Jack Lalanne was a pioneer in advocating the need to exercise and be fit. He led by example and was known as "the godfather of fitness". He lived to be 96, which is something I fear many current bodybuilders won't reach. His workout and healthy eating lifestyle is a classic example of what true classic physique training can accomplish for health and vitality.
1) Exercise and Nutrition. " …Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom!"
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,
In gyms across America many of the weight lifters do set after set week after week and they always look the same with very little muscle gains. To them sometimes it may seem as the only way to make any gains is through the use of anabolic steroids. Well what if I told you that a generation of champions had figured out a way to make real muscle gains with no use of anabolic steroids or supplements. How do I know for sure they didn't take it? It wasn't made or carried in pharmacies in the 1940's to early 1950's.
I came across this video on youtube and thought it was informative and interesting, so I thought I'd share it with my Rippeder fans. In this episode of Ric's Corner Ric Drasin discusses steroid use by bodybuilders in the 1970's and current use by pros today. He also gives advice on training. Ric Drasin was Arnold's training partner for four years. He is an artist, actor, stuntman, writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilder, and retired professional wrestler.
Back in the golden era of bodybuilding one of the greatest physiques to grace a bodybuilding stage was that of Steve Reeves. In those times there were barely any supplements. So a protein shake meant making it from scratch. Steve Reeve's Power Drink is unique because of its makeup.
"(Prepared in blender)
14 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon of Knox gelatin
1 tablespoon of honey
2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)
2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (I make my own)"
Steve's routine is a full-body workout which he did 3 days a week (e.g., M, W, and F). He used a great deal of concentration when doing the exercise and performed each set "all out" (or to failure). Each exercise was done in a strict style, resting 45-60 seconds between sets and 2 minutes between different exercises.
1. Incline dumbbell press - 3 sets, 8-12 reps (using descending poundages)
2. Breathing front squat - 3 sets, 15 reps (superset with the following exercise)
3. Dumbell laterals/flyes - 3 sets, 15 reps
4. Seated barbell curls - 3 sets, 12 reps (getting the negative reps on the way down)
5. Alternate dumbbell forward raise - 2 sets, 15 reps
6. Bent over rows - 2 sets, 12 reps
7. One arm rows - 2 sets, 12 reps
8. Splits with barbell - 1 set, until breathless
9. Alternative raise lying - 2 sets, 15 reps
Roger Callard detailed his workout routine in his interview for the article "Insider on the Outside" and below is what he said:
"I train three times a week and do my entire body at each workout. I train Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each session lasts about one hour. On nonworkout days I do aerobics.
Legs: Leg extensions, squats, leg curls, 15 to 25 reps on each. One big tri-set. No rest between exercises.
At 80 years old Leroy Colbert still has big biceps as he shows in his youtube channel. He is the first man to reach 21 inch arms naturally. Read his bicep workout at http://rippeder.com/content/leroy-colbert-arm-workout-routine. Checkout his youtube video below, which he shows off his golden era big arms:
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
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
Arnold's Level 2 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
Monday / Wednesday/ Friday
Bench Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps
Incline Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps
Pullovers: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps
Chin-Ups: (do as many repetitions at a time as you can until you reach a total of 50 reps)