You don’t have to do anything. The goons in the gym say you have to train balls-to-the-wall heavy on squats, bench presses and other “compound classics” if you want to be a hardcore bodybuilder. That’s a load of B.S. You don’t have to do anything except what works best for you, and the surprising truth is many free-weight basics are not the safest or most efficient lifts for building muscle mass.

Because I’ve been training for 25 years, people assume I work out old-school style with mostly barbells and compound lifts. It’s true that I trained that way for many years. However, I’ve also learned a few things over the past quarter century, and I’ve readily adapted to the advantages of modern bodybuilding. Most important, I’ve figured out what works, what doesn’t and what can be improved. If you think weight training has sacred cows that are exempt from criticism, stop reading now, because some of them are about to become hamburger.

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