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Maurice Jones also known as the "Canadian Hercules" was an old-time, classic physique builder. Although he was not a physique contest competitor, he was regularly featured as an example of a well-rounded weight trainer in John McCallum’s writings.


Below is the first workout routine Steve Reeves followed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). He trained in his garage with a 200 pound weight set he purchased with money saved from a paper route job he had.



Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine


Ken McCord trained 4 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The week days were split workouts so in the morning at 5:30am he trained upper body then at night he would do lower body, this would be done on all 3 days.

Sundays were a basic all round light workout which would have been great for recovery. He was also a brown belt in Karate and ran 1 to 2 miles most days. Bodybuilders in those day tended to be a little more interested in being athletic.

The lifts mostly used were the basic bodybuilding movements of the day, with a variety of exercises used per body part to hit them from all angles. He also changed his routines every 4 to 6 weeks to keep shocking his muscles. 


There's always someone telling you it can't be done or don't do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger has succeeded in three fields bodybuilding, movies and politics. In this youtube clip you hear it from him on what kind of mindset you need to be successful.


You have probably read Arnold's books or read his article on Flex magazine but have you ever wondered is that how and what he really ate? Well back in the early 1970's Arnold Schwarzenegger trained with Ric Drasin. Ric is an accomplished artist, actor, webcast host, stuntman, writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilder and retired pro wrestler. He has a series show on youtube called Ric's Corner. Well having trained with Arnold he has some insider information on what Arnold really ate. According to Ric the diet consisted of the following:

Morning: (At Zucky's)


*All of these are quotes from Serge Nubret's postings on several bodybuilding forums directly from the man himself*

*English is not Serge's first language so the grammar and sentence structure can be difficult to read sometimes*



During most of the year Danny "the Giant Killer" trains 4 to 6 days a week He always follows the same split. Day 1 Chest and Back. Day 2 Shoulders and Arms. Day 3 legs. Repeat. If he misses a workout, (which he often does, he doesn’t worry about it, he just does that workout when he returns to the gym. During this time he does 2 to 3 exercises per body-part for 5 sets of 12 reps. Danny uses the same weight in each set. When he can get 12 reps on all 5 sets, he’ll add weight during the next workout. His rest between sets is short. No longer than a minute. Even though the volume is high Danny completes these workouts in just over an hour… This is another way of keeping the intensity high which was taught by Vince Gironda, Bill Pearl and other great trainers of “the golden era” of bodybuilding. 


Chest and Back 

Bench Press 2-3 warm-up sets then 5 X 12

Incline 5 X 12

Flys 5 X 12

Dumbbell Pullovers 5 X 12

Chins 5 X 12

Bent Barbell Rows 5 X 12

Cable Pull-ins 5 X 12

Once a week he does Deadlifts 5 X 12


Here's a workout Arnold suggested for an individual that has been exercising using calisthenics for several weeks to get in shape and is ready to start lifting weights. Below is the program:

Monday and Thursday Program



Eight-Day Training Cycle:

One day training, One day rest

(One day on, One day off)

Day 1: Chest, Biceps

Bench Presses: 3 sets, 6-8 reps

Incline Bench Presses: 2 sets, 6-8 reps

Dips with added weight: 2 sets, 8-10 reps

Barbell Curls: 3 sets, 6-10 reps


Below is the 1st of three courses from his book: Building Bulk And Power. The book is more detailed and a recomended buy for any fan of Bill Pearl. He sells it on his website


Sergio Oliva and Bill Pearl 1971 Mr. Universe contest


Course Number One


Follow this course of exercises for a six weeks period:



"Iron Mike" Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles at just a 20 year old kid. His raw power and ability to knockout even the toughest of guys made his opponents look like they all had glass jaws. "Kid Dynamite" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and is often considered to be one of the greatest. Below is a sample of his workout he did in his prime which was performed 7 days a week:



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