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Charles Atlas

 

Charles Atlas daily exercise routine he maintained until about age 77:

  • 50 knee bends
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 300 push-ups
  • Daily run on the beach

The last 2 years of his life he spent reading the bible and running on the beach.

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Clarence Ross (October 26, 1923 – April 30, 2008) was a bodybuilder from the United States.Ross was born in Oakland, California on October 26, 1923, the second of the four children of Hershel Ross, a teamster, and his wife Jeannette Levi. His mother died when he was young, so he grew up in a series of foster homes. He started weight training at age 17, weighing 135 pounds at a height of 5'10". He was motivated by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to enlist in the Air Force, which he did on October 31, 1942 at San Francisco, and was then stationed in Las Vegas.

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The following workout routines are from Reg Park's 1960 training course Strength & Bulk Training for Weight Lifters and Body Builders.

Reg Park's Book

 

Reg Park's Strength and Bulk Three Phase 5x5 Program 

Phase One 

45-degree back extension 3x10 

Back squat 5x5 

Bench press 5x5 

Deadlift 5x5 

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For those of you who don't know Rachel McLish here is some information on her: Born on June 21, 1955, she is an American female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. She had the greatest mainstream presence of any female bodybuilder in the sport's early years. She also might've been the most influential bodybuilder as far as getting women of her generation, who grew up when girls/young women often were discouraged from athletic activity by cultural mores or lack of opportunity, to compete in contests or just join a gym to build muscle tone. Read her leg workout below:

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Below is the 3rd 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.

Bill Pearl on cover of magazine

Course Number Three

 

Follow this course of exercises for a six week period.

 

1.) Sit Ups 1 set of 25

2.) Leg Raises 1 set of 25

3.) Bench Press 5 sets of 5

4.) Press Behind Neck 5 sets of 5

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Chet Yorton experimented for a while with diferent weight lifting routines until he settle with the one he used for the rest of his career. He used a push-pull routine. Mondays he trained chest, shoulders and triceps. Tuesdays he trained back, biceps and legs. Then next day he would take it off and then repeat the routine. All exercises are 4 exercises per body part for 5 sets and 8-10 reps except chest. For chest he would use 300lbs for 100 reps total. So he would do sets until he reached 100 reps and then do 1 rep with 405.  Full workout below:

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This is the bodybuilding Guru Vince Gironda's famous honest workout routine.

Monday/Thursdays

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WWE CEO Vince McMahon usually trains four days a week (depending on his work schedule) and trains each body part once a week. He alternates between “Heavy” and “Not-So-Heavy” days for each body part. He trains calves every third day and abs twice a week.

Vince posing by bench press

Day 1 - Chest and Triceps

Heavy Day

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Below is the 2nd 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.Sergio Oliva Bill Pearl and Reg Park.

 

 

Course Number Two

 

Follow this course of exercises for a six weeks period.

 

1.) Dumbbell Swing 1 set of 10-15

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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.

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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".

Mike Mentzer's Routine Page 1

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After winning every NABBA title available to him, Brutal Bertil Fox came to the IFBB pro ranks in 1981. Naturally Bertil sent shockwaves through the ranks world wide.

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Serge Nubret’s training routine was based on high volume of training. He was known to train for hours and when asked about this he said he loved bodybuilding. The foundation of his training philosophy was to use light to moderate weight for higher reps. Below is the workout routine he used.

 

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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:

 

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Joe Weider Exercise Charts

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