Big Jim Williams: Power and How It's Achieved

Submitted by Mr.Berg on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 11:08
big jim williams book

"While talking to Big Jim about his mental attitude and approach, and his great well of power, I was amazed at his answers. I thought I'd share one of them with you. When we were talking about "pure raw power" with or without drugs, I said Big Jim, "Jim, how does one get this power that you possess, and how are you able to bring it to the surface within seconds?"

His answer startled me to this very day! His answer at this point was different from what I had ever expected. He said, "Sam, you don't acquire this kind of power - you take it! You literally take it from yourself upon demand. Similarly speaking, it's like that of the fictitious "HULK"! Upon fear, he was able to transform himself into a human muscle. The only difference is that I have been able to do this for years, in reality, before the invention of the Hulk.

I don't mean that I change colors, but I achieved that art of commanding my muscles and my total output of strength. I've seen times when I was through lifting, that I ached from my head to my toes, from a maximum to failure training session."

"It's just a total mental preparation. If I was to train any of the top bodybuilders in the country with the ideas I have conquered, they would be the easiest to train with this method."

Bodybuilders train for a maximum muscle control, minus the power of a top power-lifter. This is why Big Jim always tells lifters, especially those who are new to the game, to body build first and learn the complete body! You see, if you know what muscles work with a certain movement, these would be the muscles to zero in on during that movement.

After you have gained all the strength you can get, the secret is to be able to control it to failure! Failure does not mean taking a great weight that you can't do and fail with it. That would be simply absurd. Then what are it's principles, and what does it mean? It means what you do not fail because of techniques or training, but you fail because you have reached the "profound limit!"

Of course, you have seen lifters (and you may be one of them), who in the past have taken extraordinary poundages beyond their limit, because of embarrassment or the need to win, and get injured, or completely fail, mainly because they were not ready for it, neither physically or mentally. This is definitely against all my principles and is not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a maximum prepared body and mental condition that knows no limits but failure.

"Most people train for success, so therefore, if 500 pounds is a person's goal on the Bench, Squat, or Deadlift, etc, they will no doubt take lifts that will drive them to this 500 pounds and, if really pushed, maybe another 15 pounds!

You will probably argue that it may be the persons limit; I fail to agree. It may be the limit, because of the way one trains, but it not failure. Just because a person is stuck at a poundage for years is not necessarily the case of one who has reached their limit.

Limit and failure are almost the same, but there remains a gap between them. Limit i what you have allowed yourself to do, failure is the bounds you reach through combined full physical and mental put out.

My training is much different and more difficult and knows no limits but failure, because I use my mental capacity to push my strength to failure. To calculate failure, I have to form a problem by using the number 7 in my formulas.

For instance, if I benchpress 600 x 7, it will equal 4,200 pounds in total reps against the poundage 600. One must also be aware of the fact that each additional rep brings on the increase of gravity's pull.

By the time I reach the 6th and 7th rep, the resistance factor is combined to 4,200 pounds by my calculations. Some may be able to figure it out to be more or less; this I'm not going to argue with.

At this point how do I know that I can do a 700 pound press? There has to be a way of finding out. Let me explain it to you; now when I've completed this cycle of training and is the last six weeks in a 12 brought 16 week period, it is at this point where any other strenuous training would be of no value. The machine is in tip-top condition and only needs direction. Like a loaded gun needs a trigger, so does this person. It is only now that one can understand "total command".

We understand that no one is capable of a 4,200 pound bench press, but if you drop 580 pounds per 600, it will look like this: 20 X 7 = 140 + the original 600 pounds = 740 to or failure.

This means that 700 pounds is sure, and 740-750 maybe good to failure! Again, for me to do this awesome 770 pounds, I will do 630 X 7 which will give me 4,410 pounds. Now if you drop 610 per 630 pounds it will leave you with 20 X 7 = 140 + the original 630 = 770 pounds to failure.

Now understand this: we have so far trained the bench, calculated the pounds to failure, and the last event is to take the power and do the light through "total command". THINK! If a man can do 600 X 7 which equals 4,200 pounds, by subtracting 3,500 pounds mentally and on an all-out effort fail with 700 pounds, I should say not! Number one, if you stretched the 7 reps to seven individual sets, it would be more then the required effect to do one with 700! Secondly, from 600 to 700, one would not be required to do 7 sets.

Seven sets would burn you out in between. I myself would be at 700 on the third set after warm-ups of 405 - 475 - 525, which would be 600 - 650 - 700 etc. Now if you add these poundages up, single rep theory, you'll come up with 3,355 pounds, against 4,200! If you want to count the warm up reps, then you must count the same warm-up reps for the 600 X 7.

Really, in a case of someone like myself, 600 X 5 gives me the 700 I need, and the extra two reps of 1,200 pounds give me the 40 pounds I need for 740! This formula can be applied to any set poundages of the medium-heavy range upwards, providing they train the way my book tells them to.

This formula will surely give you the point of total failure and not what you set up by undertraining. The important thing about this formular is: you just don't hit a maximum lift that you have decided off the top of your head. This formula will bring you all the way past a supposed max until failure. But this failure is the total you have trained for, and with what you now know you can command this power for the lift, knowing the point of failure. How many times in the past have you been asked, "What is your max?" and you either lied out of embarrassment, or didn't know. With my formula of training, the medium heavy rep to the number 7, you will know to the point of failure by the way you train those last 6 weeks.

This is not my only formular or routine. You will find listed in this book several others that will prepare you for such advanced formulas.

What is the advantage of my formulas against any others? In my way there is a very distinct advantage. In todays race for the coveted crowns, it is no small secret about muscle tissue becoming brittle though the so called use of drugs. Proven or unproven, drugs have received the blame.

I'd like to clear all of this up right now and in this book. Drugs get the blame because of the fact that many many people get very strong in such a short period of time through drugs but are still unaware of the fact that, to begin with, they didn’t' train enough and now with the fast growth, they even train less. Astonishing, but very true.

My formular defeats this attitude that steroids falsely gives to many lifters. The real problem is that most steroid users spend the least amount of their training time on the medium heavy reps. They are so pleased with size gains and that in the arms, and the weights that they can now use, that this positive thinking gets them in and out of the gym, without paying attention to those medium heavy reps. Just what am I talking about? First off, with this happening, the muscles are growing at a rapid rate through the use of drugs, bigger and bigger, but the tendons holding the muscles are neglected through the lack of those medium heavy reps.

What happens at this point is anti-climatic! When the muscles if forced to work with a heavy effort, the muscle actually pulls itself loose from the weak tendon, or tears. Quads, pecks and biceps are the major muscles hit by this neglect. My formula trains you to train your muscles, accordingly, with the medium heavy approach. We talk about this subject further on in this book."

With no doubt, Jim's way of thinking will prepare you to max to failure, with the positive assurance that you have trained those tendons too! Jim said that, when he is through training you, you will have achieved the impossible without injury; much less failures.

"Yes, Sam when I'm through with a person, they will have reached the maximum weight desired. It will be only than that your tendons can stand the contractions and extensions of those giant muscles. Only now can one command total power without fears, and with the body well trained, look out record books.".