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No energy during cardio – Lateral raise questions – Ban the decline – Alternate cardio modes – Tyson power replication – Warming up madness

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings Sir! I have been having a problem ‘power through’ cardio. I start off strong but fade within 15 minutes. From then till the end of the aerobic session I am dragging myself across the finish line. It was not too long ago when I could power all the way through [...]

2019-06-23T12:05:20-04:00 June 23rd, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Lack of energy – Back attack – Chocolate switch out – Leg extension yay or nay – Fishing boat refuel – Symmetrical impasse?

By Iron Vic Steele Howdy, I am a pretty good female bodybuilder up here in Montana. I am 50 and have been competing off and on for 20 years (more off than on, recently.) I am naturally lean and wiry. Being overweight has never been an issue. For me, the battle has always been adding [...]

2019-05-17T17:39:25-04:00 May 17th, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

Training partners – Back after sickness – Triceps exercise ranking order – Recovery accelerator – What is the best trap exercise?

By Iron Vic Steele Greetings! I was recently asked to join a training group of four guys. They asked if I wanted to become one of their training partners. These guys get together three times a week to train at the local Gold’s Gym. I would classify them as intermediate level bodybuilders. They don’t compete [...]

2019-04-16T23:42:52-04:00 April 16th, 2019|Iron Vic Speaks, The Press|

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 [...]

2019-03-14T15:17:36-04:00 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 [...]

2019-02-16T14:56:40-04:00 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 [...]

2019-01-17T14:02:56-04:00 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 [...]

2018-12-26T14:45:50-04:00 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 [...]

2018-11-09T17:14:37-04:00 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 [...]

2018-10-17T19:50:20-04:00 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 [...]

2018-09-13T21:24:15-04:00 September 13th, 2018|Iron Vic Speaks|

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