What has happened to the sport of bodybuilding? I recently started working out again after about a 10 year break and I've made an effort to catch up on the bodybuilding scene. What I'm seeing from this new era of bodybuilding is discouraging. It seems like to achieve those physiques large amounts of combined drugs are needed. I was almost turned off from continuing my training. Luckily I still had the movie Pumping Iron lying around. Well needless to say it motivated the hell out of me.
Below is one of John Grimek's workout for putting on weight and strength.
For those of you who don't know who John Grimek is here some information from http://www.schwarzenegger.it/mro/grimek.html: "John Carroll Grimek is the only man ever to win the AAU Mr. America title more than once. His wins in 1940 and 1941 were so overwhelming that contest organizers from then on implemented the single-victory rule.
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:
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.”
Cory Everson won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989. She was using the following split program: upper-body pushing exercises on day 1, lower body on day 2 and upper-body pulling movements on day 3. She was training once a day, six days per week on a three-days-on/one-off rotation. Checkout workout below:
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.
Press Behind Neck - 4 sets of 2 reps
Barbell Front Raise - 4 sets of 10 reps
Bench Press - 4 sets of 1 rep
The following two images contain the routine that Mike Mentzer used prior to his Heavy Duty training and how his physique was built. You will note this routine is nothing like what Mike advocated later in his career. It is not one set to failure. The program is reported to be one Mike actually followed to a "T".
Jack Delinger was Mr. America 1949 and was also Mr. Universe 1956 defeating Bill Pearl. He trained hard and followed the the 3 day a week training schedule of the champions of the golden era of bodybuilding. He 5',6'' tall and 205 lbs and proves that it's possible for a natural bodybuilder to achieve a herculean physique naturally. Below is a workout he used to put on muscle mass.
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
Ronald Walker: December 22nd, 1907 - October 25th, 1948. Yorkshire born Ron Walker was an Olympic Weightlifter who, in his lifetime, held 26 British Heavyweight records. From 1938 he ran a postal Physical Development Course in London. After years of deteriorating health starting in 1940 he finally succumbed to cancer of the stomach and died in 1948. He is still held in very high regard in the world of weightlifting.
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