Dan Green is a professional strength athlete from California. He was born in 1972 and started lifting weights at age 14. His first competition was the Mr. America contest in 1995, where he placed 9th out of over 300 competitors. Dan Green won the World’s Strongest Man competition in Las Vegas in 1997, placing 2nd overall with a total of 1,828 pounds (he had competed under the name “The Beast” previously). Dan Green then became the youngest person ever to win the Arnold Sports Festival Strongman competition in 1998, weighing in at 335 lbs. Dan Green then went on to compete in several other strongman competitions throughout the United States and internationally.
In 2000, Dan Green decided it was time to change up his training regimen; he wanted to focus more on pure strength rather than hypertrophy work like bodybuilding. He began using a new type of exercise known as a “bodyweight circuit.” Bodyweight circuits are exercises performed without any equipment such as dumbbells or barbells.
Dan Green’s bodyweight circuit workouts have been featured in numerous magazines including Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Shape Magazine and many others. Dan Green has also appeared on television shows such as Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show.
In October of 2008, Dan Green was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “Strongest Man who has Ever Lived.” He is also the only person in history to bench press 700 pounds.
Here are some of Dan Green’s Training Tips:
1. Train Hard.
You can’t get big and strong by training half-heartedly. You have to work hard consistently and you certainly can’t slack off.
2. Try New Things.
Don’t train the same way all the time. Vary your routine to avoid hitting a plateau (a period of stagnation in your progress).
3. Get Plenty of Rest and eat clean.
You won’t see significant improvements in your strength if you aren’t getting enough rest or eating properly.
If you follow these three training tips, you will certainly become very strong and muscular.
If you want to read more about this incredible man, check out his website at:
BEST STRENGTH TRAINING BOOKS
The two best strength training books are “Pumping Iron” by Rheo H. Kuptsi and the “Strength Training Anatomy” by Frederic Delavier.
The first book is about the sport of bodybuilding itself, and it is absolutely fascinating. It goes into intricate detail about what the best bodybuilders do to prepare for contests, but even more importantly it explains why they do it that way. This book taught me things about how to train that I still use to this day, and it is the number one books I would recommend to anyone who wants to get serious about weight training. You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about diet, weight training, and all other aspects of bodybuilding. The second book is more of a reference guide that explains all the different muscles in the human body, and how to train each one properly. Delavier’s illustrations are incredibly accurate and helpful, and his descriptions of the muscles and how to train them are both thorough and easy to comprehend.
There are several other good books on strength training, but in my opinion the two I listed above are must-haves.
If you want to take the guesswork out of your training and diet, you might want to try a good program like those by EZ Muscle or Muscle Maximizer. These types of programs are designed for people who don’t have the time to do all the research on their own, and they provide a good solid base for you to build upon.
These types of programs aren’t for everyone, but they can be a good starting point for anyone.
The best resource for information on supplements is your local trainer at your gym. These folks usually have tried most if not all of the different supplements out there, so they can give you the straight scoop on what’s valuable and what’s a waste of time.
You can also check out the reviews on this site. The best and most trustworthy review source for supplements that I’ve found is called Supplement Reviews. Check it out if you want the facts about what’s good and what’s crap.
For motivation, check out this article that I wrote. It has a ton of great information about how to stay motivated, even when the going gets tough.
If you need help motivating yourself to work out and eat right, then read that article.
Also, here’s a little of article about hormones and muscle growth. It can be a little technical at times, but it really explains a lot about how muscles grow.
HRT Part 1
HRT Part 2
I’m sure there are a lot of other great resources out there, and I’ll try to remember to come back and add some more later.
And of course, if you have any questions about anything, or you’re stuck and you need help, don’t hesitate to ask!
There are several keys to maximizing your muscle growth potential. You must train hard, eat right, and give 100% mental effort each time you train.
A lot of people don’t realize this, but MENTAL FOCUS is just as important as the other two factors. Remember that each and every time you go into the gym. I usually take some time to mentally rehearse my workout ahead of time. I visualize myself going through my entire workout; every set, every rep, the weight I’ll be using, everything. This is very important, because it teaches your brain how to go through the motions and prepares you for the upcoming workout. If you don’t do this then you will probably find yourself standing in the gym with a barbell in your hands, completely unsure of what to do. That isn’t exactly the best way to start a workout. If you take some time before hand to mentally prepare yourself, then you will be able to skip this mistake.
Another very useful thing you can do is create a routine for yourself and follow it each and every time you work out. Some people like to mix things up and change their routine every time they work out, but I don’t think this is a good idea if your main goal is muscle growth.
Your body gets used to a routine and adapts to it, so by constantly changing your routine you are keeping your body from adapting and it won’t push itself as hard. Your body will realize the next day that it doesn’t need to grow anymore because the same routine is always changing. And if your body isn’t pushed hard enough, then it won’t grow. So use the same good routines that you’ve set for yourself and push yourself hard with each and every workout. You can still vary your routine every once in a while by changing the sets and reps you do, but keep the core of the routine the same so your body will still adapt to it. A good guideline to go by is to keep your routines the same until you are able to complete all of the sets and reps with quality form, and then move up in weight.
Your last key to maximizing your muscle growth is nutrition. You can do all the work in the gym that you want, but if you aren’t feeding your muscles with the nutrients it needs, then you aren’t going to see any gains.
Everyone is aware of the importance of protein when it comes to building muscle, so I’m not going to go too much into that. Just know that you should get as much of it as you can in your diet. The two nutrients that most people don’t get enough of are Creatine and carbohydrates. I’m not going to get into the debate over whether or not Creatine is safe because that’s not what this guide is about. All I’ll say on the subject is don’t over do it. As for carbohydrates, most people don’t eat nearly enough of them. Carbs are your body’s primary source of energy, so if you aren’t giving it enough of them on a regular basis, it’s not going to be able to perform at the level you want it to.
Now that you have all the information you need to maximize your muscle growth, don’t go overboard with this stuff. Knowledge without application is worthless.
Don’t just read this stuff and think that you now know everything about building muscle. You still have to get in the gym and do it. Once you do start applying this information, you’ll find that you get better results than you ever did before.