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Lonnie123
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Heres an idea for a new forum "series" (similar to the Alpha Round Tables) - Lets post some of the writings of our favorite, perhaps lesser read, authors. Or maybe some lesser known, older writings from people everybody knows.

If you happen not to like what someone posts, you are always welcome to disagree and lively debate is encouraged, but I posted this in the T-Cell to hopefully minimize the "that guy is a douche" type stuff:

I'll start it out with Fortress, Robert Fortney. In addition to co hosting Iron Radio with Charles Staley and Lonnie Lowery(listen to it, its awesome), writing for many of the major magazines, he is a former competitive BBer so he has walked the walk. His writing, talking, and lifting style can really be summed up as No Bullshit, a la guys like Tate and Wendler. He is a fun read and good listen, and has a knack to provide some inspiration to lift really heavy stuff.

Here are some fun reads with some quotes from the articles that I liked:

"Accidental Muscle?" - A basic treatise on lifting (this one is really good, I highly suggest it):

http://www.T-Nation.com/..._muscle&cr=

Okay, so what movements should you be working hard? Easy: bench press, incline press, overhead press, bent row, deadlift, biceps curl, close-grip press, lat pull-down, seated and standing calf raise, squat, leg press, and stiff-legged deadlift. Perform these movements with a barbell or dumbbells unless cable apparatus (back work) or machines (certain leg and calf training) are necessary. Without question, there are tons more exercises one can do for each of the body parts, but these should be used only as "relief" exercises. Make the above staples of your lifting and you'll be well on your way.

Well on your way to where? Years of hard work pushing and hoisting iron, that's where!


Who says a vivid fantasy life is unhealthy? When we fantasize about the truly impossible with regularity, soon enough our highest goals seem minor. Lots of strength athletes are comic book devotees and fans of monsters-demons-wizards-type movies. What do we say when we see a huge and strong athlete? We say he's a monster! Monsters aren't real. They're fantasy. Get it? Imagine yourself rowing 800 pounds for ten and suddenly 300 is a cinch.


"Hell on Wheels" - If you dont squat after reading this article, there is no hope:

http://www.T-Nation.com/..._wheels&cr=


There are physique athletes who claim standard leg presses are better for developing the specific muscles on the fronts of the thighs and this might be the case. However, nothing packs more overall meat onto the entirety of the lower body and helps add muscular bodyweight than the squat. You want to be 200-plus pounds of reasonably-hard sinew? Squat. You wanna be a super athlete? Squat. You want to be one badass shit kicker, period? Squat.

Did I mention you should squat?


How to train like a MAN - Ladies, this one is for you too:


It would be nice to have the ability to put feelings into words. Where I'm "at" before a big workout, where anyone has to be before training like a man - can't be expressed on paper. The killer instinct is either there or it isn't. Sure, over the years the gift is nurtured and honed into a sharp blade, but if it isn't there, no one can give it to you. I'll tell you this much, the Rocky movies, parts one through five (with a sixth on the way), can't give it to you.


Fun interview over at Staleys:


Attitude is everything when it comes to weight training. To build large and powerful muscle one must commit himself to many years of hellacious training. To last, motivation must come from within. You can be motivated from an external source, but it won't last. If the fire doesn't burn within, you'll throw in the towel, or become frustrated, many years before you'd even begin to get somewhere.


Need video evidence of his credentials? Traing with Lonnie Lowery, Squatting 315x25

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Lonnie123
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I'm still combing through some more articles and writings of his to find more gems, if anyone else has any feel free to post them up

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ajweins
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I do agree that iron radio is fantastic. I listen to it during cardio.

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Lonnie123
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ajweins wrote:
I do agree that iron radio is fantastic. I listen to it during cardio.


I just started listening to it today, really cool program. I dont have ANY friends that lift weights so its kind of nice to be a fly on the wall while these guys talk shop. They are all so laid back and know their shit inside and out, with the "back to basics" attitude I love listening to.

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Lonnie123
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Found a few more fun articles:

4 Directions to a kick ass back:
http://www.T-Nation.com/...ss_back&cr=



It doesn't matter if you're into collecting shiny trophies or not, either. If you train in a gym to build your body, you should build the best body that you can build. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.



It's annoying how few weight trainers these days actually care enough to give their back the same beating they give their chest and arms. Pecs and biceps are a dime a dozen. Tell me: are you proud of those little 14-inch "guns" with the bulging veins, that you're always showing off in your little T-shirt and tank top? Fortress is not impressed. Powerful legs and a strong back make you a real athlete.


And of course there is tons of training advice in the articles as well:
A mandatory ingredient in effective back training is the maintenance of an arched (or at the very least, flat) back position when performing any exercise. While this is good advice for weight training in general to help prevent injury, it's fundamentally important when doing upper-back work to ensure the proper muscles do the majority of the lifting. Your biceps will be called too much into play with a rounded back.


Some thoughts on the gear used in power lifting:
caseperformance.com/97/credibility-and-contemporary-powerlifting

So has powerlifting lost its credibility? Will we ever return to a time when a stated lift doesnâ??t have to be qualified with three minutes of explanation about what gear was used, what mechanics, if drugs played a role, and if tight and an old school judging standard was employed?


Alright, I've pretty much listed most of the articles from Fortress that are really written to inspire and guide training. He has others, but they are mostly "nuts and bolts" kind of stuff that deal with hormones and nutrition, none of which should be new to the T-Cell members (and most lack his writing flare that I love so much)

If there is interest I'm more than willing to spotlight some other people. I want these threads to remain high quality (a little more than just posting links) so if you have someone you want high lighted but dont want to spend a few hours reading the articles, finding quotes, and making the thread, let me know and I'll do it. I'm always in favor of educating myself, and these are a great way to do it.

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I like his take on training, straight forward and intense. You just can't go wrong with hitting the basics hard.

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i've been on Iron Radio a couple times. it didn't dawn on me that they were saved somewhere. do you happen to know where to find them?

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ajweins
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Itunes my man. Care sharing your name? Or do I have to try and guess?

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ajweins wrote:
Itunes my man. Care sharing your name? Or do I have to try and guess?


not at all.. my name is Christopher Drummond. I was sponsored by Charles Staley for awhile.



i should have guessed.... everything's on Itunes now.

Speaking of Fortney, he and I both presented at the same Summit one year. He's a great guy and very down to earth. Definitely knows his shit.

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Lonnie123
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I'll make sure to listen to the ones with you on them next, I love your take on things as well Christopher. I've loved every episode I've heard so far, like I said before its just so much fun to listen to a couple of meat heads sit around and talk shop.

Have you trained with Fortress? Any insights you can give us or fun stories?

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Lonnie123
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Regarding Iron Radio: If you want a really good first episode to listen to, listen to episode 71. Eat Big With A Plan. Honestly, you probably wont learn anything advanced or ground breaking, but its just such a fun listen hearing the guys talk about the topic and training.

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Lonnie123 wrote:
I'll make sure to listen to the ones with you on them next, I love your take on things as well Christopher. I've loved every episode I've heard so far, like I said before its just so much fun to listen to a couple of meat heads sit around and talk shop.

Have you trained with Fortress? Any insights you can give us or fun stories?


unfortunately no, never got to train with him. i would have loved to though. we talked squats for a good while.

i'm going to have to go back and listen to shows now.

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maraudermeat wrote:
i've been on Iron Radio a couple times. it didn't dawn on me that they were saved somewhere. do you happen to know where to find them?


I'm also a fan of Iron Radio. They have an archives section on their site:

http://www.ironradio.org/...s_and_Audio.htm

http://www.ironradio.org/...ib_Readings.htm

Not sure if the links will get Mod'd but maybe your interview is in there?

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Lonnie123
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Christopher is on episode 30:

http://www.ironradio.org/..._Fast_Mvmts.mp3

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