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Cover of Booklet

 

When asked to “make a muscle” the average person invariably flexes his biceps. Bodybuilders are no different . . . big arms fascinate them more than any other body part.

I’m no different myself . . . I’ve admired big arms as long as I can remember, and have worked long and hard to get a pair. I’ve been amply rewarded for my labors in this direction, but not until I had spent many, many years experimenting with the various exercises and training principles covered in the course booklet.

Furthermore, the time I spent working for big arms was much longer than it need be for you. How often during my earlier training years I had wished for a book such as this, describing exactly the exercises and training methods! But I had to learn a lot of what I now know by trial and error, by luck, hope, and mistakes.

So, the purpose of this book is to spare you some false turns and blind alleys on the road to magnificent arms. With my own errors in mind, this booklet is written for you, so you can avoid them. Follow the course as laid out . . . the prescribed exercises, sets, repetitions, exercise style. Put real determination in your workouts, make this a turning point in your big arm training . . . you won’t regret it!

Best of luck.

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Lou Ferrigno quote: "From what I see, most people train one bodypart a week. I think you should do more that that, hit it twice a week. They’re also doing 20 sets, which is way too many. I believe you should do only 10 to 12 sets, max, per bodypart. After every 72 hours or so, you should hit that part again. You can rotate exercises.

 

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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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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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From interview by Osmo Kiiha of The Iron Master (IM).

IM:  "How about a sample routine from the 1950s?"

Reg:  "I didn't have a favorite workout routine.  I have done every routine and every exercise in the book, but like most advanced trainers, I have found what exercises and what routines give me the best results.  What is good for one man isn't necessarily good for somebody else.  My bodyweight fluctuated between 230 and 245 during those years.  Here is a routine I used around 1956-1957 with good results:"

Deltoids and Upper Back

- Press Behind Neck 4-10 Sets, 5 Reps.

- Heavy Bent arm Lateral Raises 5-10 Sets, 10 Reps

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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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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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Denny and Robby Training Arms and Shoulders

 

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Sources:

Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 1 with Deny gable and Robby Robinson

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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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Maurice Jones also known as the "Canadian Hercules" was an old-time, classic physique builder. Although he was not a physique contest competitor, he was regularly featured as an example of a well-rounded weight trainer in John McCallum’s writings.

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For those of you who don't know Rachel McLish here is some information on her: Born on June 21, 1955, she is an American female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. She had the greatest mainstream presence of any female bodybuilder in the sport's early years. She also might've been the most influential bodybuilder as far as getting women of her generation, who grew up when girls/young women often were discouraged from athletic activity by cultural mores or lack of opportunity, to compete in contests or just join a gym to build muscle tone. Read her leg workout below:

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler was the toughest and best middle weight boxer and undisputed champion of the late 1970's - 1980's. He was undisputed champion from 1980 - 1987. If you watch his fights on youtube you will see that he was in excellent condition for every fight and back then fights were 15 rounds. Below you will see what he did to achieve his level of conditioning.

 

According to the "Ring Magazine" article, Hagler does the following:

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This was Steve Reeves diet during his competing days.

8:00 a.m. : Breakfast:

Steve Reeves Power Drink (prepared in blender)

* 14 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice

* 1 tablespoon of Knox gelatin

* 1 tablespoon of honey

* 1 banana

* 2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)

* 2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (he makes his own)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Workout

(On either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday)

Noon - Lunch

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Biceps

Preacher Curl – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Zottman Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

EZ Curl Bar Reverse Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

Barbell Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps

 

 

Triceps