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THE SILVER ERA OF BODYBUILDING

Classic Inspiration, Modern Application

Back in 2012, I had a case of chronic tendonitis in both elbows. I decided to take time away from the gym and re-evaluate my approach to bodybuilding. After spending hours reading several opinions, I came across a guy named Reg Park. 

This was my introduction to the Silver Era of Bodybuilding.

While each bodybuilder of this time took a somewhat different approach, they all had some consistencies that made their approach preferable over today's lifters. 

Here are some of the principles I took away from reading about guys like Reg Park, Steve Reeves, Clancy Ross, and John Grimek:

1. Not only can impressive gains be made naturally, but the natural look of the Silver Era is arguably more aesthetic than the grainy, thin-skinned bodybuilders of today. More isn't better!

2. Most of your program should be basic, compound lifts. Lift heavy and progressive slowly via load on the bar, reps, or sets.

3. Body part splits make it harder to progress. Use full-body, upper-lower, or pull-push-leg splits that allow you to hit muscles 2 or 3 times a week.

4. Train early in the day so that your workouts don't interupt real life.

 

5. Overall, the Silver Era promoted a more balanced approach to fitness. Often these men trained only three days a week. I found this mentality very appropriate for most of us who are husbands, wives, parents, and just busy people in general.