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Steve Reeves Bodybuilder Workout Routine

Steve Reeves Workout

There are some old time bodybuilding fans that believe bodybuilders have lost the plot on building optimal health and fitness with strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness levels to a sport that pursues the presentation of sheer muscle size at all costs.

Men like John Grimek and Steve Reeves were bodybuilders that built their bodies up from hard yet sensible workout routines. Steve Reeve believed that he gained the most muscle training three times a week and no more. Steve explains that everyone is different and each bodybuilder needs to find a training routine and cycle schedule that works for him or her.

Sports scientists have studied this for years and they seem to agree that the ideal rest and recovery time between hard HIIT training sessions would be 36 hours, like Monday morning then Wednesday evening. Just like all his fellow bodybuilders Steve believed in training with strict form at all costs.

For those readers actually thinking of following his training routine listed below, they should know that Steve took his "good form" to extreme and would spend 2 seconds on each concentric movement and 3 seconds on every eccentric movement for a 2-1-3 tempo.

Steve always stressed to his growing fan base that your workout needs to be taken seriously, it's not a social event chatting between sets, and Steve says every workout needs to have a specific objective. Every set you do needs a plan, a weight selected and reps to aim for.

Steve developed a training system that worked for him, but he eventually became the equivalent of a professional bodybuilder and quickly realized the importance of cycling his workouts. The workout that he does all year round is the same body-parts done in the same workout week after week, but he would change his sets and reps through a 6 week cycle that was constantly adapting to his training.

His workout listed below is done when he is doing a 6-week high intensity cycle doing 5 sets of 5 reps and increasing, not decreasing the weight.

Monday:
Military Press 5 X 5 reps
Bench Press 5 X 5 reps
Bent-over Row 5 X 5 reps
Barbell Curl s 5 X 5 reps
Triceps Extension 5 X 5 reps
Parallel Squats 5 X 5 reps
Standing Calf Raises 3 X 25 reps
Deadlift 5 X 5 reps
Crunches 5 X 25 reps

Wednesday:
Alternating D/B press with Military Press 5 X 5 reps
Parallel Bar Dips 5 X 5 reps
Pull-ups 5 X 5 reps
Alternating D/B Curls 5 X 5 reps
Triceps Extension 5 X 5 reps
D/B Lunges 5 X 5 reps
Deadlifts 5 X 5 reps
Front Squats 5 X 5 reps
Seated Calf Raises 3 X 25 reps
Back Raises 3 X 25 reps
Hanging Leg-raises 3 X 25 reps

Friday:
Upright Rows 5 X 5 reps
Incline Press 5 X 5 reps
One-arm D/B Rowing 5 X 5 reps
Concentration Curls 5 X 5 reps
Lying Triceps Extensions 5 X 5 reps
D/B Lunges 5 X 5 reps
Standing Calf Raises 3 X 25 reps
Deadlifts 5 X 5 reps
Sit-ups 3 X 25 reps


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