Posted by: Paul
The old school bodybuilders looked different to the way that bodybuilders look today because they trained differently. It was the great men like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu, Lou Ferrigno, Boyer Coe and of couse the genetically gifted Serge Nubret.
What they all had in common was the perfect V-tapers with wide lats and a narrow waist. Today things are different as bodybuilders winning competitions these days seem to have zero body-fat and look like a pregnant cow with muscles that are too big which takes away from any aesthetic symmetry or balance that they might be able to show.
These old school pros used to train for hours at a time and with the extremely high volume that they did made it a tough task to get the impressive physiques that they had. Today a lot of professional bodybuilders only train one body-part per training session like doing chest on Monday, legs on Tuesday etc.
The bodybuilders in the 70's were training 6 days a week doing lots of very heavy work and resting as little as possible between sets. Every one of them has spoken or written about the training program that they used to do and there are a few things that they have in common with today's bodybuilders.
Probably the most important of these is the fact that any program or routine that they were following was not set in stone. What that means is that they would constantly be changing and always allow room for instinctive training to play its roll in their workouts.
Avoiding slipping into a training plateau was something that these guys discovered from trial and error and the only way to defeat this problem was to be constantly changing so that your muscles are always able to get a different kind of stress in your workouts.
The top bodybuilders also worked out from doing trial and error that doing basic compound movements were going to get them stronger and this was the foundation on which they built their impressive bodies. Any muscle isolation workout was saved till the end of the session so that full concentration to be given to the compound lifts like squats, deadlift and bench-press.