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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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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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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.

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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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*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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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.

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Chet Yorton experimented for a while with diferent weight lifting routines until he settle with the one he used for the rest of his career. He used a push-pull routine. Mondays he trained chest, shoulders and triceps. Tuesdays he trained back, biceps and legs. Then next day he would take it off and then repeat the routine. All exercises are 4 exercises per body part for 5 sets and 8-10 reps except chest. For chest he would use 300lbs for 100 reps total. So he would do sets until he reached 100 reps and then do 1 rep with 405.  Full workout below:

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

Ab work as warm-up

1. Twisting Leg Raises – 50 reps each side

2. Hip Rolls – 50 reps each side

3. Double Leg Crossovers – 50 reps each side

4. Twisting Sit-ups Over Bench – 50 reps each side

5. Leg Raises off Flat Bench – 100 reps

6. Bent Knee Leg Raises – 100 reps

7. Seated Military Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

8. Lying Rear Delt Circles – 4 sets of 6 reps

9. Standing Dumbbell Presses – 4 sets of 6 reps

10. Lying Rear Delt Raise – 4 sets of 6 reps

11. One Arm Rowing Off Bench – 4 sets of 6 reps

12. Close Grip Chins – 4 sets of 10 reps

13. Rowing on High Pulley – 4 sets of 6 reps

14. Lat Pull downs – 4 sets of 6 reps

15. Incline Barbell Prones – 4 sets of 6 reps

16. Incline Laterals – Dumbbells – 4 sets of 6 reps

17. Bench Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

18. Bent Arm Laterals – 4 sets of 6 reps

 

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the greatest bodybuilder ever, Sergio Oliva. He died on November 12, 2012. He may be gone but he will live on forever as an inspiration to aspiring bodybuilders all over the world. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday mentioned Oliva in a Twitter message: “Oliva was one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time & a true friend,” Schwarzenegger said. “A fierce competitor w/ a big personality - one of a kind.”

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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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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.

 

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Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine

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Monday:

Chest and Back

Tuesday:

Legs

Wednesday:

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Bill Pearl is an American former bodybuilder during the 1950s and '60s. He won many titles and awards, including winning the Mr. Universe contest five times, and was named "World’s Best-Built Man of the Century." He became an expert trainer and author on bodybuilding.