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Tommy Kono was a tremendously talented weightlifter who was a world and Olympic champion for the United States back in the fifties.

Kono stated that back in 1952 when he was training for the Olympics (Kono won the lightweight gold medal that year), he would train three days a week on only four exercises, and equal or exceed world record totals during his training.

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The Super Squat Routine

Press behind neck 3 x 12

Squat 1 x 20 supersetted with Pullover 1 x 20

Bench press 3 x 12

Rowing 3 x 15

Stiff legged deadlift 1 x 15

Pullover 1 x 20

 

(add a gallon of milk a day!)

 

The above routine is the ultimate ‘hard gainers’ routine and was done 2-3 times a week.

 

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*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*

 

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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:

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Superstar Billy Graham was the WWWF heavy weight champion of the world in 1977–78 and his unique style influenced Hulk Hogan and Jesse The Body Ventura.

Superstar Billy Graham's Legendary Workout:

Every morning:

* "Workout for 5 hours"

* "Run 19 Miles a day"

* "Swim across Atlantic Ocean"

Kids don't try this at home!

Watch video below of him describing the workout:

 

Superstar Billy Graham being interviewed by Vince McMahon

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Arnold's Level 2 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

 

Monday / Wednesday/ Friday

 

Chest

 

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

 

Back

 

Chin-Ups: (do as many repetitions at a time as you can until you reach a total of 50 reps)

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This is the same workout that Reg Park trained with to win the 1951 Mr. Universe title. 
 

Reg trained three days a week on this routine:

 

Squats 5 x 10

Bench Press 5 x 10

Weighted Dips 5 x 12

Barbell Curls 5 x 10

French Presses 5 x 10

Chins 5 x 10

Donkey Raises 5 sets

Abs 5 sets

 

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Warm up: parallel bar dips and chins in super set style. He would do three super sets of as many reps as he could manage.

Seated barbell press behind the neck:

12 reps for the first set. After a short rest and adding twenty pounds he did another twelve reps. The third set was eight reps with and additional twenty pounds. The fourth set he kept the same weight for eight reps. The fifth set was six reps with the same weight. The final and six set was done for twelve strict reps with a reduced weight.

Seated bent over laterals:

5 sets of 15 reps. 

Seated dumbell press:

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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.

 

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Denny and Robby Training Chest

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Sources:

Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 3 with Deny Gable and Robby Robinson

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The following is the workout Bill Phillip's says he favors in his book 

Monday: Chest and Calves

Bench Press:

3 x 20 @ 135 lbs.

2 x 10 @ 225 lbs.

1 x 8 @ 275 lbs.

1 x 6 @ 295 lbs.

1 x 5 @ 315 lbs.

1 x 4 @ 335 lbs.

1 x 3 @ 355 lbs.

2 x 8 @ 295 lbs.

Incline Flys:

4 x 6-8 @ 70 lb. DB's

Flat Flys:

4 x 6-8 75 lb. DB's

Standing Calve Raise:

4 x 10 @ 400 lbs.

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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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Vince Gironda's A Muscle Has Four Sides: How To Build Muscle In The Shortest Time Possible.

Cover

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Frank Zane Three-time Mr. Olympia