Hi my name is Jeff and I have read your blog regularly since I discovered it back in 2013. This amazing wealth of knowledge that you've amassed on the blog has changed my life in ways I had never dreamed of previously. I liked your entries on Jim Williams so much that I purchased his bench press and squat books thru Ricky Dale Crain's website. I also purchased Pat Casey's book on Ricky's site as well because of reading about Pat on this blog.Probably my favorite article on this blog was written by Bob Simpson whom I actually got to correspond with via email. I was able to correspond with Bob thru Dave Draper's IOL forum. My training is highly influenced by Doug Hepburn, Paul Anderson, Jim Williams, Anthony Ditillo, Peary Rader, Bill March, Bob Simpson, William Boone, Bob Peoples and Hermann Goerner.I have continually improved my physique, strength and overall training methods thanks to all the knowledge you have put forth. I have also been able to overcome longstanding plateaus which lasted several years in addition to healing from severely painful injuries all from reading your blog. One last thing I'd like to mention is a cool story about my dad. Growing up he could never afford a gym membership but he still would regularly hang out at Iron Island back when Lee Moran was there in Alameda, CA. He said Lee was huge but a very friendly and nice guy. Lee had a friend who was going to give him a Raiders jersey with Lyle Alzado's name as a gift for breaking the world record in the squat. Before Lee squatted 1,003 lbs. his friend lent the jersey to my dad but after he set the new world record he had to give it back. I can't thank you enough for this blog and if you ever decided to retire from writing and maintaining this blog I'd consider it an honor to take over the duties.Sincerely,Jeff
Hello Jeff! Great to hear from you, and it really warms me up to know you're getting something out of it. Now, that story . . . PRICELESS! THANK YOU. If the doc ever says I have a month to live I'll hand 'er over to you and a couple other fellas to have fun with. You are my kind of lifter!
Thanks for responding to my comment and it always brings a smile to my face whenever I get a chance to engage in conversation with a fellow brother of iron. You made my day! By the way, I just wanted to thank you for your continued efforts on putting out new content on Doug Hepburn. Can't believe that after I've spent 8 years reading about him I'm still treated to new material on his training and the life he lived. Whenever I'm injured, pleateaued on lifts or just plain depressed I usually re-read his articles to keep me motivated. Your blog has helped uplift my spirit and helped me get thru some difficult times in my life.
I'm all blushing now and stuff. Hey, I get a lot of fun from this thing too, and if it's been good to you . . . more's the merrier. When my spirit gets down I just let it lie there and I carry on alone till it's ready to get back up and play again. Kinda like a layoff, or a training partner who's under the weather and can't join in. But I figure we're pretty hard eggs, and it ain't the falling that counts, it's the climbing back up. Let's Live!
That's an interesting point you made about carrying on alone while your spirit is down. Very rarely do I have perfect unity with all 3: mind, body and soul. Often with me the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Sometimes it's the other way around. For the last 4 years or so I've transitioned to everyday lifting 6 days a week sunday-friday. I never feel like working out and in fact hate having to do it most of the time but I've made the best gains of my life training this way. My mind overpowers my body and once I get into the workout my body wakes up and I never feel as truly alive as when I'm pumping iron!I do full body: military pressing/push pressing, squats, Bruce Randall style goodmornings, deadlifts, one arm dumbbell rows, pullups, grip and core work. All this insanity on a near daily basis! I found this brings me many benefits such as sound sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm out. I used to suffer broken sleep and nervous energy. I used to let petty things like broken sleep or not enough food disrupt my workouts but now I've achieved true strength that very few men possess. John Davis, Arthur Saxon and Goerner have all achieved this type of strength where upon no matter the time of day or night, whether good or bad weather, no matter how fatigued their body is they can lift any given weight under any circumstance. That I've found to be true strength! I used to do bodybuilding but got fed up with glamour muscles so I decided to focus on pure strength. Now my body stays hard 24/7 and even if I take 2 weeks off I don't lose my size or strength. Just like Anthony Ditillo and Big Jim, I will continue training like this for the rest of my days on Earth!
A top notch site, appreciatively dedicated to keeping numerous old-school information in the public eye. If not for the accumulation and efforts of "giveitaname", these articles would take a ton of Googling. Making life that little bit more difficult.Clearly a labour of love. Keep up the great work!
Thanks for commenting . . . And that's an interesting layout you've come to use! I like your drive all right. Gimme some! I want more and more and more . . . When it comes to an overactive mind at times, or lack of a good healthy appetite, or inability to sleep, or lack of interest in life . . . all the symptoms of OoooooooooverTrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraining . . . I do more, not less, and things get back to how I like them pretty quick. I'm not a fan of the infrequent workout and have done two a day sessions in the past. Come on . . . THIS IS FUN! It's no big thing, it's just us big kids playing with our heavy toys and it'll never look like anything else to me, I pray to God. If a guy tells me it's some hugely serious endeavor we part ways quick. I've always been fascinated by that kind of strength you mentioned. The "any old time" strength that can be shown in street clothes with no or a minimal warmup. The "old" lifters were big on that and I sure do appreciate it. Oh yeah . . . body/mind/spirit. It seems to me that they vary an awful lot at different times and in different combinations of "volume" settings. One can be on "11" while the other two are barely plugged in. Chicken one day, feathers the next, each one seemingly independent of the others some periods. People love to try to figure the deal of it all out, don't they. I hate that crap. Just let 'er rip naturally, let it flow into, through you and out of ya as it wants and stop getting in the way of an energy we'll never really comprehend. That getting in the way and constantly whining and begging for it to do what we want is likely half of people's problem. Talk about faith! The average guy would rather be in full control of all three, as opposed to releasing the urge to control and letting the energy reach its full potential. But that's just me. I think we get in our own way with a pile of silly beliefs and self-enforced perceptions of the world, mainly because of cowardice and lack of faith. Hey, thanks again for commenting and not trying to sell some damn thing, Brother.
Hello Lifter! Although it didn't always happen, the majority of the stuff on here had to pass a "not online yet" test. That makes it a wee bit of fun and a challenge. Most of it came from hard copy mags and books purchased by me or one other fellow I call a very good friend. There's other folks involved, but mainly the two of us. Man, I am real glad you're having a good time with it!
My pleasure and thanks for the thoughtful response. Yeah, I've pretty much done away with predetermined workouts and set reps/poundages to be lifted and all the other b.s.! I've learned to go by instinct. Train when I feel like it or power thru like I've mentioned before. I go by instinct and it's worked well for me. It's just like that great Hepburn article that talked about irregular training but I've adapted it as a lifestyle. Funny thing is that Bob Simpson told me he trains that way as well. He does whatever he feels like just pure chaos. Personally, I used to record my sessions in a journal but haven't done so for 2 years now. I may start doing it again for the new year or maybe not. I lift every damn day so it really doesn't matter and writing things down has become a hassle with my volume of work. For many years I would train full body 3x a week or do 6 days of split sessions consisting of upper/lower body but in the end I slowly gravitated toward my present day training. I've found I make way faster progress training each lift 6 days a week compared to just 2 or 3 times per week. I read in Big Jim's book that his progress on the bench would actually regress if he didn't train 5 or 6 days a week and he achieved a 720 lb. bench in the early 70's so the results speak for themselves!
Thank you for your wonderfully-curated blog. I've been an almost-daily reader for years and years (when you go several weeks or more without posting, I start to panic... of course, should you ever choose to give it up, the back catalogue is so chock full of information on every imaginable topic that the rest of us would have no real right to complain), and I frequently recommend this blog to friends. I am somewhat on the younger side of the spectrum, so I am particularly thankful for the Golden Age/"old world" content - much of which I never would have been exposed to if not for this blog and similar organs - and the opportunity to learn about the history of the iron game. Furthermore, I enjoy your explorations of other interests, like avant-garde literature and philosophy. I understand that bots/ads are an issue, but please never take disparaging remarks to heart. Know that so many of us benefit from the work that you and your associates (like Liam Tweed) have done on our behalf. Don't feel self-conscious about sharing things that may be "off-topic," or promoting an in-law's tattoo parlour, or some such; it's your blog, after all, and the rest of us are simply along for the ride. These interjections are more charmingly human than they are distracting. Best
Just have to say thanks myself for spending your time and effort to bring all this to us.I can't imagine a world without knowing all of the iron game legends past and present.And, once again, because it still stings me - RIP to Dave Draper.
Many thanks for all the hard work over the years, putting all of this work up! Must have read some articles dozens of times. Best regards from Belgium!
My compliments to the content editor of Tight Tan Slacks. Adding the sage and sane training and dietary advice from vaunted professional strength coaches like Dan Riley and Ken Mannie offers followers new voices and perspectives to this progressive resistance exercise thing which many may not have been privy to previously. As a repository of ultra quality, long standing workout information, TTSDB is unsurpassed. And darned if you haven't kicked that up a notch. Jan Dellinger
Checking the new (and old) posts on here is one of the highlights of my day. Not sure what that says about me but, regardless, it's comforting to know there are no plans to stop. Thanks for keeping the spirit alive.Signed,Nostalgic for a time I never lived in.
been reading this blog since 2015 or 2016. a dan john article brought me here, and then "awakening the classic man." i love all the asides you put in some articles. im an avid reader myself. I could live withoutyour efforts, but i would be coming up short. I love this blog very much. it is a major stress reliever for me, as well as the primary goal: weight training knowledge. ive been trying to find a link to become a member of this blog for years. please show me how!thank you for everything you do me . ewige danke.
Good news! I thought that only me mustn't comment :) I read your blog ~5 years. Your resource is a storehouse of information, an outlet for those who love the old school. As the greats said: "many are looking for zirconium, while the diamond is right here under their feet ..." - and the name of this diamond is Ditilloblog. Do not quit, you inspire many. Thank a lot.Ps Admin, write me an e-mail please, i've got some rare or unpublished photos.
Hi, I just wanted to give a very sincere thank you for your efforts with the blog. This is perhaps my favourite blog ever, it's a massive goldmine of great training articles and I've enjoyed it for years, always looking forward to a new article, or revisiting an old one, or discovering some that were already there but which I hadn't read yet. I get excited every time I'm reading your blog, this must have been what it was like for people to read Strength and Health back in the day. You're doing an awesome job providing to the world this archive of great old-school training info (and sometimes some new stuff too), and all for free. Thank you very much for your generous contribution!
I just want to drop you a line to say thanks for all your work on this. As a 60 yr old who’s still lifting since starting as a teenager, I really enjoy checking in and reading these posts, and I’ve read them all.I try to find positives on the internet, which is not always easy. Your page is definitely one of those positive spots for me, and it is on my daily checklist of morning pre-workout destinations. There are days where I’m on the fence about training and your post gets me off my duff and into the gym.Thank you for your efforts on this. I really appreciate it.
Exactly. high frequency training is the best for strength. Jim Williams philosophy was well aligned with the Russian strength training methods for OL and later PL. its all about intensity ranges of around 80 - 85%. Supported by repetition and remedial work . As you age you need need more work not less. Just to not go backwards. You may want to take a look at westside methods also never stop learning. When you stop learning you have stopped living. Live with passion never give up !!
AR of OO Thanks for the kind comment! I do wonder sometimes if anyone bothers to look at the off topic stuff and nonsense.
Hello Jan! The name's familiar but I can't seem toyeah, yeah, yeah . . . funny guy.THANKS for answering the endless questions, likely repeats a lot of 'em, and for having a hand in helping steer this thing, you crazy car-pushing maniac.
Hi, I just would like to say "Thank you!" for the work you do posting these old articles. How about some more articles about Dumbbell Clean and Press...Please!
Hello, you DB clean & press fan! I don't know if there's much on this silly blog already or not. Lost track of what's here after the first five years or so. But yeah . . . sounds like a good plan, and I'll dig around the rat-nest here to try and dig some out.
DB Clean & Press Fan -- are you familiar with the Henry Higgins course? I'm pretty sure you already know that any method used for "this" lift can be adapted for "that" lift. Any of 'em, with a little bit of a workup. I remember seeing some stuff on people using Westside methods to train the Press, too many years ago, hahaha, and that sort of showed me that it's all much more inter-related than I first saw. The Oly lifting methods, powerlifting approaches, bodybuilding-style stuff . . . it can all be adapted to whatever lift or exercise we want to go after, I figure. Ah hell, you already know that for sure!
If you've got any more articles or pictures of the old-time dumbbell swing, I'd love to see it! I see it making a comeback in all-around weightlifting and a few recent articles over the years but hardly any pictures.Huge fan of the blog. Been a longtime reader. What you put out there is hugely appreciated.Thanks again!
Hello Ron! Tanks big with a howitzer for the compliment. If I come across any I'll be sure to put 'em up there. It's fun to just grab a pile of mags and see what's there that I didn't see the last time around, and that invariably leads to something else. What's it . . . serendipity!
AND, ONCE AGAIN, BECAUSE IT STILL STINGS ME -RIP TO DAVE DRAPER.Hello! Sorry I didn't respond earlier, but I really wanted to be in the right headspace to do that. Man, my most damn favorite writer during that dark night of the soul. Amazing! I never met him but I knew him, through his writing, his heart-a gold wife Laree, his early mag cover shots and articles when I first started this thing of ours as a kid in high school. That big back Muscle Rock cover shot! You know the one. Is that Atlas with the soul of Sisyphus I see?http://musclememory.com/magCovers/ma/ma0807.jpgHis damn writing! How in hell did he do that? Ease his way in, nice and slow with an intro, lift off just a little, hover there with some self-deprecating humor then blast off to higher realms with uplifting encouragement . . . and take you along with him for the whole ride. Damn!He will be missed.Anyhow, anyone reading this . . .JOIN ME IN DEDICATING THE NEXT WORKOUT TO DAVE IN PERFECT FORMATION.Ailerons UP, Brothers & Sisters . . . Bomb and Blitz!
ive been trying to find a link to become a member of this blog for years. please show me how!Hello! It's right below the link for the shitty pre-workout drink and the free spreadsheets. Nah, there's no members here, but if those photos on here could talk I bet they could tell a few stories.
Hi, My name is Steven. I am the DB clean and press fan... I am sad to hear about Dave Draper passing too. Thanks again for all that you do!
ZKP checking in from the cold north. This is hands down the most complete source of no nonsense training info in one place, online or anywhere else. What an accomplishment! A true testament to the Iron! Keep it up, good sir. Godspeed!
Brrrrrrrrrrr. Way up there! Hello! Thanks for the kind words and glad you're having fun with it. Maybe the odd posting has a little nonsense here and there, but nothing too far I figure.
Hello again, thank you for the reply above to my comment(RIP Draper) -another thing I forgot to mention in regards to writing style I've got to say, and I think all the readers will agree, I love,love,love your sense of humour and writing, from your little add ins to your colourful ramblings (I mean that with all due respect) in between paragraphs.Love it all, but we need more original work sir!Yes, next workout for me is being dedicated to the blonde bomber - I'm away from my home gym but am anxious to get back and blast,bomb,blitz in his honour.Love from Australia
Hello Wavy Dave! Real glad to hear you're diggin' it. The positive has a habit of making itself a bit tough to find sometimes, all right. But then, anything worth having is worth the hunt.
I wasn't sure if you were already aware of this and if not I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but on February 1st Marvin Eder passed away at 90 years old. He was one of my all-time favorite bodybuilders and had unbelievable strength! 515 bench press, 365 clean & press and over 600 lb. dips at around 195 lb. bodyweight! I enjoy reading about him on your blog here.
Hella strong! And a Master Plumber at the highest level.
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