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King Reigns With Unique Training Technique

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    On a recent†Saturday morning, M&F Training Director Sean Hyson and I were working out at Goldís Gym in Venice, CA, when I pointed out my friend Ron King, who was benching on a Smith machine. Ron, you may recall, was featured in our August 2014 Over-40 column. At 58, he fits safely within the category and probably has the best physique of anyone weíve ever featured on that page. Standing maybe 5'7", he canít weigh more than 175 pounds, but every square inch of his frame is sheathed in perfectly hewn muscle. Iíd consider my mission accomplished if I looked like Ron.

    ďWhatís he doing?Ē Sean asked. What was he doing, indeed? Based on a quick glance, it was Smith machine bench presses, but labeling the exercise a press would have been a misnomer. It was more a series of quick, choppy bounces off his chest. Even a novice trainer would label what he was doing as poor form. I turned to Sean, whose expression was a mix of shock and disbelief. ďI know,Ē I responded. Iíd seen Ron train this way for the seven years Goldís was my home gym.

    Ronís form is similar for every exercise. His pullups are short, ballistic thrusts. His dumbbell curls are wild, swinging affairs. In fact, in all the years Iíve known Ron Iíve never seen him do a single exercise with what could be considered textbook form. Yet his results are undeniableóthe guy looks to be carved†from marble.†

    Does that mean I believe you should train like Ron? No. The form the experts recommend is time-tested to be safe and effective. But I do believe that everyone is built differently and that muscles respond to a wide range of stimuli. The lesson to be learned from Ron King isnít that we should all train like Ron King but that we should each find a training style that best suits us.
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