Arnold did them. And so does Ed.
Who’s Ed, you may ask? Ed Brown, Jr. was one of Pro Bodybuilding legend Lee Priests training partners. You may not know who Ed is but I’m pretty sure you know who Lee Priest is if you call yourself a bodybuilder. I introduced Ed to Lee around 2007 when Lee was in need of a strong, durable, reliable training partner as Lee began his preparation for the pro shows in the fall.
I met up with Ed this past weekend, to catch up, check out the awesome gym that he trains at and to film him in action. I was amazed at how much size Ed has put on since he was Lee’s training partner back in 2007. Ed will be the first to tell you that he owes his size gains to Lee Priest – who taught Ed everything he needs to know to take his physique to the Mr Universe contest in 13 weeks. Training with Lee is like winning the bodybuilding instruction lottery. Ed was able to travel with Lee to New York in 2007 when Lee entered and won Wayne Demilia’s PDI Night of Champions.
We captured tons of footage of Ed and Lee training together in Season 2 of BodyBuilders Reality (the dvds).
As Ed and I sat down in the gym and chatted, he mentioned that he recently had the opportunity to meet the one and only Dorian Yates. Dorian was in town to make an appearance at a bodybuilding contest as well as a casual seminar at a local gym Ed was at the gym and was able to pick Dorian’s brain about all things bodybuilding. Dorian was paid $3000 USD by the gym owner for the seminar.
I saw a few other acquaintances at the gym – bodybuilders, powerlifters – said my “Hello’s” and then it was time to bring the video camera out. In this video, we filmed Ed doing a superset of Weighted Bar Dips for Chest and Weighted Pull Ups for Lats. Most bodybuilders spend too much time doing barbell bench presses, dumbbell bench presses and machine presses. Not only will this limit your growth and cause boredom over time, it can cause “pattern overload”. This simply means that you spend too much time pressing. Think of sprinters and how they train. They don’t just sprint, they do dynamic drills such as plyometrics, lateral movements, high knees, carioca or grapevine, shuffling, agility drills, bounding, hopping, skipping and more. All of this activity makes for a more well developed and well rounded sprinter. As a bodybuilder, we should take cues from our fellow athletes and use the same philosophy with our physiques.
Try different techniques more often.
Techniques such as supersets, drop sets, flushing sets, 21’s,PHAT, 100’s, giant sets will work wonders at stimulating new growth and will help keep you mentally engaged and excited about your workouts. Sure you should do your regular routine but every 3-4 weeks, mix it up.
The idea of working chest and back together in a superset is not new. As mentioned, Arnold liked this technique and used it regularly. It’s a great way to flush blood into a body part, rest that body part, while flushing blood into an opposing body part. Opposing muscles such as:
You can use this system to stimulate new growth and you can add resistance in the form of bands, chains, plates, dumbbells, and more to kick your intensity into overdrive. In this video Ed Brown, Jr offers up his advice on how to properly use this bodybuilding mass exploder for ultimate gains!
Stay tuned for much more with Ed or “Special Ed” as Lee would sometimes call him. Lovingly of course.
P.S. Lee gave Ed his Superman ring for being such a great training partner. True story.