Newest Dave Draper book:. Power Training. You're ready now for another advance in your bulk and power training routines. This new program will be aimed at developing great strength as a foundation for further bulk development.

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Newest Dave Draper book:. Power Training. You're ready now for another advance in your bulk and power training routines. This new program will be aimed at developing great strength as a foundation for further bulk development.

There's a tendency among uninformed bodybuilders to minimize the strength factor. I remember a fellow I used to train with years ago. He was a tall good-looking kid with a slim, willowy build. He trained on light weights. He had a top press of pounds and couldn't have cared less. He asked. Suppose you're walking home with a girl tonight.

And suppose some big lug steps out of an alley and drags her away. What do you do then? There may be a few bodybuilders who developed a nice looking build on light weights and never acquired much strength, but all the really greats emphasized power in their training.

If you want a Herculean body, don't over look strength. Steve Stanko was a Mr. America and the first Mr. He was also the first man to officially total pounds on the Olympic lifts. John Grimek is the most famous bodybuilder of them all. He went to Europe as a lifter on the Olympic team. Reg Park is certainly one of the best-developed men of all time. He won both the amateur and professional Mr. Universe awards among other things. He squats with over , bench presses over , and can do a press behind the neck with over Bill Pearl has won every major physique title possible.

He squats with pounds and bench presses around If you want a development like these men, then emphasize strength in your programs. Spend some time at power training. If you've been following this series from the start, the time for some power training is right now. As a group, weightlifters are the strongest athletes in the world. No one can match the sheer power of a top lifter. This program, then, will borrow freely from exercises used by lifters in their training.

Remember though, you're not becoming an Olympic lifter. This is a bodybuilding series. You're simply developing great strength as an aid to further muscular development. You'll be using the split system of training. Work out four days a week; preferably Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This gives you Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to rest up. Split training is a tough grind. Don't add any exercises to the program and don't train more than four days a week.

Keep each session relatively short, but very, very heavy. Don't forget - you've got to really put out to succeed. On Mondays and Thursdays do the following:. Military press. Warm up by doing six or eight reps with a very light weight. Increase the weight and do five reps. Increase it again and do five more reps. Now jump to your best exercising poundage and do five sets of three with the same weight.

You'll probably find you can't make the full five sets of three at first. Start with it even if you're only getting one or two reps out of the final sets. As soon as you can make the five full sets of three, increase the weight and start over again.

Do the presses in Olympic style - that is, with some backbend. Study back issues of Strength and Health for detailed information on proper pressing. Use every bit of information you can get and concentrate on developing a respectable press.

You'll have to eventually work up to at least body weight for your sets of three. Pressing is still the best all-around shoulder exercise. Warm up with six or eight reps with a light weight for a couple of sets, then jump to your best exercising poundage.

Do five sets of three with your top weight. Use a reasonable style when you're curling. Don't fall into the habit of excessive cheating. There's no point in making a poor back exercise out of what should be a good arm exercise. Maurice has arms around nineteen inches and curls enough weight to sink a small boat.

We were watching him curling one day and I spoke to the guy beside me. Again, this is the key exercise. You've got to get your squats up heavy if you're going to make it.

Use auto-suggestion to stimulate your mental drive and push the poundage. Try to increase it every workout. Start out with a light set of five reps. Add weight and do five more reps. Add more weight and do another five. Now jump the poundage and start doing sets of three. Add ten pounds to the bar every set and keep doing three reps. Work up until you can't make three reps. You should get in eight to ten sets altogether. Do eight or ten pullovers with a very light weight after every set.

Keep you head up and your back as flat as possible when you're squatting. Don't go all the way down. Squat till the top of your thighs are roughly parallel to the floor and bounce back up. Take three huge breaths between each repetition. A burning desire is more important in squatting than in any other exercise. Whip yourself into a positive frenzy. Force the weight.

Get a couple of guys to spot for you if you can and push to the absolute limit. Doug Hepburn spent a lot of time on low rep squats. So did Paul Anderson. They settled any remaining doubts on its value as a bulk and power exercise. You can finish off the workout with one set of twenty-five leg raises.

On Tuesday and Fridays do the following:. Bench press. Push this one hard. Warm up with a light set of eight.

Add weight and do another warm up set of six. Add more weight and do a set of three. Now jump to your best exercising weight and do five sets of three. Use a normal pressing width grip and don't cheat too much. Use a little arch on the last couple of sets if you have to, but don't make a belly bounce out of it. In one of his instructive articles, John Grimek told about a man who just missed an attempt on the bench press.

Reg Park is an avid bench presser. He usually gives a demonstration of his power just before his posing display.


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One of the things I remember reading from 'Keys to Progress' which I didn't understand at the time was how Reg Park when going for Bulk would handle the heaviest possible weights 3 times a week, full body training BUT He just stuck with the big compound movements which hit more than one muscle group at a time. He didn't do any isolation exercises, no direct arm movements like dumbbells curls, barbell curls etc. That always fascinated me.


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Bought it for Kindle and I'm really digging this. Thanks for the recommendation. I like how you also think about and write about the context of the era vs today's context. Seems like a pretty useful skill to have. Thanks Joe. Having been training for a while and reading a lot, I've been able to see just a glimpse of the changing of eras.

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