THE Complete Keys to Progress has 69 ratings and 11 reviews. Nebogipfel said: McCallum’s texts are always entertaining to read. There is some useful info. Need to bulk up or trim down? Want to combine lifting and running? It’s all here in the complete anthology of John McCallum’s classic series, “Keys to Progress,”. Back when Jimi Hendrix and the Doors were playing concerts, John McCallum’s “ Keys to Progress” series helped pack more muscle on more people than all.

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The Complete Keys to Progress

It now appears destined to become a classic…? Oldschool Training Secrets, Tips.

Books by John McCallum. I transcribed them and organized them by type. Weller rated it really liked it Mar 19, Aug 16, Jacob Aitken rated it it was ekys Shelves: Commom sense weightlifting advice that never goes out of style – hard work, squats, lots of protein and more hard work brings success.

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Travis Ward rated it liked it Bh 15, Open Preview See a Problem? The old gym owner would constantly preach the value of basic exercises, heavy leg work, along with a sensible diet.

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Oct 07, Nebogipfel rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a “get meys there and bust your butt” kind of training book. Jan 11, Derek rated it it was amazing.


The names are the chapter names from the book. McCallum also visited and corresponded with many of the most famous weight men of the time in order to find ksys the real scoop about how they trained. Meaning that his programs were either overly long or didn’t allow for enough recovery time Robert Mullener rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Nina Semple rated it did not like it Sep 02, A fantastic storyteller to boot.

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His programs for sets and reps, such as they xomplete, were generally correct though this ultimately differs from lifter to lifter. Chris rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Josh I rated it liked it Jan 11, How do you put on good, solid strength and size quickly? His stories keep you interested, keep you learning, and keep you coming back for “just one more”. Not many people know about Hip Belt Squats but you can read all about them on pages … that includes details on setup, how to incorporate them and hohn other exercises that should be performed with them.

I read some of them for the training information, some of them for the inspirational photos, some for the advertising of various products and some for just plain entertainment.


I could only read progrress sections at a time because it was so bad. Universe contest winner Reg Park?

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. Read more for nostalgia and inspiration than a mccalkum gym plan. Aug 14, Brett’s Books rated it liked it Shelves: Ike rated it really liked it Oct 27, Quite simply, a Great Book!

THE Complete Keys to Progress

Each one had a different approach to training, each one had their reasons for being there. It’s an entertaining read, I highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, I occasionally use some of the same routines from that series today, some 40 years later!

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. How long should your workouts last?

No mention of steroids, some of the nutritional advice doesn’t hold up, but the workout advice is solid, old school stuff. He’s also right that focusing on the heavy, multi-muscle group exercises stimulates real gains better than anything else.