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Mr. Olympia Frank Zane used the following workout split leading up to his 1977 victory.

Monday – Morning

Legs and Calves

Monday – Afternoon

Shoulders, Biceps, Forearms and Abs

Tuesday – Mornings

Back

Tuesday – Afternoon

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Charles Atlas

 

Charles Atlas daily exercise routine he maintained until about age 77:

  • 50 knee bends
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 300 push-ups
  • Daily run on the beach

The last 2 years of his life he spent reading the bible and running on the beach.

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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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In an article in Your Physique magazine (Sept 1950 issue), Alan talks about the general rules for a beginner to follow in putting together a muscle building program. He said:

"All you need to do is follow the right exercises, eat plenty of nourishing food and get as much rest and relaxation on your non training days as you possibly can." 

"Let's deal with the right exercises first. If you build a schedule around either the deep knee bend (squats) or the dead lift and take it from there, you are on the right track." 

"The fundamental movements such as the supine press (bench press) or any of its variants - bench presses of incline presses - , curls, rowing motions, squats, or dead lifts or leg presses combined with sets of bent arm pullovers, are the best." 

For the beginner - do 1 set of each exercise for the 1st month, 2 sets the second month, 3 sets the third month. Workout twice a week (e.g., Tue and Sat, or Mon and Fri). For the 1st workout, use light weights just to get used to the exercises. For the second workout, try to determine for each exercise the amount of weight you can handle to complete 8 reps (with good form) and no more. Then, at each successive workout, try to increase your reps by 1 or 2, until you reach the top of the rep range. At that point, add a little weight to the bar. Continue in this fashion for the course. Keep your focus on this process of increasing reps, then increasing poundage. This is how you use the principle of "progressive resistance." It is this process of gradually increasing your strength and poundage that will result in larger muscles!

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At Rippeder.com our focus is on classic physiques from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's but the Mr. Olympia is the pinnacle of all bodybuilding competition and so we look on with support to our fellow bodybuilders. This years' Mr. Olympia featured some great bodybuilders. In the end it was between the best two modern physiques of Kai Green and Phil Heath. The 2013 Mr. Olympia should be interesting with Jay Cutler back in the mix.

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Below is the first workout routine Steve Reeves followed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). He trained in his garage with a 200 pound weight set he purchased with money saved from a paper route job he had.

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Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine

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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.

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The workout below is to be done 3 times a week:

The Workout

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Cases of teens being bullied are starting to get attention but as we all know this is nothing new.  Charles Atlas knew this all to well even back then as in his classic story of the kid being bullied on the beach who had enough and got in shape.

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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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The following is the workout Bill Phillip's says he favors in his book 

Monday: Chest and Calves

Bench Press:

3 x 20 @ 135 lbs.

2 x 10 @ 225 lbs.

1 x 8 @ 275 lbs.

1 x 6 @ 295 lbs.

1 x 5 @ 315 lbs.

1 x 4 @ 335 lbs.

1 x 3 @ 355 lbs.

2 x 8 @ 295 lbs.

Incline Flys:

4 x 6-8 @ 70 lb. DB's

Flat Flys:

4 x 6-8 75 lb. DB's

Standing Calve Raise:

4 x 10 @ 400 lbs.

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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