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Charlie Hodge and being on tour with Elvis

March 25, 2017 - 19:36

In your adventures on tour with Elvis, did you ever get to meet Charlie Hodge? If I’m not mistaken, he’s still working on the Elvis Tribute show at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee… still playing for Elvis!

I remember the brotherhood that existed between Elvis, his band and his entourage. He had a wall of carefully acquired companions who would die for him and I remember Charlie Hodge. I met everybody at one time or another and interacted as you do when pressed together in a raging traveling entertainment factory.

I loved the concerts and the hysteria. They swept away all the madness of their preparation. I spent two days at Graceland with the crew filming and interviewing Elvis’ mild-mannered Dad (who attended every concert) and staff and neighbors. Does everybody do stuff they wish they could do over again so they can get it right or at least be there? Helloo ~~ dave

Precontest carbing up

March 25, 2017 - 19:31

I heard you wrote that while you were backstage at a contest you were pumping up, oiling up, and “carbing up.” Although “carbing up” sounds pretty self-explanatory, what exactly does it mean and what does it do?

The “carbing up” I would have been referring to when depicting my backstage experience was the simple process of restoring rapidly depleting blood sugar for brain and body energy. Tissue hydration for a carb-up would have been accomplished through the ingestion of simple carbs contributing to the complementary on-stage pump. Sugar amps the mood, body energy and pump. Look out below tomorrow morning, though.

Carbo loading as a pre-contest technique as it’s done these days is considerably more complex, varies with different bodies and chemistries, hormones and timing and protein-loading, carbo-depletion and muscle mass and maturity… that stuff… an answer for another time. Actually, there’s no outside answer to that one: It takes personal experimentation to see what works for each person.


50 pounds to lose

March 20, 2017 - 17:44

I’m a 50-year-old beginner who can’t seem to drop 50 pounds of bodyfat. I lift 3 days a week and do cardio daily. What do you think about low carb dieting? Will it work for me to drop that extra sludge and is it safe?

Low carb will do well for you (maybe include up to 75 grams of carbs). It seems to work especially well for people with a chunk like that to lose.

Continue your hard training… it’s the smartest move you’ve ever made and I say that even if you’re a medical doc or a pastor or an Indian chief.


Arnold vs Sergio

March 20, 2017 - 17:43

In an onstage battle between Arnold vs Sergio in 1970, who do you think should have won?

Isn’t that a tough question? Which wonder, The Taj Mahal or The Great Wall? What hour is best, sunrise or sunset?

I sit in the judge’s seat and say, “Which body would I like to have?” The answer is in the eye of the beholder, one of personal preference and, often times, a whim.

Sergio stood out with his unique proportions, awesome size and projection of sensational power.

Arnold, no less massive and symmetrical, ruled the stage with a presence no one can imagine, pretend or imitate.

I guess I’d like to have the body of Sergio, but, alas, I’m me.


A regular tuna and water thing

March 20, 2017 - 17:42

I did your tuna and water thing recently and it worked well. Is this something I can incorporate into my routine on a cyclic basis? If so, how often? Are there any issues or concerns I need to be aware of?

The tuna thing can be done regularly for a day or two or three with satisfaction, especially when fortified with some Metamucil for roughage, a high-quality vitamin-mineral supplement and two tablespoons of fish oil. You can extend it by adding salad ingredients and by adding chicken as a second protein source or Bomber Blend in water. Then bring on the red meat. Eggs work well too.

It’s a good plan for tidying up our acts.

Push that iron… and God’s speed… DD

Lee Haney

March 13, 2017 - 17:36

If Lee Haney were competing today and made the necessary dietary changes to achieve the new standards of definition, could he still be competitive?

My first thought is, “Silly question for adults to ask.”

Could George Washington, were he apprised of today’s world affairs, make a worthy president?

Give Lee an updated menu with the essential ingredients one might find in today’s massive bodybuilders and the stage would likely collapse. What a catastrophe! The strong will survive.


Program to lose weight and keep muscle

March 13, 2017 - 17:35

Please let me know how to lose weight and keep the muscle, split training or supersetting? Doing cardio first or on alternate days?

Dropping the fat and keeping the muscle requires time, hard training and a smart hi protein, lower fat and carb diet.

I don’t know your details, but supersetting is a great musclebuilding and muscularizing technique. Apply it where and when you are able and want.

I also split my routines, chest, shoulders and back on one day, arms the next for more muscle concentration.

I’d do cardio on off days, but go for HIIT style (more intense 12-15 minutes), rather than long duration low intensity (30 minutes and over).

Refer to Brother Iron for routines and reminders… Have fun… Dave

Trying to gain weight

March 13, 2017 - 17:33

Could you please suggest a workout and foods or supplements that would help me gain weight and particularly muscle mass?

As long as you’re following a basic musclebuilding routine using barbells and dumbbells, you’re on the right track. Thoughtful and relatively hard 60-minute workouts 3 or 4 times a week should do and limited cardio work — three 20-minute moderate-intensity stationary or treadmill sessions a week. If your daily on-the-job work input is physically busy and your workouts are aggressive, you can cut out the aerobics till you gain substantial sound muscle mass.

Eat smaller meals (5-6) more often throughout the day and have a protein shake for breakfast and before and after every weight training workout.

Eat plenty of lean red meat (daily), along with dairy, fish and foul, plus fresh vegetables and fresh fruit of course.

This is nothing new to you, but the plan must be in process all the time.

A visit to the doc for a blood test will reveal any thyroid condition or hormonal imbalance or nutritional abnormality — all amendable.

Rest, relaxation and sleep are priceless to enhance the health of the entire system. Lots of water, water, water. Less stress, stress, stress and as my dad always said, Seek ye first the kingdom of God.

Go… Dave