A few weeks ago I opened an email, from Steve Speyrer, a friend of mine.  Within his email he mentioned a YouTube link to some 1986 lost 16 mm film footage of ‘The Original Iron Guru’ Vince Gironda training one of his students for an upcoming bodybuilding contest.
 
Having served many years (1991-1995) as ‘the PEN’ for Vince Gironda’s monthly Wild Physique Q & A columns in MuscleMag International, I had been aware of such previous film footage, Oddly though I had never had the opportunity to view it.

Many, many fellows over the past few years have asked me about developing arms. As I perform my posing or strength routines, the question most often asked by an appreciative audience is, “How did you get those arms?”

Even though many of my strength feats do not call for overwhelming arm development, this area of my anatomy gets the query every time.

I suppose this is an American symptom, for overseas bodybuilders accuse this country of being arm-happy. Of course, foreign arm development as a whole is well below ours, so this could have a bit to do with it too.

Steve ReevesYes… all bodybuilding enthusiasts younger than fifty years of age… there was a bodybuilding superstar before Arnold. The immortal Steve Reeves. Reeves’ had the rugged handsome good looks, golden tan and magnificent incomparable physique of classic lines and proportions that were and continue to be appreciated not only by bodybuilders but the average man or women, and that is a rarity, too!  Reeves impact muscle aesthetics, of impressive shape and symmetry, set a standard that still exists today. Broad champion shoulders, colossal wide back, tidy etched waist, trim hips, formidable thighs and diamond shaped calves. 

Steve DavisThis is a six-week mass and strength microcycle periodization training concept popularized by former AABA Mr. California, IFBB Mr. World and one of the world's most symmetrical bodybuilders, Steve Davis.  On two nonconsecutive workout days during the first two weeks of training, Davis suggests using the one-rep principle in which a weight can be handled in a strict positive/negative contraction.  The idea is to do 10 continuous one-rep sets, decreasing the poundage just enough to grind out one more single rep until ten reps are completed.

There is no rest between each of these one-rep sets except to remove plates from the barbell for the next rep.  Davis says that this program will really up one's power.

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