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    You should not abandon the squats completely because get old, just use lighter weight, higher repetitions and more control of the technique.

    I think sissy squats are an anatomically meaningless exercise.

    I like to have as secodn exercise roman chair squats or zercher squats. Hip belt squats is also a big exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRON DWARF View Post
    Yes, please! I had not heard it!
    It was NOV 1979 and Frank Zane had just won his 3rd straight Mr Olympia.
    I was a student at Plymouth State U in northern NH and we had a wt club.
    One of our members, Bob Thayer had won the teen class at a small AAU contest , held in his high school.

    The PSC wt club agreed to volunteer and help out at the show.
    Bob was pumped and the promoter was his high school principal.
    So, 6 of us loaded up and headed down I-93 to Manadnock HS near Keene NH.

    We were setting up, unpacking trophies and the principal is looking straight at me.
    He says to Bob; " Your friend Howard, looks a lot like Zane."
    * anyone around 5'9" with similar features would appear that way back in '79 to fellow meat heads. LOL

    Bob smiles and quickly responds ;
    " He should, Frank's his older brother."
    The principal looks at me in disbelief, so I quietly nod in agreement.

    In simple terms , we all just went with it . I became Howard Zane for a weekend.
    I remember telling the principal , Frank loved pigging out at our annual family Thanksgiving weekend.
    Bob told him how Frank had convinced me to be a chemistry major.
    Oh yeah, we pilled on the BS , high and deep.

    The principal was so impressed with Howard Zane, that he asked me to be head judge.
    Of course, I accepted and Howard Zane would now make his 1st public BB appearance.
    I was loaned a green suit from Bob's friend of similar size to look official.

    At the night show finals, we managed to tell the meat heads who knew me, what the deal was.
    The lights went down and the promoter/MC took the stage.
    He first had Bob come out and guest pose. He looked in great shape and was competing 2 weeks later.

    Now the house lights were turned back on and the MC was about to introduce the judges.
    He introduced me last with great enthusiasm.

    " Our final judge , is our head judge. He's a chemistry major and member of the PSC wt club.
    He's also the younger brother of the 3 type Mr Olympia , Frank Zane.
    Let's give a warm welcome to ...Howard Zane."

    I slowly got up and turned to the audience of the small HS auditorium .
    Then I gave the all knowing, 3rd world dictator wave, to some serious applause.

    Right after the show, some young boy comes up to me, asking me to sign his program.
    Sure enough, I signed Howard Zane, right next to the listing for head judge.
    To this day, I crack up thinking some guy had a contest program signed by Howard Zane , head judge.
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    Racist post reported ^^^^

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    FYI, in 1979, the PSC wt club, trained in the PSC wt room.
    This was a small section in the field house basement, beside the boiler room.
    It had a few Olympic bars and plates with a multi-station universal machine ( bench, leg press, etc)
    The DB's were limted to 2 a couple sets of 25's and 40's with 1 set of 60's and 75's.
    They were the old metal globe DB's ( vintage York )
    Plus, we had a bench, squat rack and pull up bar. That was it.

    A powerlifter buddy and I , put on the 1st and only :

    "PSC invitational power and odd lift championship"
    .
    We were bored and the gym was empty one Sunday, so we maxed out on any lift we could think of.
    He was a journalism major and wrote up our lifts as "official results".
    He got it published in an actual Powerlifter magazine of the time.

    Of course , I won the 198 lb class and he took the 181's.

    I learned then , that the "contest industry" was a lot of hype , smoke and mirrors .
    In fact I was amused, when a credible source told me about how some IFBB head qtrs., were glorified shacks.
    The deal is , Ben Weider would present the IFBB medal of whatever to the Mayor of East Bumfuk.
    Then, they'd nail up some IFBB sign above a tool shed door and take a pic in front of it.

    This was one way to have an "official IFBB headqtrs" in so many places around the globe LOL

    Think I'm wrong?
    Jason Genova was officially qualified for some national contests when he took 3rd of of 3 ( last )
    at the NPC Ruby Classic.
    You could say Jason got last.
    But, a good BS artist would say he was top 3 and now qualified LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beti ona View Post
    You should not abandon the squats completely because get old, just use lighter weight, higher repetitions and more control of the technique.

    I think sissy squats are an anatomically meaningless exercise.

    I like to have as secodn exercise roman chair squats or zercher squats. Hip belt squats is also a big exercise.
    I disagree. ( If you're only talking barbell squats)
    I see no logical reason why anyone needs to squat with a barbell to work legs effectively .
    Some of my worst low back pain & injury came from doing full , high rep barbell squats.

    I will agree that doing belt squats, or any squatting motion is GREAT.
    For me , it's a lot more effective to do " 1 legged step up squats".
    I hold a heavy DB, place one leg up on a bench and smoothly step up ( holding for balance and forced reps)
    Works much better for leg pump and development then any barbell squats. 100% serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard View Post
    FYI, in 1979, the PSC wt club, trained in the PSC wt room.
    This was a small section in the field house basement, beside the boiler room.
    It had a few Olympic bars and plates with a multi-station universal machine ( bench, leg press, etc)
    The DB's were limted to 2 a couple sets of 25's and 40's with 1 set of 60's and 75's.
    They were the old metal globe DB's ( vintage York )
    Plus, we had a bench, squat rack and pull up bar. That was it.

    A powerlifter buddy and I , put on the 1st and only :

    "PSC invitational power and odd lift championship"
    .
    We were bored and the gym was empty one Sunday, so we maxed out on any lift we could think of.
    He was a journalism major and wrote up our lifts as "official results".
    He got it published in an actual Powerlifter magazine of the time.

    Of course , I won the 198 lb class and he took the 181's.

    I learned then , that the "contest industry" was a lot of hype , smoke and mirrors .
    In fact I was amused, when a credible source told me about how some IFBB head qtrs., were glorified shacks.
    The deal is , Ben Weider would present the IFBB medal of whatever to the Mayor of East Bumfuk.
    Then, they'd nail up some IFBB sign above a tool shed door and take a pic in front of it.

    This was one way to have an "official IFBB headqtrs" in so many places around the globe LOL

    Think I'm wrong?
    Jason Genova was officially qualified for some national contests when he took 3rd of of 3 ( last )
    at the NPC Ruby Classic.
    You could say Jason got last.
    But, a good BS artist would say he was top 3 and now qualified LOL
    I have often toyed with the idea of making up some awesome title for myself and getting my own trophy to go along with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Harris View Post
    I have often toyed with the idea of making up some awesome title for myself and getting my own trophy to go along with it.
    That could be funny and become an epic story.

    They key is to make it seem important but really be about nothing ( aka Seinfeld).
    For example, pretending to be Howard Zane was funny because it was based on NOTHING.
    I didn't pretend to be Mr Olympia. Nope, I pretended to be his non-existent brother .

    With all the alphabet soup BB feds, you could win a nonexistent title from an organization that never was LOL.
    A good one might be the NBA ( national bodybuilding alliance) .
    You could be the Lt hvy and overall champ at the 1999 NBA Boston Invitational. * only you were invited of course
    It goes without saying , that Howard Zane could have been the head judge LOL.

    Take one of your trophies for something you don't care about (like 3rd Hvy wt Mr Outer Mongolia).
    Remove the name plate and make one for your new NBA title.
    Presto , you've got Jason Genova level proof of your contest success.

    Ya know, I recently tried winning the Mr Howard's Basement.
    Damn if my dog didn't come in leaner and defeat me.
    I saw a star, reached for it...and MISSED

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    I wish I still had all my trophies - I have moved about 6-7 times since I started competing in 1989, and a lot of them got tossed out or broken.
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    Ron, how about a Ask Ron on 'How should I adjust my diet as I get older'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daibhí O'Buadain View Post
    Ron, how about a Ask Ron on 'How should I adjust my diet as I get older'?
    Great idea, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard View Post
    That could be funny and become an epic story.

    They key is to make it seem important but really be about nothing ( aka Seinfeld).
    For example, pretending to be Howard Zane was funny because it was based on NOTHING.
    I didn't pretend to be Mr Olympia. Nope, I pretended to be his non-existent brother .

    With all the alphabet soup BB feds, you could win a nonexistent title from an organization that never was LOL.
    A good one might be the NBA ( national bodybuilding alliance) .
    You could be the Lt hvy and overall champ at the 1999 NBA Boston Invitational. * only you were invited of course
    It goes without saying , that Howard Zane could have been the head judge LOL.

    Take one of your trophies for something you don't care about (like 3rd Hvy wt Mr Outer Mongolia).
    Remove the name plate and make one for your new NBA title.
    Presto , you've got Jason Genova level proof of your contest success.

    Ya know, I recently tried winning the Mr Howard's Basement.
    Damn if my dog didn't come in leaner and defeat me.
    Great story's Howard, thanks for sharing,

    Speaking of dogs getting the upper hand, my 70k rotty wins the bite work tug of war, I win occasionally by throwing him a steak, lol

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