Bodybuilding FAQ

Questions and answers on bodybuilding from male physique vintage magazines.

Muscle Man FAQ

Vintage bodybuilders Ross, Schaefer and Delinger

Vintage bodybuilders Ross, Schaefer and Delinger

Q: I perform the bent arm pullover with a shoulder width grip and am troubled with binding at the shoulder joint. What causes this and how can I correct it?

A: Use a closer grip. Some bodybuilders are troubled with stiff or inflexible shoulder joints. A wide grip cannot be used in the bent arm pullover. A close grip can. You will obtain just as much benefit either way.

Q: If a bodybuilder poses for an exercise routine which appears in a magazine, does this make him a professional?

A: Not unless the article appears under his name. If he merely serves as the model and the article is written by someone else he remains an amateur.

Q: Which is better for increasing the size of the chest – the pullover or the bench press?

A: Both exercises should be performed for maximum chest size. The bench press develops the muscles of the chest. The pullover increases the size of the chest cage, or rib box. The champions of chest development practice both movements.

Q: Is it possible to obtain maximum leg size and power without the squats ?

A: No! Straddles, the leg press, the ‘hack” exercise and iron boot work DO NOT produce the same degree of power and size squats. However, you do not need to practice the squats every work out. Perform them once or twice a week and on other days you can employ a different leg exercise if you like variety.

Q: Which is constructed stronger: a ‘high 1 biceps, or a round, baseball type biceps?

A: The round, baseball type biceps is constructed of denser, stronger fibers. The high biceps looks more impressive in photographs but is not as strong.

Q: Is there any way that the potential of a beginner can be predetermined?

A: No – and that is one of the most fascinating phases of bodybuilding. The thinnest, most unlikely looking beginner may end up as the celebrated champion while the naturally husky beginner may never make the grade. Success is as much a condition of the mind as physical. Maintain a confident attitude and follow a good course of instructions and you will obtain maximum benefit.

Q: Is it true that Russian athletes use weights for conditioning for ALL sports?

A: According to an article that appeared in Sports Illustrated some time back, even women athletes use weights in Russia. This is undoubtedly one of the big secrets of Russia’s athletic success. More and more American coaches are advocating the use of weights, but still not enough. America will regain world wide athletic supremecy only when ALL athletes train with weights.

Q: Is there an ideal hour for training:—a time when energy is highest?

A: Yes. Research has proved that the average person possesses maximum physical energy in the mid-after-noon. Therefore, if you have a choice, training about 3 PM is ideal. However, the body adjusts its energy level according to physical habit. If you select ANY hour and train regularly at that time, in a few weeks your energy level will be highest then. If you jump around and train at a different hour each work out, you will NEVER build a peak energy level for training. The real key is to select a certain time for training and to STICK to that time.

Muscle Man, vol.1 №1


American Physique Questions And Answers

Questions And Answers from American Physique Volume 1 № 1

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male vintage physique photography1. Ques. Does a man have to keep on training for the rest of his life to keep his physique ?

Answer — Not necessarily, meaning that a man does not have to follow a routine as strict as the one he was following, to build up his physique. But I do recommend at least one exercise for each part of the body at least once or twice a week about 10 times each exercise to keep body in shape.

2. Ques. How long must a man train before he has a good enough physique to enter contests or take physique shots for magazines ?

Answer – The first year of your training is the foundation of the physique. From then on each individual will improve in a different manner; some will make terrific gains in the next 6 months, some in the next year. If you or anyone else has at least 3 to 5 years of good, earnest training, then it would be to your advantage to enter a contest and can rate quite high. As for physique shots in magazines you can send them in at any time since we use case histories of beginners and their improvements.

3. Ques. I have been training to loose weight around the mid-section but instead I got a heavier appetite and I keep on gaining weight. What do you suggest I should do ?

Answer — I suggest that if you have an increase on your appetite don’t be afraid to eat. “But” do not eat to much starches, sweets or ice cream, that’s what puts on weight. In your training routine try a higher amount of movements and also try doing some abdominal raises and leg raises before going to bed at night and if possible in the morning also.

4. Ques. I am a slim fellow, I have been training for one year with light weights. And all I have to show for it is slim muscularity. What can I do to gain some bulk?

Answer — In my opinion, I find that you have already built the foundation of your physique even though you did not train correctly for bulk. In the next year try a lower amount of repetitions about 10 and heavier weights for bulk.

5. Ques. How does a man go about becoming a weight-lifter or body builder ?

Answer — If the man does not have a set of weights he should try and get himself a set since he can receive Instructions on Bodybuilding or Weightlifting which explain how to start off in these sports. Or there are Y.M.C.A.’-s and many Gymnasiums which have instructors and weights. If at anytime some problems should arise there are always consulting editors from physique and lifting magazines who will be willing to help if possible.

6. Ques. Can a person get ruptured from lifting weights ?

Answer – Yes, if the person tries to lift more than he can handle. And also if the weight is not lifted properly.

7. Ques. Who was Mr. America of 1943 ?

Answer — Jules Bacon, who has a wonderful physique until this day.

8. Ques. How can I increase extra poundages on my lifts ?

Answer — Try less repetitions with more weights until you reach the amount of repetitions you were doing in your training. Then start over again.

9. Ques. I do heavy work during the day. When I come home at night I’m very tired and can not get enough energy to take a workout. Is there a program a fellow in my position can follow ?

Answer — If you try lying down and relaxing for about one hour then take some honey (about 1 tablespoon); this will give you quick energy. Also to rest a little longer between exercises might be helpful.

10. Ques. Can you straighten me out on the difference between the Biceps Femorus and the Biceps ?

Answer — The Biceps Femorus is the back of the upper leg which controls the bending of the lower leg while the Biceps is the upper arm which controls the bending of the lower arm.

American Physique is dedicated towards a peaceful world. May it be of some small help in granting serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can and wisdom to know the difference.

American Physique – a masterpiece of beauty in manly arts.

American Physique vol. 1 № 1, 1957.