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Below is the first workout routine Steve Reeves followed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). He trained in his garage with a 200 pound weight set he purchased with money saved from a paper route job he had.

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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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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.

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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.

 

Monday/Thursday

 

Press Behind Neck - 4 sets of 2 reps

alternated with

Barbell Front Raise - 4 sets of 10 reps

 

Bench Press - 4 sets of 1 rep

alternated with

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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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Joe Weider Exercise Charts

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The workout below is to be done 3 times a week:

The Workout

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"Iron Mike" Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles at just a 20 year old kid. His raw power and ability to knockout even the toughest of guys made his opponents look like they all had glass jaws. "Kid Dynamite" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and is often considered to be one of the greatest. Below is a sample of his workout he did in his prime which was performed 7 days a week:

 

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Miesha Tate is one of the best female MMA fighters and is currently coaching this seasons UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 18 against rival coach Ronda Rousey. Her MMA training keeps her body toned year round. Below are five exercises she uses for burning fat:

Miesha Tate doing curls

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Larry Scott (1938-2014) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2010, and succumbed to complications from the disease on March 8, 2014. His contributions to health and fitness helped accelerate the growth of bodybuilding as a sport and as a life style. He was the first Mr. Olympia and a great teacher, he will be missed.

Larry Scott still had big arms later in life.

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Bill Pearl is an American former bodybuilder during the 1950s and '60s. He won many titles and awards, including winning the Mr. Universe contest five times, and was named "World’s Best-Built Man of the Century." He became an expert trainer and author on bodybuilding.

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Sergio Oliva is the only bodybuilder to ever defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Mr. Olympia contest. He was also the second bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia, the first being Larry Scott. He was also the first black bodybuilder to win Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia. When he first started lifting weights it was for power lifting which many believe contributed to his muscle density and mass. Later on his training would evolve to what ended up working best for him.

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"If you do my training program, you don’t need to do cardio. Fat loss depends of what you are eating." – Serge Nubret

How He Ate

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From interview by Osmo Kiiha of The Iron Master (IM).

IM:  "How about a sample routine from the 1950s?"

Reg:  "I didn't have a favorite workout routine.  I have done every routine and every exercise in the book, but like most advanced trainers, I have found what exercises and what routines give me the best results.  What is good for one man isn't necessarily good for somebody else.  My bodyweight fluctuated between 230 and 245 during those years.  Here is a routine I used around 1956-1957 with good results:"

Deltoids and Upper Back

- Press Behind Neck 4-10 Sets, 5 Reps.

- Heavy Bent arm Lateral Raises 5-10 Sets, 10 Reps