A Man Devoured
Stuart McRobert, the "Hard
Gainer" publishing mogul, has authored a landmark book in the
bodybuilding world. Covering his battles with body image, food
and work in a way never done before. In a depth never before
He spent four years writing 219
pages and nary a single photo (telling - and practically unheard
in bodybuilding books).
Stuart tells about it on Amazon:
The person with that dream
life was me, Stuart McRobert. I have a story to tell only
because I survived my mental torment, recognized I had a serious
problem, sought help, and turned my life around.
For 40-plus years I battled with attitudes, beliefs and
behaviors that are commonly labeled as symptoms of three
psychological disorders: muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia, and
obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The
consequences were grave.
Our longtime friend, professor of
psychology, author and publisher of Master Trainer,
Richard Winett, PhD, wrote this in the Foreword:
I have never read a book so
revealing and yet also so hopeful. It is truly groundbreaking.
Even for people who do not
have any of the kinds of problems Stuart dealt with, this book
presents a remarkable story. But for those people who do have
some aspects of Stuart's problems, the book presents hope and
some logical roads to follow in seeking help and guidance, and
charting new and improved pathways in life.
The book is being well received
on Amazon with 67% 5 stars and 33% 4 stars.
We have scanned and discussed the
book and recommend it to those up for a deep dive into the life
of an accomplished and highly intelligent man who has confronted
his demons and wants to share the details with the bodybuilding
September 1, 2021
Clarence Among "Notable HIT Bodybuilders"
We were pleased to see Clarence
among 7 bodybuilders included in a Wikipedia posting on High Intensity
Training (HIT). Alongside Mike and Ray Mentzer, Casey Viator,
Dorian Yates, Mark Dugdale, and Anibal Lopez. Big names all.
Interestingly, Clarence and Dorian
are the only
ones whose photos comes up when you put your cursor on their name.
The only physique photo is of Clarence.
The fundamental principle of
high-intensity training (HIT) is that exercise should be brief,
infrequent, and intense. There are a number of variations, but
they all stem from the pronouncements of Arthur Jones. Jones is, of course, known for
his Nautilus machines, which spanned the world during his
Several novels set in that time
that we've been reading refer to Nautilus machines. An example
you might recognize is The Queen's Gambit, which has been
a big hit on Netflix. We've enjoyed both the book and the
miniseries twice, and are looking forward to a third time for
We have five of Arthur's machines
in our gym. We use them all except for the Hip and Back machine
which is hard on Clarence's back.
For more about Arthur Jones and
HIT see Total Conditioning the Arthur Jones/Nautilus Way:
July 1, 2021
Judge Dan Sawyer
Passes at 93
Dear friend Dan always said he was going to
stop by the gym for a final workout on the way to the graveyard.
Having a broken leg, he may not have
made it. You can bet it wasn't for lack of trying.
Dan told Clarence about the frontal approach
to hip replacement. He'd had both the old and new way, and
said the difference was like night and day. "With the new
approach," he told Clarence, "you'll have so little pain you'll
forget to complain."
A pen pal of John Grimek, he treasured his
collection of long, typed letters from John relating things that would
only be shared with a close friend. We know because he sent us a
select few of Grimek's letters. We had to promise on the Bible
to return them. Joking, but he definitely wanted them back
for safe keeping.
The final section of our book Great
Expectations relates Dan's philosophy on heroes, life, and
Titled On the Shoulders of Giants, he wrote:
"I won't be Grimek, but I am going to be better for trying - I
plug away just as if I am going to make it. This type of chasing
rainbows gives me zest for living. I may get older - but never
Grimek was one of many hero/role models
he had sought to emulate and from whom he drew strength and
The following is taken from what he wrote:
"I was always attracted to people of
outstanding quality. I attached myself to them and tried to be
more like them."
The first was the fellow across the street.
Next was an English teacher. Then a
"My first admonition is to choose the right
heroes. Keep in mind, even if you miss the target, the higher
you aim the higher you will hit. Do something beneficial for
yourself each day, and don't give up, ever. Study the works of
informed people and make friends with accomplished others, and
you will be molded by the company you keep.
"...Strive for perfection as if it was a reality
and you will be ten thousand times better for trying.
"...Get a running start early as possible and
don't stop running. Don't wait for the 'right time' to get
started because the right time never comes...."
There's more, but you can see why so many
respected Dan and cherished his friendship.
Our sincerest condolences to his wonderful and
accomplished wife, Xochitl, and the many others who
This photo of Dan in his
middle years with his bike
and the LSU/Shreveport campus in the
distant background captures his essence.
mind in an active body. Sent to us by Dan, it's how we'd like to
* * *
His obituary tells more
about his life, his family, and his impressive career at all
levels of the law:
March 1, 2021