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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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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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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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Below is video of Sergio Oliva Training his quads and hamstrings:

Buy his book for his life story and workout information in his own words. Click on book image to buy.

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Sergio oliva 1984 Bodypower Workout

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Bill Pearl is an American former bodybuilder during the 1950s and '60s. He won many titles and awards, including winning the Mr. Universe contest five times, and was named "World’s Best-Built Man of the Century." He became an expert trainer and author on bodybuilding.

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Superstar Billy Graham was the WWWF heavy weight champion of the world in 1977–78 and his unique style influenced Hulk Hogan and Jesse The Body Ventura.

Superstar Billy Graham's Legendary Workout:

Every morning:

* "Workout for 5 hours"

* "Run 19 Miles a day"

* "Swim across Atlantic Ocean"

Kids don't try this at home!

Watch video below of him describing the workout:

 

Superstar Billy Graham being interviewed by Vince McMahon

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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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Leroy Colbert was the first bodybuilder to build 21 inch biceps 100% drug free. Below are the youtube videos where he goes into detail on how to build large muscular arms.

 

Leory would have 6 favorite bicep workouts and of those 6 he chooses 2 for his workouts. Leroy would train 3 times a week fullbody. Leroy would do 8 to 10 sets of 6 to 10 reps.

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Tommy Kono was a tremendously talented weightlifter who was a world and Olympic champion for the United States back in the fifties.

Kono stated that back in 1952 when he was training for the Olympics (Kono won the lightweight gold medal that year), he would train three days a week on only four exercises, and equal or exceed world record totals during his training.

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Below is the 2nd 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.Sergio Oliva Bill Pearl and Reg Park.

 

 

Course Number Two

 

Follow this course of exercises for a six weeks period.

 

1.) Dumbbell Swing 1 set of 10-15

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Fitness Program

  1. Alternate Splits
  2. Push-Ups
  3. Running in Place
  4. Shoulder Circling
  5. High Kicks
  6. Deep Knee Bends
  7. Side Kicks
  8. Twisting Sit-Ups
  9. Waist Twisting
  10. Leg Raises

Bruce Lee Barbell Curl

Supplementary Training

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which exercise routine is best? Ronald Reagan's or Vladimir Putin's? Read them both below and decide.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan always had a great physique even as President of the United States of America when he was at an advanced age. Check out his workout below:

Ronald Reagan exercise program page 1

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