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In the gym I always hear people talking about all the sacrificing they do when it comes to dieting. It is important to eat well but unless you’re competing, eating a slice of cake or pizza isn't going kill you. To build muscle we need sleep, food, and rest in-between workouts. If you want to get bigger eat more calories and if you want to get leaner eat less calories. Your training doesn't have to change. Working out the classic way of two to three times a week should be sufficient to obtain awesome muscular gains.


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


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.


Arnold's Level 1 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

Monday and Thursday


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


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

Bent-Over Rows: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

Power Training

Deadlifts: 3 sets of 10, 6, 4 reps to failure


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


Frank Zane Three-time Mr. Olympia



The York Barbell Course Part 3

Here is the third of the four York Barbell Courses designed by Bob Hoffman.

The York courses were the standard for the majority of up and coming weight trainers back in the day.

Follow the course for 12 weeks and then move on to Course No. 4

York Barbell Course No. 3

Warm-up… Light Power Snatch


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.


Rachel McLish trained back twice a week. Below is her routine:

Pulley Row:

  • 3 warm-up sets of 15 reps
  • 3 sets of 5-8 reps


Pulley Row


Bent-over Row:

  • 3 sets of 5-8 reps



Bill Star's 5X5 program has spawned many variations over the years but his workout is still highly regarded. Before Bill Star of course there was Reg Park whose 5X5 program inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger and helped Arnold build his size and strength. Bill Star's program is different in that it focuses on what he called the "big three": bench press, power clean and squats. He also utilizes shoulder press, dead lift and other exercises to completely strengthen the body. He also had heavy, medium and light training days. Check out his highly regarded workouts below.


Below is one of Ronda Rousey's circuit workouts:

"Perform the prescribed number of reps for each move, then immediately move onto the next. After your last exercise, return to the first move and repeat the circuit up to three times. (Beginners, follow the tips with each exercise to make the moves easier.)"


1. BOSU-ball Squat-and-Press



When Stallone first came to Franco to begin training, he was 170 pounds and very well defined. But he didn’t feel he was big enough and wanted to put on 10 pounds of muscle in six weeks. Franco knew how hard Stallone was capable of training, so he decided that was a feasible goal.



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: