This is an article I’ve wanted to include in the No Nonsense Magazine since the first issue nearly fifteen years ago. I was hesitant to publish it because it goes against the trend of what is generally accepted today. However, I’ve been lifting regularly for closing in on fifty years and this six-week routine is still in my top five result producers of all time. It will work for anyone, but it will work especially well for anyone whose arms measure in the 15-17″ range.
I performed this workout faithfully in my mom’s basement in November-December of 1971. Some of the equipment was home-made. I had a lat machine that I had rigged up and attached to the ceiling joists for pulldowns and pulley extensions. My dip bars were made from steel plumbing pipes that I bought especially so that I could perform this routine. I had an adjustable incline bench by that time, but earlier I had used an 8x12 board propped up against the wall. For dumbbells I had those adjustable ones that you had to use a wrench to tighten the collars. (Needless to say, I used constant poundage for all sets on dumbbell exercises.) As soon as I could get all sets for the recommended reps, then I’d add to the dumbbells for the next workout.