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Joe Weider died of heart failure on March 23, 2013 at his home in Los Angeles, California at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Betty. Joe Weider helped make bodybuilding what it today. His magazines, contests and other health and fitness endeavors catapulted the sport's popularity along with the unique characters his magazine introduced us to was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leroy Colbert, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Mike Katz, Sergio Oliva, Larry Scott, Robby Robinson and many more. He's probably in Heaven arranging the first Mr.

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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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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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During most of the year Danny "the Giant Killer" trains 4 to 6 days a week He always follows the same split. Day 1 Chest and Back. Day 2 Shoulders and Arms. Day 3 legs. Repeat. If he misses a workout, (which he often does, he doesn’t worry about it, he just does that workout when he returns to the gym. During this time he does 2 to 3 exercises per body-part for 5 sets of 12 reps. Danny uses the same weight in each set. When he can get 12 reps on all 5 sets, he’ll add weight during the next workout. His rest between sets is short. No longer than a minute. Even though the volume is high Danny completes these workouts in just over an hour… This is another way of keeping the intensity high which was taught by Vince Gironda, Bill Pearl and other great trainers of “the golden era” of bodybuilding. 

 

Chest and Back 

Bench Press 2-3 warm-up sets then 5 X 12

Incline 5 X 12

Flys 5 X 12

Dumbbell Pullovers 5 X 12

Chins 5 X 12

Bent Barbell Rows 5 X 12

Cable Pull-ins 5 X 12

Once a week he does Deadlifts 5 X 12

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's recently released Blueprint to training and diet:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Phase 1

Click on image above to view full PDF version of Phase 1

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Reg Park was a natural bodybuilder whose workouts led to herculean gains and more rugged looks than the workouts of Steve Reeves. When Arnold Schwarzenegger started working out he religiously followed Reg Park's workouts. Well we all know what the results were. So enough bullshit let's get to the workout already.

How it's done:

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A lot of bodybuilders from the golden era of bodybuilding didn't have a lot of supplements to choose from so they made their own with good results. One such bodybuilder was Arnold Schwarzenegger. As part of his regime during the bulking up phase of his preparation he would consume a homemade protein shake as a snack before he went to sleep. Below is the drink as he wrote it in his book, Arnold the Education of a Bodybuilder:

Protein Drink:

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Monday:

Chest and Back

Tuesday:

Legs

Wednesday:

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Reports have been coming in of the death of Nasser El Sonbaty on March 20th. He was one of the top bodybuilders of 90's. Flex, Muscle Mag and Wikipedia.org have reported his death. Some reports are that he died in his sleep in Egypt.

Nasser El Sonbaty and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Nasser and Dorian flexing.

 

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Larry Scott was the first Mr. Olympia in 1965 and then won it again in 1966. He was also famous for devolping his biceps on Vince Gironda's preacher curl machine which is also sometimes called a scott curl after him. Larry Scott was one of the first bodybuilders to have 20 inch upper arms. Below is one of his bicep and tricep workouts.

Larry’s Arm Workout

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Arnold's Level 2 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

 

Monday / Wednesday/ Friday

 

Chest

 

Bench Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Incline Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Pullovers: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Back

 

Chin-Ups: (do as many repetitions at a time as you can until you reach a total of 50 reps)

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

Monday/Thursdays