A: My introduction to Reg (1928– 2007) came from the equipment I used at the first gym I trained in, in England, starting in 1973. Some of the weight plates at that gym had been made by Reg’s company. I had no idea at the time that he was such a giant in the bodybuilding world. Later I found out that he was not only Britain’s most famous bodybuilder—a multiple-time Mr. Universe—but also a major force, for a time, in publishing bodybuilding instruction and producing exercise equipment. And he was fantastically powerful—one of the world’s strongest bodybuilders.
Although the routines he recommended were generally briefer than those promoted by modern-day bodybuilders and required fewer workouts per week, they were still too much for typical bodybuilders. For example, some of his routines recommended hard squatting three times a week. That’s far too much for typical bodybuilders. (It’s even too much for most genetically gifted bodybuilders.) I, too, place special emphasis on building strength, but I also place special emphasis on the need for correct exercise technique and have always provided extensively detailed written explanations. Reg gave only skimpy explanations of exercise technique.
I knew someone who had been one of Reg’s training partners when he was starting out. There were three of them training together: Reg, my friend and a third young man. My friend commented that the three trained on the same routine with great commitment, but Reg progressed at a far greater pace than the other two. The difference was vast, my friend told me.
Reg was tremendously gifted for bodybuilding. Of course, he trained hard and with great commitment, but without his exceptional natural gifts he would never have become a champion.
Editor’s note: Stuart McRobert’s first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. He’s the author of the new BRAWN series, Book 1: How to Build Up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way, available from Home Gym Warehouse (800) 447-0008 or www.Home-Gym.com.