How Tongkat Overload And The Work Of Arthur Jones Trumps Prohormones In The Gym.

Our philosophy on bodybuilding is that put forth by the late Arthur Jones, inventor of the original lineup of Nautilus workout machines. A lot of you may have heard about Arthur Jones through the likes of Tim Ferris or Mike Mentzer. Unfortunately, both Tim and Mike did much to distort the pure teachings of Arthur Jones. But we'll get to their transgressions in a bit...

Arthur Jones' gospel by which he achieved the miraculous muscle-gains documented in the now infamous and never-repeated "Colorado Experiment" had...

There are two basic tenets of muscle growth:

1. You must bring your muscles as close to absolute NEGATIVE failure as you possibly can, ideally within the span of one intense set. Growth is triggered during this working phase.

2. You must give those same muscles 7-10 days of rest between workouts. Growth occurs during this resting phase.

Arthur Jones said that the ONLY OTHER FACTOR that was necessary for success outside of the above two factors was a "healthy endocrine system." What this means, is that you must have a MINIMUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OF ~700 ng/dL. Although Arthur Jones never quoted any particular testosterone level as "the minimum," at the time of Arthur Jones, 700 ng/dL was around the average testosterone level - and not the 400 ng/dL level we are commonly seeing today.

This isn't to say that your muscles will not respond to the above two principles if your testosterone levels are lower then 700 ng/dL, it's just a case of the higher your testosterone levels, the better your results.

Of course, we are aware that your stereotypical gym-rat is horrified by the training protocol we suggest here. For over 30 years the muscle-magazines have been conspiring to over-train you - stunting your progress so they can sell you billions in supplements. They push set-after-set of an exercise, exhorting you to train specific muscles several days a week.

You see, there are two reasons the average trainee is repulsed by the notion of working a specific muscle group only once every 7-10 days:

1. They are literally "working out" their issues at the gym by blowing off steam, rechannelling their sexual energy, or escaping from their personal issues. They are terrified that if they stopped training compulsively every day, they'd probably suffer a nervous breakdown They also get addicted to the feeling of being pumped. Hence, the big money in selling people creatine supplements.

2. They are unable to generate the intensity necessary take a muscle as close to absolute NEGATIVE failure as they possibly can because it requires a tremendous will, and modern society has disempowered us of our wills - while chemically castrating us on a hormonal level.

Now let me back-track on how Arthur Jones' definition of intensity (negative failure) got corrupted...

I must point out that there are those in the bodybuilding community whom on the surface appear to embrace Arthur Jones' philosophy: Tim Ferris, Mike Mentzer, and what we will dub the "Max/Static Contraction" community... they all appear to support the philosophy of Arthur Jones, but end up distorting it at the very end:

1. Tim Ferris - Embraces the idea of brief, intense workouts followed by long periods of rest. Unfortunately, he also sings the praises of consuming endless calories in order to build muscle-mass. This is the very opposite of what Arthur Jones extolled. If you eat endless calories, you WILL get fat. Have you ever seen a lot of these bodybuilders in the off-season? I really don't think it's the look that will get you laid. Aside from consuming foods that promote the most powerful endocrine system and internal organ health possible, eating tons of calories, drinking monster protein shakes, etc. is not a good idea. Why tax your liver and kidneys, while packing on fat?

Now many of you will cry out that all the great bodybuilders ate a ton of food. The great Kai Greene once said in a youtube video that he eats 10 lbs. of meat a day! So what's up with that? This sort of overeating, along with the notion you should be consuming 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight IN ADDITION to your "normal" protein intake is something that only applies to those who take anabolic steroids. This is because anabolic steroids require all that protein and food in order to alter your genetic expression AFTER the anabolic steroids have signaled your receptor sites that changes need to be made. If you are not on anabolic steroids, such levels of protein ingestion make no sense. Once again, assuming you have high testosterone levels, the most important thing your muscles need are time to rest and recover. Look at all those massive guys in prison. Their diet is utter garbage. You think they're drinking protein shakes or eating 2 whole chickens a day? You think they are popping D-bol like candy? They are eating Chico-Sticks, Slim-Jims, Soy Burgers... So it must be their workout and the time they allow themselves for recovery, right?

This is where it starts to get really confusing to the average person trying to figure out the bodybuilding lifestyle, because what you see in bodybuiliding magazines - the "volume training" where you do endless sets of an exercise, train a muscle group several times a week, etc., is actually a methodology that ONLY works for steroid users. This is because volume training is specifically constructed around the GOAL of pumping and compressing as much protein and steroid-saturated blood into the receptor sites of a particular muscle group as possible in order to induce ARTIFICIAL growth, and opposed to utterly tearing down a muscle group by bringing it as close to negative failure as possible - and then allowing it sufficient rest to grow via the NATURAL process of adaptation.

What ALL the top bodybuilders do, is they approach muscular growth on TWO fronts simultaneously: on one hand they train themselves brutally and allow for appropriate recovery, and on the other hand they create muscle growth via the drug route. To make things even more confusing, drugs like the now-illegal GHB (could be purchased in GNC in the early 1990s) can cut recovery times from 7 days down to 1! Drugs like this create further distortions in training routines and mask what is really going on.

Tim Ferris is also a proponent of Mike Mentzer's definition of intensity (see #2 below), which we are not.

2. Mike Mentzer - Obsessed with super-slow movements as an approach to achieving close to absolute muscle failure. He preached that "high intensity" meant going super-slow: 5-seconds-up and 5-seconds-down with each rep. While we at acknowledge that such a workout is indeed "intense" and allows the muscle to go to negative failure, we feel it is unnatural and masochistic.

3. Peter Sisco & John R. Little - These guys are advocates of "static contraction" and "max contraction" training. They approach going to absolute muscular failure by taking a specific poundage and holding it in the position of maximal muscular contraction for up to 6 seconds. As many trainees have found, muscles need to be worked to absolute failure through a RANGE of motion. So scratch this approach!

So now you know the history of the corruption of Arthur Jones' teachings! If we cannot generate it with super-slow movements, or by holding maximum contractions, how can we bring a muscle as close to absolute negative failure as we possibly can in order to produce the stimuli necessary for it's growth? Arthur Jones' original writings can be found online for anyone to read, and he specifically said that it was negative repetitions performed to negative failure that caused the MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION of muscle fibers. He went on to say that if such destruction was followed by 7-10 days of recovery time, the trainee created the conditions for MAXIMUM GROWTH of those same fibers in response to the prior stimuli.

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of positive failure - where you can no longer lift a particular weight. All of the training techniques made famous by Joe Weider such as forced reps, drop-sets, partials, etc. are only methods for bringing the trainee closer to the goal of absolute positive failure.

The last time anybody heard about negative failure was from Cybergenics in the 1980's.

Negative failure is where you can no longer lower a particular weight. Dorian Yates talks about it nervously in some youtube videos, and the original legendary Cybergenics workout got you the results it did when it first came out because it used the principle of going to negative failure. Interestingly, one destroys more muscle fibers when going to negative failure then one does when going to positive failure. As a matter of fact, Arthur Jones' athletes in the "Colorado Experiment" were performing ONLY negative repetitions using special machines and multiple spotters to lift the poundages for them so that they could focus all their efforts on lowering them down!

Naturally, Arthur Jones had originally planned for his 1st generation of Nautilus machines to raise the weight up for you so you could just concentrate on performing negative repetitions to failure. You can see this intent in his 1st generation Nautilus chest machines - the ones where one was able to press the weight up with one's legs. Contrary to popular wisdom, this was not to allow you to do "forced reps" or "self-spot" so much as it was the incomplete fulfillment of his vision of machines that would allow you to perform heavy negative repetitions to failure.

Why didn't his vision come true? He writes that the market has no interest in the manufacture of such machines - and why would they? Such machines would surely put almost every fitness company, supplement company, and personal trainer OUT-OF-BUSINESS. So Arthur Jones sold Nautilus as soon as possible, and his machines went down in history as being revolutionary because of their "nautilus-shaped cams." LOL!

So how exactly does one put Arthur Jones' principles into practice while taking TONGKAT OVERLOAD?

In other words, now that we have healthy endocrine systems and high testosterone levels, how do we go about causing "maximum destruction" to our muscle fibers so that we will actually need 7-10 days to recover?

It is ideal if you have two training partners. You can get by with one, but two training partners will give you the fastest results. This is because when you are lifting really heavy weights, only two training partners can bring you to total negative failure. If you must workout by yourself, however, you can still get fantastic results - only you will have to push harder then ever when approaching positive failure and the exercises you will be able to approach negative failure with will be limited. But you will STILL see results like never before, so don't worry. Just train as hard as you can, take 7-10 days to recover and keep searching for two training partners who will cooperate with you.

What if you can't find a cooperative training partner?

Even if you can find one, exercises that require enormous poundages will be difficult to take to negative failure without specialized equipment which no longer exists. Considering that almost nobody goes to negative failure and still gets big, one can rely solely on attaining positive failure and still get results, although they may not be as spectacular as if you went to negative failure.