the “honest workout”
Vince Gironda Muscle Building

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The Iron Guru, Vince Gironda called the 8×8 workout a high-intensity
method for advanced bodybuilders.  It was able to add the maximum of muscle mass in the shortest amount of time,

Vince said this about the system 8 X 8 workout routine…

[yellowbox]8 sets of 8 will plump up your muscle fibers, and give you much more dense solid muscle mass, this is the honest workout.[/yellowbox]

Vince Gironda was a pionier in the bodybuilding world.   Gironda had ideas that were truly revolutionary, and some a few out to lunch.  But well before Charles Poliquin wrote about German volume training and new workout templates such as “FST-7″ appeared on the scene, Vince was advocating the benefits of volume training for maximum hypertrophy.

Vince was known for his unusual training methods. And at the time very unique exercises, to this day many of his exercises you don’t see in too many gyms.  He is popular for exercises like…

  • the bench press to the neck
  • the sternum chin up,
  • “drag” curls
  • sissy squats

and what he called the “Burlesque Bump.”

Of all Vince’s techniques, the 8 sets of 8 program was his favorite for the advanced bodybuilder…

[bquote]“I have a definite preference for the 8 X 8 system of sets and reps, I come back to this high intensity honest workout more often than any other for maximizing muscle fiber growth in the quickest possible time for the advanced bodybuilder.”[/bquote]

Some believe that the 8 sets of 8 might be the most effective set and rep combination ever developed for rapidly building muscle fiber size while simultaneously shedding body fat.