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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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Clarence Ross (October 26, 1923 – April 30, 2008) was a bodybuilder from the United States.Ross was born in Oakland, California on October 26, 1923, the second of the four children of Hershel Ross, a teamster, and his wife Jeannette Levi. His mother died when he was young, so he grew up in a series of foster homes. He started weight training at age 17, weighing 135 pounds at a height of 5'10". He was motivated by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to enlist in the Air Force, which he did on October 31, 1942 at San Francisco, and was then stationed in Las Vegas.

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Below is the first workout routine Steve Reeves followed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). He trained in his garage with a 200 pound weight set he purchased with money saved from a paper route job he had.

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"If you do my training program, you don’t need to do cardio. Fat loss depends of what you are eating." – Serge Nubret

How He Ate

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Larry Scott (1938-2014) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2010, and succumbed to complications from the disease on March 8, 2014. His contributions to health and fitness helped accelerate the growth of bodybuilding as a sport and as a life style. He was the first Mr. Olympia and a great teacher, he will be missed.

Larry Scott still had big arms later in life.

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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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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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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 Super Squat Routine

Press behind neck 3 x 12

Squat 1 x 20 supersetted with Pullover 1 x 20

Bench press 3 x 12

Rowing 3 x 15

Stiff legged deadlift 1 x 15

Pullover 1 x 20

 

(add a gallon of milk a day!)

 

The above routine is the ultimate ‘hard gainers’ routine and was done 2-3 times a week.

 

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Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

CHEST : Barbell Bench Press, shoulder width grip, arms vertical with the bar. Elbows are never allowed to lock out. Warms up with 15 to 25 repetitions. From then on 5 sets, 8 to 10 reps. Incline Bench Press, 225 Ibs., 5 sets, 10 reps Dumbbell Flyes, 5 sets, 10 reps Cable Crossovers (standing) 5 sets, 12 reps

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Franco's Chest Workout:

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 5-6 10-6
Barbell Incline Press 4-5 10-6

Dips

  Superset with Cable Crossovers

3-4

3-4

15-20

15

 

Franco Columbu bench pressing

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"Iron Mike" Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles at just a 20 year old kid. His raw power and ability to knockout even the toughest of guys made his opponents look like they all had glass jaws. "Kid Dynamite" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and is often considered to be one of the greatest. Below is a sample of his workout he did in his prime which was performed 7 days a week:

 

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Frank Zane Three-time Mr. Olympia

 

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  • He trained in the morning usually 6-9am. Each workout would last 2½ - 3 hours.
  • A typical pre-workout meal would be a cup of coffee maybe a can of tuna and a protein shake that tasted like dirt - yummy.
  • He would change his workouts every 4-6 weeks.