theories were false.
That is just the background to the point I want to make. Years later, in 1991, I visited Los Angeles and stayed for over a week at Ray's place. We got to go to Gold's Gym and he arranged with the manager that I could train for free. That was the sort of thing that Ray did for his mates. I met a few of the champs there and on one occasion introduced Paul Dillett to Ray. Ray wasn't impressed with Paul's vascularity and thought it ugly. Anyway, later Ray said to someone that I knew more people at Gold's than he did and he had been there for 10 years! Well, on one of my training sessions using those Hammer machines Ray came over and corrected my form! It was at that moment that I realised that no matter how long we have been training we still have things to learn and maybe we all have been doing some things wrong from the beginning. It made me wonder about training theories and perhaps many of us cling to false theories. False in the sense that they do not explain all growth and most can't explain the lack of growth from people using those methods
I find it very unprofitable debating training theories with people who are not my peers. Bryan doesn't debate me on HST and he has no reason to do so except to refine his theories. He is, afterall, promoting a product and he would be foolish to stop believers from attacking dissenting opinions. A good scientist would debate dissenting opinions. There is a difference between doing science and applying it. Bryan is applying the work of others to hypertrophy. From my reading of the same literature as he has quoted I find it remarkable that he is confident about his method. Much of what he advocates goes totally against what we find advanced bodybuilders doing to grow. However, HST does embrace ideas about hypertrophy that might revolutionise the sport. Science seems to have plenty to contribute regarding frequency, loads, variety and so on. It will be interesting to watch what happens. In the past HIT was heralded as the wonder system but that method has not been used by many bodybuilders. The concept of intensity and thresholds certainly has and so has the use of negatives in workouts.
For all of those scientific studies most bodybuilders train in similiar fashions and those methods are very similar to what has been used for decades.
Just who are bodybuilding authorities and can just anyone determine who they are? The longer I am in the sport the more authorities I see. Isn't that amazing.
Thanks, Paul and MonStar for your kind words. I do try to contribute in a positive fashion but that is not what some perceive that I am doing. I also discovered WeighTrainer forum and have contributed to that one. Gosh, there are a lot of forums online. Most are more interesting than the HIT ones.