As a veteran of eight knee surgeries (6 due to infection) I can relate to Clarence somewhat. However, I completely disagree with a few of the things he mentioned. First, he (as well as myself) both wrecked our knees from doing a large voume of strength exercises, especially the back squat. Westerners in this sport seem to be obcessed with how much they can squat, even when the analysis shows that they have very little corellation to competition lifts. Second, we all seem to want to get strong at the expense of practicing the skill of weightlifting. If you watch the many YouTube videos of Ilya Ilin training, he seems to pay very little attention to squats. Yes, he does heavy weights, but not much volume, and instead spends a vast majority of his time on the lifts. Compare his training to the Russians, who spend a huge amount of time on strength exercies. In the past two years, Aukhadov,Maligov, Okulov, Akkaev, and Belagov all had back injuries or surgeries. Something is wrong there. Since my surgeries, I’ve kept my squatting to a minimum and focusing almost entirely on the skill of doing the competition exercises. My knees no longer hurt, and I’m lifting more than before the operations, even though I’m triaining more frequently (every day). I think the “Bulgarian” three lift system with an extensive focus on the lifts is most effective and results in fewer injuries. Great interview. Just my two cents.
I'm not sure why exactly, but I've noticed on The Peak Testosterone Forum a lot of guys 50+, like myself, who want to lift weights, put on muscle and look good in their senior years. Well, I had the privilege of interviewing one of the undisputed kings of bodybuilding who has written many articles for the biggest bodybuilding publications and web sites, Clarence Bass. Many of you will recognize his name as some of what he has written has become bedside reading in the bodybuilding community over the years. And, if you do not believe that Clarence walks the talk, check out these Pics of Clarence Over the Decades . He is clearly in an elite few who has stayed healthy, avoided major injuries and build mass year after year. Check out the interview with him below:
A great deal of what we know about steroids is derived from competitive bodybuilding; all of it, of course not but there is a debt that is owed. Moreover, as we have discussed, what we know and understand of anabolic hormones has in many cases led to a better understanding of how our muscles work, how our hormonal structure and function is laid out and in within these understandings we have found ourselves wiser in-terms of general health and fitness. A great deal of what we see today in popular culture is owed to steroids and competitive bodybuilding and since the two go hand-in-hand many aspects of fitness can trace their roots to competitive bodybuilding.
Thanks to competitive bodybuilding we have seen an explosion of a more health and fitness aware society; the gyms where we exercise were built by competitive bodybuilders, the exercises and routines, the basic nutritional principles we understand were all first discovered and perfected by competitive bodybuilders; without them there is no fitness craze. Nevertheless, because of the negative attention they are given and the manner in-which they are often perceived, steroids have always been viewed as a major sore on the competitive sport yet without them the competitive sport would not exist as it does and we wouldn’t understand the things we do.
The truth of the matter is competitive bodybuilding represents the base and root form of many things admired in popular culture. The bigger than life action heroes of the silver screen, they owe their existence to bodybuilding; professional wrestling, how we utilize training for sports such as football and baseball, boxing and for the most part all competitive sports, they owe much of their existence in their present form to bodybuilding. The macho muscular identity many men aspire to, its roots are largely founded in bodybuilding and what’s perhaps most interesting of all is in each of these aspects steroids are a major part of the game. Our desire for things that are bigger than life, in all aspects of life, while some of them are unique unto their own many have roots that run long and deep in a connection with bodybuilding and steroids as a whole.