Stone Cold Steve Austin Workout

By Jason Ferruggia

Stone ColdSince I have told the story a few times before on my blog, people often ask me about the Stone Cold Steve Austin workout. I met Steve for the first time back in May of 1997. To make a long story short, we hit it off at a bar one night and spent six hours talking about everything you could possibly imagine. But one of the topics we covered most was, of course, training and nutrition. Just like all of you, I wanted to know exactly what the Stone Cold Steve Austin workout consisted of.

The first thing Steve told me was that his all time favorite weight training exercise was squats. I couldn’t have been any happier to hear that information. Sometimes when you meet big, jacked guys that you look up to or admire you are disappointed to learn that they are juiced up genetic freaks who do nothing but leg extensions and triceps extensions. Steve, like you’d expect, is a guy who believes in hard work on the big, basic muscle building exercises. Now, don’t get me wrong. Steve has far better genetics for packing on size and strength than most of us could ever hope to have. But that is never an excuse for using wussy exercises.

Steve told me that as long as you squat, squat heavy and squat often, you will get big. Very, very big. Stone Cold’s favorite leg training workouts were those that included high rep squats. He often did sets of twenty to forty reps and said that those really blew his legs up. While high rep squatting works wonders for advanced guys and was a favorite method of Stone Cold and the legendary Tom Platz, beginners need to avoid high reps at all costs. 

Besides his massive legs, Stone Cold Steve Austin is also known for his tree trunk sized neck. I asked him about that and he told me that he simply bought a neck harness when he was in high school and used it every single day of the year. While doing a mock neck harness raise, Stone Cold told me that he “used to this sh*t all day long.” The importance of having a big neck can not be underestimated. Take it from Stone Cold.

I met Steve a few more times over the years and got friendly with him again during the summer of 2008 while living near him in California. I would see him at the gym every morning and knew that if I wanted to chat with him I had better grab him quick because Steve was the king of short workouts. He’d get in and get out in 45 minutes or less, and that would be pushing it. Usually he was gone in thirty. Apparently Steve knows what I have been preaching for years, that you get far better results from spending less time in the gym.

Telling you everything Stone Cold Steve Austin and I discussed about training would take all day but the take home points are these: train heavy, squat often, big necks are cool and get in and out of the gym in 45 minutes or less.

And that’s the bottom line… Cause Stone Cold said so!


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