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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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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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Franco's Chest Workout:

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 5-6 10-6
Barbell Incline Press 4-5 10-6

Dips

  Superset with Cable Crossovers

3-4

3-4

15-20

15

 

Franco Columbu bench pressing

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Zabo manages Joe Gold's gym and though he works out six days a week from 2½ to 3½ hours per workout, I imagine if a close tab was kept on our hero he would be rattling the weights intermittently throughout the day. Heavy workout days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday and again to quote Zabo, "Saturday is an off day-Hooray -No workout!"

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Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

CHEST : Barbell Bench Press, shoulder width grip, arms vertical with the bar. Elbows are never allowed to lock out. Warms up with 15 to 25 repetitions. From then on 5 sets, 8 to 10 reps. Incline Bench Press, 225 Ibs., 5 sets, 10 reps Dumbbell Flyes, 5 sets, 10 reps Cable Crossovers (standing) 5 sets, 12 reps

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A young girl killed herself after poor choices and bullying made her feel like life just wasn't worth living anymore. Her name was Amanda Todd and she was only 15 years old. Bodybuilding or strength training would not have helped her situation. Courage is what would've helped not from her but those around her who didn't stand up a defend her. This happens all to often, someone is getting picked on and crowd gathers around and watches. Just watches. Now if you're lifting weight and you're a strong man or woman then what the hell are you scared of?

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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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The following Larry Scott workout and diet information is from an interview he had with Irving Johnson:

How he trains:

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Lou Ferrigno quote: "From what I see, most people train one bodypart a week. I think you should do more that that, hit it twice a week. They’re also doing 20 sets, which is way too many. I believe you should do only 10 to 12 sets, max, per bodypart. After every 72 hours or so, you should hit that part again. You can rotate exercises.

 

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Arnold's Biceps Routine:

Barbell Curl (Standing): 5 Sets of 8,8,6,6,6 Reps

Arnold barbell curls

Dumbell Curl (Sitting): 5 Sets of Reps

Arnold  Dumbbell Curls

Restricted Inclined Dumbbell Curl: 5 Sets of 10 Reps

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Biceps

Preacher Curl – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Zottman Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

EZ Curl Bar Reverse Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Barbell Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

 

 

Triceps

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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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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.