I thought I’d post this short, true story.
In 1985 the reigning (1984) Mr. Universe did an IFBB sponsored month long seminar tour of the UK. The owner of my gym was (and still is) the UK Chairman of the IFBB, so 1984 Mr. U spent an awful lot of time being in the gym between gigs.
Me and my training partner were excited to see him and learn “the secrets.” Everyone in the gym was. We all had tickets to his seminar. Even though me and my gym buddy were using high intensity strength training and “only” in the gym 3 times a week I still expected to catch sight of him doing something. Sadly I didn’t see him train. Not once. That’s because he didn’t. Not once. Fair enough. Maybe he needed a break. Every night we were there he would look out of the gym office window and watch us all working out.
After about 3 weeks he stopped me as we were leaving. He gave us both a puzzled look. Then he looked me in the eyes. “You guys don’t train much” he said, “but you’re pretty big. What’cha doing?” I think we were both taken aback. Mr. Universe asking me!? “Erm… we train full body, three times a week” I stuttered, somewhat embarrassed and breathless. “Mentzer stuff” (which it was). “Yeah!” he exclaimed with a grin. “That sounds real good. That makes real sense. I’m gonna try that when I get home!”
SO WHAT…? I can hear you thinking it. Read Arthur Jones’ material. Read Dr. Darden’s. Give it a try. A REAL try. If a world class bodybuilder is asking me what to do and then goes away to try it himself, then it tells you something - take what they say with a pinch of salt. Better still - do the exact opposite. You will make more progress.