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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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From Article in Strength & Health Magazine - August, 1962

 

There have been no secret exercises, no complex formulas - just the basic training. For you readers who are interested, Harold does the following exercises in the following order:

 

3 Sets Barbell Press Behind Neck

6 Sets of Barbell Bench Press, Wide Grip

3 Sets of Barbell Rowing

3 Sets of Chins Behind Neck

3 Sets of Cheating Barbell Curl

5 Sets of Triceps Kickbacks

3 Sets of Front Squats

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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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Ken McCord trained 4 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The week days were split workouts so in the morning at 5:30am he trained upper body then at night he would do lower body, this would be done on all 3 days.

Sundays were a basic all round light workout which would have been great for recovery. He was also a brown belt in Karate and ran 1 to 2 miles most days. Bodybuilders in those day tended to be a little more interested in being athletic.

The lifts mostly used were the basic bodybuilding movements of the day, with a variety of exercises used per body part to hit them from all angles. He also changed his routines every 4 to 6 weeks to keep shocking his muscles. 

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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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"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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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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Trained entire body with a two-day, double-split routine:

DAY 1

6:00a.m. - Lats, Traps, Lower back

11:00a.m. - Ride bike for one hour

2:00p.m. - Run two miles

6:00p.m. - Chest, Front, thighs

10:00p.m. - Ride bike for one hour

DAY 2

6:00a.m. - Delts, Biceps, Triceps

11:00a.m. - Ride bike for one hour

2:00p.m. - Run two miles

6:00p.m. - Leg biceps, Calves, Abs

10:00p.m. - Ride bike for one hour

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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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Here's a workout Arnold suggested for an individual that has been exercising using calisthenics for several weeks to get in shape and is ready to start lifting weights. Below is the program:

Monday and Thursday Program

Legs:

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*All of these are quotes from Serge Nubret's postings on several bodybuilding forums directly from the man himself*

*English is not Serge's first language so the grammar and sentence structure can be difficult to read sometimes*

 

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The Super Squat Routine

Press behind neck 3 x 12

Squat 1 x 20 supersetted with Pullover 1 x 20

Bench press 3 x 12

Rowing 3 x 15

Stiff legged deadlift 1 x 15

Pullover 1 x 20

 

(add a gallon of milk a day!)

 

The above routine is the ultimate ‘hard gainers’ routine and was done 2-3 times a week.

 

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At 80 years old Leroy Colbert still has big biceps as he shows in his youtube channel. He is the first man to reach 21 inch arms naturally. Read his bicep workout at http://rippeder.com/content/leroy-colbert-arm-workout-routine. Checkout his youtube video below, which he shows off his golden era big arms:

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Warm up: parallel bar dips and chins in super set style. He would do three super sets of as many reps as he could manage.

Seated barbell press behind the neck:

12 reps for the first set. After a short rest and adding twenty pounds he did another twelve reps. The third set was eight reps with and additional twenty pounds. The fourth set he kept the same weight for eight reps. The fifth set was six reps with the same weight. The final and six set was done for twelve strict reps with a reduced weight.

Seated bent over laterals:

5 sets of 15 reps. 

Seated dumbell press: