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Bodybuilding Legends Views on Full Body Training

Strength Oldschool

From the early days of weight training, full body training programs were a common thing. Nowadays, split training is used more. What's changed over the years?...Why do lifters frown when they hear full body training?

Here are three champion bodybuilders, all considered legends of the sport who believed in training 3 days a week, Full Body style.

John Grimek

Bodybuilding Legend John Grimek

" I trained everything in every workout-I didn’t do what they call split workouts and train legs and arms one day, back and other stuff the next day. No, the only way I ever isolated a group of muscles was when I was finished with my routine for the day and I still thought I needed more for my back or chest or legs or whatever. Then I threw in an additional two to three exercises and much heavier-you know, trying to maximize the thing. And that was it. What is called split training wasn’t used then, although I had read somewhere that Hackenschmidt was using a method where he would isolate certain groups on certain days or else put more emphasis on a specific part while training the entire body on a given day. But I never had a yen for that.

I was making progress all over, so there was no need for a concentration on a certain area. And I never found that training the whole body in each workout was too tiring. In fact, when I got through, I was feeling a helluva lot better and more ambitious and energetic than I did when I started." ~ John Grimek

Steve Reeves

Bodybuilding Legend Steve Reeves

" I trained my whole body every workout. I’d work as hard as I could for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Whatever it took. The split system of training came later, but I don’t believe in that approach anyway. I think if you really train hard, you use up everything- your nervous energy and all the rest of your energies. So you need to recuperate the next day. Recuperation is just as important as Training. I’d train three days a week and rest four. I’d train the entire body almost to failure, then take the next day off." ~ Steve Reeves

Reg Park

Bodybuilding Legend Reg Park

" In regards to whether full body routines 3 times a week work is dependant on the time available and individual enthusiasm. For instance at one stage I worked out 3 hours in the evening Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I trained my entire body. So doing 3 full body workouts 3 times a week can and does build strength, power and bulk." ~ Reg Park

* Comment below if you're a big fan of Full Body Training. And if you're not a fan then please explain why and what turns you off from training your full body in one gym session?

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If you are curious about Full Body Training and the advantages of performing full body workouts then please read this article - 'Full Body Training - The Ultimate Training Program'.

Keep training hard,

Strength Oldschool


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