The Leg Press and Back Stress

Ron Harris

The Leg Press and Back Stress

Lower-back injuries are about as common among bodybuilders as tribal tattoos. As a result, many in the iron crowd shun squats in favor of the leg press, in which the back is fully supported. Overall that’s a good thing, as the leg press enables you to train heavy without putting your lower back at risk, especially if you have a history of injury to the area. The trouble begins when you’re lulled into a false sense of security, mistakenly believing that it’s impossible to injure the lumbar spine on leg presses.

The Brothers Grimm

Stuart McRobert

The Brothers Grimm

In the last installment I took you through the Grimm brothers’ new lower-body routine. Now let’s go through their new upper-body workout.

Their new program alternates two routines—an upper/lower split—over three training days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That gives them four full rest days each week and has them train each bodypart three times every

Reverse Pyramid Power

Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson

Reverse Pyramid Power

Q: Your explanation of the reverse pyramid given in your e-book X-traordinary Workouts—doing a very heavy work set first for five reps to stimulate the nervous system and then reducing the poundage on the next set for nine reps to capitalize on that—makes much more sense to me than pyramiding, or adding weight on every set so that reps decrease [for example, 10, 8, 6]. Can I use the reverse pyramid on exercises you list as pyramid moves in other programs in that e-book?

TEXAS SHREDDER

Steve Holman

TEXAS SHREDDER

Dave Goodin is amazing. He still has the motivation and rock-solid physique to hit the bodybuilding stage with the best—and come out on top, or close to it, every time. At his most recent outing, the ’08 NPC Team Universe Championships, he took second in the welterweight class, beating some very good, and young, drug-free bodybuilders. And he did it only a year after ripping his hamstring from the bone in a freak accident.

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