Sep 24th, 2011
Why play with little change when you can go for the big dollars?
This video clip has been around a while, but it is rich general wisdom in all things and it’s one of my perennial favorites. It features the incomparable James Henderson as he quickly warms up to a 600 pound bench press for three repetitions. He does this wearing nothing more than a t-shirt and some sweat pants. No bench shirts, belts, wrist wraps, or any other manner of supporting gear. It is truly impressive. When your warmups start with 225 pounds, you know that good things are on the way.
The video is a veritable how-to on successful lifting. Firstly, James is a big man. Building muscle requires a caloric excess and James is no stranger to eating to grow. He’s surrounded by friends in a very positive atmosphere. He discusses that atmosphere between his absurdly strong bench press warm ups. He’s got a team of people helping him out, loading weight for him and spotting for him. After each warmup, his spotters throw on another set of 45 pound plates while James cracks jokes and dispenses pearls of wisdom such as, “You don’t really need all that fancy stuff like shirts and drugs. Take your time and do it right. Short cuts get you short responses.”
Henderson sits down at the bench with the idea that he is going to do well. On a few occasions, he says, “I’m going to have a powerful workout,” and then goes on to do just that. He gives his spotters a good natured hard time, takes a deep breath, and then presses the weight as if it is not even there. Memorable quotes abound in this video and I will not spoil them all. So, without further ado, I will get out the way.