First in David Gentle’s Q & A series. David is an internationally acclaimed Physical Culture historian and author and has contributed to over 25 top Muscle magazines . Acknowledgement to Dianne Bennett, former editor of Body Power magazine (ceased publication) where David’s series first appeared.
I am 25 years old and 5’6″. If I take up bodybuilding, will it help me to grow taller?
TO be blunt, NO! Height is determined mainly by hereditary factors, plus the results of exercise and diet in your formative years. All you can do now is to ensure good posture, sit and stand ‘tall’ at all times.
Many, many bodybuilders today belong to the short classes and have excellent physiques. Make the most of what you are and indeed take up bodybuilding.
My training partner says that ‘press behind neck” is the best shoulder exercise, is this true?
Yes, true that P.B.N. is a good exercise for shoulders, one of the best in fact, but it is not the only one. Try 5 or 6 sets of 8-12 reps in the dumbells lateral raise exercise to really give you those W I D E shoulders.
Tougher still, try it seated!
How often should I train my abs which are not too well defined?
Abdominal definition is mainly the result of dietary control. If you carry excess weight, your ‘abs’ will never show. Cut down on carbs, the starchy foods, and try just 2 sets of maximum repetitions of ‘crunches’ i.e. partial sit-ups daily. Results should soon show.
What is the ‘secret’ of strength?
The ‘secret’ lies in hard work! Hard dedicated training with weights, low reps, plenty of sets, good recuperation, correct dieting, and determination.
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