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Ronald Walker: December 22nd, 1907 - October 25th, 1948. Yorkshire born Ron Walker was an Olympic Weightlifter who, in his lifetime, held 26 British Heavyweight records. From 1938 he ran a postal Physical Development Course in London. After years of deteriorating health starting in 1940 he finally succumbed to cancer of the stomach and died in 1948. He is still held in very high regard in the world of weightlifting.

Lesson 1

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Novices will probably do best with three workouts a week. More advanced trainees will make better gains with two sessions, with two full days off in between. If you don't know which category best describes you, start with two sessions per week, and take advantage of the extra recovery time.

 

Squats, 1 x 20

Two-arm dumbbell pullover, 1 x 20

Standing barbell military press, 1 x 10-12

Barbell curl, 1 x 10-12

Barbell bench press, 1 x 10-12

Barbell bent-over row, 1 x 10-12

Sit-up, 1 x 10-12

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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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Arthur Jones Ideal Training Routine:

Arthur Jones Ideal Workout Routine

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Trained entire body with a two-day, double-split routine:

DAY 1

6:00a.m. - Lats, Traps, Lower back

11:00a.m. - Ride bike for one hour

2:00p.m. - Run two miles

6:00p.m. - Chest, Front, thighs

10:00p.m. - Ride bike for one hour

DAY 2

6:00a.m. - Delts, Biceps, Triceps

11:00a.m. - Ride bike for one hour

2:00p.m. - Run two miles

6:00p.m. - Leg biceps, Calves, Abs

10:00p.m. - Ride bike for one hour

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Arnold's Level 1 Exercise Program from his book Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

Monday and Thursday

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)

Bent-Over Rows: 5 sets of 8 to 12 reps

Power Training

Deadlifts: 3 sets of 10, 6, 4 reps to failure

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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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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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Jack Lalanne was a pioneer in advocating the need to exercise and be fit. He led by example and was known as "the godfather of fitness". He lived to be 96, which is something I fear many current bodybuilders won't reach. His workout and healthy eating lifestyle is a classic example of what true classic physique training can accomplish for health and vitality.

1) Exercise and Nutrition. " …Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom!" 

 

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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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Sergio Oliva is the only bodybuilder to ever defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Mr. Olympia contest. He was also the second bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia, the first being Larry Scott. He was also the first black bodybuilder to win Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia. When he first started lifting weights it was for power lifting which many believe contributed to his muscle density and mass. Later on his training would evolve to what ended up working best for him.

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This is the bodybuilding Guru Vince Gironda's famous honest workout routine.

Monday/Thursdays

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Monday:

Chest and Back

Tuesday:

Legs

Wednesday: