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The Colorado Experiment

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  • The Colorado Experiment

    have you heard of this?
    was just reading about 1973 experiment
    sounded far-fetched (63lb muscle gain in 28 days)
    until i got to the end and it said the guy was actually in good shape beforehand
    had starved himself down and lost over 20lbs of lean muscle mass
    then 'rebounded' and gained 3times that in really intense workout regimen
    (500lb squats in there / but only 40lb dumbell single-leg calf-raises(?) seem plausible? 290lb pullovers but guy could only do 22 bodyweight dips?)
    mixed bag of scepticism and consideration
    had never heard of this but sounds likely maybe 'muscle-memory' and the already decent conditioning he had allowed a slingshot effect
    Originally posted by bolsen
    Whatever you do, don't take a screenshot and post that pm...

  • #2
    I think I heard about this in one of Ellington Dardens books, can't remember which one. Casey Viator had had some kind of accident where he was hospitalized and lost a ton of weight. He was training under Arthur Jones at the time and Jones decided to use him as the test subject for a new training idea of his (I think it was negative-only training but don't quote me on that).


    • #3
      He lost over 30lbs before doing this experiment (he almost died from an allergic reaction to a tetanus injection). So what you're seeing here is a guy who gained 45lbs, but of which over 30lbs is just muscle memory combined with genetics...

      He was also on a truckload of dianabol throughout aparrently.


      • #4
        Did a little rummaging and found the book. The New High Intensity Training by Ellington Darden. He gives the whole rundown in chapter 3, pages 25-27.


        • #5
          Originally posted by squatilupuke View Post
          Did a little rummaging and found the book. The New High Intensity Training by Ellington Darden. He gives the whole rundown in chapter 3, pages 25-27.
          Shorten it and post it up bro.


          • #6
            Steroidz work, and you don't have to starve yourself to get huge.


            • #7
              Couldn't find it anywhere on the web. Give me a few to type it up here.


              • #8
                Fake bullshit numbers Arthur Jones pulled out of his ass.

                The Colorado Experiment is easily the biggest joke in fake bodybuilding science ever told.


                • #9
                  just mad cause he made arnold cry
                  "NOTHING IS TRIVIAL"


                  • #10
                    Here it is word for word.

                    In early January 1973, Casey Viator weighed 200 1/2 pounds and was working nights at a wire extruding plant in DeLand. A serious accident at the plant caused him to lose most of the little finger of his right hand. several days later, he almost died from an allergic reaction to an anti-tetanus injection. He was nauseated and depressed for the next 3 1/2 months and didn't train. He had little appetite. His muscles atrophied, and he lost more than 33 pounds, with 18 3/4 of the pounds being attributed to the nearly fatal injection.

                    Jones recognized that Viator needed to get back into training-the sooner, the better. He put on hold a plan to exercise dozens of subjects in a major strength-training project and instead decided to use Viator as a case study.

                    He sent his latest machines to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, had them assembled in the exercise physiology laboratory, and then flew there with Viator to start training on May 1, 1973, with the study to conclude on May 29. The training would be monitered by Elliott Plese, Ph.D.

                    Jones, of course, believed that muscular growth was related to the intensity of exercise. If the intensity was high enough, then a large amount of training was neither necessary nor desirable. Jones's plan was to train Viator hard and brieflyne set to failure of 12 or fewer exercises, repeated progressively every other day, for 4 weeks.

                    Viator's body weight increased from 166.87 pounds to 212.15 pounds, for an overall gain of 45.28 pounds. Body-composition analysis (using the then-state-of-the-art potassium-40, whole body counter), revealed that Viator had actually built significantly more muscle than his gain in body weight indicated. Over the 28 day period, he had lost 17.93 pounds of fat; his percentage of body fat went from 13.8 to 2.47. That meant he had actually built 63.21 ponds of just 28 days.

                    Youve probably heard the saying that if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Jones realized this as well as anybody. No one would believe that a human could gain 2.25 ponds of muscle a day for 28 days. That's why Jones was always careful to point out that, prior to the study, Viator had been in a disabling accident and his muscles had atrophied. Thus, during the study, he was rebuilding previously existing levels of muscular size.

                    Jones had a full report, with pictures, of the Colorado experiment in the next issue of Ironman. He was sure to point out that more than half of the total sets that Casey Viator performed were done in either a negative-only fashion, where the resistance was lowered only, or a negative-accentuated manner, where the resistance was raised with both limbs and then lowered with only one limb.


                    • #11
                      He's definately not 2.47% bf in the photos that correspond with the article, looks 10% at best.


                      • #12
                        His bodyfat is almost exactly the same. I would say he might have gone from 13.8% to 12.8% but it seems exactly the same, just better lighting.

                        Arthur Jones was a con artist and this was one of his biggest scams. 100% lies, nothing more.


                        • #13
                          he formed the foundation for every single machine that is used today.....why always speak in absolutes
                          "NOTHING IS TRIVIAL"


                          • #14
                            Yeah, I don't know how they believed 2.47%. Seems like that "state of the art" whole body counter wasn't all it was cracked up to be.