Big Advice

Five champs recount their journey to hugeville.
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RONNIE COLEMAN

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“Stay consistent. That’s the number-one thing I tell beginners. I’ve been doing this for 25 years. Don’t make it too complicated. Stick to the basics in your training and your diet, and then just do it day in and day out. It ain’t easy. If it was, a lot more people would look like Mr. Olympia. You have to be the best you can be, and the only way to do that is hard work. I like when I get a hard workout and it’s 100 degrees in here [MetroFlex Gym in Arlington, Texas], because I know nobody else is going through what I’m going through. You got to look at it the same way I do. When it’s hard and you want to take it easy, keep on going, and come back the next day, and keep coming back. You don’t always need to change things. If you’re already doing the right things, you just need to keep doing them over and over. It might not be easy, but you’ll make gains if you stay consistent.”

DENNIS JAMES

“Compound exercises [those that involve more than one bodypart] have always been at the core of my routines. I think they build more muscle faster, because you’re able to use more weight. Part of the reason why my chest and shoulders are so thick is that I’ve always done a lot of pressing movements — overhead presses with a barbell or dumbbells for shoulders and bench and incline presses for chest. The other key thing you need to have is good genetics, but, of course, you can’t do anything about that. Whether or not you have good genes, train heavy during the basic lifts, like squats, barbell rows and bench presses.” 

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