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The York Barbell Course Part 3

Here is the third of the four York Barbell Courses designed by Bob Hoffman.

The York courses were the standard for the majority of up and coming weight trainers back in the day.

Follow the course for 12 weeks and then move on to Course No. 4

York Barbell Course No. 3

Warm-up… Light Power Snatch

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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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Serge Nubret’s training routine was based on high volume of training. He was known to train for hours and when asked about this he said he loved bodybuilding. The foundation of his training philosophy was to use light to moderate weight for higher reps. Below is the workout routine he used.

 

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First Strength and Bulk Course for Weightlifter

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Biceps

Preacher Curl – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Zottman Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

EZ Curl Bar Reverse Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Barbell Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

 

 

Triceps

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Bill Star's 5X5 program has spawned many variations over the years but his workout is still highly regarded. Before Bill Star of course there was Reg Park whose 5X5 program inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger and helped Arnold build his size and strength. Bill Star's program is different in that it focuses on what he called the "big three": bench press, power clean and squats. He also utilizes shoulder press, dead lift and other exercises to completely strengthen the body. He also had heavy, medium and light training days. Check out his highly regarded workouts below.

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Arnold's Biceps Routine:

Barbell Curl (Standing): 5 Sets of 8,8,6,6,6 Reps

Arnold barbell curls

Dumbell Curl (Sitting): 5 Sets of Reps

Arnold  Dumbbell Curls

Restricted Inclined Dumbbell Curl: 5 Sets of 10 Reps

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Denny and Robby Training Arms and Shoulders

 

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Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 1 with Deny gable and Robby Robinson

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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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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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"If you do my training program, you don’t need to do cardio. Fat loss depends of what you are eating." – Serge Nubret

How He Ate

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Lou Ferrigno quote: "From what I see, most people train one bodypart a week. I think you should do more that that, hit it twice a week. They’re also doing 20 sets, which is way too many. I believe you should do only 10 to 12 sets, max, per bodypart. After every 72 hours or so, you should hit that part again. You can rotate exercises.

 

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From interview by Osmo Kiiha of The Iron Master (IM).

IM:  "How about a sample routine from the 1950s?"

Reg:  "I didn't have a favorite workout routine.  I have done every routine and every exercise in the book, but like most advanced trainers, I have found what exercises and what routines give me the best results.  What is good for one man isn't necessarily good for somebody else.  My bodyweight fluctuated between 230 and 245 during those years.  Here is a routine I used around 1956-1957 with good results:"

Deltoids and Upper Back

- Press Behind Neck 4-10 Sets, 5 Reps.

- Heavy Bent arm Lateral Raises 5-10 Sets, 10 Reps