Did Bodybuilder Rick Wayne Train Heavy or Light to Build his Muscles?
I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that stated that Rick Wayne always trained heavy yet the above picture informs readers that Rick Wayne was a pumper, lifted light weights to build his muscle and size.
Does anyone know for sure or can provide evidence as to whether or not Rick Wayne trained with heavy or light weights?
This was a response by Magnus…
Ricky Wayne’s early training was pretty much the same as everyone else’s and stayed that way when he moved to England – squats, benches, bar curls etc. usually with moderate weight for 4 or 5 sets of 10 reps per exercise. Later in the USA working for Joe Weider Ricky tended to follow Vince Gironda’s advice and in fact trained at Gironda’s gym for an attempt at the Mr Olympia (cannot remember the year for sure but think it was 1976 or 1977).
Ricky was in the best shape of his life when he suffered a serious deltoid injury 3 weeks before the contest and had to withdraw. His training at this time was very strict on most exercises with short rests and he usually modified exercises to get maximum effect from lighter weights – for example seated overhead dumbbell press he puled his elbows back in line with his shoulders holding the bells out 3 or 4 inches and pressed them from chin level to level with the top of his head.
This awkward position and short continuous-tension movement burned his side deltoids with bells that were less than half the weight he previously used. Most of his other exercises were similarly modified but ironically he liked press behind neck with heavy weights and lowered the bar fast, hitting his delts and upper traps quite hard on every rep – after a few weeks of this pounding one deltoid was badly hurt during a set and that was that, no more contests.
Ricky did admit years later that he rarely trained after this but once in a while he would hit it hard and light for 3 or 4 weeks and his arms would blow up to 19 or 20 inches in just that brief period of training.
At his best Ricky’s arms were among the absolute best for size, shape and definition and it’s a shame he never entered the Olympia because of his injury.” ~ Magnus
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From Ray Nobile in regards to above video…
“This is early Rick Wayne. He is wearing NABBA trunks in the video, so I guess this is before he competed with the IFBB. Also this is pre Arnold, I reckon 1965 or 66. Rick used to work alongside Oscar Heidenstam in the office of Health and Strength Mag. He was also a pop singer, making an appearance on Top of the Pops, introduced by Jimmy Saville, who was also a NABBA Stalwart. I met Rick in 1967 when he guest posed at my first contest. A really funny guy. He had us in stitches, telling us about his time working for Oscar.” ~ Ray Nobile
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