I’m a glutton for punishment.
I especially love training legs. No, I’m not talking about running, walking, skipping or jumping. I’m talking about getting underneath heavy iron in the gym. Heavy enough so that it makes me a little scared. Bodybuilders and powerlifters will know what I mean. So I was reviewing my workout logs from years gone by looking for a special leg workout that I could do.
And I found this:
This workout is from 1992. 20 years ago. It’s taken me about that long to recuperate. I remember doing this workout with former Mr USA, Mr Texas Kelly Hitchcock and another guy. Kelly was the ring leader and we just followed his direction. I used to drive across Dallas, Texas to train with Kelly even in the rain. On my motorcycle. I wanted to get big and Kelly was one of the best in Dallas at that time. I would have driven to Australia to train with Lee Priest if I had had the opportunity.
That’s one set.
Do three more like that.
But we did it.
I remember after the leg press superset, the other kid excused himself to the restroom. After ten minutes or so, we began to wonder where he went. Kelly found him in the showers, sitting on the floor with water pouring down on him. He was fully clothed. Now this part is still hard to believe but you know Kelly well enough by now to know that he “made” this guy come back out and finish the workout. Once we finished, we fell to the floor, fighting for the closest spot to that big old creaking floor fan during scorching hot Texas Summer day in 1992.
It took me a while to get up, to get out and to get on my bike and ride home. We didn’t know anything about post workout nutrition, we ate when we felt better. And we got stronger each week, month, year. Those were good times.
Kelly moved to Tyler, Texas and terrorized unsuspecting gym goers who wanted to get in shape. He opened his own gym and became something of a local celebrity last time I checked. How you nearly kill people in the gym AND become a popular celebrity, I don’t know. But Kelly was made for this. I learned a lot from him and grew a lot. The mental toughness that I observed, absorbed, and draw on to this day was invaluable. You won’t earn that from less strenuous types of exercise. You can read the rest of the workout by clicking on the image – I can’t bear to think about it anymore right now. I know that 2 of us “ralphed” afterwards. But you know what? Looking back, it was one of the best workouts of my life. And I’ll be at the gym later today doing, you guessed it, legs.