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Mr. Dips

Q: Silly question, I know: Are you the guy we used to (flatteringly) call "Mr. Dips?"
If so, you look very different now.  Please describe your training methodology!

What kind of lifts do your workouts consist of?


My Answer: I don't recall anybody calling me "Mr. Dips" to my face, but I did do a lot of dips when I used to workout at the gym in my early years.  And I have lost a lot of muscle mass since I've stopped eating like a bodybuilder, because I just don't have the appetite anymore.  I prefer to maintain a trim and tone physique built on wiry strength.  What gym did you train with this "Mr. Dips" anyway?

I was always a skinny dude, so I started weight training to get some size.  I ended up getting a thick chest, back, thighs and shoulders, but my arms were lagging behind.  So I added dips to gain some triceps size.  I worked on dips at least once a week.

Eventually I got to a point where I could strap a 100 dumbbell to my waist and d…

Reader Mail

Hi James,

I know that you don't need me to write anything here, but I figured that I would give you some positive feedback while requesting your free workout. I have volumes two and three of yours, and have found that you really know what you are talking about. I have told my friends and students (I am a high school physics teacher) about the results that I have gotten from your workouts.

-M. Testa

My Answer:  Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad that the workouts have helped you out.  Being a parent now myself, I've been showing more concern about the educational system.  My wife works at a high school as well. 

Anyway I want to thank you for educating our youth as a high school teacher.  A tough and under-appreciated job, but one that is crucial to our society's future.

Avoiding Neural and Metabolic Fatigue

Hi James! I found your Hypertrophy Program for Ectomorphs article in What abdominal and cardio workout would you recommend for this program.


My Answer: Both ab exercises and cardio are very taxing for the ectomorph, and they are taxing for very different reasons. Ab exercises work your nervous system pretty hard, since there are a huge bundle of nerves in the abdominal area. So you're likely to overtrain if you include too much ab work. The ectomorph has to avoid overtraining, so that he doesn't compromise his growth. Besides, if you're an ectomorph, then you should have a thin waist anyway that's going to be worked indirectly by squats.

But if you must do an ab exercise, then do some hanging leg raises:

As far as cardio, it will overtrain you metabolically. If you're an ectomorph and already skinny, then why waste your recuperative abilities doing cardio? Your goal isn't fat loss, it's muscle building. But if you have t…