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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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Below is the 3rd of three courses from his book: Building Bulk And Power. The book is more detailed and a recomended buy for any fan of Bill Pearl.

Bill Pearl on cover of magazine

Course Number Three

 

Follow this course of exercises for a six week period.

 

1.) Sit Ups 1 set of 25

2.) Leg Raises 1 set of 25

3.) Bench Press 5 sets of 5

4.) Press Behind Neck 5 sets of 5

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Training

I was training with Sylvester for 5 months with a daily routine of 2 hours of bodybuilding training in morning. We were training a different muscles split, usually 2 muscle groups, and then we did 2 hours of boxing in afternoon. The weight training was very intense and together with the boxing, I became very cut.

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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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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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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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Vince Gironda's A Muscle Has Four Sides: How To Build Muscle In The Shortest Time Possible.

Cover

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Denny and Robby Triceps and Forearms

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Sources:

Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 2 with Deny gable and Robby Robinson

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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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which exercise routine is best? Ronald Reagan's or Vladimir Putin's? Read them both below and decide.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan always had a great physique even as President of the United States of America when he was at an advanced age. Check out his workout below:

Ronald Reagan exercise program page 1

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* (H.E.S.) Stands for Heavier Each Set.

On Monday's and Friday's: (Back, Biceps, and Legs)

1. Warmup Sit-ups: 3 sets of  25 to 50 reps

2. Squats: 6 sets of15--10--8--6--6--4  (H.E.S.) 

3. Calf Machine: 6 sets of 10 reps

4. Leg Curls: 4 sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

5. Dumbbell Curls: 4 sets of 8--7--6--6 reps (H.E.S.)

6. Deadlifts: 5sets of 8--7--6--5--5 reps (H.E.S.)

7. Leg Curls: 4sets of 12--10--8--6 reps (H.E.S.)

8. Dips: 4 sets of 12 reps

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Rachel McLish was the first Ms. Olympia and was at the peak of her popularity in the 80's. She's best know for her muscularity but also for maintaining her feminity. She mainted this look by being steroid free. She continues to train today and looks great. For women looking to obtain a great classic physique look they should give her workout a try.

In Joe Weider's "Shape" magazine, July 1984, Rachel shared her off-season workout schedule.

 

Day 1:

CHEST & ARMS

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Eight-Day Training Cycle:

One day training, One day rest

(One day on, One day off)

Day 1: Chest, Biceps

Bench Presses: 3 sets, 6-8 reps

Incline Bench Presses: 2 sets, 6-8 reps

Dips with added weight: 2 sets, 8-10 reps

Barbell Curls: 3 sets, 6-10 reps

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Jack Delinger was Mr. America 1949 and was also Mr. Universe 1956 defeating Bill Pearl. He trained hard and followed the the 3 day a week training schedule of the champions of the golden era of bodybuilding. He 5',6'' tall and 205 lbs and proves that it's possible for a natural bodybuilder to achieve a herculean physique naturally. Below is a workout he used to put on muscle mass.