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Back in the golden era of bodybuilding one of the greatest physiques to grace a bodybuilding stage was that of Steve Reeves. In those times there were barely any supplements. So a protein shake meant making it from scratch. Steve Reeve's Power Drink is unique because of its makeup.
"(Prepared in blender)
14 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon of Knox gelatin
1 tablespoon of honey
1 banana
2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)
2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (I make my own)"

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Rachel McLish was the first Ms. Olympia and was at the peak of her popularity in the 80's. She's best know for her muscularity but also for maintaining her feminity. She mainted this look by being steroid free. She continues to train today and looks great. For women looking to obtain a great classic physique look they should give her workout a try.

In Joe Weider's "Shape" magazine, July 1984, Rachel shared her off-season workout schedule.

 

Day 1:

CHEST & ARMS

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Below is the Brawn workout Routine.

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Warm up: parallel bar dips and chins in super set style. He would do three super sets of as many reps as he could manage.

Seated barbell press behind the neck:

12 reps for the first set. After a short rest and adding twenty pounds he did another twelve reps. The third set was eight reps with and additional twenty pounds. The fourth set he kept the same weight for eight reps. The fifth set was six reps with the same weight. The final and six set was done for twelve strict reps with a reduced weight.

Seated bent over laterals:

5 sets of 15 reps. 

Seated dumbell press:

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Mon-Thurs-Sat

Lats and Arms:

- Wide grip chins 5x6-8 reps

- Long pulley lat exercise 5x10 reps

- Straight arm Pullover 5x10reps

- Lat Pulley Pull-ins 5x10 reps

- Incline Dumbbell Curls 5x10 reps

- Preacher curl 4x10 reps

- Gironda Bicep bench curl 4x10 reps

- Concentration Curl 4x10 reps

- One arm Seated triceps press 6x10 reps

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A lot of bodybuilders from the golden era of bodybuilding didn't have a lot of supplements to choose from so they made their own with good results. One such bodybuilder was Arnold Schwarzenegger. As part of his regime during the bulking up phase of his preparation he would consume a homemade protein shake as a snack before he went to sleep. Below is the drink as he wrote it in his book, Arnold the Education of a Bodybuilder:

Protein Drink:

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Below is one of Ronda Rousey's circuit workouts:

"Perform the prescribed number of reps for each move, then immediately move onto the next. After your last exercise, return to the first move and repeat the circuit up to three times. (Beginners, follow the tips with each exercise to make the moves easier.)"

 

1. BOSU-ball Squat-and-Press

 

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Two bars are loaded for the alternate exercises (one heavy, one light). Go from the heavy set to the light, pumping set without delay. Alternate Routine One and Routine Two and perform four workouts per week.

 

Monday/Thursday

 

Press Behind Neck - 4 sets of 2 reps

alternated with

Barbell Front Raise - 4 sets of 10 reps

 

Bench Press - 4 sets of 1 rep

alternated with

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Roger Callard detailed his workout routine in his interview for the article "Insider on the Outside" and below is what he said:

 

 "I train three times a week and do my entire body at each workout. I train Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each session lasts about one hour. On nonworkout days I do aerobics.

 

Legs: Leg extensions, squats, leg curls, 15 to 25 reps on each. One big tri-set. No rest between exercises.

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In an article in Your Physique magazine (Sept 1950 issue), Alan talks about the general rules for a beginner to follow in putting together a muscle building program. He said:

"All you need to do is follow the right exercises, eat plenty of nourishing food and get as much rest and relaxation on your non training days as you possibly can." 

"Let's deal with the right exercises first. If you build a schedule around either the deep knee bend (squats) or the dead lift and take it from there, you are on the right track." 

"The fundamental movements such as the supine press (bench press) or any of its variants - bench presses of incline presses - , curls, rowing motions, squats, or dead lifts or leg presses combined with sets of bent arm pullovers, are the best." 

For the beginner - do 1 set of each exercise for the 1st month, 2 sets the second month, 3 sets the third month. Workout twice a week (e.g., Tue and Sat, or Mon and Fri). For the 1st workout, use light weights just to get used to the exercises. For the second workout, try to determine for each exercise the amount of weight you can handle to complete 8 reps (with good form) and no more. Then, at each successive workout, try to increase your reps by 1 or 2, until you reach the top of the rep range. At that point, add a little weight to the bar. Continue in this fashion for the course. Keep your focus on this process of increasing reps, then increasing poundage. This is how you use the principle of "progressive resistance." It is this process of gradually increasing your strength and poundage that will result in larger muscles!

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"Iron Mike" Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles at just a 20 year old kid. His raw power and ability to knockout even the toughest of guys made his opponents look like they all had glass jaws. "Kid Dynamite" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and is often considered to be one of the greatest. Below is a sample of his workout he did in his prime which was performed 7 days a week:

 

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Rocky Marciano loved to exercise. 

He trained using a custom made 300lbs punching bag. 

He used a speed bag but not like you would expect, he would hit it with hooks and slow power shots to work on his accuracy.

He would power clean a heavy stone and toss it forward with both hands.

He did crunches that also combined kicking a heavy medicine ball out to the trainer

He liked to run uphill in training (full speed) and then run backwards back down. Did this over and over.

He was known to do two hours of continuous calisthenics.

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This was Steve Reeves diet during his competing days.

8:00 a.m. : Breakfast:

Steve Reeves Power Drink (prepared in blender)

* 14 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice

* 1 tablespoon of Knox gelatin

* 1 tablespoon of honey

* 1 banana

* 2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)

* 2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (he makes his own)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Workout

(On either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday)

Noon - Lunch