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

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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:

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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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Cheesy 1980's workout video by the most aggressive NFL player of his era.I found this online and just had to share it with everybody.Classic 80's feel to it. Solves the problem of what to do with 2 milk jugs. Watch video below:


Early 1980'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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Finding information regarding Mr. T's workout routines online is quite a task. So for fans interested in how the star of Rocky III built his menacing frame I've included his training routine he used when he was a bodyguard. Read more below:

This was taken from an early excerpt from Mr. T on his bodyguard workout done each day. At one point this workout was doubled on the reps, Heavy bag and running increased to 2 miles.

 

Daily

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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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Cory Everson won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989. She was using the following split program: upper-body pushing exercises on day 1, lower body on day 2 and upper-body pulling movements on day 3. She was training once a day, six days per week on a three-days-on/one-off rotation. Checkout workout below:

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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

 

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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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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: