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Bill Star's 5X5 program has spawned many variations over the years but his workout is still highly regarded. Before Bill Star of course there was Reg Park whose 5X5 program inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger and helped Arnold build his size and strength. Bill Star's program is different in that it focuses on what he called the "big three": bench press, power clean and squats. He also utilizes shoulder press, dead lift and other exercises to completely strengthen the body. He also had heavy, medium and light training days. Check out his highly regarded workouts below.

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

Ab work as warm-up

1. Twisting Leg Raises – 50 reps each side

2. Hip Rolls – 50 reps each side

3. Double Leg Crossovers – 50 reps each side

4. Twisting Sit-ups Over Bench – 50 reps each side

5. Leg Raises off Flat Bench – 100 reps

6. Bent Knee Leg Raises – 100 reps

7. Seated Military Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

8. Lying Rear Delt Circles – 4 sets of 6 reps

9. Standing Dumbbell Presses – 4 sets of 6 reps

10. Lying Rear Delt Raise – 4 sets of 6 reps

11. One Arm Rowing Off Bench – 4 sets of 6 reps

12. Close Grip Chins – 4 sets of 10 reps

13. Rowing on High Pulley – 4 sets of 6 reps

14. Lat Pull downs – 4 sets of 6 reps

15. Incline Barbell Prones – 4 sets of 6 reps

16. Incline Laterals – Dumbbells – 4 sets of 6 reps

17. Bench Press – 4 sets of 6 reps

18. Bent Arm Laterals – 4 sets of 6 reps

 

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A lot of bodybuilders from the golden era of bodybuilding didn't have a lot of supplements to choose from so they made their own with good results. One such bodybuilder was Arnold Schwarzenegger. As part of his regime during the bulking up phase of his preparation he would consume a homemade protein shake as a snack before he went to sleep. Below is the drink as he wrote it in his book, Arnold the Education of a Bodybuilder:

Protein Drink:

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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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Joe Weider died of heart failure on March 23, 2013 at his home in Los Angeles, California at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Betty. Joe Weider helped make bodybuilding what it today. His magazines, contests and other health and fitness endeavors catapulted the sport's popularity along with the unique characters his magazine introduced us to was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leroy Colbert, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Mike Katz, Sergio Oliva, Larry Scott, Robby Robinson and many more. He's probably in Heaven arranging the first Mr.

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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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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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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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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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For those of you who aren't familiar with Reg Park he was Arnold Schwarzenegger's idol. Reg Park won the Mr. Universe competition in 1951, 1958 and 1965. He also did several Hercules movies. He competed in the pre-steroid era at a weight of about 250 pounds and was 6', 1’’ tall.

 

So what was his diet?

 

Here is a sample of Reg Park's diet:

 

Breakfast: A glass of fresh orange juice Fruit: paw-paw (papaya) & banana,

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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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Reg Park’s Beginner’s routine below was also used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his late teens to get big. Reg Park trained using this routine 3 times a week and it comprised mainly of heavy compound movements done with his “5×5″ program. Reg Park advocated that sets 1 and 2 are to be warmups for sets 3,4 and 5.