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Steve's routine is a full-body workout which he did 3 days a week (e.g., M, W, and F). He used a great deal of concentration when doing the exercise and performed each set "all out" (or to failure). Each exercise was done in a strict style, resting 45-60 seconds between sets and 2 minutes between different exercises.

 

1. Incline dumbbell press - 3 sets, 8-12 reps (using descending poundages)

2. Breathing front squat - 3 sets, 15 reps (superset with the following exercise)

3. Dumbell laterals/flyes - 3 sets, 15 reps

4. Seated barbell curls - 3 sets, 12 reps (getting the negative reps on the way down)

5. Alternate dumbbell forward raise - 2 sets, 15 reps

6. Bent over rows - 2 sets, 12 reps

7. One arm rows - 2 sets, 12 reps

8. Splits with barbell - 1 set, until breathless

9. Alternative raise lying - 2 sets, 15 reps

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

Ab work as warm-up

1. Twisting Leg Raises – 50 reps each side

2. Hip Rolls – 50 reps each side

3. Double Leg Crossovers – 50 reps each side

4. Twisting Sit-ups Over Bench – 50 reps each side

5. Leg Raises off Flat Bench – 100 reps

6. Bent Knee Leg Raises – 100 reps

7. Seated Military Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

8. Lying Rear Delt Circles – 4 sets of 6 reps

9. Standing Dumbbell Presses – 4 sets of 6 reps

10. Lying Rear Delt Raise – 4 sets of 6 reps

11. One Arm Rowing Off Bench – 4 sets of 6 reps

12. Close Grip Chins – 4 sets of 10 reps

13. Rowing on High Pulley – 4 sets of 6 reps

14. Lat Pull downs – 4 sets of 6 reps

15. Incline Barbell Prones – 4 sets of 6 reps

16. Incline Laterals – Dumbbells – 4 sets of 6 reps

17. Bench Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

18. Bent Arm Laterals – 4 sets of 6 reps

 

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Tommy Kono was a tremendously talented weightlifter who was a world and Olympic champion for the United States back in the fifties.

Kono stated that back in 1952 when he was training for the Olympics (Kono won the lightweight gold medal that year), he would train three days a week on only four exercises, and equal or exceed world record totals during his training.

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In the 1978 issue of Muscle, while training for the upcoming Mr. Olympia, Ken Waller explained his diet:

"I stay hungry. For me that's eating only four times a day. I eat four eggs and a piece of meat almost every meal. If I eat chicken, it will be four big breasts, that sort of quantity. That's not a lot of food when you are training like I am several hours a day. I'll eat a muffin in the morning. I get my usual cravings at midnight. Then I am stuffing myself in some restaurant when the rest of the world is asleep. Why, just the other night I ate two pints of ice cream and a bag of cookies, and a half a cream pie. I thought my stomach would burst. I'm notorious for excesses, but I manage to control them. Funny though, the next morning my stomach was shrunk more than ever. Maybe I needed it. You can get away with that now and then, but don't try it every day.

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From Article in Strength & Health Magazine - August, 1962

 

There have been no secret exercises, no complex formulas - just the basic training. For you readers who are interested, Harold does the following exercises in the following order:

 

3 Sets Barbell Press Behind Neck

6 Sets of Barbell Bench Press, Wide Grip

3 Sets of Barbell Rowing

3 Sets of Chins Behind Neck

3 Sets of Cheating Barbell Curl

5 Sets of Triceps Kickbacks

3 Sets of Front Squats

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At 80 years old Leroy Colbert still has big biceps as he shows in his youtube channel. He is the first man to reach 21 inch arms naturally. Read his bicep workout at http://rippeder.com/content/leroy-colbert-arm-workout-routine. Checkout his youtube video below, which he shows off his golden era big arms:

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I read an article and thought they might be of interest to my fans. The University of California findings on the effects of Triclosan on muscle contraction seemed to impair heart and skeletal muscle contractility in living animals. The study was done on fish and mice. Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical found in soaps, tooth pastes, hand sanitizers and other household items. Mice given a single dose of Triclosan had 18% reduction in grip strength for over an hour after only 20 minutes from being given the dose.

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Charles Atlas

 

Charles Atlas daily exercise routine he maintained until about age 77:

  • 50 knee bends
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 300 push-ups
  • Daily run on the beach

The last 2 years of his life he spent reading the bible and running on the beach.

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Franco's Chest Workout:

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 5-6 10-6
Barbell Incline Press 4-5 10-6

Dips

  Superset with Cable Crossovers

3-4

3-4

15-20

15

 

Franco Columbu bench pressing

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's recently released Blueprint to training and diet:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Phase 1

Click on image above to view full PDF version of Phase 1

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the greatest bodybuilder ever, Sergio Oliva. He died on November 12, 2012. He may be gone but he will live on forever as an inspiration to aspiring bodybuilders all over the world. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday mentioned Oliva in a Twitter message: “Oliva was one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time & a true friend,” Schwarzenegger said. “A fierce competitor w/ a big personality - one of a kind.”

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Bill's intermediate to advanced training routines includes training 4 times per week maximum, with each workout session lasting about 1.5 hours. Read full workout below:

 

 

Bill trains his different muscle groups as follows:

 

 Mondays: chest, back and shoulders (super-sets for chest and back)

 Tuesdays: Arms and legs (super-sets for arms)

 Wednesday: off

 Thursday: repeat Monday

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The Steve Reeves Workout: Monday/Wednesday/Friday rest Saturday and Sunday.

 

Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Swings 3 15-20
Upright Rows 3 8-12
Bench Press 3 8-12
One Arm Row 3 8-12
Dumbbell Laterals 3 8-12
Incline Press 3 8-12
Tricep Pressdown 3 8-12
Barbell Curls 3 8-12
Seated DB Curls 3 8-12
Squats supersetted with... 3 8-12
Pullovers 3 8-12
Breathing Squats 3 8-12
Dumbbell Laterals 1 20
Deadlifts 2 8-12
Good Mornings 2 8-12
 

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His 1982 arms workout routine in preparation for Mr. Olympia: