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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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Steve's routine is a full-body workout which he did 3 days a week (e.g., M, W, and F). He used a great deal of concentration when doing the exercise and performed each set "all out" (or to failure). Each exercise was done in a strict style, resting 45-60 seconds between sets and 2 minutes between different exercises.

 

1. Incline dumbbell press - 3 sets, 8-12 reps (using descending poundages)

2. Breathing front squat - 3 sets, 15 reps (superset with the following exercise)

3. Dumbell laterals/flyes - 3 sets, 15 reps

4. Seated barbell curls - 3 sets, 12 reps (getting the negative reps on the way down)

5. Alternate dumbbell forward raise - 2 sets, 15 reps

6. Bent over rows - 2 sets, 12 reps

7. One arm rows - 2 sets, 12 reps

8. Splits with barbell - 1 set, until breathless

9. Alternative raise lying - 2 sets, 15 reps

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Joe Weider Exercise Charts

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Rachel McLish was the first Ms. Olympia and was at the peak of her popularity in the 80's. She's best know for her muscularity but also for maintaining her feminity. She mainted this look by being steroid free. She continues to train today and looks great. For women looking to obtain a great classic physique look they should give her workout a try.

In Joe Weider's "Shape" magazine, July 1984, Rachel shared her off-season workout schedule.

 

Day 1:

CHEST & ARMS

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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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His 1982 arms workout routine in preparation for Mr. Olympia:

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"The following diet is based on the frequent-small-meal principle and supplies just over 5,000 calories and 300 grams of protein.

Breakfast: 7:30 A.M.

3 Eggs; 1/4 to 1/2 beef patty; 2 pieces of buttered toast; 2 glasses of milk

Midmorning Snack: 10:00 A.M.

Half sandwich, meat; 1 hard boiled egg; 1 glass of milk

Lunch: 12:30P.M.

1 meat sandwich; 1 cheese sandwich; 2 glasses of milk; fruit

Midafternoon Snack: 3:00P.M.

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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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Jack Lalanne was a pioneer in advocating the need to exercise and be fit. He led by example and was known as "the godfather of fitness". He lived to be 96, which is something I fear many current bodybuilders won't reach. His workout and healthy eating lifestyle is a classic example of what true classic physique training can accomplish for health and vitality.

1) Exercise and Nutrition. " …Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom!" 

 

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Below is a qoute from Robby Robinson’s book The Black Prince, he describes the workout routines he and the other champions used at Gold’s Gym back in the golden era of 1970's:

 

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Marvin Eder used many strength training routines over the years. He particularly enjoyed Olympic lifting, and for bodybuilding purposes, mainly trained on the split system of 2 days on with the 3rd day off for rest. Upper body one day, legs and mid section the next day. Four times a week where he would work out Monday and Tuesday, rest Wednesday, workout Thursday and Friday and rest the weekends because the training was exceptionally heavy.

Marvin Eder's routine:

Day 1:

* 5 sets x 10 reps dumbbell laterals, 120 lbs

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Rocky Marciano loved to exercise. 

He trained using a custom made 300lbs punching bag. 

He used a speed bag but not like you would expect, he would hit it with hooks and slow power shots to work on his accuracy.

He would power clean a heavy stone and toss it forward with both hands.

He did crunches that also combined kicking a heavy medicine ball out to the trainer

He liked to run uphill in training (full speed) and then run backwards back down. Did this over and over.

He was known to do two hours of continuous calisthenics.