Given the unique situation all of us are faced with, I've got two questions for you.

  1. What are you doing for fitness now if you don't have the luxury of a gym (home or semi-private)
  2. What does a gym re-opening look like for your state?

I'm genuinely curious to know what you think the new normal will be.

Drop a comment in this podcast page or send me an email.

Back in 2005, there were quite a lot of questions about when do you start to lose muscle mass?  Who knew, in a few short years, we'd be facing another situation where that question would come up again.  Now back in 2005 when I recorded this on a cool service that let you dial in your audio, I still find it relevant today.  Key things to remember:

  • Strength loss is much faster than actual muscle loss
  • You will feel like you'd lost muscle but in fact you have not
  • Keep working out in any capacity you can to preserve muscle
  • Keep your protein intake up

As I bang this out and upload it, I'm doing a lot of TRX and conditioning work.  Feeling good but I know my strength has decreased.  But as far as actual muscle mass?  Minor if any.  And muscle memory is real!  Hitting the gym, it won't take long nearly as long for things to return as they took to initially build.

If you have a comment, please feel free to let me know here, on the blog or an email.

3 Day Classic Muscle is an advanced weight training program designed to build muscle with shape, symmetry and aesthetics. The program is ideal for recreational bodybuilders, competitive bodybuilders, physique enthusiasts, figure or fitness athletes and anyone else who wants more muscle.

Join me as I speak with friend and mentor, Tom Venuto about the 3 Day Classic Muscle bodybuilding program!

About Tom Venuto:

Tom Venuto is lifetime natural bodybuilding and fitness author. He's written two books on fat loss and body transformation, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle and The Body Fat Solution along with writing hundreds of articles and maintaining a fat loss blog.  Tom is the CEO of the best fat loss support community, the Burn the Fat Inner Circle.  Tom is also the creator of the 3 Day Classic Muscle program.  He's also a personal friend and I've had the pleasure of learning from somebody who loves bodybuilding more than I do.

Introduction to 3 Day Classic Muscle in This Podcast Interview:

  • What is 3-Day Classic Muscle?
  • What does the "3-Days" mean?
  • How long do you follow the program?
  • Why is it called classic?
  • What equipment is required?
  • How many days per week should you train?
  • How are the body parts divided on the 3-Day Classic Muscle split?
  • Can you change how you group the muscles together in the 3-day split?
  • How does the 3 on 1 off schedule work? (rotating schedule)
  • What if you want the same training days and off days every week? (fixed schedule)
  • What do you do after you finish the first 28 day block?
  • Is it OK to substitute different exercises?
  • How long should the workouts last?
  • What’s in Phase 2 and Phase 3?
  • Nutrition specific to the 3 Day Classic Muscle..  Better on a bulk or cut or fits any goal?
  • Cardio Specific to the 3 Day Classic Muscle plan
  • How ridged are the Phases?

Reader Questions:

  1. What advice can you give to older lifters?  50+? Every program I read is addressed to people in their 20s or 30s. What should we do? Any hope for us older folks?
  2. What can you do if you have a specific body part, for example arms, that just doesn't seem to respond the way the rest of your body is responding as far as growth?
  3. How do you diet down to that 8-10% range without crashing your libido?

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Many of you don't know me.  Many of you don't care.  I'm okay with both.  If you found this site thru a link or a search engine, changes are without me forcing you to save this, you'll never be back to read this post as it might be your last.  I decided to make fitness how it always has been to me.

Question to Answer to Discussion to Understanding

Even after 20 years and the invention of the Internet, I still think in terms of... "what is, what do I, have you heard of, how do I?"  To me, bodybuilding, fitness, health in general is done in question and answer format until one reaches a point where they know the very basics and can work within that framework.  Without a keen understanding of the fundamentals, you'll be a sucker for every huckster that sells you a gluten-free diet or convinces you that hardgainers do exist (they do not).

This will be a minimalist blog.

  • Content matters and the rest is crap.
  • I am asking for your sign up for some newsletter that I never intend to write but if I do, it will be worth it.
  • You won't be spending time looking at selfies of me.  The occasional narcissistic glance may occur.
  • I am not posting videos of PR deadlifts or some crazy ass exercise I just invented after my 6th beer with a TRX and a buzz on.  But I did pull a 500 lb deadlift and I am proud!

You have questions.  Maybe I know the answer.  In the meantime, I've had over 20 years of collecting fitness related questions.  I'll post them.

This is more of an experiment than anything else.  I don't particularly care for the fitness industry as a whole.  It's a business like anything else.  But somewhere buried in there, past all the affiliate links and click here so I can make money, there is truth, there are basics and fundamentals that you can use every day to lead a better life.

I invite you along on this journey.  You are welcome to ask a question.  Maybe we'll learn something together.

From a bathroom wall at my college back in the day- "If the opposite of pro is con, then the opposite of progress is..."

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