Have you ever wondered about the exercises that the legends of the old school of bodybuilding used? We offer you a selection of old school classics that used to be a regular fixture in the training protocols of some of the greatest names in this sport.
1. WIDE-GRIP CHIN UPS
The wide grip chins are not as popular exercise today, as it was in the time of Ric Drasin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ken Waller, and the other legends. Today, it’s all about doing lateral pulldowns, making this exercise somewhat obsolete. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s inefficient. On the contrary.
The wide grip chin-ups and bench presses make a fantastic superset. In that way, you hit antagonistic muscle groups, similar to working out biceps with triceps. Super setting it with the press provides you with a total upper body workout.
2. T-BAR ROWS
Back in the days, everybody was performing the T-bar rows. This exercise can be still seen in the gym and is performed by jamming an Olympic bar with one of its ends in a corner of the room.
Nowadays it is usually done by adding handles to the bar, but if you want to do it the old fashioned way, you’d grab the bar with both hands, placing them one in front of the other. Do one set, and switch the position of the hands for the next. In this way, you equally hit both sides. Perform 4 sets by alternating your hands. Two for each side. They will provide your lats with fantastic stretch, unparalleled even by the straight barbell rows.