Golden Results

By Cory Gregory

When you think about the golden age of bodybuilding, there was always something special about it. The mystique, the enthusiasm, the motivation from a group of guys who took the sport to new heights; it was all there and, like so many others, it was these incredible icons who inspired my own journey into the fitness game.

You know the guys I’m talking about – Arnold, Franco, Frank Zane and so on – and what they did was take the sport to unprecedented heights.

But what made them special to me are some remarkable characteristics that continue to motivate me and stay engrained in my own style of training.

Behind all the awards, recognition and publicity was an unbelievable intensity and work ethic that remains unmatched in today’s bodybuilding world.

From that, guys like Arnold and Frank Zane developed this remarkable aesthetic look that is as striking today as it was when they were toiling away at Gold’s Gym in the 1970s.

Arnold and his crew developed some impressive variety in their workouts, busting away on supersets of chest and back, annihilating the body with crazy amounts of volume. But that tunnel-vision intensity built results and it built champions, and I truly believe everyone could learn a great deal from the intensity these icons displayed in their workouts.

That has always stayed with me and I’ve tried to carry out that same crazy, out-of-the-box format in my daily training. I’m always trying to challenge my body to change, grow and evolve, and that’s on a daily basis. I think we can learn a great deal from these golden-age legends in that regard.

That stone-cold intensity is imperative to taking your body to new heights, and everyone must find that special level before they completely understand what it takes to make transformations to their body.

Finding the same intensity that Arnold had may not happen, but you can certainly do everything in your power to try to get there. One way to do that is to get a little wild in your workouts – add some volume, get intense and wail away on a body part or two.

There’s too many people who seem to be too close-minded these days about rep counts and rest periods, and more concerned about overtraining.Tumblr m81xm5fHde1r622vco1 500 1.jpg

Believe me, if you think you’re overtraining, you’re probably not, so don’t make that an excuse. Instead, throw in some variety, train your ass off and leave everything in the gym. If you’re using proper nutrition and adding in the right supplements, the rewards will come.

The important thing is keeping an open mind to things like rep ranges, cadences and new ways to grow.

Those golden-age bodybuilders did just that, reaching an intensity level that demanded results. More results and more variety also means more fun, and more fun means a more motivated you, and a more motivated you means faster results.

That, my friends, is one awesome circle of progress.

So, dial up your inner Arnold, get your intensity going and make some crazy things happen.

And if you need some help finding some outside-the-box workouts, just look at my Twitter page: @Musclepharmpres.

You’ll see plenty of golden-age era examples there and plenty of chances to summon your inner Arnold.


Cory is one of the most unique stories in the fitness industry today. A former underground coal miner, Cory diligently saved money to start his first small gym. He opened it when he turned 20 and, in the last 14 years, Cory has seen every aspect of the fitness industry. Cory has his Exercise Specialist certificate from Columbus State and is also NESTA nutrition coach certified, Westside Barbell certified and a Cross Fit level 1 trainer. Cory is also the Co-Founder of Musclepharm, which has quickly become one of the hottest brands in Sports Nutrition, grossing an impressive $78 million in just its fourth year of business. He has achieved a powerlifting total of 1755 pounds, weighing just 208, putting together a career-best 700-pound squat. Most recently Cory was featured on the cover of the popular Inside Fitness Magazine. Cory eats, breathes and lives fitness everyday, helping people reach their goals through his free plans on social media especially his Twitter account that has more than 250,000 + followers.

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