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There's always someone telling you it can't be done or don't do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger has succeeded in three fields bodybuilding, movies and politics. In this youtube clip you hear it from him on what kind of mindset you need to be successful.

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York Barbell Course Part 1

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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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Workout principle 1: The progressive overload principle

In order to increase one aspect of physical fitness (strength, muscle mass, stamina, etc.), the muscles must be subjected to more stress than usual. This means that the muscles need to be continually put under increased stress. In order to achieve more strength, heavier weights must be used. In order to achieve more muscle mass, not only do heavier weights need to be used but the number of sets and the number of training units also need to be increased.

Muscle stamina is best improved by shortening the rest between sets or by constantly increasing the number of reps or sets. The progressive overload principle is the core of all physical training and forms a solid basis for successful strength training (super-compensation).

 

Workout principle 2: The set system principle

In the early years of bodybuilding, most experts believed that wannabe bodybuilders should only complete one set of each exercise per workout. If the whole body is to complete twelve exercises, this would mean twelve sets per training unit.

Joe Weider saw things differently. He was the first to recommend working out using several sets of one exercise (sometimes up to three or four sets per exercise) in order to fully exhaust each muscle group and to stimulate maximum muscle growth.

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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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Arm Routine

Monday and Thursday

1. Pressdowns

2. Dips 1 cycle

3. Extensions – 2 sets

4. Regular curls

5. Chins 1 cycle

6. Preacher curls – 2 sets

 

The first two exercises should be done together with no rest between. The third exercise, extensions, can follow after a minimal rest. Do one cycle of the first two exercises and two sets maximum for the third. That will give you a total of four sets for the triceps.

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Reg Park’s Beginner’s routine below was also used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his late teens to get big. Reg Park trained using this routine 3 times a week and it comprised mainly of heavy compound movements done with his “5×5″ program. Reg Park advocated that sets 1 and 2 are to be warmups for sets 3,4 and 5.

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"Iron Mike" Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles at just a 20 year old kid. His raw power and ability to knockout even the toughest of guys made his opponents look like they all had glass jaws. "Kid Dynamite" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and is often considered to be one of the greatest. Below is a sample of his workout he did in his prime which was performed 7 days a week:

 

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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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Reg Park was a natural bodybuilder whose workouts led to herculean gains and more rugged looks than the workouts of Steve Reeves. When Arnold Schwarzenegger started working out he religiously followed Reg Park's workouts. Well we all know what the results were. So enough bullshit let's get to the workout already.

How it's done:

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Below is one of John Grimek's workout for putting on weight and strength.

For those of you who don't know who John Grimek is here some information from http://www.schwarzenegger.it/mro/grimek.html: "John Carroll Grimek is the only man ever to win the AAU Mr. America title more than once. His wins in 1940 and 1941 were so overwhelming that contest organizers from then on implemented the single-victory rule.

 

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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.

 

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Denny and Robby Training Chest

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Sources:

Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 3 with Deny Gable and Robby Robinson

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"The following diet is based on the frequent-small-meal principle and supplies just over 5,000 calories and 300 grams of protein.

Breakfast: 7:30 A.M.

3 Eggs; 1/4 to 1/2 beef patty; 2 pieces of buttered toast; 2 glasses of milk

Midmorning Snack: 10:00 A.M.

Half sandwich, meat; 1 hard boiled egg; 1 glass of milk

Lunch: 12:30P.M.

1 meat sandwich; 1 cheese sandwich; 2 glasses of milk; fruit

Midafternoon Snack: 3:00P.M.

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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