Lou Ferrigno's Mass Class

Lou Ferrigno's 30 best training tips for gaining hulking size.



“On exercises like chest and shoulder presses, squats, and leg presses, when you lock out and fully straighten your elbow or knee joint it’s a resting point. There’s very little stress then. This is why I usually like to stop my reps a little short of lockout. But this can change near the end of a set when I might need those little rests to keep going.”


“Keep your muscle flexed on the negative portion of the movement, and never let gravity do the work for you. If you’re working both parts of the movement, positive and negative, you get twice the workout.”


"At various times, I trained with other pro bodybuilders. If I train with a partner, I want that person to be as strong as I am and go with the same intensity I do. I need someone to push me on every set. A partner isn't just there for someone to talk to; that would only hurt my workout. A partner is there to drive me to use more weight and get more reps."

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"To grow consistently, you need a willingness to learn from experience. Monitor what works best, what works less well, and what doesn't work at all. Then be willing to change. Sometimes a favorite exercise isn't that effective. And sometimes the exercise you hate doing is exactly the one you need to do every time, because it works."


"When hitting back, think of your hands and arms as merely tools between your back and the weight. Bring your elbows down and/or backward with back flexion. Think of a tug-of-war competition. In a tug-of-war, pulling with your arms will exhaust you quickly because you'll fail to maximize power. You have to pull with your back. Forget your arms." – FLEX