Influenced by the Likes of Mike Mentzer and Arthur Jones, IFBB Pro Lee Labrada Spills the Beans on His Preferred Training Style

Published 01/27/2024, 11:56 PM EST

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In the bodybuilding world, training regimes are set according to the different goals set by athletes. While some go for high-intensity workouts with heavy weights, aiming at lower reps, others choose to go for an endurance-focused approach. It all depends on what works out best for the body.

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IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, known for his perfectly crafted physique, recently shared his preferred style of workout. The legend built his physique using high-intensity training techniques inspired by Arthur Jones and Mike Mentzer. He recently unraveled why.

Lee Labrada highlights the benefits of high-intensity training

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Muscle and Strength took to their official YouTube channel and shared a video that had the Q-tips given by Lee Labrada. In the video, he states how even though his body, which is often a classic bodybuilder, might look like one that has been built through lots of sets and reps. He, however, did it entirely through high-intensity training. 

According to him, it works best when you have warmed up a target muscle, and then you go to weight training. So that you can pull out not more than eight to ten reps before you reach max positive failure, and you cannot perform another repetition.

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He said, “Then what you would do is, you would strip about 5 to 10% of that weight off okay? Rest long enough to catch your breath and then start that next set, and again, gopositive failure.” Labrada followed it throughout his career and nothing worked better than this for him. In the video, he even states why most of amateur bodybuilders are unable to survive longer in the realm.

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Labrada reveals why bodybuilding cannot be rushed

Further, in the video, Lee Labrada goes on to say that bodybuilding must be approached as a process. However, according to him, most young people these days are in a hurry. They wish to go from being an amateur to a professional. He says, “I just keep hearing the amateurs talking about getting their Pro card.”

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However, adding to it he says the process takes several years. He even states that the Pro cards are given way too easily now. Back in his time, only a handful would get them, giving them the permit to perform in the Olympia. The dynamics have changed now and he thinks people want a transformation overnight.

Well, things were different back in the golden age of bodybuilding. But the athletes of the modern era, are giving an equal battle with their procedures. Which era of bodybuilding do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Aheli Chakraborty

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I am Aheli Chakraborty, someone who has spent her life in awe of the art and science of bodybuilding. My bodybuilding journey has been a fusion of dedication, sweat, and a relentless pursuit of strength. I've always strived to not only sculpt my body but also test its limits, chasing those elusive PRs.
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