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In the golden era of bodybuilding before steroids entered the scene workouts consisted of full body workouts 3 times a week. This type of workout gave enough time to recover between workouts. If you're natural you need this time for your muscles and nervous system to recover properly. So why did training frequency change in the mid 50's and onward? Anabolic steroid use began which allowed for quicker recovery between workouts and greater gains.

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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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I read an article and thought they might be of interest to my fans. The University of California findings on the effects of Triclosan on muscle contraction seemed to impair heart and skeletal muscle contractility in living animals. The study was done on fish and mice. Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical found in soaps, tooth pastes, hand sanitizers and other household items. Mice given a single dose of Triclosan had 18% reduction in grip strength for over an hour after only 20 minutes from being given the dose.

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Fitness Program

  1. Alternate Splits
  2. Push-Ups
  3. Running in Place
  4. Shoulder Circling
  5. High Kicks
  6. Deep Knee Bends
  7. Side Kicks
  8. Twisting Sit-Ups
  9. Waist Twisting
  10. Leg Raises

Bruce Lee Barbell Curl

Supplementary Training

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Ingredients needed:

1 pound ground sirloin

3 whole eggs

8 Wheat Thin whole wheat crackers (or saltines)

chopped green onions

Preparation:

Using a fork, mix the eggs with the meat in a large bowl. Crush the crackers up into small crumbs and add along with the chopped onions. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes semi-thick. Cook as you would a regular hamburger--do not overcook.

 

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Joe Weider Exercise Charts

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EXERCISE NO. 1 – TRICEPS PUSH DOWN ON LAT MACHINE

He recommended 4 sets of 10 reps, and emphasized  keeping good technique – arms’ to the sides of the body keeping the elbows in a “fixed” position, and performing complete extension on each repetition.

EXERCISE NO. 2 – SEATED DUMBBELL CURLS

Again he recommended 4 sets of 8-10 reps, and using good form.  Keep the back straight, and perform full curl movements. Keep the curls strict and do not swing the weights.

 

Exercises 1 and 2

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Bill's intermediate to advanced training routines includes training 4 times per week maximum, with each workout session lasting about 1.5 hours. Read full workout below:

 

 

Bill trains his different muscle groups as follows:

 

 Mondays: chest, back and shoulders (super-sets for chest and back)

 Tuesdays: Arms and legs (super-sets for arms)

 Wednesday: off

 Thursday: repeat Monday

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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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Aleksandr Karelin was the best and most feared Olympic wrestler ever. He was feared because of his power which enabled him to lift his opponents off the ground and suplex them to the mat much to their horror. He was heavily drug tested and never failed a single test. He was very dedicated in his training and it showed. This was written on his website sometime in 2006:

About my trainings

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Leroy Colbert's Workout Routine

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