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10 sets of 10, old school plateau buster – Men’s divisions and Fabio – Purposeful partials – Injuries and specialization – Dinky exercises – Weak hamstrings

By Iron Vic Steele Vic, I was reading about how a “plateau-buster” widely used by guys in the 1990s: after a few warm-up sets, they would perform 10 sets of 10 reps with a static weight. Gruesome! That sounds so horrible that I am tempted to try it. I am a bit of sadist in [...]

2019-03-14T15:17:36+00:00 March 14th, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks|

Stagnant shoulders – BCAAs and recovery – The Oak vs. The Myth – Social media madness invades the gym – Soft Chew™ and sugar addiction

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings! I need to build some shoulders. I have narrow clavicles and wide hips. As you probably have guessed I am bottom-heavy with big thighs and calves. While my chest, arms and back have really grown and strengthened, using the Parrillo approach, I could really use some shoulder width. Currently I [...]

2019-02-16T14:56:40+00:00 February 16th, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks|

Vacation from bodybuilding? – How to create an anabolic burst – Building eagle-claw grip strength – Eat more in Manhattan – MMA training is tough but incomplete

By Iron Vic Steele Hello! I am burnt out on bodybuilding. I am coming off peaking for a contest and I am in the best shape of my life coming off the best training year of my life. In large part due to the great advice I got from you. I had been using halfway [...]

2019-01-17T14:02:56+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Hamstrings are muscles too! – Limited protein problematic? – Can a man add a full inch to his arms in four months? – Hand and finger strength – Sweet tooth chocolate substitution principle

By Iron Vic Steele Victor, All athletic coaches worth their salt know that hamstrings are critical. The guys you and I know and respect –all the athletic heavyweights – agree: when it comes to moving, running, speed, explosiveness, HAMSTRINGS are critical! Yet there are few if any articles written about the hams – how come [...]

2018-12-26T14:45:50+00:00 December 26th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Can I get ripped in six weeks?! Perfection is required – MMA power – Bike cardio – Over-trained of under-fed? – Small-armed olympic weightlifter

By Iron Vic Steele Hello, I got a Hawaiian vacation coming up and, for a lot of reasons, time got away from me. I had to blow off training for a few months and my eating, which had been very good became very bad. Anyway, I am back in the saddle and have plenty of [...]

2018-11-09T17:14:37+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Cardio using resistance machines – Overhead press extinction? – Plyometrics yea or nay – Press-behind-the-neck: some can, some can’t – Growing calves into cows

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings from Alaska! I am a gym owner in a remote locale. The joke goes up here that we have two seasons August and winter. I have a question. I talked to a fellow who had attended a Parrillo Training Camp weekend a few years ago. He said that John made [...]

2018-10-17T19:50:20+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

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|

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