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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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In the 1978 issue of Muscle, while training for the upcoming Mr. Olympia, Ken Waller explained his diet:

"I stay hungry. For me that's eating only four times a day. I eat four eggs and a piece of meat almost every meal. If I eat chicken, it will be four big breasts, that sort of quantity. That's not a lot of food when you are training like I am several hours a day. I'll eat a muffin in the morning. I get my usual cravings at midnight. Then I am stuffing myself in some restaurant when the rest of the world is asleep. Why, just the other night I ate two pints of ice cream and a bag of cookies, and a half a cream pie. I thought my stomach would burst. I'm notorious for excesses, but I manage to control them. Funny though, the next morning my stomach was shrunk more than ever. Maybe I needed it. You can get away with that now and then, but don't try it every day.

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In gyms across America many of the weight lifters do set after set week after week and they always look the same with very little muscle gains. To them sometimes it may seem as the only way to make any gains is through the use of anabolic steroids. Well what if I told you that a generation of champions had figured out a way to make real muscle gains with no use of anabolic steroids or supplements. How do I know for sure they didn't take it? It wasn't made or carried in pharmacies in the 1940's to early 1950's.

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In the gym I always hear people talking about all the sacrificing they do when it comes to dieting. It is important to eat well but unless you’re competing, eating a slice of cake or pizza isn't going kill you. To build muscle we need sleep, food, and rest in-between workouts. If you want to get bigger eat more calories and if you want to get leaner eat less calories. Your training doesn't have to change. Working out the classic way of two to three times a week should be sufficient to obtain awesome muscular gains.

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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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When Stallone first came to Franco to begin training, he was 170 pounds and very well defined. But he didn’t feel he was big enough and wanted to put on 10 pounds of muscle in six weeks. Franco knew how hard Stallone was capable of training, so he decided that was a feasible goal.

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's recently released Blueprint to training and diet:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Phase 1

Click on image above to view full PDF version of Phase 1

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First Strength and Bulk Course for Weightlifter

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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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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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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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Below is rare video of the late great Sergio Oliva training his biceps:

Sergio Oliva double bicep pose

Bulky Sergio Oliva posing

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Cheesy 1980's workout video by the most aggressive NFL player of his era.I found this online and just had to share it with everybody.Classic 80's feel to it. Solves the problem of what to do with 2 milk jugs. Watch video below:


Early 1980's.