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Serge Nubret’s training routine was based on high volume of training. He was known to train for hours and when asked about this he said he loved bodybuilding. The foundation of his training philosophy was to use light to moderate weight for higher reps. Below is the workout routine he used.

 

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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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Arnold's Level 2 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

 

Monday / Wednesday/ Friday

 

Chest

 

Bench Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Incline Press: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Pullovers: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

 

Back

 

Chin-Ups: (do as many repetitions at a time as you can until you reach a total of 50 reps)

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Denny and Robby Training Chest

Click on image to view PDF

 

 

Sources:

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

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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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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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The Super Squat Routine

Press behind neck 3 x 12

Squat 1 x 20 supersetted with Pullover 1 x 20

Bench press 3 x 12

Rowing 3 x 15

Stiff legged deadlift 1 x 15

Pullover 1 x 20

 

(add a gallon of milk a day!)

 

The above routine is the ultimate ‘hard gainers’ routine and was done 2-3 times a week.

 

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The exercises and their order all come from Eugen’s book, recommending the exact amounts of reps he thought useful.

 

Exercise Repetitions
Dumbbell Biceps Curls 50 reps per arm, increase by 5 per day
Reverse Barbell Curls 25, increase by 2 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10 per arm, increase by 1 per day
Eugen’s Side Dumbbell Curls 10, increase by 1 every 3 days
Standing Chest Flyes 5, increase by 1 every two days
Alternating Shoulder Presses 15 per arm, increase by 1 every 2 days
Alternating Front Raises 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Eugen’s Wrist Flexors To failure
Eugen’s Wrist Rotations To failure
Eugen’s Shoulder Lunge 10, increase by 1 every 2 days
Push-Ups 3, increase by 1 every 3 days
Push-Ups With Added Resistance 2, increase by 1 every 3 days
Eugen’s Sit-Ups 3, increase every 2 days
Squats 10, increase  every 2 days
Side Bends 15, increase every 2 day

 

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Chet Yorton experimented for a while with diferent weight lifting routines until he settle with the one he used for the rest of his career. He used a push-pull routine. Mondays he trained chest, shoulders and triceps. Tuesdays he trained back, biceps and legs. Then next day he would take it off and then repeat the routine. All exercises are 4 exercises per body part for 5 sets and 8-10 reps except chest. For chest he would use 300lbs for 100 reps total. So he would do sets until he reached 100 reps and then do 1 rep with 405.  Full workout below:

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The York Barbell Course Part 3

Here is the third of the four York Barbell Courses designed by Bob Hoffman.

The York courses were the standard for the majority of up and coming weight trainers back in the day.

Follow the course for 12 weeks and then move on to Course No. 4

York Barbell Course No. 3

Warm-up… Light Power Snatch

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Below is the 1st 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. He sells it on his website

 

Sergio Oliva and Bill Pearl 1971 Mr. Universe contest

 

Course Number One

 

Follow this course of exercises for a six weeks period:

 

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  • He trained in the morning usually 6-9am. Each workout would last 2½ - 3 hours.
  • A typical pre-workout meal would be a cup of coffee maybe a can of tuna and a protein shake that tasted like dirt - yummy.
  • He would change his workouts every 4-6 weeks.

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Ken McCord trained 4 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The week days were split workouts so in the morning at 5:30am he trained upper body then at night he would do lower body, this would be done on all 3 days.

Sundays were a basic all round light workout which would have been great for recovery. He was also a brown belt in Karate and ran 1 to 2 miles most days. Bodybuilders in those day tended to be a little more interested in being athletic.

The lifts mostly used were the basic bodybuilding movements of the day, with a variety of exercises used per body part to hit them from all angles. He also changed his routines every 4 to 6 weeks to keep shocking his muscles. 

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Frank Zane Three-time Mr. Olympia