Before there was this thing called "The Internet," anyone who was serious about building size and strength got their training information from magazines... and the very best
magazine to get solid training info from was Strength and Health, directly from The York Barbell Company in York, PA.Strength and Healt
h magazine always had good training articles but in the early 1960's, a strength author by the name of John McCallum began a series entitled "Keys to Progress" ...and it took off like wild fire.
It didn't take long before trainees figured out that when they followed McCallum's advice, they started getting results... When word got around, the first thing that everyone did when a new issue of Strength and Health arrived in the mailbox was to rip open the envelope and turn to the latest McCallum article to see what was in store that month... and McCallum certainly left no stone unturned. He covered all the important topics (keep reading to see what they were all about.)
McCallum's articles weren't just informative, but entertaining as well... and many of them set THE standard for how a strength article should be written. It was through these articles that thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people learned how to train (and I'm among them, my story is further on down the page.)
Now you too can read all of John McCallum's "Keys to Progress" articles in one place
If you happen to have all of the original issues from the 60's and 70's which contain all of John McCallum's "Keys" articles, then you are one very fortunate individual... it is all but impossible to find these issues any more... and even if you could find them (which is highly unlikely) it would cost you a small fortune to get every issue.
Lucky for us though, every single one of of McCallum's classic training articles have recently been combined into one volume and reprinted for a new generation to read and enjoy.
You can skip right to the chase and order your copy right now... Other wise, keep reading to find out why "Keys" is a must have... (especially in this day and age!)
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one strength book to read 'THE COMPLETE KEYS TO PROGRESS' should be it!
Now, you might be wondering... "So why were McCallum's articles so popular?
" ...there are several reasons. One of them is his unique "style" of writing. Many of the Keys to Progress articles are more like stories and he's got a memorable cast of characters:
Among them you'll find the old gym owner (who bears a striking similarity to John McCallum), a guy who is trying to make the world a stronger place, one bodybuilder at a time...
Then there's Marvin, a typical '60s teenager looking to put on some size to impress the girls. (Marvin makes many of the same knucklehead mistakes that just about everyone has, which also puts a few more grey hairs on JM's head, and the fact that Marvin is also dating his daughter doesn't help)... There's Ollie, JM's best friend and running buddy who he likes to bounce ideas off of... and who could forget good old "Uncle Harry" who puts bodybuilders half his age to shame?
You'll get to know these folks pretty well, in fact you'll probably see parts of yourself in them too.
The other factor that makes John McCallum's articles so effective is the subject matter. Unlike many of today's strength "authors," even if it ruffled a few feathers, McCallum was not
afraid to pull any punches and tell it like it is... this solid dose of real training was certainly worth it though, an untold number of trainees finally start seeing results by following the workouts and advice in these articles.
McCallum also visited and corresponded with many of the most famous weight men of the time in order to find out the real scoop about how they trained. He learned a great deal from them and wasn't shy about including his findings in his articles. If you want to know how many of the greats trained -- how they REALLY trained -- then you'll find that type information on these pages:
You Won't Find This Training
Information Anywhere Else!
How long should your workouts last? ...It's an age-old question that you'll finally get the answer to on page 2... You'll also find a good, basic weight gaining program for beginners and intermediates later on in the article
McCallum understood full well that one of the "secrets" to record breaking lifts was through harnessing the power of the human mind... You'll read tips on fractional relaxation, auto-suggestion and self-hypnosis in his three articles on Concentration (and in several other articles as well)How do you put on good, solid strength and size quickly? -- Sure, lifting is a part of it, but so is getting in enough calories... You'll receive the recipe and instructions for the "Get Big Drink" on page 15
What did a typical workout look like for Mr. Universe, Reg Park? McCallum was there and saw one with his own eyes... and it probably isn't what you think... Read all about it in the "Training for Gaining" starting on page 16
On Page 22, McCallum devotes an entire article to addressing one of the most important training secrets -- one that just about everyone downplays or ignores
Building a bigger, stronger neck is important -- especially if you play football -- McCallum's "Neck Specialization" article, which you can find starting on page 46
, gives you seven basic exercises for filling out your collarIf there's one area of training that just about every program is lacking in, it's grip work... but the fact of the matter is that if you want to lift big weights, you've gotta have strong hands... Starting on page 49, you'll find two articles devoted to increasing grip and forearm strength, along with an enlightening visit to Mac Batchelor's pub!
Having trouble bulking up? You'll want to try the "High-Protein, High-Set" Routine found on page 60
... and don't miss the "results" follow up article What if you can't squat? ...there ARE other options... in fact, there's an exercise that can do for the upper body what squats can do with the whole body and you can read all about how to work it into your program on page 68
Just because you lift weights does not mean you shouldn't be in shape as well... A decade before before the"jogging boom" McCallum was urging strength athletes to hit the track to get their waistline in check. Find out his thoughts and recommendations on page 85
One of the most unique training programs that McCallum discussed in his articles was "P.H.A." which was developed by 1966 Mr. American Bob Gajda... this routine is especially effective if you need more definition...you'll read everything you need to know about PHA training starting on page 99
Looking to widen out? Try the "Back Work for Bulk" program on page 127
... You'll be in good company with this routine, these exercises were used with great success by Maurice Jones, Bill Pearl and Reg Park (among others)If you want to build a big chest, you've got to enlarge your rib box...McCallum's 4-part "For a Big Chest" series, which begins on page 131, outlines the specific exercises for making it happen
Not many people know about Hip Belt Squats but you can read all about them on pages 156-160
... that includes details on setup, how to incorporate them and the other exercises that should be performed with themForget the store-bought stuff, if you need some more nutrients in your diet, you'll want to read McCallum's articles on baking muscle muffins and Vitamin... you'll find more info starting on page 191
Training not going so great? There are some pretty predictable reasons why this may be and McCallum examines them in detail on pages 216-228"The Case for the Breathing Squat" -- one of the ALL-TIME greatest training articles -- starts on page 259... the entire price of the book is worth it for this article alone
These points are, of course, just what I find of interest, there are many more that I didn't mention... there's a great deal of nutrition information and nearly every article also contains a workout of some kind so if you ever need a good one to try, you can flip to just about any page and find what you need.
One of the keys (pardon the pun) to successful training is having the right kind of information to guide you and keep you on point -- with John McCallum's articles in hand, you'll definitely be (and stay) on the right track.
If you were around when "The Keys to Progress" first hit the scene, this will be a nice trip down memory lane (and probably also serve as a reminder of some important points that may have fallen by the wayside)... but if you've never read any of McCallum's stuff before, then you're in for a real treat... You'll enjoy reading them, learn more than you think, and most importantly, if "The Keys to Progress" articles don't get you fired up to train, then nothing will!
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The Complete Keys to Progress by John McCallum
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