I just had to write to tell you that your Arnold issue was spectacular [August 2009]! Caruso’s shots are pure art and are suitable for framing. I now have every one of those photos pinned up in my home gym—yes, I bought three copies, two for cutting up and one to keep intact for posterity. Thanks for a great issue and thanks to Jimmy Caruso for being there to capture Arnold in his prime.
I truly admire Greg Plitt’s physique, as it has an attainable look that’s motivating. I was anxious to read his interview [in the July ’09 issue] to get the inside scoop on how how he built it. But what he said floored me. The man must be some kind of mutant—eats only one big meal a day, does 32 sets per bodypart, runs almost every night at midnight and wakes up at 5:30 every morning. When he takes a day off, he goes rappelling on cliffs in the Santa Monica Mountains. I don’t understand how this guy holds onto all that muscle.
Editor’s note: We were floored by his regimen too. Although he does use Met-Rx supplements during the day, the mutant thing is looking more and more probable.
Obsession: A Different Take
I’ve been reading Skip La Cour’s “Confessions of a Recovering Bodybuilder” with great interest. He makes a lot of relevant points about how obsessive some bodybuilders can be and the psychological ramifications that can result, such as social ineptitude and a solitary existence. But my feeling is that that’s the price you pay for becoming a champion. Now, after achieving that, La Cour is moving to the next level in his life—motivational speaking and life coach. He might not have achieved that without first sacrificing to become a champion bodybuilder. The first led to the second and made him who he is. There are negatives associated with becoming a champion in any sport, be it tennis, gymnastics or whatever. It’s a sacrifice you make. Then, when your time is over, you move on to your next life goal.
Bigger Arms With 10×10
Let me start by saying that I’m just getting back into bodybuilding after about six years off. I was really intrigued by the 10×10 workout, so I decided to give it a try. That is by far the best pump I have felt since I started training again in January. I’ve gained almost a half inch on my arms, and this is by far the most effective routine I’ve ever used. I will continue to use it for a couple of weeks more before I switch it up some, but I’ll be going right back to it.
Editor’s note: For more on the 10×10 method, get a copy of The Ultimate 10×10 Mass Workout e-program, available at www.X-traordinaryWorkouts.com.