|John Grimek was the best built man of his generation - and he became an Iron Game legend - but he almost quit training one day when he was just getting started. Here's the true story of what happened.|
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issue (which I am working on) is going
to be another good one!
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4. The Day John Grimek Quit the
A lot of guys think that John Grimek
was a total genetic freak - that he
always had it easy - and that every
time he so much as looked at a barbell
he gained a quarter inch on his upper
But, of course, that's not quite true.
Grimek did indeed have good genetics
for building an old-school bodybuilder's
physique - and good genetics for weight-
lifting and feats of strength.
But it didn't come easily for him.
There was plenty of hard work involved -
and many, many mistakes when he was
just getting started.
One of those mistakes was letting his
youthful enthusiasm get the better of
Trying to force progress faster than his
body would allow.
Doing too much.
Too many workouts.
Too many exercises.
Too many sets.
Too many reps.
In a word, over-training.
Just like we all did - and like many of us
Yes, John Grimek over-trained as a young
man - and it almost destroyed his career.
Things got so bad that Grimek decided
he had had enough of it - and he quit
Gave it up.
Put the barbell and the weights back in
the big wooden box they were delivered
in - shoved the box into the corner - and
decided to spend his free time swimming
and tanning and lying on the beach to
watch the girls.
But then something unexpected happened.
He started to grow.
He couldn't believe it.
He wasn't even training any more!
He was just taking it easy.
But he was growing.
He measured his arms and they were
bigger than ever before.
And this was after having not gained an
ounce of muscle for a very long time.
He thought it over, and realized that he
had been over-training.
That he needed to do the right amount
of work and no more - the amount that
made him grow - and then STOP and
give his body the time it needed to
grow bigger and stronger.
He got back to training - on a shorter
and saner schedule than the one he
had been following - and the rest, as
they say, is history.
Now, you may not have the genetics
that John Grimek had - but your genetics
may be a lot better than you think.
You'll never know unless you train the
right way - and do what John Grimek
learned to do.
Train enough - but not too much!
As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make it
a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. For more about John Grimek's life
and training, grab this great course:
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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day:
"Genetics matter, but so does sensible
-- Brooks Kubik
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