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What has happened to the sport of bodybuilding? I recently started working out again after about a 10 year break and I've made an effort to catch up on the bodybuilding scene. What I'm seeing from this new era of bodybuilding is discouraging. It seems like to achieve those physiques large amounts of combined drugs are needed. I was almost turned off from continuing my training. Luckily I still had the movie Pumping Iron lying around. Well needless to say it motivated the hell out of me.

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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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Arnold's Biceps Routine:

Barbell Curl (Standing): 5 Sets of 8,8,6,6,6 Reps

Arnold barbell curls

Dumbell Curl (Sitting): 5 Sets of Reps

Arnold  Dumbbell Curls

Restricted Inclined Dumbbell Curl: 5 Sets of 10 Reps

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From interview by Osmo Kiiha of The Iron Master (IM).

IM:  "How about a sample routine from the 1950s?"

Reg:  "I didn't have a favorite workout routine.  I have done every routine and every exercise in the book, but like most advanced trainers, I have found what exercises and what routines give me the best results.  What is good for one man isn't necessarily good for somebody else.  My bodyweight fluctuated between 230 and 245 during those years.  Here is a routine I used around 1956-1957 with good results:"

Deltoids and Upper Back

- Press Behind Neck 4-10 Sets, 5 Reps.

- Heavy Bent arm Lateral Raises 5-10 Sets, 10 Reps

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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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Leroy Colbert's Workout Routine

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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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Mon-Thurs-Sat

Lats and Arms:

- Wide grip chins 5x6-8 reps

- Long pulley lat exercise 5x10 reps

- Straight arm Pullover 5x10reps

- Lat Pulley Pull-ins 5x10 reps

- Incline Dumbbell Curls 5x10 reps

- Preacher curl 4x10 reps

- Gironda Bicep bench curl 4x10 reps

- Concentration Curl 4x10 reps

- One arm Seated triceps press 6x10 reps

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Rick Wayne Late 1960's

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