John McCallum on Hard Work
If you've never read any McCallum, you're in for a treat. I didn't read McCallum myself until after I had already become a successful lifter - not to mention a successful writer. But I wish I had read McCallum when I first began weight training. It would have saved me a lot of confusion, not to mention prevent me from following a lot of the foolhardy training programs I did follow, if I would have just read - and then put into practice - the great McCallum's advice on getting big.
But here's the thing: McCallum ("Mac" as he was known) didn't JUST know how to get one big and strong. He also knew how to get someone lean and looking good. And he was light years ahead of his time. For instance, here's the diet he recommended about 15 to 20 years before Atkins (this article was written in 1965):
“The Definition Diet, like most good things, is simple. It’s tasty, nutritious, easy to figure, easy to follow and the ideal adjunct for the hardcore weight trainee. The secret of the diet is this – eliminate carbohydrates. Not reduce them. Eliminate them. Eliminate them completely. You don’t cut calories. You don’t count them. You don’t restrict the amount of food you eat at all. You simply don’t eat any carbohydrates at all.”
Wow! Take that all of you "Keto" and "Paleo" followers (myself included) who thought you were doing some kind of revolutionary diet.
Anyway, we'll save McCallum's dietary and "leaning down" advice for another time (including his belief that everyone should run). Right now, I want to focus on his "get big" stuff. Because he wasn't "just" light years ahead of others when it came to getting lean and ripped. He was best known for his lifting advice in Strength and Health (which I think he mainly wrote in the '60s and early '70s, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong).
The following is from an article in the July, 1967 issue of Strength and Health magazine. It was entitled, as you may have guessed, "Hard Work". Please enjoy the wisdom of the great John McCallum!
|the GREAT John "Mac" McCallum|