I’m a big fan of the so called “Old time strong men.” Men from the late 1800s to early 1900s who developed incredible strength — before the advent of steroids which pervades both amateur and professional sports today — through natural means of sensible training, good food, and adequate rest. The lessons from The Way to Live by George Hackenschmidt are as true today as when it was first published in 1935:
In conclusion, I would like to add some general rules and reminders for observance during training, in addition to the recommendations which I have submitted at different stages of this book, and I should like my readers to…
- That excessive and rapid exercising is harmful. Overwork, like laziness is harmful.
- To go ahead gently. Increase your weights and exercises gradually and slowly.
- That perseverance only brings permanent strength.
- To give their attention to all parts constituting their corporate frames, for real strength is all-round strength.