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Wisdom Of The Masters


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Old school strength, bodybuilding and physical training quotes from Mythslayer. It is important to recognise that much of our training knowledge comes from the old masters of decades ago.

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Wisdom Of The Masters

  1. 1. Wisdom Of The Masters Physical Training Quotes From The Sages Of Strength
  2. 2. Wisdom Of The Masters • It’s important to recognise that much of our current training knowledge arose from the teachings and experience of the weight trainers and bodybuilders of long ago • By studying these great teachers we can develop wisdom from what they are willing to share. • Take a look at these gems of insight from the old school “Sages Of Strength”
  3. 3. Wisdom Of The Masters “ One cannot actualize his goals until he visualizes them clearly in the minds eye” Mike Mentzer
  4. 4. Wisdom Of The Masters “Working chest, delts, tris, and biceps works approximately 10% of your overall lean body mass. Working hard on deadlifts (bent legged, trap Bar, or sumo) or squatting (not necessarily at the same time) works more like 70% of your musculature at once and sends a strong message to your body to get better at growing now!” Wesley Silveira
  5. 5. Wisdom Of The Masters “There's more to life than training, but training is what puts more in your life.” Brooks Kubik
  6. 6. Wisdom Of The Masters “There is no reason to be alive if you can't do the deadlift!” Jon Pall Sigmarsson
  7. 7. Wisdom Of The Masters “Always remember this...there is only one recipe for strength. A secret recipe that was handed down from Sandow to John Grimek to Paul Anderson to Vasily Alexeev to Bill Kazmaier to me. Now I’m giving you that magical recipe…hard work plus proper nutrition plus time equals strong.” Steve Pulcinella
  8. 8. Wisdom Of The Masters “The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” Henry Rollins
  9. 9. Wisdom Of The Masters “I would like to be the first man in the gym business to throw out my scale. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, what difference does it make what the scale says” Vince Gironda
  10. 10. Wisdom Of The Masters “Far too many bodybuilders spend too much time exercising the smaller muscle groups such as the biceps at the expense of the larger muscle groups such as the thighs, and then they wonder why it is that they never make gains in overall size and strength.” Reg Park
  11. 11. Wisdom Of The Masters “ I also agree with you about the whole paralysis by analysis thing. Yes, you have to be smart in your training, and yes, you have to think it through and plan it -- but you also have to chalk your hands, grab the bar and lift it. That's where so many people go wrong.” Brooks Kubik
  12. 12. Wisdom Of The Masters “Mediocre athletes that tried like hell to get good are the best coaches” Mark Rippetoe
  13. 13. Wisdom Of The Masters “You are right to be wary. There is much bullshit. Be wary of me too, because I may be wrong. Make up your own mind after you evaluate all the evidence and the logic.” Mark Rippetoe
  14. 14. Wisdom Of The Masters “ Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  15. 15. Wisdom Of The Masters “I could never find a better biceps exercise than dumbell curls on the incline bench, so after a while that was the only one I did.” Steve Reeves, 1966
  16. 16. Wisdom Of The Masters “Live your life by the hour, not by the day. What will you achieve in the next hour?” Frank Zane
  17. 17. Wisdom Of The Masters “Exercise is King. Nutrition is the Queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom.” Jack LaLanne, 1953
  18. 18. Wisdom Of The Masters “If you want to be a success in bodybuilding or anything else in life, you can’t have lukewarm ambition or an indifferent attitude. You must acquire intensity and a strong desire. That’s the only way you will succeed.” Dr. Frederick Tilney, 1947 Sergio Oliva ” The Myth”
  19. 19. Wisdom Of The Masters “Motivate the mind, the body will follow” Larry Scott,1967
  20. 20. Wisdom Of The Masters “ The biggest mistake a bodybuilder can make is losing sight of what is aesthetically pleasing. Symmetry should always have precedence over sheer bulk.” Clarence Ross, 1949 Kevin Levrone
  21. 21. Wisdom Of The Masters “Unless you’re willing to really sweat, you’re unlikely to achieve any major success in barbell work. Great lifters and physique men are made, not born. They are self made, via their own diligent, gruelling efforts.” Bradley Steiner, 1973
  22. 22. Wisdom Of The Masters “Talk all you want about arcane bodybuilding theories. I’ll be in the gym. It’s leg day” Dave Draper, 1999
  23. 23. Wisdom Of The Masters “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
  24. 24. Wisdom Of The Masters “ Train don’t strain. Don’t leave everything in the gym. Save some energy for living.” Bill Pearl, 1974
  25. 25. Wisdom Of The Masters “ Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.” Henry Rollins
  26. 26. Wisdom Of The Masters “To feel strong, to walk amongst humans with a tremendous feeling of confidence and superiority is not at all wrong. The sense of superiority in bodily strength is borne out by the long history of mankind paying homage in folklore, song and poetry to strong men”. Fred Hatfield Big Ramy
  27. 27. Wisdom Of The Masters “ Just imagine if we could solve the mystery of life sufficient to extend man’s life expectancy to reach the century mark. What wonderful progress the human race would make in everything that is worthwhile. I believe the best tool we have of achieving that goal is barbell training and proper eating.” George Jowett, 1947
  28. 28. Wisdom Of The Masters “If you want bigger arms - squat! Squatting makes everything grow.” Sergio Oliva, 1967
  29. 29. Wisdom Of The Masters “ I don’t believe in bodybuilders using steroids. If a man doesn’t have enough male hormones in his system to create, a nice hard, muscular body, he should take up ping pong” Steve Reeves
  30. 30. Wisdom Of The Masters “After being taught sets and reps and working at it for a length of time you can't paint by numbers anymore. It must come from within. Any artist has an emotional contact with their work. A true bodybuilder doesn't just build muscle he creates muscle. You can't be a robot.” Tom Platz
  31. 31. Wisdom Of The Masters “You get as big as possible from becoming as strong as possible. When I started lifting I went into the gym with that ‘how much can I bench, curl squat , and deadlift?’ attitude. That’s when I discovered how fast my strength could increase, and it made me crazy intense to get even stronger.” Kevin Levrone,
  32. 32. Wisdom Of The Masters “ I still believe one of the most important choices is how we treat others. What good does it do you to build a huge muscular, impressive body if you are small and underdeveloped on the inside? I’ve always felt that success begins on the inside and reaching our true potential gets blocked when we are small-spirited.” Rich Gaspari
  33. 33. Wisdom Of The Masters “Some people like to live without too much risk. They’re satisfied leading a safe existence. This attitude of caution infiltrates into their goals. Every successful athlete - or businessperson enjoys taking calculated risks. You have to. Especially in the gym when you’re squatting 500 for reps and you can’t get one more but grunt out ten. Your nose starts bleeding, you fall into the rack and that’s set one.” Tom Platz
  34. 34. Wisdom Of The Masters “ Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” Frank Zane
  35. 35. Wisdom Of The Masters “To stimulate optimal size and strength increases, it's imperative that you regularly attempt the momentarily impossible. For example, if you can curl 100 pounds for a maximum of 10 reps, but never attempt the 11th, your body has no reason to enlarge upon its existing capacity. It is only by regularly attempting to go beyond your existing capacity that inroads are made into your body's reserves.” Mike Mentzer
  36. 36. Wisdom Of The Masters “ The truth I’ve discovered is that you don’t have to lift enormous weights to grow muscle. By using stricter form, slower negatives, and stretching between sets you can get an incredible pump in all your workouts. Numbers are an abstraction, especially to muscles. Your body doesn’t know the absolute weight of what you lift, it only recognises how heavy it feels. The secret is to make lighter weights feel heavier.” Frank Zane
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