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Leroy Colbert's Workout Routine

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Training

I was training with Sylvester for 5 months with a daily routine of 2 hours of bodybuilding training in morning. We were training a different muscles split, usually 2 muscle groups, and then we did 2 hours of boxing in afternoon. The weight training was very intense and together with the boxing, I became very cut.

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..."A BODY-BUILDER with big arms is always the envy of his less fortunate associates.

Many body-builders think it is hard to develop big arms, but frankly, I feel that most of you could easily add an inch or two to your present arm size if only you would train correctly. What do I mean by training correctly ? I mean if you trained on the following course.

Start your work-out off with 3 sets of 10 prone hyper-extensions. This tones up your lumbar muscles and benefits your nervous system. I have done reps, with 300 lb. on this movement. When you have completed the prone hypers, perform 5 sets of 5 reps, full squat.

Whilst the bar is still loaded for squats and resting on the squat stands take the bar once again off the stands and perform heel raises 6 sets 30 reps. This is a wonderful calf exercise and Bruce Randall uses up to 800 lb. for sets and reps. The fourth exercise is the bench press performed with your standing press width grip for 5 sets 5 reps.

Exercise five is bent over rowing which is wonderful for building broad backs. Perform 4 sets, 8 reps, on this exercise

Exercise six is the press behind neck which I do by taking the bar out of the squat stands.

Perform 4 sets of 8 reps.

Now we come to the BIG ARM building exercises.

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Rocky Marciano loved to exercise. 

He trained using a custom made 300lbs punching bag. 

He used a speed bag but not like you would expect, he would hit it with hooks and slow power shots to work on his accuracy.

He would power clean a heavy stone and toss it forward with both hands.

He did crunches that also combined kicking a heavy medicine ball out to the trainer

He liked to run uphill in training (full speed) and then run backwards back down. Did this over and over.

He was known to do two hours of continuous calisthenics.

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The exercises and their order all come from Eugen’s book, recommending the exact amounts of reps he thought useful.

 

Exercise Repetitions
Dumbbell Biceps Curls 50 reps per arm, increase by 5 per day
Reverse Barbell Curls 25, increase by 2 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10 per arm, increase by 1 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10, increase by 1 every 3 days
Standing Chest Flyes 5, increase by 1 every two days
Alternating Shoulder Presses 15 per arm, increase by 1 every 2 days
Alternating Front Raises 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Eugen’s Wrist Flexors To failure
Eugen’s Wrist Rotations To failure
Eugen’s Shoulder Lunge 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Push-Ups 3, increase by 1 every 3 days
Push-Ups With Added Resistance 2, increase by 1 every 3 days
Eugen’s Sit-Ups 3, increase every 2 days
Squats 10, increase  every 2 days
Side Bends 15, increase every 2 day

 

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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

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Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine

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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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Mon-Thurs-Sat

Lats and Arms:

- Wide grip chins 5x6-8 reps

- Long pulley lat exercise 5x10 reps

- Straight arm Pullover 5x10reps

- Lat Pulley Pull-ins 5x10 reps

- Incline Dumbbell Curls 5x10 reps

- Preacher curl 4x10 reps

- Gironda Bicep bench curl 4x10 reps

- Concentration Curl 4x10 reps

- One arm Seated triceps press 6x10 reps

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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

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* (H.E.S.) Stands for Heavier Each Set.

On Monday's and Friday's: (Back, Biceps, and Legs)

1. Warmup Sit-ups: 3 sets of  25 to 50 reps

2. Squats: 6 sets of15--10--8--6--6--4  (H.E.S.) 

3. Calf Machine: 6 sets of 10 reps

4. Leg Curls: 4 sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

5. Dumbbell Curls: 4 sets of 8--7--6--6 reps (H.E.S.)

6. Deadlifts: 5sets of 8--7--6--5--5 reps (H.E.S.)

7. Leg Curls: 4sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

8. Dips: 4 sets of 12 reps

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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. 

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Workout principle 1: The progressive overload principle

In order to increase one aspect of physical fitness (strength, muscle mass, stamina, etc.), the muscles must be subjected to more stress than usual. This means that the muscles need to be continually put under increased stress. In order to achieve more strength, heavier weights must be used. In order to achieve more muscle mass, not only do heavier weights need to be used but the number of sets and the number of training units also need to be increased.

Muscle stamina is best improved by shortening the rest between sets or by constantly increasing the number of reps or sets. The progressive overload principle is the core of all physical training and forms a solid basis for successful strength training (super-compensation).

 

Workout principle 2: The set system principle

In the early years of bodybuilding, most experts believed that wannabe bodybuilders should only complete one set of each exercise per workout. If the whole body is to complete twelve exercises, this would mean twelve sets per training unit.

Joe Weider saw things differently. He was the first to recommend working out using several sets of one exercise (sometimes up to three or four sets per exercise) in order to fully exhaust each muscle group and to stimulate maximum muscle growth.

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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

 

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Monday:

Chest and Back

Tuesday:

Legs

Wednesday: