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Bill's intermediate to advanced training routines includes training 4 times per week maximum, with each workout session lasting about 1.5 hours. Read full workout below:

 

 

Bill trains his different muscle groups as follows:

 

 Mondays: chest, back and shoulders (super-sets for chest and back)

 Tuesdays: Arms and legs (super-sets for arms)

 Wednesday: off

 Thursday: repeat Monday

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The Steve Reeves Workout: Monday/Wednesday/Friday rest Saturday and Sunday.

 

Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Swings 3 15-20
Upright Rows 3 8-12
Bench Press 3 8-12
One Arm Row 3 8-12
Dumbbell Laterals 3 8-12
Incline Press 3 8-12
Tricep Pressdown 3 8-12
Barbell Curls 3 8-12
Seated DB Curls 3 8-12
Squats supersetted with... 3 8-12
Pullovers 3 8-12
Breathing Squats 3 8-12
Dumbbell Laterals 1 20
Deadlifts 2 8-12
Good Mornings 2 8-12
 

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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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EXERCISE NO. 1 – TRICEPS PUSH DOWN ON LAT MACHINE

He recommended 4 sets of 10 reps, and emphasized  keeping good technique – arms’ to the sides of the body keeping the elbows in a “fixed” position, and performing complete extension on each repetition.

EXERCISE NO. 2 – SEATED DUMBBELL CURLS

Again he recommended 4 sets of 8-10 reps, and using good form.  Keep the back straight, and perform full curl movements. Keep the curls strict and do not swing the weights.

 

Exercises 1 and 2

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The following workouts were advanced arm routines that Rick Wayne used from time to time. Below is the workout in which he used what he called "super-super sets". 

He did two exercises for biceps followed by two exercises for triceps. A short rest would then be taken and he would repeat the “super-super set” again for the desired number of times, usually 4 to 6 “super-super sets” were performed.

 

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Workout principle 1: The progressive overload principle

In order to increase one aspect of physical fitness (strength, muscle mass, stamina, etc.), the muscles must be subjected to more stress than usual. This means that the muscles need to be continually put under increased stress. In order to achieve more strength, heavier weights must be used. In order to achieve more muscle mass, not only do heavier weights need to be used but the number of sets and the number of training units also need to be increased.

Muscle stamina is best improved by shortening the rest between sets or by constantly increasing the number of reps or sets. The progressive overload principle is the core of all physical training and forms a solid basis for successful strength training (super-compensation).

 

Workout principle 2: The set system principle

In the early years of bodybuilding, most experts believed that wannabe bodybuilders should only complete one set of each exercise per workout. If the whole body is to complete twelve exercises, this would mean twelve sets per training unit.

Joe Weider saw things differently. He was the first to recommend working out using several sets of one exercise (sometimes up to three or four sets per exercise) in order to fully exhaust each muscle group and to stimulate maximum muscle growth.

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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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The Master's Mr. Olympia is back and in Miami Beach on December 7th and 8th 2012. Competitors over forty can compete. Here is a list of just some of the expected competitors:

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Lou Ferrigno quote: "From what I see, most people train one bodypart a week. I think you should do more that that, hit it twice a week. They’re also doing 20 sets, which is way too many. I believe you should do only 10 to 12 sets, max, per bodypart. After every 72 hours or so, you should hit that part again. You can rotate exercises.

 

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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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Cory Everson won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989. She was using the following split program: upper-body pushing exercises on day 1, lower body on day 2 and upper-body pulling movements on day 3. She was training once a day, six days per week on a three-days-on/one-off rotation. Checkout workout below:

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At Rippeder.com our focus is on classic physiques from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's but the Mr. Olympia is the pinnacle of all bodybuilding competition and so we look on with support to our fellow bodybuilders. This years' Mr. Olympia featured some great bodybuilders. In the end it was between the best two modern physiques of Kai Green and Phil Heath. The 2013 Mr. Olympia should be interesting with Jay Cutler back in the mix.

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There's always someone telling you it can't be done or don't do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger has succeeded in three fields bodybuilding, movies and politics. In this youtube clip you hear it from him on what kind of mindset you need to be successful.