How toBuild Muscle: Strength Lessons from Milo of Croton The mostfamous wrestler from the 6th century, Milo of Croton, was known for his unbelievablestrength and unique way of training. He admired the Greco wrestlers in Crotonand from his childhood, he decided tobecome a wrestler. He won six gold medals in a row in wrestling champion at theAncient Olympic Games. He was awarded the title “Periodonik?s”meaning ‘the grand slams’ for five times.
He trainedhimself very cleverly and progressively.The questionis how to build muscles and increase strength like him? There is astory about the training of Milo of Croton.Instructions to build Muscle likeMilo Milo usedvery easy and significant weight training method. Close toMilo’s house, a calf was born. Thewrestler chose to lift the little creature up and lift it on his shoulders.
He practicedthis exercise for four years and raised a calf to bull on his shoulders. Every daycalf was growing up and so as his strength. It is said that he was thestrongest man in Greece and who can lift the bull easily. The main technique oridea is within this story.The mainprinciples are- 1. start with light weightsHe did not try to lift the bull for thefirst time. He started with a calf. Given his wrestling ability, it is likelythis was a weight that was simple for him.
This formula works for us also,increase your weight slowly and steady. 2. Don’t be lazyDon’t get disappointed and leave the training. You have to beregular for the results. Think in that way- if he thought of training with calfonly twice a month or twice a year, would be the results same? Would he have developed same strength andmuscles? No, of course. The calf would have become excessively huge and Milowould have not that huge to lift the bull.
Don’t overdo anything, you may getinjured and next day you won’t go for training because now you are afraid of injuries.On every NewYear or on the very emotional day we make resolutions to do things or to continuegym regularly. But we continue it for not more than a month and we fail. A more importantand valuable step is, to begin with, a verysmall activity that is so natural you cannot say no to it. It should be sosimple and easy that you don’t feel like missing it.
Slowly increase yourtraining and increase your strength. Do the things that are easy to maintainand take a proper diet with it. It’s notpossible to gain muscles in the week, itrequires proper training, dedication, andmotivation to keep going.