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THE Complete Keys to Progress

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Who knows how many teenagers in the 1960s bought Strength & Health magazine primarily to inhale John McCallum's articles - he taught us to squat, how to achieve success through hard work, and how to care for our health as we built size and strength, and the whole time, he entertained us with his stories filled with such characters as the legendary Maurice Jones, the my ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Ironmind Enterprises
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: training
McCallum's texts are always entertaining to read. There is some useful information here, but a lot of it seems like exageration.
Jacob Aitken
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Occasionally some good advice. He is correct that one doesn't need to spend hours in the gym five days a week to get good results. He's also right that focusing on the heavy, multi-muscle group exercises stimulates real gains better than anything else.

Occasionally there were some good anecdotes about Reg Park. His programs for sets and reps, such as they were, were generally correct (though this ultimately differs from lifter to lifter).

Nonetheless, there were some huge problems with the book.

Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very fun collection of 1960s columns published in Strngth & Health. Since McCallum wrote for the Weider Publication rivals, there is no mention of Dave Draper, the Austrian Oak Arnold or Frank Zane. Every young kid taking the Old Man's advice wants to be the next Reg Park. No mention of steroids, some of the nutritional advice doesn't hold up, but the workout advice is solid, old school stuff. Read more for nostalgia and inspiration than a definitive gym plan.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun read, this is a collection of articles the author wrote for the magazine Strength and Health from the mid-sixties to the early seventies. It's "old school" training and while some of the concepts have since been disproven, the importance of a strong work ethic is emphasized again and again. This is not an "it's easy and in minutes a day" kind of training book. It's a "get in there and bust your butt" kind of training book. And the author is hilarious! Like I said, a fun read.
Eric Troy
Aug 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: exercise
Pointless ramblings. I've never understood the popularity of these articles but I got the book from a friend to see if reading them through "helps". It didn't. A bunch of personal anecdotes that do nothing to lend to the business of strength and perpetuates some of the biggest "strength versus bodybuilding" myths that trainees are still laboring under today. Hard work. Lots of volume. Lot's of boring stories.
Brett's Books
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This author has a very enthusiastic style towards his subject matter: drug free weight and strength training. However, I found his programs to be at odds with the need for brevity that is essential to success as an average strength trainee. Meaning that his programs were either overly long or didn't allow for enough recovery time... seek advice from McRobert instead.
Craig Cecil
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
McCallum presents the keys to progress when developing a complete muscular physique in story fashion. His stories keep you interested, keep you learning, and keep you coming back for "just one more". This book is a classic.
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Commom sense weightlifting advice that never goes out of style - hard work, squats, lots of protein and more hard work brings success. A fantastic storyteller to boot. Best quote "If you're going to play tiddly winks, play it with man hole covers."
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fitness
Basics for weight training philosophy.
Patrick O'Grady
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on how to get really strong.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: training
Hey, it ain't perfect, but it's an entertaining read and you could (in fact, you WILL) get a lot worse lifting advice elsewhere.
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