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cmg

Hello All,
Seeing some pictures of Reeves really shows how well developed he was and I am assuming due to the time - no steroids. Great genetics and also great training - since we all know it is much more difficult to have that kind of physique naturally.

Does anyone know how he trained? How many days per week, exercises, sets? Compound, isolation, combination?

Regards,

Ron
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marcrph

Portugal

What really is amazing about Reeves was his thinking ability. He had a strong mind to go with his strong body. When training heavily for a contest, he would routinely go to bed at 8:00 PM, and rise at 9:00 AM the next day. 13 hours of sleep no less. He ate lots of good wholesome meals, including his own recipe for a milkshake.

He also drank LOTS of water. Without his sleep habits, dietary practices, and hydration practices, his workouts would have been much less intense. He led a very disciplined lifestyle. He also took LONG layoffs from training. These seemingly unimportant details are often glossed over. But, Steve Reeves led a holistic lifestyle.

Too, he had fun at Muscle Beach. There are pictures of him involved in the acrobatic stunts performed on the beach, not to mention the zillion women admiring him.

Marc

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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

The article I remember indicated something like 3 exercises per bodypart, 3 sets each, 3 times a week.
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henry_bordeaux

marcrph wrote:
What really is amazing about Reeves was his thinking ability. He had a strong mind to go with his strong body. When training heavily for a contest, he would routinely go to bed at 8:00 PM, and rise at 9:00 AM the next day. 13 hours of sleep no less. He ate lots of good wholesome meals, including his own recipe for a milkshake.

He also drank LOTS of water. Without his sleep habits, dietary practices, and hydration practices, his workouts would have been much less intense. He led a very disciplined lifestyle. He also took LONG layoffs from training. These seemingly unimportant details are often glossed over. But, Steve Reeves led a holistic lifestyle.

Too, he had fun at Muscle Beach. There are pictures of him involved in the acrobatic stunts performed on the beach, not to mention the zillion women admiring him.

Marc






You can't believe everything you read, can you?

Especially if John Little is involved...(I'm referring to Building the Classic Physique: The Natural Way by Reeves & Little)


Henry
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QmAn

cmg wrote:
Hello All,

Seeing some pictures of Reeves really shows how well developed he was and I am assuming due to the time - no steroids. Great genetics and also great training - since we all know it is much more difficult to have that kind of physique naturally.

Does anyone know how he trained? How many days per week, exercises, sets? Compound, isolation, combination?

Regards,

Ron




Having read a little about Steve Reeves I think his training wasn't what we would call HIT today. However it was much much closer to HIT than Weider 6 day split training and I think that had he been a young man today nowing what he did, he probably would have trainined HIT fashion doing workouts of around 10 exercises 1 set each, i.e. trained DrDarden's way.


QmAn
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QmAn

This is by Steve Reeve.

Here is the height to weight chart for building a classic physique:

5'5" 160lbs
5'6" 165lbs
5'7" 170lbs
5'8" 175lbs
5'9" 180lbs
5'10" 185lbs
5'11" 190lbs
6'0" 200lbs
6'1" 210lbs
6'2" 220lbs
6'3" 230lbs
6'4" 240lbs
6'5" 250lbs

Muscle to bone ratios:
Arm size= 252% of wrist size
Calf size= 192% of ankle size
Neck Size= 79% of head size
Chest Size= 148% of pelvis size
Waist size= 86% of pelvis size
Thigh size= 175% of knee size

To work out your arm size measure your wrist. Then times that amount by 2.52 to get your proposed arm size.

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cmg

simon-hecubus wrote:
The article I remember indicated something like 3 exercises per bodypart, 3 sets each, 3 times a week.



Did he do whole body routines? That means he would need to do at least 60 sets per workout - on the low side.

Ron
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

cmg wrote:
simon-hecubus wrote:
The article I remember indicated something like 3 exercises per bodypart, 3 sets each, 3 times a week.

Did he do whole body routines? That means he would need to do at least 60 sets per workout - on the low side.

Ron

I wish I could find that article.

I think it was more like 27 sets a workout (9 x 3) --- maybe it was that he alternated exercises each workout with 1 exercise per workout for 9 different muscle "groups".

Scott
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BRUCELEEWANNABE

Florida, USA

Reeves book is a great one! I've got 2 copies I like it so much.

Reeves did full body workouts 3x a week during his bb days.

Acting days no. He weighed anywhere from 190 to 200 lbs. And he trained when he could.


He did negatives & trained HIT style for 2-3 sets.

He loved incline curls & ended up dropping all other bicep exercises.

And of course he mixed it up from time to time with his training. In the latest mag of "REPS" by Kennedy there's a good article about Reeves. It even states he did a split routine, which, surprised me. Since he never brings it up in his book.


Also, the Reeves home made type of Gatorade is GREAT! He was THE MAN for sure!

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Keyzer Soze

In his book he pretty much bashes split training. He says if your not doing whole body training and you are working out more than three non consecutive days per week than you are overtraining.

I don't know that I would really call him classical HIT but he talks about going all out and lifting the weight under control which pretty much is HIT but I think his version of all out and Jones were probably a little different.

People would leave a session with Jones thinking he was a sadist. Also, in his book he repeatedly says how he thinks steroids and other enhancing drugs were the worst thing that could have ever happen to the sport and denies the claim that he used steroids in the 60's.

It's a great book with some awesome pictures. Reeves was a mans man who did things his way, wish I could have met him.
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QmAn

I still haven't got his book, will have to buy it from his website however damm those shipping costs and the wait! Why can't you ever get anything in the UK I mean were the 5th largest economy in the world!Then again Califonia is the 4th!
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Ellington Darden

Which Reeves' book does the best job of discussing his workouts?

Ellington
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NickMunro

Ellington Darden wrote:
Which Reeves' book does the best job of discussing his workouts?

Ellington


"Building the classic physique: the natural way"

By Steve Reeves

http://www.stevereeves.com/...th-physique.asp

regards,

Nick
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

QmAn wrote:
This is by Steve Reeves.

Muscle to bone ratios:
Arm size= 252% of wrist size
Calf size= 192% of ankle size
Neck Size= 79% of head size
Chest Size= 148% of pelvis size
Waist size= 86% of pelvis size
Thigh size= 175% of knee size


Dammit!!! I was doing so well until I got down to Waist Size!
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QmAn

Clearly the measurements and weight to heights won't be correct for everyone, but they will for many myself included.

I've got 7" wrists for instance at 5'9 according to Steve's calculations a classical physique would have a 17.6 inch arm, which I think would look as big as an 18.5 inch arm on a 6'1 guy which Steve was.

My waist is shall we say is a little out but hey nobody's perfect!

I've noticed his hercules film is available on the internet for free, it's now classed as public domain, but can't find hercules unchained , would love to see that.

The original Hercules is quite a funny film from todays perspective (unintended). The film was really a piss take and sending up of some of the previous hollywood epics, more a pulp film than say Ben Her, but very enjoyable and very significant film as it started the peplum era, which led to films like Sparticus ( a hero of mine, any single man who had the guts to take on the roman empire gets my respect ).

With Steve it seems that it was about the healthy lifestyle rather than winning at all costs, this is better in the long run.

I just wish he was still alive, not that I would have ever met him, but like with the actor James Stewart you knew he was very old but liked knowing he was still in the world.

Time is the greatest teacher.
Unfortuately it eventualy kills all it's pupils!


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QmAn

Awesome!
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NickMunro

Want to watch Steve Reeves as Hercules?

Here's the link:

http://www.archive.org/...etails/hercules

regards,
Nick
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jack32

the book has a tremendous amount of photos of mr. reeves.
man, what a physique!
the pictures, alone, are worth the price of the book, IMO.
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TigerFighter VS

New Jersey, USA

So according to this I am supposed to have a 20.16 inch arm? My wrist is 8 inches. So I have another 3.16 to go.
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cmg

BRUCELEEWANNABE wrote:
Reeves book is a great one! I've got 2 copies I like it so much.

Reeves did full body workouts 3x a week during his bb days.

Acting days no. He weighed anywhere from 190 to 200 lbs. And he trained when he could.


He did negatives & trained HIT style for 2-3 sets.

He loved incline curls & ended up dropping all other bicep exercises.

And of course he mixed it up from time to time with his training. In the latest mag of "REPS" by Kennedy there's a good article about Reeves. It even states he did a split routine, which, surprised me. Since he never brings it up in his book.


Also, the Reeves home made type of Gatorade is GREAT! He was THE MAN for sure!



Thanks for the info! He do 2-3 sets per exercise - does the book state about how many exercises he did per workout for major bodyparts (chest, back, shoulders, legs)?
Scott says he believes it was one exercise per bodypart per workout for 3 sets.

Thank you,

Ron

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marcrph

Portugal

Steve Reeves pre-contest routine:

http://www.aafla.org/...04/IGH0504u.pdf



Marc
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BRUCELEEWANNABE

Florida, USA

marcrph wrote:
Steve Reeves pre-contest routine:

http://www.aafla.org/...04/IGH0504u.pdf



Marc



Wow, thanks for that link Marc! There's a ton of bb material there to read.
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marcrph

Portugal

BRUCELEEWANNABE wrote:
marcrph wrote:
Steve Reeves pre-contest routine:

www.aafla.org/SportsLibrary/IGH/IGH0504/IGH0504u.pdf



Marc


Wow, thanks for that link Marc! There's a ton of bb material there to read.


You're welcome. Too, I think John Grimek's rendition of Mr. Reeves workouts can be trusted.

Here is an article by Peary Rader on thighs, in which Mr. Reeves' thighs are discussed. There is an awesome photograph of his legs.

www.americanpowerliftevolution.net/thigharticle1.html


Marc

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Myself0101

actually he did use steroids, according to Sergio Oliva
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cmg

marcrph wrote:
BRUCELEEWANNABE wrote:
marcrph wrote:
Steve Reeves pre-contest routine:

www.aafla.org/SportsLibrary/IGH/IGH0504/IGH0504u.pdf



Marc


Wow, thanks for that link Marc! There's a ton of bb material there to read.


You're welcome. Too, I think John Grimek's rendition of Mr. Reeves workouts can be trusted.

Here is an article by Peary Rader on thighs, in which Mr. Reeves' thighs are discussed. There is an awesome photograph of his legs.

www.americanpowerliftevolution.net/thigharticle1.html


Marc



If that is true of Reeve's workouts - he was a fairly high volume trainer. With workouts lasting from 2-4 hours - 3xs a week he minimally would put in 6 hours to a max of 12 hours.

It would have been interesting to see potentially how much better he could have been if he would workout for years straight instread of letting himself go and whipping himself into shape.


Regards,

Ron
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