Diagnostic Bodybuilding by Mike Brown
If you are not making progress,
you are doing something wrong
or there is something wrong with you
43 years in the researching and 7 years in the writing
If you are training and not gaining there has to be a reason. Before you can correct a problem, you have to be able to identify the problem.
You may have been taught that, in order to induce rapid muscular growth, you have to “train to failure.” This is nonsense, though it has been parroted by almost everyone ever since Arthur Jones introduced the concept in 1970 to promote his Nautilus machines. Training to failure is a good way to injure yourself. You should train to stimulate the body, not destroy it.
You may have been taught that “six small meals a day” is the way to gain. Again, every one parrots this nonsense. “Six small meals a day” is a good way to put your energy levels in the toilet. You’re shoving food out of the way before it has a chance to digest. I.e., you aren’t giving your body sufficient time to convert your food to energy and muscle tissue. This concept was introduced by a 23-year-old named Vern Bickel in the 1950s who only used it for six weeks. It was a brief bulking up program.
You may be taking whey protein and it “isn’t working.” Whey only stays in the body for 90 minutes, while sodium caseinate (both derived from milk) stays in the body for 7 hours.
You may have a tilted pelvis, muscles that contracted and won’t release (anything that feels like a rope or a pebble while the surrounding muscle tissue is pliable is contracted muscle tissue), or other problems. Let us show you how to find and fix the problem so you will gain.
How many times have you hit “sticking points” or plateaus? In this book Mike Brown shows you the secret to overcoming sticking points known to only three men in the entire twentieth century. One of those men was the original owner of what later became the York Barbell Company. The other two men were the “world’s strongest man” in his time-one in the 1920s and other in the 1930s. One stood 6′ tall and weighed 260 with a “six-pack” and a legitimate 19.5″ arm. The other stood 5′ 8″ and weighed 230. He also had “cuts.” This was in the days before protein supplements or anabolic steroids. This method will work just as well for you.
Diagnostic Bodybuilding includes photos, a Bibliography, Glossary and Index.
1 Supplementing Your Diet with Desiccated Liver
2 40 Years of Bad Road
3 Let the Diagnosis Begin
4 I’m Not Okay, You’re Not Okay
5 What, When and Why Not to Eat
6 When Not to Train
7 The Basics
8 Squats-The King of Barbell Exercises
9 The Bench Press
10 The Back
11 The Importance of Hamstrings
12 Arms and Shoulders
13 Grip and Forearm Development
14 The Abdominal Cavity
15 How Not to Diagnose
19 Spinal Alignment
20 Developing the Neck
21 Small Increments and Patience
23 Removing Energy Blockages
25 Watch Who You Run With
32 The Future Wave of Weight Training
33 Our Split Society