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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the greatest bodybuilder ever, Sergio Oliva. He died on November 12, 2012. He may be gone but he will live on forever as an inspiration to aspiring bodybuilders all over the world. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday mentioned Oliva in a Twitter message: “Oliva was one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time & a true friend,” Schwarzenegger said. “A fierce competitor w/ a big personality - one of a kind.”

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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)

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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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Sergio oliva 1984 Bodypower Workout

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Denny and Robby Training Chest

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

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Frank Zane Three-time Mr. Olympia

 

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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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Bill Star's 5X5 program has spawned many variations over the years but his workout is still highly regarded. Before Bill Star of course there was Reg Park whose 5X5 program inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger and helped Arnold build his size and strength. Bill Star's program is different in that it focuses on what he called the "big three": bench press, power clean and squats. He also utilizes shoulder press, dead lift and other exercises to completely strengthen the body. He also had heavy, medium and light training days. Check out his highly regarded workouts below.

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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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  • He trained in the morning usually 6-9am. Each workout would last 2½ - 3 hours.
  • A typical pre-workout meal would be a cup of coffee maybe a can of tuna and a protein shake that tasted like dirt - yummy.
  • He would change his workouts every 4-6 weeks.

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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
1 banana
2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)
2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (I make my own)"

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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.