Bradley Steiner's Tips
Years ago in IronMan magazine, sandwiched between all of the glossy pictures of steroid-bloated bodybuilders and the various pics of semi-nude (though admittedly beautiful) women, there was real training advice. Bill Starr had monthly columns that, once you read a few dozen of them, allowed you to become a semi-expert in the field of real training. Stuart McRobert had articles that were all pretty darn good—the advice was practical, no-nonsense stuff. I had articles that, not to be too self-promotional, weren't half-bad. And, of course, there were also plenty of articles on full-body, basic workouts from a number of other writers/trainers who peddled such practical wisdom as what was found once-upon-a-time in the "golden age" of bodybuilding yore. Amidst all of this, Bradley Steiner wrote a column—not to mention quite a few additional articles—for decades in the magazine. And his advice was as bare bones as it came: nothing but the basics, full-body workouts only, limited amount of sets and reps, keep it simple—that sort of stuff.
Steiner's workouts would fit in the second category of full-body workouts discussed above. In one of his articles in the mid '90s, he had this to say about the "indicators" that reveal whether or not one is training correctly:
- You feel comfortably and pleasantly tired when your workout session is done. You feel as if your mind and body have been renewed.
- You feel energetic—not as if you have the strength to train again, but as if you'd do it again if you could.
- You feel positive about your training. You're deeply satisfied with the session you've just finished.
- You're buoyant, almost high, about an hour later.
- You're relaxed when it's time to go to bed. You sleep deeply and well, and you feel good when you wake the next morning.
- You feel absolutely super on the day following a good workout.
- When you train right, you enjoy it.
- When you train correctly, you find that you make steady progress.
- And, finally, you feel exhilarated, not exhausted—and that's a good way to feel.
Steiner's advice, obviously, is still sound as ever today.