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Lats are easy – Rugby Shape up – MMA Muscle-up – Musical Physique – Training around an injury – Chocolate Fix™ to the rescue

By Iron Vic Steele Hello, I need to bring up my Back muscles. I notice from reading your columns that you differentiate between upper and lower lats. I could use a refresher course on which exercises attack the upper and which are used for lower lats. I am a big guy – 250 – and [...]

2018-09-13T21:24:15+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks|

Getting started stretching – Amino acid clarification – Java before workouts – The vegetarian taliban live in Taos – Deadlift to build back mass – Don’t mimic pros – Swim cardio

By Iron Vic Steele Hello, I read about Parrillo fascia stretching and wanted to try it out. What would you recommend as a starting point? Is there a particular exercise and stretch that you would advise starting with? I would like to ‘test run’ fascia stretching on a couple of exercises and when I get [...]

2018-08-23T17:28:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

What is wrong with fruit? – Minor exercises a waste of time? – Infusing bodybuilding food with taste – Muscle soreness sucks – Calf payoff – Forearm strategy

By Iron Vic Steele Hey, Why are you so down on fruit! C’mon – fruit is the healthiest, most natural food on the face of the earth. What is there to dislike about a pear? An apple? An orange? Really! Yet you are okay with stuffing your face with animal protein. That is not natural [...]

2018-07-07T17:23:36+00:00 July 7th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Musclebound – Fact or fiction? – Meal timing is critical – Muscle up my bench press! – Peaking biceps – Desert island choices – Is Parrillo a no-fat diet? – Vacation is coming – Bench press grip width

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings from the Jersey Shore! I was reading about the ‘musclebound myth’ that was commonly accepted as gospel up until the late 1960s among elite coaches, particularly football coaches. How did this come about and what ended it? You do not hear the term musclebound used currently. I came across the [...]

2018-05-10T22:51:05+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks|

Petrified of getting fat – Triceps supreme – Olympic weightlifting for bodybuilders? – Clean calories – Who has the best deltoids? – The first supplement then and now – Peaked biceps

By Iron Vic Steele Happy New Year! I have essentially stayed the same for the last five years. I am 35, a good athlete and a serious lifter that pays strict attention to my eating. I have not had my body fat percentile measured but I’d be surprised if I were over 12%. I am [...]

2018-04-09T15:12:01+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks|

Front press or PBN – CapTri® C8 MCT to get ripped? – Big and lean requires perfection – Creatine for competition – Supplemental protein makes things easier – The smartest bodybuilder of all time

Good Morning! I hope you can shed some light on the differences between the front press and the press behind the neck (PBN). Most of the top bodybuilders that train at my gym use the PBN as their main shoulder exercise. They do the seated variation where they have a training partner lift off for [...]

2018-04-08T01:19:11+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks|

Partial reps mean partial results – Hack away – Cardio is not an option – Total performance to the rescue – Kid athletes – how young is young?

By Iron Vic Steele Good morning, I read in one of your responses to a reader about how ‘partial reps mean partial results.’ I myself like to bench so that the bar never touches my chest and I never completely lock out bench reps. This creates ‘continuous tension’ and gives me a much better chest [...]

2018-03-13T11:09:24+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

The disproportional bottom-heavy blues – Ammonia and sweat – Music pros and cons – Leg press done right or not at all – Becoming a stronger wrestler – Beef liver – Calf conundrum

By Iron Vic Steele Happy 2018, I am bottom-heavy. I am in good shape. I weight train four times a week and I eat very clean. My training and dieting are right in line with the Parrillo precepts. I would guestimate my body fat to be right around 12%. When I began using the Parrillo [...]

2018-03-13T11:09:25+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Parrillo on biceps – Chocolate switch out – Underworked triceps – Best form of aerobics? – Olympic weightlifting for bodybuilders?

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings, I read an article that described John Parrillo as a “bicep-building expert.” How does one become a biceps expert? Is there a college course or a certification? I could (honestly) use some arm-building tips from a bicep expert because my biceps suck! I work them three times a week, but [...]

2018-03-13T11:09:25+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Iron Vic Speaks|

Front raises with a barbell plate? – Supplement meals – The anabolic effect of regular food – MCTs for health – Puny arm solution

By Iron Vic Steele Vic, A really good bench presser that trains at my gym finishes his bench workouts with a single high-rep set of front raises, this done using a 100-pound plate. This guy benches 550 raw weighing 280. He looks like Hercules and backs it up. Anyway, I watch him train when I [...]

2018-03-13T11:09:25+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

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