Photographs Courtesy of WEIDER HEALTH & FITNESS & SHANNA FERRIGNO
Just as Bruce Banner mutated into the Hulk, TV’s original not-so-jolly green giant, Lou Ferrigno transformed himself into bodybuilding’s ultimate mass monster. At 6'5" and 275 while in his early 20s in the early ’70s, he was the hugest human to ever crunch out a most muscular. Even now, the legend—who gained 100 lean pounds in the five years that took him from high school to the Mr. Olympia stage—has many lessons to teach about sizing up. To go big, let’s think small. By analyzing how a single set of Lou’s monster-making workouts progressed from before the first rep to just after the last, we can learn how he built a physique capable of hulking out on bodybuilding stages and TV screens.
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