The Training Methods of Vince Gironda

Overcoming Bodybuilding Sticking Points

I well know that none can train exclusively on a concentrated program for too long because the time will surely come when it will cease to get further results.

Some term this the "sticking-point" others call it "staleness" whereas I term it over-taxing the nerves and muscles.

I have found three weeks of concentrated training to be about enough, and the point at which most bodybuilders become bored and stale. And at this point, after three weeks of hard training, I find that one week of rest to be much better than would a change of program, because the softening up of muscle tissue allows for renewed energy by the storing up of vitality and re-stimulation to muscles for the resumption of training.

Rest is nature's method of restoring the nerves and whole body. Surely, this is logical. If anyone robs himself of needed rest and allows his enthusiasm to govern him, he then continues on nerve force which will soon prove detrimental for muscle-growth.

And if one cares to go into precise physiological technicalities he will readily find that the nerves need rest more than do the muscles.

Muscles over bad nerves soon become weaker under the power of mis-directed nerve force. Far too many gymnasium instructors fail to recognize the need of relaxation for the central nervous system, which I feel controls either growth or shrinkage of musculature.

That is why I emphatically advice the application of real hard training, three times or oftener every week for three weeks, only and to then follow with a lay-off of one whole week so as to recuperate and give the muscles and tissues a chance to grow – and they will grow!

The Genetic Superior Bodybuilder

They rest better - they have deep, profound sleep and they have such little stress that their minds can completely turn off after their workout and they can go right down in an ALPHA STATE AGAIN. They could almost sleep during a workout.

The first thing I noticed about them is that they digest their food better. They do all the things naturally that science says to do. That nature says to do.

They get through a workout and take a nap. (Refer to Dr. Carlin Venus and his comments on legendary Chuck Ahrens and some of the pre-steroid behemoths of strength and size).

Pay attention! The body triggers a growth mechanism during sleep. That's why you're supposed to take Arginine-Ornithine (amino acids). I not only take those before sleep, but phosphorus-free calcium. The amino, Tryptophan works in conjunction also. It's another amino you have to take because it isn't produced to any great degree in the body.

These are INCREDIBLE things to trigger growth. You know as far as some of the others think - if they even know this - you trigger the growth mechanism with INTENSE EFFORT, but there's more. Much more to it than that!

I'm researching a lot more on sleep and these mechanisms for my book. As far as I'm concerned it hasn't been researched enough - not from a bodybuilder's standpoint.

Sleep is a powerful growth mechanism TRIGGER. Particularly after workouts. And there's always protein-feeding; amino acids and protein at this time.

The proteins simply supply the material to grow on during this process. Look at Tryptophan again. It kicks in Serotonin in the brain. It enhances and triggers the sleep process. By the way, I don't take isolated ARGININE & ORNITHINE. I TAKE A COMPLETE AMINO (complex). Then I take several other aminos, I take one amino that's worth $70.00 for 240 grams!

It's a hospital-orientated product. Hospital quality. I take it every time I eat. I take enormous quantities of digestive aids. This is also necessary because I was never a genetic superior and as I've said, they digest their food more efficiently.

Lack of stress is one of the main reasons they have a better flow of digestive juices. It all goes back to stress. If Bob Hoffman ever said anything, his comment, "The first asset to health is tranquillity". Because he had all these genetic superiors around him, like Grimek, he could observe.

He must've done some real observing because that is a very heavy statement.

Bodybuilding And The Central Nervous System

It is a known fact that beyond a certain point at which a maximum pump is achieved you lose your pump.

You've done it. You've stood before a mirror and pumped your arms and in your enthusiasm – and ignorance – you continued, but at a given point you say, "What happened to the pump?" and your arms are flaccid. You see, Man Plans and God Lasts.

At a given point nature gives you a mechanism to keep you from rupturing your capillaries. What would happen if you continued to pump? You'd rupture your capillaries!

This is the same kind of thing when I tell people how to do ABDOMINAL work: Central Nervous System SHOCK.

Or you could call it Solar Plexus shock. Show me a guy that works gut everyday and I'll show you a guy with a big, round, smooth DRUM belly.

Actually, one of the things that happens is water forming in and around the muscle. A safeguard of some sort of which I don't completely understand. But it is a buffering and cushioning effect; both. I can only observe and tell you what I observe.

Now – don't forget: I am a valid teacher in the field. Teacher is the key word and I don't pass anything along unless I know what I'm talking about.

If you go ask some "muscle guy" how he got big, doing seminars and telling you what worked for T-H-E-M, and, of course, they fail to tell you about all the "supplements" they take.

And I don't mean vitamins. "Supplements" – quote. I'm being very kind here.

Running And Building Optimum Muscle

Getting back to running and building optimum muscle: you can't stay in POSITIVE NITROGEN balance by running excessively for distance, et. al.

You've got to digest 20 grams of protein every 3 hours or look at it like NITROGEN in the system every 3 hours for optimum muscle growth.

There's no way you can keep ahead of your bodily requirements for nitrogen and perform THAT much work. Loss of hormone makes it tough, particularly when they are taking steroids.

I won't go into those aspects now because we covered that on another tape. Distance running can contribute to this over-stimulation of the Adrenal glands – then you have overstressed adrenals – sometimes ADRENAL SHOCK and then the resulting feedback mechanisms cutting down on your Testosterone levels, etc. No growth.

It is only a loss, however, to the degree that they are spending it.

In the meantime they can't possibly get back from Peter what they took from Paul. Fortunately, these glands can rejuvenate themselves with care and nutrients.

They can rehabilitate themselves even if they atrophy. You see this with the varying libido problems a lot of these guys have.

When they get off steroids, for example, their own glandular system slowly comes back and sexual drive returns more, sense of vitality and well-being, etc

Improved Body, Mind and Spirit

Dear Mr. Kosloff,

My name is John and I have been strength training for about 20 years.  Both my father and brother loved to workout and they were the first to introduce me to it. I then played football in high school and college.  However, improper training, awful technique, has since ravaged my body with injuries.

I stumbled on your website and it has been an absolute blessing to me!! I cannot stop reading it!! Simple things such as how to bench press at the neck, what situps really do, milk and eggs, this is such a revelation!!

Currently I work as a teacher/football coach at a high school. I have shared some of this knowledge with my students and they have grown to love bodybuilding and it is amazing to see them loving this as a lifestyle. 

Thank you for this website. Up until this time I had never heard of Vince Gironda due to Joe Weider's monopoly in the bodybuilding media.

In regard to my health as mentioned ealier in this email, I have found that by changing my diet as you have recommended has improved my body, mind, and spirit! This information could have very well saved my life with all the garbage I have put into my body throughout the years!

Take care and again thank you :)

John Drake

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