Arnold, Arnold, Arnold!!!
Famous words heard being grunted in a dingy New York gym. Aspiring lifter Lou Ferrigno gunning after the title. A scene from Pumping Iron.
It seems like anyone who has picked up a weight knows who Arnold Schwarzenegger is. To many men he is a precedence for ultimate fitness potential. Young and old we all know Arnold!
Thats One Big Motha, Shut Yo Mouth!
Get bigger, faster, stronger. Look hot naked. Warrior this, Spartan that. Muddy duddy. The internet is saturated with sites, videos, posts, e-books, so on and so forth talking about get big, get lean, and get strong. Routine after routine. Method after method. Diets, pills, supplements, whatever!
But there’s one basic concept that has been around for ages, 5×5.
The Tests OF Time
I don’t know about you, but for me if I want to learn how to do something I look for someone that already knows what the heck it is I need to figure out. Makes the most sense. In this case I was one of them guys that wanted to get bigger and stronger. I spent the time doing research and trying all these routines. What did I learn? That to get big you gotta lift big.
Being a fan or Arnold I obviously had a few of his books. Which in this case became very helpful. Reading through Arnold’s early manuscripts he talks about his training methods. But more importantly he talks about his idol, the great Reg Park.
Then and now Reg Park is synonymous with bodybuilding and weightlifting. He had a great physique. The question I had was how did he do it? What was his secret?
Turns out there wasn’t a secret at all. Reg, who passed his knowledge along to Arnold, used a very basic principal 5 sets of 5 repetitions with heavy compound lifts. Thats it.
Albiet Reg Parks routine that I found online seems to be rather extensive taking upwards of 2 hours it still was based on a 5×5 routine. I don’t think that I would have been enlightened to this amazingness had it not been my admiration of The Terminator himself.
Thanks to Arnie and Reg I was able to find a plethora of info regarding the, now gaining popularity, 5×5 routine. Sites like StrongLifts5x5, books like Starting Strength, and videos like Advanced 5×5 all shed light on these techniques and further solidified the amazingness in which they contain.
With that being said. Get your ass off the computer and in the gym!