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07-17-2017, 11:52 AM
Hello Everyone,

As relates to weightlifting for the purpose of mind/muscle self mastery George Jowett stated exactly how the old time strong man accomplished it in his classic 'The Unrevealed Secrets of Man' which I will place once again below:

"Mental concentration is where thousands of bodybuilders fall; they fail to see the dividing line. Blindly they stagger about the road and fail to read the sign at the crossroads. Their case is a reminder of “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” You never saw a pitcher successfully curve a ball over the plate while arguing with the umpire. No, and you never saw a body culturist acquire the super state of physical manhood with movements that lacked pep and a mind filled with “Gee whiz, how soon will I be done?” They are like the youngster learning music with his eyes on the clock.

Practicing a movement a hundred times or thousand times will not get you anywhere, nor will pulling and hauling at a ton of iron. The more mental impulse you put behind an effort the less time is required. Movements become clockwork, too mechanical, and hauling a ton of metal is like praying to a bronze Buddha to hand you out a check for a million dollars.

Weight lifting is a sport like baseball or swimming. Your mind is centered on raising the object. In this take a lesson from the men who have acquired the most fame in feats of strength. They never used heavy weights, but dumb-bells light enough to supply them a certain amount of resistance, that did not interfere with their mental concentration. Likewise they did not harness a set number of repetitions to each exercise, they allowed their physical condition to be the guide. As they became stronger the dumb-bells were increased slightly in weight, but never exceeded 25 pounds each. Not even for the huge muscles that form the broad of the back, or the quadriceps femoris-fourhead muscle-that comprises the bulk of the thigh. The success of their methods is proved by the marvelous demonstrations of strength they are capable of and by the beauty of their lordly body. As Coolidge put it, "It is not enough to teach men science; the greatest thing is to tech them how to use science. The science of bodybuilding is the science of concentration between mind and muscle."

It is interesting that George Jowett had been used in early advertising by Earle Liederman to promote the Liederman Course prior to beginning his own muscles by mail order business just as Liederman had promoted Charles Atlas prior to Atlas jumping in to the Muscles by mail enterprise.

---John Peterson
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07-17-2017, 03:45 PM
Great post John! Iso Dynamic Tension made the early developers of weight lifting fit and super strong without drugs and super heavy weights as is used today. I'd bet the early weight lifters did not suffer all the injuries that modern lifters do. They used Iso Dynamic Tension ie the smart way to get super fit. Those early lifters would understand Charles Atlas and his most famous modern student, you John.

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