I've been involved with bodybuilding for over thirty years. I've been fortunate enough to attend seminars by some of the greats in the sport, such as Dorian Yates, Lee Haney, Lee Labrada, and Ray Mentzer.
When I started training, I too was presented with the idea of 15-20 sets per bodypart, with multiple sessions per week. After all, if it was good enough for Arnold, it was good enough for the rest of us. I made some progress but nobody was coaching me on how hard I needed to train in order to maintain those gains. If the issue of intensity is taken care of then the issue of duration takes care of itself. After reading the book 'Beef it" I was planning to train each bodypart three days a week, with Sunday off for recovery and growth. Don't laugh, we've all been there!
Thankfully I came across an old copy of Muscle and Fitness in 1984. The issue was actually from 1981 and contained an article by Mike Mentzer called 'My ideal routine'. This article changed my whole approach to the gym and its not too much to say that it changed my life.
I was immediately hooked on the sheer common sense contained in the article. I've never looked back or had anyone (regardless of size, or size of reputation) convince me otherwise. I have been flexible in my approach but the basic principles have never changed. That early article suggested two sets per exercise or two cycles of pre exhaustion. I instinctively knew this was too much for the body to recover from, so the new HIT routines that Mike was writing about in the early 90's were actually being used by me in the mid 80's.
Someone asked me "why are there no pictures of me on the site?" The first point to make here is that this is not a look at me, like me, follow me, YouTube site. This is not about ego but giving you the tools for making meaningful gains. As you read the contents of the site if you don't understand what I am talking about (particularly by reading my blogs) then this site is not for you. Read with an open mind and ask yourself "does this make sense?" "are the things Mike is talking about relevant to me and what I experience every time I enter the gym?" If you are chasing popularity, like or followers, then save us both the time, and return when you recognise, and are sick of, the lies, and deception that goes on in this industry.