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Reg Park was a natural bodybuilder whose workouts led to herculean gains and more rugged looks than the workouts of Steve Reeves. When Arnold Schwarzenegger started working out he religiously followed Reg Park's workouts. Well we all know what the results were. So enough bullshit let's get to the workout already.

How it's done:

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Below is video of Sergio Oliva Training his quads and hamstrings:

Buy his book for his life story and workout information in his own words. Click on book image to buy.

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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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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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The exercises and their order all come from Eugen’s book, recommending the exact amounts of reps he thought useful.

 

Exercise Repetitions
Dumbbell Biceps Curls 50 reps per arm, increase by 5 per day
Reverse Barbell Curls 25, increase by 2 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10 per arm, increase by 1 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10, increase by 1 every 3 days
Standing Chest Flyes 5, increase by 1 every two days
Alternating Shoulder Presses 15 per arm, increase by 1 every 2 days
Alternating Front Raises 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Eugen’s Wrist Flexors To failure
Eugen’s Wrist Rotations To failure
Eugen’s Shoulder Lunge 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Push-Ups 3, increase by 1 every 3 days
Push-Ups With Added Resistance 2, increase by 1 every 3 days
Eugen’s Sit-Ups 3, increase every 2 days
Squats 10, increase  every 2 days
Side Bends 15, increase every 2 day

 

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For those of you who don't know Rachel McLish here is some information on her: Born on June 21, 1955, she is an American female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. She had the greatest mainstream presence of any female bodybuilder in the sport's early years. She also might've been the most influential bodybuilder as far as getting women of her generation, who grew up when girls/young women often were discouraged from athletic activity by cultural mores or lack of opportunity, to compete in contests or just join a gym to build muscle tone. Read her leg workout below:

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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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Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine

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Joe Weider died of heart failure on March 23, 2013 at his home in Los Angeles, California at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Betty. Joe Weider helped make bodybuilding what it today. His magazines, contests and other health and fitness endeavors catapulted the sport's popularity along with the unique characters his magazine introduced us to was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leroy Colbert, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Mike Katz, Sergio Oliva, Larry Scott, Robby Robinson and many more. He's probably in Heaven arranging the first Mr.

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Training

I was training with Sylvester for 5 months with a daily routine of 2 hours of bodybuilding training in morning. We were training a different muscles split, usually 2 muscle groups, and then we did 2 hours of boxing in afternoon. The weight training was very intense and together with the boxing, I became very cut.

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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

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* (H.E.S.) Stands for Heavier Each Set.

On Monday's and Friday's: (Back, Biceps, and Legs)

1. Warmup Sit-ups: 3 sets of  25 to 50 reps

2. Squats: 6 sets of15--10--8--6--6--4  (H.E.S.) 

3. Calf Machine: 6 sets of 10 reps

4. Leg Curls: 4 sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

5. Dumbbell Curls: 4 sets of 8--7--6--6 reps (H.E.S.)

6. Deadlifts: 5sets of 8--7--6--5--5 reps (H.E.S.)

7. Leg Curls: 4sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

8. Dips: 4 sets of 12 reps