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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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The following two images contain the routine that Mike Mentzer used prior to his Heavy Duty training and how his physique was built. You will note this routine is nothing like what Mike advocated later in his career. It is not one set to failure. The program is reported to be one Mike actually followed to a "T".

Mike Mentzer's Routine Page 1

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Larry Scott was the first Mr. Olympia in 1965 and then won it again in 1966. He was also famous for devolping his biceps on Vince Gironda's preacher curl machine which is also sometimes called a scott curl after him. Larry Scott was one of the first bodybuilders to have 20 inch upper arms. Below is one of his bicep and tricep workouts.

Larry’s Arm Workout

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Here's a workout Arnold suggested for an individual that has been exercising using calisthenics for several weeks to get in shape and is ready to start lifting weights. Below is the program:

Monday and Thursday Program

Legs:

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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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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.

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..."A BODY-BUILDER with big arms is always the envy of his less fortunate associates.

Many body-builders think it is hard to develop big arms, but frankly, I feel that most of you could easily add an inch or two to your present arm size if only you would train correctly. What do I mean by training correctly ? I mean if you trained on the following course.

Start your work-out off with 3 sets of 10 prone hyper-extensions. This tones up your lumbar muscles and benefits your nervous system. I have done reps, with 300 lb. on this movement. When you have completed the prone hypers, perform 5 sets of 5 reps, full squat.

Whilst the bar is still loaded for squats and resting on the squat stands take the bar once again off the stands and perform heel raises 6 sets 30 reps. This is a wonderful calf exercise and Bruce Randall uses up to 800 lb. for sets and reps. The fourth exercise is the bench press performed with your standing press width grip for 5 sets 5 reps.

Exercise five is bent over rowing which is wonderful for building broad backs. Perform 4 sets, 8 reps, on this exercise

Exercise six is the press behind neck which I do by taking the bar out of the squat stands.

Perform 4 sets of 8 reps.

Now we come to the BIG ARM building exercises.

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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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Two bars are loaded for the alternate exercises (one heavy, one light). Go from the heavy set to the light, pumping set without delay. Alternate Routine One and Routine Two and perform four workouts per week.

 

Monday/Thursday

 

Press Behind Neck - 4 sets of 2 reps

alternated with

Barbell Front Raise - 4 sets of 10 reps

 

Bench Press - 4 sets of 1 rep

alternated with

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Zabo manages Joe Gold's gym and though he works out six days a week from 2½ to 3½ hours per workout, I imagine if a close tab was kept on our hero he would be rattling the weights intermittently throughout the day. Heavy workout days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday and again to quote Zabo, "Saturday is an off day-Hooray -No workout!"

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"Casey trains three times a week, working the whole body in one workout lasting about 2 to 2½ hours. He employs the Nautilus machine mainly for the arms and lats and conventional barbell and dumbell movements for the rest of the body. When he trains on the conventional exercises he does some of them one after the other without much rest. That is why he is able to train his whole body thoroughly and in such a short time."
 
Here is Casey’s three day a week routine:
 

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Ronald Walker: December 22nd, 1907 - October 25th, 1948. Yorkshire born Ron Walker was an Olympic Weightlifter who, in his lifetime, held 26 British Heavyweight records. From 1938 he ran a postal Physical Development Course in London. After years of deteriorating health starting in 1940 he finally succumbed to cancer of the stomach and died in 1948. He is still held in very high regard in the world of weightlifting.

Lesson 1

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