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  1. Anthony Ditillo Training Routines for Bulk and Power Routine #1 This full schedule should be repeated 2 times per week. However, if you want, you could increase it to three times per week, but this is up to your ability to handle work. Monday and Thursday: Squat – One set of 10 reps, as a warmup, followed by five sets of five reps using all the weight possible for each set. Deadlift – Same as Squat. Bench Press – Same as Squat. Bentover Row – Same as Squat. Routine #2 This kind of training routine is more severe and that is why you only do 2 movements per training day. You will be working these 2 movements quite hard and this will cause you to gain. Monday: Squat – 1×10; 1×8; 1×6; 1×4; 1×2 and then 5 sets of 3-5 reps using all the weight possible. Bench Press – Same as squat. Thursday: Deadlift – same sets and reps as Monday. Bentover Row – same sets and reps as Monday. Routine #3 This would be the ordinary every other day schedule for the ambitious, underweight trainee. Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Squat – 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps using all the weight possible. Bench Press – same as Squat. Deadlift – same as Squat. Bentover Row – same as Squat. Routine #4 This type of routine would enable you to concentrate on one movement per workout for power and the other two for added muscular bulk. However, you will positively have to be sure to eat enough of the complete protein foods and get more than enough calories in order to grow. Monday: Squat – 1 set of 10 for a warmup, and then 8-10 sets of 3 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle for each set. Bench Press – 2 sets of 10 for a warmup and then 3 sets of 5 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle. Bentover Row – 2 sets of 10 for a warmup and then 3 sets of 5 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle. Thursday: Deadlift – 1 set of 10 for a warmup, and then 8-10 sets of 3 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle for each set. Bench Press – 2 sets of 10 reps, and then 3 sets of 5 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle. Bentover Row – 2 sets of 10 reps, and then 3 sets of 5 reps using all the weight you can possibly handle. Bulk And Power Routine No. 1 In this routine you will be performing the three basic power lifts. In it you use both low and high repetitions. This will allow you to gain in both muscular power and muscular size. Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Bench Press: 5 sets of 2-4 reps Bench Press: 2 sets of 10 reps Full Squat: 5 sets of 2-4 reps Full Squat: 2 sets of 10 reps Deadlift: 5 sets of 2-4 reps Deadlift: 2 sets of 10 reps Bulk And Power Routine No.2 In this routine I have you working for bulk in the upper body while you are specializing on the lower body for power. The sets and reps are well suited to gaining in both and I have even broken down the workouts themselves into three distinct sections. I have you working the chest and shoulders on Monday and the back and arms on Wednesday (rowing and cleans work the arms quite hard!). Then on Friday I have you really work your thighs and hips and back. Monday: Bench Press: 5 sets of 3-5 reps Incline Press: 5 sets of 3-5 reps Wednesday: Bent Over Row: 5 sets of 3-5 reps Hang Cleans: 5 sets of 3-5 reps Friday: Full Squat: 10 singles using 90% of your one rep limit Deadlift: 10 singles using 90% of your one rep limit Bulk And Power Routine No. 3 This routine has you training for power on the bench press and the seated press while your leg and back work aids in gaining size. Monday: Full Squat: 1 set of 20 reps using a weight which is 50lbs. greater than bodyweight. Take 5 deep breaths between each rep. Deadlift: 1 set of 20 reps using a weight which is 50 lbs. greater than bodyweight. Take 5 deep breaths between each rep. Heavy Bent Arm Pullover: 5 sets of 5-7 reps, maximum weight Wednesday: Full Squat: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Deadlift: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Bench Press: 10 singles with 90% of your 1 rep limit Friday: Half Squat: 5 sets of 3-5 reps High Deadlift: 5 sets of 3-5 reps Seated Press: 10 singles with 90% of your 1 rep limit Bulk And Power Routine No. 4 Monday and Thursday: Bench Press: 10 sets of 3 reps Bent Row: 10 sets of 3 reps Full Squat: 10 sets of 3 reps Tuesday and Friday: Incline Press: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Deadlift: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Half Squat: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Bulk And Power Routine No. 5 Monday: Full Squat: 10 sets of 3 reps Dip: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Weighted Chin: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Wednesday: Deadlift: 10 sets of 3 reps Bent Arm Flyes: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Curl: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Friday: Bench Press: 10 sets of 3 reps Half Squat: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Rack Deadlift: 5 sets of 5-7 reps Intermediate Mass Program The intermediate mass program is NOT for the advanced man. He would never respond to the amount of work I’m going to advise herein. Being advanced necessitates diversity in performance and volume of work as well as tightening up the dietary schedule, since continued weight gain would NOT be desirable for the truly advanced man who has already gained sufficiently in basic bodyweight. For the majority of beginners and intermediates, three total body workouts per week seems to be just about right. You will have two heavy days and one medium day, for variety and recuperation. On your two heavy days the movements are heavy and basic. The repetitions are kept low to enable you to use truly heavy weights to ensure mass gains. The first and second sets should be warmup sets. Sets three, four and five are to be performed with all the weight possible for the required reps. Rest no longer than one minute between sets. When sets three, four and five can be done fairly easily, add ten pounds to your upper body movements and twenty pounds to the lower body movements. The entire schedule consists of between twenty-five and thirty sets. Surely this much work can be finished within ninety minutes. Monday & Friday (heavy days) Press Behind Neck – 5 sets of 5-7 reps. Bentover Barbell Row – 5 sets of 8-10 reps. Barbell Curl – 3 sets of 8-10 reps. Lying Triceps Press – 3 sets of 8-10 reps. Half Squat – 5 sets of 8-10 reps. * On your off days, do four or five sets of calf raises and light abdominal work. Wednesday (medium day) Dips – 4-5 bodyweight sets doing all the reps you can. Chins – the same as dips. Full Squats – 2 sets of 20 reps as described. Stiff-Legged Deadlift – 2 sets of 10-15 reps using light to medium weight.
  2. The Bill Starr Power Training Routine Author: Unknown Monday – Heavy Day Squat – 5 sets of 5 Bench – 5 sets of 5 Powerclean – 5 sets of 5 Weighted hyperextensions – 2 sets Weighted sit-ups – 4 sets On Monday, the weight for each lift is increased on each set of 5, from a light warm-up to an all out set of 5. For squats, something like 135×5, 185×5, 225×5, 275×5, 315×5. The weight should be increased evenly from your first to last set. If you are working up to bigger weights, say above 500, you can add a sixth set of 5 just to avoid making large jumps between sets. Your fifth set equals the triple from the previous Friday’s workout. Wednesday – Light Day Squat – 4 sets of 5 Overhead Press – 4 sets of 5 High Pulls – 4 sets of 5 Sit-ups – 3 sets On light day, Squat the first 3 sets of 5 just as you did on Monday, and then do a fourth set of 5 with the weight used on the third set. An extra fifth set at this same weight can be added. Overhead Press is done using the same scheme, working up to 2-3 sets of 5, but with about 70-80% of the weight flat bench, to accommodate the leverage difference of the incline. High Pulls are done by feel, but usually pretty heavy. Friday – Medium Squat – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple, 1 set of 8 Bench – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple, 1 set of 8 Powercleans – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple Weighted Dips – 3 sets of 5-8 Triceps and Biceps – 3 sets of 8 each On Friday, the first four sets are the same as they were on Monday. The fifth set, done for three reps, should be a jump of about 2.5% over what you did for your fifth set on Monday. As you become more experienced with the system, you can experiment with the weight you use on this triple. This should NOT be a PR triple attempt every week. In fact, the goal is to come back the following Monday and get the same weight for 5 reps that you got for 3 reps the Friday before. To avoid missing reps, pick weights carefully. Take it easy the first few weeks, and don’t over do it. In fact if you’ve tested/already know your 5 rep maxes you shouldn’t be using that weight until the 4th week. After the big triple, drop back to the weight you used for your 3rd set and try to get eight reps.
  3. The Hard Gainers Routine By Bradley J Steiner If you're a skinny guy who struggles to gain weight / muscular bulk and strongly feel that you are a hard gainer, then try the routine below. Simple, basic, full body workouts are considered the most effective training routines for hard gainers and skinny guys. FULL BODY TRAINING ROUTINE: (For Skinny Guys / Hard Gainers) Barbell Shoulder Press: 2 sets of 10 reps Barbell Curl: 1 set of 10 reps Bench Press: 2 sets of 12 reps Barbell Row: 2 sets of 12 reps Squat: 1 set of 18 - 20 reps + 1 more set of 12 reps / Supersetted with Dumbbell Pullover Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 1 set of 15 reps ROUTINE ABOVE EXPLAINED: BB Press 1×10, add weight for a second set of 10. Every third workout, try to add 3 to 5 lbs to the bar. Curl 1×10. Every third workout, try to add 3 to 5 lbs to the bar. Do not be in a rush to add weight for the first couple of months. Pour your effort into the other exercises. Bench Press 1×12. Add weight for a second set of 12. Every third workout, try to add 5 to 10 lbs to the bar Row 2×12. Every third workout, try to add 5 lbs to the bar. Squat 1×18-20. Add weight for a second set of 12. Every third workout, try to add 10 lbs to the bar. Pullover Superset the squats with light pullovers. Stiff-leg Deadlifts 1×15 Every sixth workout, try to add 3 to 5 lbs to the bar. When the weight begins to feel heavy, reduce by 5 lbs and add nothing for 3 weeks. Situps 1×25-30 with no weight. TRAINING FREQUENCY: Perform the above routine 2 to 3 days a week. If you can manage 3 days and make gains, stick with 3 days a week training but make sure you rest a full day in-between your workouts. Source: From the early 1970s classic “The Hardgainers Bible” by Bradley J. Steiner (long out of print)
  4. Bill Starr - 5 by 5 Training Routines Author: Unknown Perhaps the most critically acclaimed and enduring book ever written on the subject of weight training is Bill Starr’s “The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football” written in 1976. Seemingly endless variations of Starr’s original routine have sprouted up all over the Net and for good reason – it is possibly the most perfect routine ever devised. His routine focused on bench presses, squats and power cleans, done on a Monday – Wednesday – Friday rotation with heavy, medium and light days. Bill Starr is where the “5×5″ routine came from; each exercise was done following a protocol of five sets of five reps. Starr’s 5×5 routine uses the three exercises which Starr referred to as “the big three”, quoting Starr: “These are 3 basic exercises used by weightlifters to increase their strength….the football player (and you can insert Martial Artist, Fighter, whatever there) must work for overall body strength as opposed to specific strengthening exercises….In other words the athlete should be building total leg strength rather than just stronger hamstrings. He should be seeking overall strength in his shoulder girdle rather than just stronger deltoids….the program is fast, simple and, most importantly, effective. It requires very little space and a minimum of equipment….” NOTE by Strength Oldschool: The author is wrong when they state that Bill Starr developed the "5 X 5" training method, this was done many years earlier by Reg Park! Bill Starr’s 5X5 Routine In Its Original Form Monday – Heavy Power cleans – 5 sets of 5 Bench – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set (add 10 rep sets after 8-12 weeks on program) Squats – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set * Set 1: 35% of target * Set 2: 70% of target * Set 3: 80% of target * Set 4: 90% of target * Set 5: Target Wednesday – Light Power cleans – 5 sets of 5 Incline Bench – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set Squats – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set / set 5 use weight from 3rd set of Monday Friday – Medium Power cleans – 5 sets of 5 Overhead press – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set Squats – 5 sets of 5 + 1×10 weight from 3rd set / set 5 use weight from 3rd set of Monday The Bill Starr Power Routine Monday – Heavy Day Squat – 5 sets of 5 Bench – 5 sets of 5 Powerclean – 5 sets of 5 Weighted hyperextensions – 2 sets Weighted sit-ups – 4 sets Wednesday – Light Day Squat – 4 sets of 5 Incline Bench – 4 sets of 5 High Pulls – 4 sets of 5 Sit-ups – 3 sets Friday – Medium Squat – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple, 1 set of 8 Bench – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple, 1 set of 8 Powercleans – 4 sets of 5, 1 triple Weighted Dips – 3 sets of 5-8 Triceps and Biceps – 3 sets of 8 each * More info on this "Power Training Routine" by Bill Starr can be viewed here. Bill Starr’s Beginner 5×5 Monday (Heavy Day – 85%) Back Squats: 5 x 5 Ramping weight to top set of 5 reps across 5 sets Bench Press: 5 x 5 Ramping weight to top set of 5 reps across 5 sets Deadlifts: 5 x 5 Ramping weight to top set of 5 reps across 5 sets Wednesday (Light Day – 65-70%) Back Squats: 5 x 5 using 60% of Monday’s weight Bench Press: 5 x 5 using 60% of Monday’s weight Pullups: 5 x 5 Ramping weight to top set of 5 reps across 5 sets Friday (Medium Day – 70-85%) Back Squats: 5 x 5 using 80% of Monday’s weight Bench Press: 5 x 5 using 80% of Monday’s weight Rows: 5 x 5 Ramping weight to top set of 5 reps across 5 sets The Bill Starr Strength Factor Routine Monday (Heavy Day) Back Squats: 5 x 5 ramping to limit Bench Press: 5 x 5 ramping to limit Deadlifts: 5 x 5 ramping to limit or Bent-Over Rows: 5 x 5 ramping to limit Incline Dumbbell Press: 2 x 20 Calf Raises: 3 x 30 Wednesday (Light Day) Back Squats: 5 x 5 using 50 lbs less than Monday or Lunges: 4 x 6 ramping to limit Good Mornings: 4 x 10 or Stiff-Leg Deadlifts: 4 x 10 Standing Overhead Press: 5 x 5 ramping to limit Dips: When you can do 20 reps, start adding weight and drop the reps back to 8 Curls: 3 x 15 Friday (Medium Day) Back Squats: 5 x 5 using 20 lbs less than Monday Incline Bench Press: 5 x 5 ramping to limit Shrugs: 5 x 5 ramping to limit or Clean High Pulls 5 x 5 ramping to limit Straight Arm Pullovers: 2 x 20 Chins: 4 sets to failure Bill Starr’s “Big 3″ Program Monday – Heavy Day Powerclean – 5 sets of 5 Bench – 5 sets of 5 Squat – 5 sets of 5 Wednesday – Light Day Powerclean – 5 sets of 5 Benchpress – 5 sets of 5 Squat – 5 sets of 5 Friday – Medium Powerclean – 5 sets of 5 Benchpress – 5 sets of 5 Squat – 5 sets of 5
  5. Bodybuilding Legends Views on Full Body Training Author: Unknown 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 "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 "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 "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 NOTE by Strength Oldschool: What's everyone's thoughts on full body workouts, three times a week?
  6. Casey Viator - 1971 Training Routine - 3 Days a Week By Achilles Kallos Nineteen year old Casey Viator from New Iberia, La. is the youngest bodybuilder to have won the Mr. America title. He started training when he was fifteen, which, in my opinion, is the right time to start bodybuilding. Casey has been fortunate in many ways, having a good physical background, sound training advice and a superb genetic potential. At the same time, however, he is an exceptionally hard trainer, in spite of the fact that he works long hours at his job as a welder. Two former Mr. Americas have guided him: Boyer Coe and Red Lerille. For the past year Casey has been training under the watchful eye of Art Jones of Deland, Florida. As you may know, Art Jones invented the Nautilus machine. This machine enables you to train your body harder in less time with outstanding results. According to Jones, Casey is one of the strongest men he has ever trained and no one yet has been able to exceed the poundages he uses on the Nautilus machine. Although Casey has not really bothered to exert himself with maximum poundages as he prefers to train for bodybuilding, he has done the following: Bench Press: 460 lbs. Full Squat: 505 x 14 reps. Press Behind Neck: 280 lbs. Barbell Curl: 225 x 4 reps. Casey trains three times a week, working the whole body in one workout lasting about 2 to 2½ hours. He employs the Nautilus machine mainly for the arms and lats and conventional barbell and dumbbell movements for the rest of the body. When he trains on the conventional exercises he does some of them one after the other without much rest. That is why he is able to train his whole body thoroughly and in such a short time. Here is Casey’s three day a week routine: Legs (conventional method) 1. Leg Press - 750 lbs. x 20 reps. 2. Leg Extension - 250 lbs. x 14 to 20 reps. 3. Full Squat - 505 lbs x 14-20. 4. Leg Curl - 150 lbs x 14-20. These exercises are done one after the other without the usual rest associated with such large poundages. I would like to see anyone else duplicate this. NOTE BY STRENGTH-OLDSCHOOL: The style of Leg Press machine that Casey was using was different and much harder compared to the angled Leg Press machines of today. Lats (Nautilus machine) 1. Pullover - 3 sets of 20 reps. 2. Circular Pulldown - 3 sets of 20. 3. Chins - 3 x 20. Each exercise is done in the normal set fashion. Deltoids (conventional and Nautilus) 1. Standing Laterals - 60 lbs. x 3 sets of 20 reps. 2. Barbell Press Behind Neck - 215 lbs. x 3 sets of 20 reps. 3. Nautilus Lateral Raise - 3 x 20. You will note that two movements are done with barbell and dumbbells and one on the Nautilus. 4. Barbell Shrug - 280 lbs. 3 x 20. Chest (conventional) 1. Barbell Bench Press - 350 lbs. 2 x 20. 2. Incline Barbell Press - 225 lbs. 3 x 20. 3. Dips - 100 lbs. 3 x 20. 4. Cable Crossover - 40 lbs. 3 x 20. Arms (Nautilus) 1. Conventional Barbell Curl - 200 lbs. 1 x 20. 2. Combination Triceps and Biceps exercise - 120 lbs. 1 x 20. 3. Triceps Extension (similar to pulley pushdown) - 110 lbs. 1 x 20. 4. Compound Triceps movement - 1 x 20. Calves (conventional) 1. One Legged Calf Raise - 85 lb. dumbell 4 x 50. Forearms (conventional) 1. Barbell Wrist Curl - 145 lbs. 2 x 20. Deadlift 400 lbs. 1 set of 30 reps. Many of us think we are training hard, but after looking at Casey’s routine we might have to review our definition of hard work! You will note he employs high reps. Obviously this involves a lot of concentration as well. To read a 1980 Interview with Casey Viator click here.
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