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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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Monday:

Chest and Back

Tuesday:

Legs

Wednesday:

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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

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Aleksandr Karelin was the best and most feared Olympic wrestler ever. He was feared because of his power which enabled him to lift his opponents off the ground and suplex them to the mat much to their horror. He was heavily drug tested and never failed a single test. He was very dedicated in his training and it showed. This was written on his website sometime in 2006:

About my trainings

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In an article in Your Physique magazine (Sept 1950 issue), Alan talks about the general rules for a beginner to follow in putting together a muscle building program. He said:

"All you need to do is follow the right exercises, eat plenty of nourishing food and get as much rest and relaxation on your non training days as you possibly can." 

"Let's deal with the right exercises first. If you build a schedule around either the deep knee bend (squats) or the dead lift and take it from there, you are on the right track." 

"The fundamental movements such as the supine press (bench press) or any of its variants - bench presses of incline presses - , curls, rowing motions, squats, or dead lifts or leg presses combined with sets of bent arm pullovers, are the best." 

For the beginner - do 1 set of each exercise for the 1st month, 2 sets the second month, 3 sets the third month. Workout twice a week (e.g., Tue and Sat, or Mon and Fri). For the 1st workout, use light weights just to get used to the exercises. For the second workout, try to determine for each exercise the amount of weight you can handle to complete 8 reps (with good form) and no more. Then, at each successive workout, try to increase your reps by 1 or 2, until you reach the top of the rep range. At that point, add a little weight to the bar. Continue in this fashion for the course. Keep your focus on this process of increasing reps, then increasing poundage. This is how you use the principle of "progressive resistance." It is this process of gradually increasing your strength and poundage that will result in larger muscles!

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Denny and Robby Triceps and Forearms

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Sources:

Muscle Builder Training Partner Series Part 2 with Deny gable and Robby Robinson

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Sergio oliva 1984 Bodypower Workout

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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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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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..."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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For those of you who don't know Rachel McLish here is some information on her: Born on June 21, 1955, she is an American female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. She had the greatest mainstream presence of any female bodybuilder in the sport's early years. She also might've been the most influential bodybuilder as far as getting women of her generation, who grew up when girls/young women often were discouraged from athletic activity by cultural mores or lack of opportunity, to compete in contests or just join a gym to build muscle tone. Read her leg workout below:

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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.