David Landau above (picture from Drdarden.com).
After a high level of interest following his first interview, David Landau joins me on the podcast for a second time.
David Landau has been an exercise practitioner for 37 years. He is a highly respected HIT trainer and rubs shoulders with many of the world’s greatest exercise thinkers, body builders and old-time strong men.
David runs his personal training business, Advanced Exercise in Florida. Contact David on Exarchives [@] aol [dot] com.
In part, this podcast is a response to the large amount of criticism David received for some of his remarks in the first interview. This was also a chance for me to probe his controversial riddles on Bodybyscience.net for further clarity on his approach to exercise.
The most valuable content in this episode includes:
- The difference between stimulating and annihilating the muscles.
- The importance of calories in relation to muscular growth.
- A deep insight into how David motivates his clients and runs his business.
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This is one of David Landau’s workout charts (above). Notice the granularity of his records. I didn’t understand what all the numbers and letters meant so David kindly elaborated:
“In the Top Left is the Exercise – Ex P.O. is Pullover, Pd is Pulldown OP is Overhead Press, LP is Leg Press, Etc. Obviously the Number Next to it is the Weight Used. There are small variable Coordinates – Example A 0 B 40 emphasizes the Load in the Top Position, A 0 D 40 would emphasize the Load in the Bottom Position, C 20 would emphasize the Load in the Middle or Flat Means a Mostly Non Variable Resistance or Resistance is Relatively the same throughout. The Lower Right Hand Number indicates Time Under load or Total Time Exposed to the Load or Weight if You Might. Also the Circled Number is a Handle Position like on the Overhead Press as shown in Greg’s Last Workout in which you can rotate the Handle to Various Positions.”
- Why hasn’t David submitted a training manifesto to Bodybyscience.net? [6:05]
- David’s view on the foundations of rational exercise [9:42]
- What does it mean to gauge the muscles? [12:14]
- Exploring “training to failure is like seeing how far you can stick an ice pick into your eye.” [16:30]
- What are the detriments of “carpet time”? [20:00]
- What is the difference between stimulating and annihilating the muscles in practice? [22:10]
- Is there a benefit obtained from moving through a workout as quickly as possible? [25:45]
- How does David measure his trainees progress if each workout is slightly different? [28:20]
- What is the longest recovery window that David has seen with his trainees? [31:55]
- What workout does David start his trainees on? [34:00]
- What techniques does David use to trigger more muscular growth? [40:40]
- David’s view on the importance of calories to support muscular growth [44:00]
- How does David introduce a new trainee to his style of personal training? [59:00]
- What does David specifically say or do to motivate trainees? [1:02:00]
- How many personal training sessions does David do per day/week, how many clients does he have and how many days a week does he work? [1:06:30]
- How has David motivated himself to be a personal trainer for almost 40 years? [1:07:28]
- How has David become well-known in the HIT industry? [1:13:50]
- What does David think about ARXFit and X-Force machines? [1:18:13]
- What has David changed his mind about since we last spoke? [1:20:23]
- What is David’s organic cadence look-like during his workouts? [1:27:50]
- What is David not good at? [1:28:45]
- What would someone who doesn’t like you say about you? [1:33:40]
- What does David consider true that people in the HIT community typically disagree with? [1:35:18]
- What does David believe to be true but can’t prove? [1:38:30]
Selected Links from the Episode
- Nautilus Training
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Functional Isometric Contraction (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Muscle: The Myostatin Connection
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Club Industry Show
- The Nautilus Book (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- How to Cure Your Jogger Mania! Enjoy Fitness and Good Health without Running – A Doctor’s Warning on the Running Craze (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Fads and quackery in healing: An analysis of the foibles of the healing cults, with essays on various other peculiar notions in the health field (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- National Council Against Health Fraud
- Dr Doug McGuff
- Bill Pearl
- Lee Haney
- Tim Ryan
- Robert Francis
- Doug Holland
- Tony Sansone
- Mike Mentzer
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Ronnie Coleman
- Jay Cutler
- Anibal Lopez
- Sergio Oliva
- Steve Reeves
- Reg Park
- Dr Ellington Darden
- Arthur Jones
- Jim Flanagan
- Joe Mullen
- Tommy Kono
- Ken Hutchins
- Peter J Steincrohn
- Morris Fishbein
- Alan Calvert
- George F. Jowett
- Gustav Zander
- Adam Zickerman
- Bill DeSimone