Showing posts from June, 2010

New Article: Controlled Overtraining for Muscle Growth

I have a few articles out there in queue with a number of magazines. It's hard to keep track of them, so every so often I'm surprised when I see one pop up. Most mags don't let you know if they're going to print your article or not. One time I went to a Barnes and Noble, picked up a mag and thought to myself,

"Here's this stupid ass magazine that didn't want to publish my..."

[thumbing through the pages]

"... well what do you you know? They picked up my article! Aww, that's great... Hey wait a minute... they didn't pay me! Those cheap, thievin' bastards."

Of course, at the time I was new to freelancing and didn't know that mags pay after the article is in print or online. Anyway, I have a new article at TMuscle:

Controlled Overtraining for Muscle Growth

Return to Copland, Return to Chino?

Your Return to Copland write-up was pretty slick. I plan on using that for my next training block. You mention that prison guards should go a different way in their training. How about a blog or article concerning that kind of training program for guards?

I did some searching around the net and could not find one article concerning the matter. It's a new frontier? Hope to see it sometime.

Catch you around.

My Answer: As I mentioned in the article, those of you in corrections would probably do best with a powerlifting program. You deal with inmates all the time in confined spaces, so pure strength and physical size are traits that would enhance your job.

The reason I didn't write an article specific to correctional officers and deputies manning county jails is that the program really would not be any different from a powerlifting program. In other words, there is nothing specific to the physical demands of corrections that require anything beyond that of pure strength…

Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?

Shrinking a Muscle

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this email/question.

I have been bodybuilding for a couple years. I have pushed myself hard to earn the body that I have, but I currently have a dilemma. Like many, when I was dedicated to bodybuilding in the past I neglected myself in the pursuit of my goals in the sport of bodybuilding. Injuries, an imbalanced life, poverty I have been subjected to it all in the name of achievement.

My problem now is that after years of training I have come to a place where my lats (latissimus dorsi) are much bigger than I want or is reasonable considering I exist as a bodybuilder and an athlete. This problem exists because of my stubborness to build a massive chisseled back frame in my "achievement days". So now, what can I do to reduce the size of my lats?

My answer to this situation has been to reduce the time I train my back and to specifically not do pull ups, lat pulldowns and be careful on the angle of my elbows when I do rows. What …

Burns for Chest Size

Hi James,

You've helped me from the very beginning with my mass-gain goals. Thanks a million! I've gone from 90kg (200 lbs) to 108 kg (240 lbs), and everything is going well. Haven't got your 4th book yet, but X-mas is just around the corner. and my wife usually asks if I want anything in particular ;)

You recently pointed me to the Arm Assault program, which I used in a competition with my work mates. They all chickened out at the last moment, but my training wasn't wasted: I went from 15 and a half to almost 17 inch arms in short time. It gave me some very satisfying results after a period of stagnation!

So I wanted to ask if it is a good idea to go through periods of "focus" on particular muscle groups, perhaps even your weak points: e.g. focus 3 months on A, then focus 3 months on B, etc. In particular, can you recommend a chest specialization program? My chest has always been my weak point, and I'd like to improve it.

I've always found the bar…

15 Pounds in 2 Months

"Mr. Chan, I have a question. I lift weights, bench about 250 and my strength is increasing, but I'm only 145 lbs. I would like to gain mass, but I only seem to get stronger and not much bigger. I would like to be 160 lbs. Is there any way I can do this before the end of the summer? Or even quicker? I would also like to increase my bench by 50 lbs too. If you have any advice for me let me know."


My Answer: A 15 pound weight gain in 2 months is a tall order. It's hard to say what it is that you're doing wrong, because I have no idea what the hell you're doing with regards to training and eating. But let me see if I can do a little psychic training and give you some advice based on little to no information on your background.

For one thing, if you are getting stronger but not bigger, then it usually means 3 things:

1) You're not eating enough calories, protein or fat. Eat, eat, eat! Five meals a day: one hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and sau…

Reps and Exercises for the Upper Arms

I recently did the behind neck cable curl, and I must say it is a unique yet great bicep exercise that I will include in my bicep workouts. But my question to you: is it better to go light or slightly heavy? Keep in mind I am an advanced lifter.


My Answer: It's always good to use a wide variety of reps, but the most important thing is to use a weight where you maintain good form. If the weight is too heavy and your arms are moving forward, then obviously you need to lighten the load and concentrate on your technique. I do prefer the exercise in good form for 8-10 reps.

Hey James, I'm interested in trying your Arm Training Assault program. However, I would be unable to do the seated overhead half press as my gym doesn't have a power rack. Would it be OK to do this on a Smith machine, or should I substitute another exercise in place?

Thanks a lot,

My Answer: A Smith machine would be perfectly fine.