Finding information regarding Mr. T's workout routines online is quite a task. So for fans interested in how the star of Rocky III built his menacing frame I've included his training routine he used when he was a bodyguard. Read more below:
This was taken from an early excerpt from Mr. T on his bodyguard workout done each day. At one point this workout was doubled on the reps, Heavy bag and running increased to 2 miles.
No. 1 - Regular Barbell Curls: 5 Sets of 10 Reps
No. 2 - Seated Alternate Dumbell Curl: 5 Sets of 10 Reps
No. 3 - Close Grip Barbell Curl: 4 Sets of 8 Reps
No. 4 - Concentration Pulley Curls: 5 Sets of 10 Reps
No. 1 - Seated Press From Behind The Neck: 4 Sets of 8 Reps
No. 2 - Parallel Bar Dips: 2 Sets of as many reps as possible
No. 3 - Standing Triceps Extension With Close Grip: 4 Sets of 8 Reps
For those of you who aren't familiar with Reg Park he was Arnold Schwarzenegger's idol. Reg Park won the Mr. Universe competition in 1951, 1958 and 1965. He also did several Hercules movies. He competed in the pre-steroid era at a weight of about 250 pounds and was 6', 1’’ tall.
So what was his diet?
Here is a sample of Reg Park's diet:
Breakfast: A glass of fresh orange juice Fruit: paw-paw (papaya) & banana,
which exercise routine is best? Ronald Reagan's or Vladimir Putin's? Read them both below and decide.
Ronald Reagan always had a great physique even as President of the United States of America when he was at an advanced age. Check out his workout below:
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Larry Scott was the first Mr. Olympia in 1965 and then won it again in 1966. He was also famous for devolping his biceps on Vince Gironda's preacher curl machine which is also sometimes called a scott curl after him. Larry Scott was one of the first bodybuilders to have 20 inch upper arms. Below is one of his bicep and tricep workouts.
Larry’s Arm Workout
Monday and Thursday
2. Dips 1 cycle
3. Extensions – 2 sets
4. Regular curls
5. Chins 1 cycle
6. Preacher curls – 2 sets
The first two exercises should be done together with no rest between. The third exercise, extensions, can follow after a minimal rest. Do one cycle of the first two exercises and two sets maximum for the third. That will give you a total of four sets for the triceps.
In the golden era of bodybuilding before steroids entered the scene workouts consisted of full body workouts 3 times a week. This type of workout gave enough time to recover between workouts. If you're natural you need this time for your muscles and nervous system to recover properly. So why did training frequency change in the mid 50's and onward? Anabolic steroid use began which allowed for quicker recovery between workouts and greater gains.
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.