The low-down on lifting with Mike by Ted Roach
I started lifting with Mike Brown in September of 2002 at a body weight of 175. By late August of 2003 I had reached a weight of 215 pounds. By following Mike's training methods I had gained 40 pounds of mostly muscle in less than one year.
I had been lifting on my own since 1993 and never had managed to make it past 175 pounds. The program I was on before I met Mike was pretty much your stereotypical bodybuilding program--6 days a week for about 3 hours a day. It left me perpetually sore, exhausted, and my joints ached frequently.
Mike put me on a program where we did our main workouts only twice a week and he let me work calves, forearms, neck, and abs whenever I wanted since those muscles recover faster than the rest. Our workouts very rarely lasted over an hour and a half. I almost quit working out with him multiple times because I found it hard to believe that I was going to get bigger by working less.
After a short while I discovered that by not overtraining, focusing more on working the muscles in groups rather than isolating them, and eating hordes of natural, nutritional foods that I was making more progress with less time. We simply went to the gym, trained hard and right and got out, then ate, and ate, and ate some more. The only type of supplement I ever took while training with Mike was Mits' protein mixed with a banana, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. I had switched to Mits' protein after I ran out of whey protein and gained 10 pounds in one week.
Another thing Mike focused on was the prevention of injuries which I thought was important because if you're injured, you can't even lift in the first place. In my old training style I had an attitude that if I felt pain I would just deal with it. Mike taught me that if I wanted my body to function at top performance I would have to treat it like a high performance racecar and keep every little thing tuned to perfection. I found this attitude to pay off after I had complained about a very minor pain in my neck, Mike recommended me to a chiropractor. After only one session of getting my spine straightened out, my bench press went up 30 pounds only two days later. The amazing thing about Mike is that he can do the things he does at his age without getting injured, which is the main reason I stuck with his training program.
In conclusion, if you want to get big, strong, and be healthy, while staying clean and uninjured, listen to what Mike Brown has to say. He is a genuine badass from the old school of lifting and knows what he is talking about.
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This page was updated on 8 March 2008