Yes very cool, thanks CT. I always love when he shares tidbits that you don’t find in the “mainstream”, like adrenal fatigue - water retention, “soft” muscles, etc.
Speaking of which, what do you guys think of this:
Bobby Pandour - amazing rugged physique, apparently developed through intense “conraction/tension” using the mind (and a 10 lbs dumbbel which was more prop than anything). He and Sandow and other old timers who had dense muscular physiques seem to be big on this mind/muscle super contraction thing.
This supposedly was done before steroids but I’ve read some historical discrepancies. Any case, I’ve experiemnted with this (on the rings) and see some elements of truth. And practically speaking this would be easier on joints, less injury, CNS burnout or whatnot.
Legit or fairytale? [/quote]
It WAS done before steroids or supplements. Testosterone was first synthesized in 1889 but wasn’t used to any significant degree until the 1930s in clinical settings, and the first use for improving physical performance was in the 1950s. So while “technically” testosterone was invented during Pandour’s life there is very little chance that he heard about it, much less used it.
As for his training style… he was first and foremost a gymnast. So even though he didn’t engage in heavy lifting exercises, chances are that he did a lot of body weight work that can be quite challenging. Many men built some pretty impressive physique doing bodyweight/gymnastic work. But I’m not willing to say that his “flexing” exercises caused his muscle growth.
Flexing/tension exercises can be helpful though. They improve mind-muscle connection which thus allow you to better recruit and stimulate the muscles when doing more challenging exercises.
If it did anything to “directly” improve his look, tension exercises could have improved muscle tone, that’s pretty much it.
Also do not forget that low body fat causes the illusion of size. Honestly if we put you besides Pandour, you’d look just as muscular if not more.