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To the Victor...

Victor Martinez and what could have been.

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Per Bernal
 

VIC’S TRAINING TIPS

  1. GO HEAVY “In the beginning, it was just about lifting heavy rather than lifting to look like a bodybuilder. But even to this day, I love the feeling of lifting heavy barbells and dumbbells. It doesn’t feel like a workout until I’ve lifted some big weight.”
  2. MODERATE REPS “I mostly stick to the 10 to 12 range on reps. Sometimes I’ll pyramid and go down to five or six reps, but most of my reps are in those low double digits, which are safer and stimulate more growth. The key is to do moderate reps but go as heavy as you can.”
  3. FULL RANGES OF MOTION “From very early on, one thing that was important to me, as far as training goes, was form. I used to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger training in Pumping Iron, and I’d look at experienced guys in the gym and pay attention to the form they used. Then I would visualize what I had seen them doing, and I’d do it myself. When I saw guys doing those quick half-rep bench presses, I knew their form was bad because Arnold would bring the bar all the way down to his chest and all the way back up. So I learned to train the right way, lifting through a full range of motion and never using a weight that I couldn’t handle.”
  4. BASIC TRAINING “I do all the basics—bench presses, squats, deadlifts. But I may not do them first. Squats I do last in my leg routine. And I do things, like the clean and press, that other guys don’t do. I love compound exercises, working multiple muscles together.”
  5. NEGLECT NOTHING “I hit calves and abs every other day. And at times in my career I’ve worked forearms. When I was starting out I did a lot of wrist curls and reverse curls. Who doesn’t want big forearms? They’re a lot more visible when you’re just walking around than your pecs or lats.”
  6. PRIORITIZE “Whatever I want to focus on the most I’ll do first in my workout. So I’ll usually do hamstrings before quads in my leg workout, and incline presses before flat bench presses in my chest workout. And my shoulder workout I start with side laterals. This focuses on the target area when I’m strongest, and it also pre- exhausts that area so it’ll get more work when I do other exercises after that.”

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