Trainees often think that to get the best results possible, one must spend hours upon hours working out. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. The saying “less is more” really rings true here.

Vince Gironda Posing

“Back in 1925 German scientist discovered that to acquire larger muscles you must increase the intensity of work done in the shortest amount of time.”  Vince Gironda, “Calculating the Pump”

What Vince Gironda meant was that it does not matter how much work you do, but what matters is how much work you get done in the shortest possible time. More specifically, a shorter workout rather than a longer one is more beneficial especially in terms of gaining muscle and fat loss, and it’s also less time consuming for people with limited time to spare.

As always, lifting with conscious awareness is paramount. Never take your mind off of your form, as injuries can come easily and quickly when your just going through the motions.


Gladys Portugues

The world is not flat and women who body sculpt will not develop huge disproportionate muscles. No plan and poor training execution will be the culprit of that. Far too often some men and women think that just by looking at weights they will suddenly sprout big muscles. This just isn’t the case as it is incredibly hard to sculpt a great physique (great physique = person specific). If the trainee has certain muscles that respond too well from training, meaning for whatever reason that particular muscle develops quickly and easily and too much growth isn’t what is desired, make the necessary adjustments to minimize their involvement in the routine.

My best advice is to become aware of how to train properly and smart. This involves learning what parts of the body to grow and sculpt, while minimizing growth and development in other areas of the body. Learn how to create an illusion, favor symmetry and proportion.

“It’s probably one of the most difficult things in the world to do, to build muscle, as you’re losing fat. It doesn’t just happen over night, I mean one of the misconceptions is you’r going to wake up one morning and say “oh my god, what have I done?” It happens very, very slowly. Theres no activity thats going to make a woman look like a man, unless you do something to your endocrine system, meaning if you ingest steroids into your body…”  Rachel McLish, Steroids in Bodybuilding

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