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His 1982 arms workout routine in preparation for Mr. Olympia:

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the greatest bodybuilder ever, Sergio Oliva. He died on November 12, 2012. He may be gone but he will live on forever as an inspiration to aspiring bodybuilders all over the world. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday mentioned Oliva in a Twitter message: “Oliva was one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time & a true friend,” Schwarzenegger said. “A fierce competitor w/ a big personality - one of a kind.”

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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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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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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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"If you do my training program, you don’t need to do cardio. Fat loss depends of what you are eating." – Serge Nubret

How He Ate

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..."A BODY-BUILDER with big arms is always the envy of his less fortunate associates.

Many body-builders think it is hard to develop big arms, but frankly, I feel that most of you could easily add an inch or two to your present arm size if only you would train correctly. What do I mean by training correctly ? I mean if you trained on the following course.

Start your work-out off with 3 sets of 10 prone hyper-extensions. This tones up your lumbar muscles and benefits your nervous system. I have done reps, with 300 lb. on this movement. When you have completed the prone hypers, perform 5 sets of 5 reps, full squat.

Whilst the bar is still loaded for squats and resting on the squat stands take the bar once again off the stands and perform heel raises 6 sets 30 reps. This is a wonderful calf exercise and Bruce Randall uses up to 800 lb. for sets and reps. The fourth exercise is the bench press performed with your standing press width grip for 5 sets 5 reps.

Exercise five is bent over rowing which is wonderful for building broad backs. Perform 4 sets, 8 reps, on this exercise

Exercise six is the press behind neck which I do by taking the bar out of the squat stands.

Perform 4 sets of 8 reps.

Now we come to the BIG ARM building exercises.

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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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Below is a qoute from Robby Robinson’s book The Black Prince, he describes the workout routines he and the other champions used at Gold’s Gym back in the golden era of 1970's:

 

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Rachel McLish trained back twice a week. Below is her routine:

Pulley Row:

  • 3 warm-up sets of 15 reps
  • 3 sets of 5-8 reps

 

Pulley Row

 

Bent-over Row:

  • 3 sets of 5-8 reps

 

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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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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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A young girl killed herself after poor choices and bullying made her feel like life just wasn't worth living anymore. Her name was Amanda Todd and she was only 15 years old. Bodybuilding or strength training would not have helped her situation. Courage is what would've helped not from her but those around her who didn't stand up a defend her. This happens all to often, someone is getting picked on and crowd gathers around and watches. Just watches. Now if you're lifting weight and you're a strong man or woman then what the hell are you scared of?

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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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This was Steve Reeves diet during his competing days.

8:00 a.m. : Breakfast:

Steve Reeves Power Drink (prepared in blender)

* 14 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice

* 1 tablespoon of Knox gelatin

* 1 tablespoon of honey

* 1 banana

* 2-4 raw eggs (today, pasteurized eggs might be safer)

* 2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (he makes his own)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Workout

(On either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday)

Noon - Lunch