40+ Men Use This Stack to get Your Physique Back!

Where did your physique go? If you’re 40 years of age or older, you probably feel as if your body doesn’t look or perform the way it used to. There’s a good chance this has something to do with The Big Three age-related conditions.

These are:

  1. Sarcopenia,
  2. Andropause, and
  3. Age-associated fat gain.

Learn about a stack that 40+ men are using to conquer The Big Three and get their physique back!

Facts about Sarcopenia

  • Sarcopenia is also known as age-associated muscle loss.
  • Observational studies reveal that a man’s muscle mass and strength peak between his teens and 30’s. Following this, both undergo a steady decline.
  • The average man can lose up to 8% of his muscle mass per decade after age 40. Strength may drop even faster.
  • By 2015, it has been estimated that over 100 million men will suffer from sarcopenia.
  • Contributing factors: Anabolic resistance, low testosterone (andropause).

Facts about Andropause

  • The chief androgen in men is testosterone
  • Andropause is also known as age-associated testosterone decline or deficiency.
  • Between 35 and 40 years of age, men begin to experience a drop in circulating testosterone concentrations of approximately 0.8% per year. Free testosterone levels fall more rapidly, by 2-3% per year.
  • Free testosterone is the fraction of circulating testosterone that is not bound to blood proteins. It is, therefore available, or free, to produce physiological effects in the body. So, this is why free testosterone is considered to be so important.
  • Symptoms of andropause can include deteriorations in energy, mood, libido, erectile performance, stamina, muscle mass, and strength.
  • Contributing factors: Recent research suggests that andropause is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Contributing factors include excess body fat, stress, diabetes, and lack of exercise.

Facts about Age-Associated Fat Gain

  • Starting as early as 30 years of age, an increase in fat mass (body fat) occurs in conjunction with muscle loss (sarcopenia).
  • Contributing factors: Decreased levels of the main fat-burning enzymes, impaired thermogenesis, and decreased metabolic (calorie-burning) rate.

Joe Corbett Mature Muscle Personified

The Mature Muscle Stack:

Tackle The Big Three and get your physique back.

Stack Component #1: Muscle Provider, UMP, or Provosyn

We all know that the combination of resistance exercise and protein is your most powerful weapon against sarcopenia. It triggers ananabolic response in your muscles that (when repeated) causes them to become bigger and stronger.

Anabolic Resistance
Research indicates that as you get older, your muscles’ability to mount an anabolic response to resistance exercise and dietary protein becomes blunted. Scientists refer to this as anabolic resistance.

Anabolic resistance can be at least partly overcome by regular consumption of high-quality protein that is rich in the amino acid leucine. Muscle Provider, Ultimate Muscle Protein (UMP), and Provosyn are high quality protein supplements containing several grams of leucine per serving, plus every other amino acid required to build and repair muscle tissue. This makes them especially well-suited for men 40 years of age or older.

Usage tip: Enjoy a delicious shake made with1 serving of your choice of Beverly proteins immediately after resistance exercise. Have a second serving 4-5 hours later to boost muscle anabolism again.

Stack Component #2: Muscle synergy

Muscle synergy (powder or tablets) contains multiple ingredients that act synergistically to help combat age-associated muscle and strength loss. One of these ingredients is HMB, a naturally occurring, clinically studied compound that has been shown to enhance the benefits of resistance exercise. HMB is believed to work by rebuilding muscle and alleviating or preventing muscle damage associated with exercise, thereby shortening recovery time.

Usage tip: For maximum results, it is important that you take the full dosage recommended on the product label. Be sure to take at least one of your daily servings of MUSCLE SYNERGY before your workout.

Stack Component #3: Quadracarn

Testosterone exerts its physiological effects in the body by binding to androgen receptors. Androgen receptors are found in cells throughout the body, including skeletal muscle tissue.

Quadracarn contains four types of carnitine. One of these has been found to increase androgen receptor levels in muscle tissue. With more androgen receptors present, your testosterone signaling strength is improved. This is expected to enhance the effects of resistance exercise and shorten recovery times.

Quadracarn also supports fat-burning metabolism, circulation, and sexual performance, among other benefits. Usage tip: Carnitine takes some time to accumulate in your body. Therefore it is important to take Quadracarn every day, according to label directions. Don’t miss a dose.

Stack Component #4: 7-Keto Musclean

7-Keto Musclean© helps the 40+ man conquer age-associated fat gain. The driving force of this formula is 7-Keto. 7-Keto is a clinically studied form of 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone, a naturally occurring substance that is usually abbreviated as 7-keto.

By the time you reach 40, your production of 7-keto may have dropped by 40% and continues falling for the rest of your life. 7-Keto helps restore youthful levels of 7-keto and is clinically proven to produce three times more weight loss than diet and exercise alone.

7-Keto is thought to work by restoring levels of fat-burning enzymes, as well as thermogenesis and metabolic rate. It is supported by three clinical trials, all double-blind and placebo-controlled in design.

Usage tip: The clinical dose of 7-Keto is achieved by taking two servings of 7-Keto Musclean daily. Follow label directions.

Stack Component #5: Joint Care

When we think of muscle, we often forget that a good portion of muscle consists of connective tissue. In fact, every time you lift a load, your connective tissue bears the bulk of it. It’s no surprise that it undergoes serious wear and tear, particularly at age 40 and beyond.

Joint Care is a perfect addition to your Beverly Mature Muscle Stack. It contains ingredients like boron, hyaluronic acid, MSM and glucosamine that work synergistically to support a healthy inflammatory response and provide relief from joint discomfortand stiffness.

Here’s how to get the most benefit from the Mature Muscle Stack.

  • Combat AGE RELATED MUSCLE LOSS with protein and Muscle Synergy

›› Ideal times are:

  • Breakfast or mid-morning UMP and/or Provosyn with one serving of Muscle Synergy.
  • Immediately before training: 1 serving Muscle Synergy
  • Immediately after training: 1 serving Muscle Provider (or UMP)
  • 4-5 Hours after training: UMP and/or Provosyn
  • Combat ANDROPAUSE with 2-3 servings of Quadracarn per day. Take 3 tablets twice daily on non-workout days, and 3 tablets three times daily on workout days. (One serving just prior to workout.)
  • Combat AGE-ASSOCIATED FAT GAIN with 7-Keto MuscLean. Take one serving (3 capsules) in the morning and another pre-workout or in the afternoon.
  • Combat Joint and Connective Tissue wear and tear with Joint Care. Start with a loading phase by taking 3 capsules, 4 times daily for 1 week; 3 capsules 3 times daily during week 2; and then 3 capsules twice daily with meals from week 3 on.

Full Body Routine for Older Newcomers

Here is a 2 or 3 day per week, whole body workout that provides a well-balanced program for 40 and older newcomers to start training and combat the Big Three! It is also great for anyone who is getting back into training after a prolonged lay-off.
Press (barbell or dumbells) 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Curls (barbell or dumbells) 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Bentover Row (barbell or dumbells) 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Squats (bodyweight if necessary to get the correct form), then add just the bar and slowly add weight each workout) 2x15
Bench Press 3x6-8 Sit ups (or Crunches) 1 set as many as you can do in good form
Leg Raise (or Knee Ups while hanging from chinning bar) 1 set as many as possible If you don’t do Knee Ups, it is still beneficial to just hang from the bar to decompress your spine (and improve your grip) 1 set as long as you can hold on

Split Routine for Intermediates

At age 50 and up, we can all benefit from an Intermediate workout program

Day 1
Squat 5x5 (2 warm-up sets, then 3 sets with working weight), increase weight by 5 lbs when you get 5 reps on all 3 work sets
Bench Press 5x5 (same as squat)
Bentover Rows (or better alternatives are High Pulls or Power
Cleans if you have the technique down) 5x5 (same progression as squat)
Curls 3x5-8
Calves and Abs 3x15 each
Day 2
Press 5x5 (same as Squat)
Deadlift 5x5 (4 progressive warm-up sets starting with 60% of your work set poundage, and then add 10% each set; example for a 300x5 work set:: 180x5, 210x5, 240x5, 270x5, 300x5 (add 5 lbs whenever you get all 5 reps in good form)
Alternate the next 2 exercises:
Reverse Grip Pulldowns 5x8 (2 warm-up sets, then 3x8), (chins are better if you can get at least 8 reps on your 1st set)
DB Bench Press (same as pulldown)
Day 3
Optional, this means that you can skip it without compromising results from this workout routine
Leg Press (or Front Squat) 2x12-15 after warm-ups
Alternate next 2 exercises:
Incline Press (BB or DB) 2x10-12
1-Arm DB Row 2x10-12 Alternate next 3 exercises:
DB Press 2x10-12
DB Curl 2x10-12
Close Grip Bench Press (or Dips) 2x10-12
Calves and Abs 2x20 each

Usage tip: For faster relief and results follow the loading phase as explained below.

Bodybuilding Contest Prep week 16 – Contest Countdown Starting at 16 weeks out

Contest Countdown

We’re writing this article to help you prepare for your first or next bodybuilding competition. Since the 1998 Northern Kentucky Championship is a contest designed for first time competitors or those peaking for a later show, let’s make this your first show of the year. If you count backwards from March 21, you’ll find that 16 weeks out is the weekend following Thanksgiving, so let’s start your diet December 1. In this article we are going to provide you with the actual diets that successful competitors followed as they prepared for the Northern Kentucky Championship.

Phase 1: 16 weeks out to 8 weeks out

Diet: Let’s begin by taking a few things for granted. First, you have been training properly and have already started regulating your diet by eliminating junk foods, sugar, bread, high carbohydrate drinks, regular soft drinks and are cutting down on high lactose milk products. Start reading labels and if there is more than 5 grams of sugar per serving drop it from your diet.

With sixteen weeks to go, it’s time to start seriously. The goal is to maintain bodyweight, unless you are way out of shape, but to slowly lose bodyfat while actually adding lean tissue from your training, improved diet and supplements. One of the mistakes we see most often is a competitor makes an instant calorie drop when he starts his diet. This causes the loss of a lot of muscle tissue right at the outset of the diet. Your goal is to add calories and nutrient density through your diet and supplements at the sixteen weeks out point.

Here are some of the actual diets we’ve used with various competitors during Phase One of their diet:

James Johnson, 1997 NPC Jr. National BW Champ followed this meal plan 16 weeks out from his first bodybuilding contest, the 1996 Northern Kentucky Championship where he won the overall title.
Supplements: Super Pack, Mass Amino Tablets: 6 / meal, Ultra 40 Liver 6 / meal, Flaxseed Oil 2 tablespoon / daily

Phase 1 Diet
Meal #1
6 egg whites + 2 whole eggs
2 servings oatmeal / cream of rice / or cream of wheat
1 orange or other fruit
Meal #2
6–8 ounces lean meat ( chicken / turkey / fish, lean ground beef)
1 medium sweet potato, 1 apple
Meal #3
6–8 ounces lean meat
1 cup of rice
1 cup vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
Meal #4
6–8 ounces lean meat
1 six oz. baked potato or yam or ½ cup rice
1 piece fruit
1 cup vegetables
Meal #5
6 egg whites + 2 whole eggs
1 serving oatmeal

*James sometimes substituted a protein drink for any meal where it was difficult to eat a prepared meal:3 scoops Muscle Provider, 1 ounce heavy cream, 1 whole egg, 9 strawberries, 12 ounces water

Bill Hooks has won his class in the Novice division at the Northern Kentucky the past two years. In 1997 he moved up to 2nd in the Open Division as well. Bill, at a starting weight of 210 lb., had to follow a different dietary approach than James since he was attending school and had to rely on Muscle Provider as a portable meal. His diet works well for those who are on the run and have little time to prepare or eat food meals. Jeff Storch, who is featured elsewhere in this issue follows a similar plan.

Bill’s 4000 calorie diet at 16 weeks out is based on these percentages of nutrients – Protein: 54%, Carbohydrates: 20%, Fat: 26%.

Supplements: Super Pak, Flaxseed Oil: 1 tablespoon daily, Mass: 4 per meal, Ultra 40: 4 per meal

Meal #1
2 whole eggs + 6 egg whites
4 oz. lean beef or chicken
1 ounces oatmeal
1 grapefruit
Meal #2
2 scoops Muscle Provider
1 oz. (2 tablespoons) heavy cream (or 1 tablespoon Flax Oil)
1 egg
6 strawberries
12 oz. water
Meal #3
8 – 12 ounces steak
1 serving oatmeal or small sweet potato or ½ cup brown rice
1 cup green beans
Meal #4
2 scoops Muscle Provider
1 oz. (2 tablespoons) heavy cream (or 1 tablespoon Flax Oil)
1 egg
6 strawberries
12 oz. water
Meal #5
8 –12 ounces turkey breast, chicken breast or lean beef
2 cups vegetables or 1 piece fruit
Meal #6
6 egg whites, 2 yolks
omelet vegetables
oz. = ounce(s)

Tracy Beckham at 12 weeks: We decided Tracy needed to improve her muscle density at this point and restructured her diet to include more protein and fat, less crabs, and a high Carb meal every third day.

Tracy 12 week plan
Supplements: Super Pak, Ultra 40 5 / meal, Flaxseed Oil 1 tablespoon daily.
Meal #1
4 egg whites – 1 yolk
3 Oz. chicken, turkey, or tuna
6 strawberries or 1 orange
Meal #2
Protein drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider
mixed with 1 whole egg, 12 Oz. ice water,
6 frozen strawberries and ½ frozen banana
Meal #3
1 ½ cups salad containing choice of salad
vegetables w/ 2 tablespoons oil +1 tablespoon vinegar,
6 – 8 ounces lean protein (lean beef,
chicken breast or turkey or fish)
Meal #4
4 ounces lean beef or 6 – 8 Oz. chicken breast or turkey or fish
2 egg whites
1 small sweet potato
Meal #5
6 – 8 Oz. chicken, turkey breast, or fish
1 cup vegetables

*Every 3rd day Tracy ate the following meal in addition to her regular meals: 1 cup rice, 1 small sweet potato, 1 small banana, 1 cup vegetables with 1 tablespoon oil, butter, or margarine.

Phase One Cardio

We encourage you to keep cardio at a minimum during your early contest preparation period. If you do too much cardio too soon, your body will adapt and you have no where to go but to increase your cardio even more. Soon there’s not enough time or energy in the day to do justice to your training. We do recommend 15 – 20 minutes of high intensity cardio three days per week during this phase. Remember your goal during the first four weeks of dieting is to improve your body composition while maintaining your weight. Research has shown that high intensity cardio has a greater positive effect on body composition than low intensity (less than 75% maximum heart rate) cardio. Each week attempt to burn more calories in the same amount of time. This is an easy gauge to make sure you are improving. The way you do this is walk faster on the treadmill at a higher angle or increase the level on the Lifecycle or stepper. If the cardio equipment you’re using gives you a calorie readout, it’s simple to try to break your record each week.

Phase One Training

At sixteen weeks you should begin to up the intensity of your training and start paying special attention to the quality of your physique. The lateral delts, serratus, hamstring and glutes are areas that can make the difference between a "winning" physique and an also ran.We recommend a four on, one day off split at this point. This will allow you to recuperate from each session. There are many variations but training each bodypart only one day a week precontest may be too little and training on a three day on, one day off seems to cause one to overtrain too early in the precontest phase. As far as bodypart splits we’ve seen and done them all personally and with our clients. We suggest that you choose the split that seems right for you. Just make sure you train your weak parts early in the cycle.

Sets and reps are also a very individual matter, but about 10 really hard work sets per larger bodypart and six sets per smaller part should be about right. Remember you’re adding muscle during this phase so don’t start dropping the weight and trying to do more reps.You should begin to shorten your rest between sets. Start getting focused and do your next set as soon as you have recovered adequately from the previous one.

Phase One Posing

Begin a structured program to practice your poses. Find the best practice lighting, similar to stage lighting. At this time you should practice the facings and mandatories 15 – 20 minutes two or three days per week. Practice holding the poses for 10 seconds each. Remember to start each pose from the feet up – make sure you flex your legs. Contest Countdown Workshop

  • Hit your best poses
  • Resist moving from the best lighting, this may not be at the front of the stage
  • Try to highlight your strong points against your competition’s weakness
  • Catch the judges’ eye with your poise and control

Bodybuilding Contest Preparation Contest Countdown.. 8 Weeks Out

We covered the first eight weeks of your contest preparation in the previous issue of the No Nonsense Magazine (FALL, 1997). Now we are ready to start the final eight weeks. By the end of these eight weeks you will be totally prepared for your contest, in top condition and feeling healthy.

Starting at 8 weeks out you should really kick your diet into high gear. Your main goal should now be to lose all subcutaneous bodyfat. Unless you are losing at least one pound bodyweight per week it’s time for another calorie adjustment in the neighborhood of a 200 – 300 reduction. Keep your protein intake high at this point and reduce the amount of fat, which we have kept fairly high to this point, and a small amount of carbohydrate. (One note of caution: if you’ve mistimed your diet totally up to this point and are not already in fairly good condition, jump to the Four Weeks Out recommendations.)

Jeff Storch, 1996 NPC Ohio LH Champion followed this meal plan at 8 weeks. This meal plan would be the next step if you are following Bill Hooks’ diet at twelve weeks from last issue.

Supplements: Super Pack, Mass 6 / meal, Ultra 40 Liver 6 / meal, Energy Reserve 2 tablets – 3 times / daily on an empty stomach along with thermogenics for first three weeks, then two weeks off.
Meal #1

6 egg whites + 5 oz. lean beef
½ grapefruit, ½ cantaloupe, or 8 strawberries (choose one)
Meal #2
10 – 12 ounces lean meat
(chicken / turkey / fish, lean ground beef, at least 91%, or lean steak)
1 – 6 oz. sweet potato
2 cups vegetables
Meal #3
10 – 12 ounces lean meat (chicken, etc.)
2 cup vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
Meal #4
Protein Drink
10 oz. water, 1 egg, 8 strawberries, 3 scoops Muscle Provider
Meal #5
9 ounces lean meat (strip sirloin, lean beef, etc.)
3 – 4 egg whites (optional)
4 cups salad
2 tablespoons Vinegar & Oil
* oz. = ounces

James Johnson, whose diet we featured in the last issue, needed to make weight for the Jr. Nationals so we had to change our strategy somewhat. James followed a lower protein intake than we normally recommend so that he could lose enough weight to compete as a bantamweight. This is James’ exact meal plan eight weeks out from his victory in his first national competition.

Supplements: Super Pak, Lean Out 2 / meal, Muscularity 3 / meal

Ratio of Food Groups: Carbohydrates = 58% Protein = 30% Fat = 8%
Meal # 1

6 egg whites
2 servings of cream of rice
Meal # 2
4 ounces of chicken
1 cup of rice
1 cup vegetables
Meal #3
4 ounces of lean meat
1 six oz. baked potato or yam
1 cup vegetables
Meal # 4
4 ounces of lean meat
1 cup of rice
1 cup of vegetables
Meal # 5
4 ounces of lean meat
1 cup vegetables
1 six oz. baked potato
Meal # 6
6 egg whites

At four weeks we have a special competition diet that works great for almost everyone. The list of successful competitors who have used this plan with slight modifications is nearly endless. Here’s our special competition diet for men at four weeks out:

Supplements: Super Pak, Energy Reserve 9 per day, Mass 4 / meal, Ultra 40 6 / meal, Muscularity 4 / meal

Final Phase meal plan
Meal #1

5 egg whites – 2 yolks
5 oz. chicken, turkey, or tuna
½ grapefruit, ½ cantaloupe, or 8 strawberries
Meal #2
6 oz. chicken, turkey or tuna
1 cup vegetables
Meal #3
2 cups salad containing choice of salad vegetables w/ 1 tablespoon oil + 1 tablespoon vinegar
8 ounces tuna or other lean protein
1 carrot
Meal #4
4 oz. lean beef or 6 –8 oz. chicken breast, turkey, or fish
2 egg whites
Meal #5
8 oz. chicken, turkey breast, or fish
1 ½ cup vegetables
1 tablespoon Flax Oil
*Every Monday and Thursday eat the following meal in place of one regular meal: 1 ½ cups rice, 1 large sweet potato, 1 banana, 1 cup vegetables with 1 tablespoon oil, butter, or margarine.

Many of our clients substitute up to 3 scoops of our special protein formulation, Muscle Provider, mixed with a whole egg and frozen fruit for meal #2, #4 or both. Muscle Provider is the only powder formulation we have found that can be taken right up to the contest.

Here’s what one of our Beverly users at the National Level, Leo Ingram has to say at three weeks out: “At this time my carbs are between zero to twenty grams max up to one week prior to the show.” The carbs consumed are of the low glycemic type. This is considered carb depletion by most people. This help to get the maximum glycogen compensation into those muscle cells which gives you that dense and full look on the day of the show. My protein is still high and my fats are down to a minimum. My training is still intense combining with cardio exercise to deplete my glycogen stores. Sodium is not really a bad thing at this time unless there isn’t a balance among the other minerals such as potassium, magnesium and zinc. "

Leo’s supplement program: Supplementation taken at this time include, branch chain amino acids (Muscularity) and free form as well, a high potency mutivitamin/mineral pack, growth hormone releaser, (GH Factor) and a combination fat burner (Lean Out). All of these supplements are purchased through Beverly International Nutrition."

"During these last weeks my cravings increase for sugar and starch. I usually satisfy myself by drinking a couple of glasses of crystal lite or a beverage containing no simple sugars. This helps me get through this diet. The last couple of weeks are usually the hardest for me. I think that this is where the discipline comes in at. Because what you do in these weeks can cause a drastic body change if you are not careful. So resist the temptation and keep focusing on what you are trying to accomplish. After all you didn’t come this far for nothing."

At six to eight weeks out most women go right into the final phase of their pre competition diet Here’s a sample diet that we’ve used with great success at the Beverly Nutrition Center:

Supplements: Super Pak, Lean Out 9 per day, Ultra 40 4 / meal, Muscularity 3 / meal

Phase Two Female diet
Meal #1

4 egg whites – 1 yolk
3 oz. chicken, turkey, or tuna
1/4 grapefruit, 1/4 cantaloupe, or 6 strawberries
Meal #2*
4 oz. chicken, turkey or tuna
1 cup vegetables
Meal #3*
1.5 cups salad containing choice of salad vegetables w/ 2 tsp. oil + 1 tablespoon vinegar
5 ounces tuna or other lean protein
1 small carrot
Meal #4
1 egg + 2 egg whites
Meal #5
5 oz. chicken, turkey breast, or fish
1 cup vegetables
1 tablespoon Flax Oil
*Every 3rd day eat the following meal in place of one regular meal: 1 cups rice, 1 small sweet potato, 1 small banana, 1 cup vegetables with 2 tsp. oil, butter, or margarine.

The following meal plan the final three weeks to reduce body-fat on this meal plan. Adjusted calorie intake over a 3 day period as follows.
Supplements (each day): Ultra 4 – 2 in AM and 2 in PM, Muscularity – 9 between meals #1 and #2; and 9 more between meals #4 and #5, 3 L–Tyrosine and 4 Energy Reserve – 30 minutes prior to meals 1, 2, and 4, 3 – Evening Primrose Oil capsules, 3 – Bev C

Day One:
Meal #1

6 egg whites (can use onion, tomato and peppers)
Meal #2*
6.5 oz. tuna
Meal #3*
large salad containing choice of salad vegetables w/ Flax Oil and
vinegar for a dressing
3 ounces tuna
Meal #4
6 egg whites (can use onion, tomato and peppers)
Meal #5
6.5 oz tuna
Day Two:
Meal #1

6 egg whites – 1 yolk
Meal #2*
6.5 oz. tuna
1 cup vegetables (usually green beans)
Meal #3*
large salad containing choice of salad vegetables w/ Flax Oil and vinegar for a dressing
3 oz tuna
Meal #4
6 egg whites + 1 yolk
Meal #5
6.5 oz. tuna
Day Three:
Meal #1

6 egg whites – 1 yolk
Meal #2*
6.5 oz. tuna
1 cup vegetables (usually green beans)
Meal #3*
large salad containing choice of salad vegetables w/ Flax Oil and vinegar for a dressing
3.25 oz tuna
Meal #4
6 egg whites + 1 yolk
Meal #5
½ cup Cream of Rice (before cooking)
1 sweet potato
1 cup green beans with 1 tsp. butter
This is a very strict diet and you should definitely not use it without professional monitoring but we thought you’d like to see exactly what a professional did to achieve her all time best condition.

At eight weeks we usually step up the cardio to four days per week and thirty minutes per session. Now, instead of continually trying to go hard for your entire session, use the interval training approach at two of your sessions. Here’s how that might work on a Life-cycle: Set program to Manual. L1 – 3 minutes (warm–up), L2 – 1 minute (increasing intensity), back to L1 for one minute (active rest), L3 – 1 minute, L1 – 1 minute, L4 – 1 minute (now it is getting hard), L1 – 1 minute, try L5 for 1 minute (if you can complete the whole minute at 80 rpm’s go to L6 for your next interval),L1 – 1 minute. Continue to increase intensity on alternating sets until you cannot pedal the full minute at 80 rpm’s, your remaining work sets would be at the next lower level. In our example let’s suppose you could not complete your set at L5, the rest of the session would be as follows: L4 – 1 minute, L1 – 1 minute repeat until you complete eight additional sets at L4, then do three additional minutes at L1 to end the session.

The other two cardio days should be similar to your Phase One cardio. Do not increase intensity on these days but increase the time to 30 minutes instead of 15 or 20 as in phase one.

At six weeks out add a third interval training day bringing your total cardio to five days at 30 minutes per day. Try to get to that next level on your interval days. If you could only get to Level 4 on week 7, try to complete your work sets at Level 5 this week.

Four Weeks Out: At four weeks you must decide for yourself whether to increase your cardio again. Usually an increase in cardio at this time will result in a decrease in lean muscle tissue. However, if you are trying to make weight or are still just too smooth, it’s a necessity. Add three more weekly sessions of 30 – 45 minutes each at moderate intensity. The addition of these sessions will necessitate your doing two cardio sessions per day on three days at this point.

Your final cardio sessions should take place at two weeks out. This is your last chance to burn any lingering fat so, if needed, increase your total time expenditure or caloric expenditure by 50%. At the maximum you would be doing three 45 minute high intensity interval sessions, two 45 minute high intensity sessions and three 60 minute moderate intensity sessions during this week. Do no cardio at one week out ... pose, pose, pose instead.

At eight weeks out increase your posing sessions to three days per week. Increase the time you hold each mandatory pose by five seconds per week. Remember to spend most of your time practicing on your front facing pose. This is where the judging starts and first impressions are very important. Remember, start each pose from your feet up to make certain your legs are flexed.

Make a schedule at eight weeks to practice each facing and mandatory pose. Start week eight at 2 sets of each pose for 10 – 15 seconds. For the next four weeks add another set each week and hold each pose for an additional 3 – 5 seconds.

Here’s what Leo Ingram, 2nd place in the heavyweight class at the 1997 NPC USA, has to say: Prior to going to bed I usually set aside some time just for posing. I stand in front of the mirror and hit each pose from all different angles to see which one highlights my body the best. I then use that one as my best pose. I hit all the mandatory poses in this manner and hold each for at least 45 seconds. This helps to build up the endurance to stand on–stage for extended amounts of time while being compared to other competitors. Once I get the feel of the pose I then practice hitting the poses with my eyes closed and then opening them to see where I am. Because on stage you have no mirror.

Six Weeks Out: Start working on your individual posing routine at six weeks out if you haven’t started by this time. Remember, you need two individual posing routines. You’ll do one in the prejudging with no music and a sixty second time limit. Your evening presentation will be accompanied by music with a 90 second time limit. Don’t make the mistake of trying to cram your 90 second evening routine into sixty seconds during the prejudging. Work on a separate routine based solely on your strongest poses. Hold your poses longer during the prejudging so the judges have enough time to assess each pose. Don’t do any poses that do not enhance your physique. Show the judges only what you want them to see.

We are not trying to detract from your evening presentation, but are emphasizing the importance of your prejudging routine as well. We’ve seen too many competitors over the years do a routine during the prejudging that makes no sense whatsoever without the accompanying music. Start working on your evening routine at this time as well. Select your music well in advance and make a professional quality cassette. Record only the 90 seconds or less of music on which you will base your routine. Don’t record the entire song. It’s a good idea to record a posing practice cassette with your 90 second selection recorded over and over with a 30 second delay between cuts. You can practice our routine over and over without rewinding the cassette.

Four Weeks Out: At four weeks out you’ll be doing 6 sets of every facing and mandatory pose holding each for 15 – 30 seconds. Stay at this level for the mandatory poses but continue to increase the time you hold the front facing pose for fifteen seconds per week so that at two weeks out you’ll be holding it for 1 ½ minutes. You will often be asked to hold the front facing pose on stage much longer than the others. You should continue to hold this stance anytime you are on stage throughout the show when you are not being directly judged or as others are “called out”. Never completely relax and always keep your legs tensed.

Your prejudging freestyle routine as well as your evening presentation to music should also be perfected by this time. At four weeks, your posing sessions should include six sets of the facings and comparison poses along with 6 repetitions of your prejudging freestyle presentation and 6 additional repetitions of your evening presentation with music. Pose at least five days per week. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. It is not necessary to complete all of your posing “sets” at one session, but be sure to complete all six “sets” of each posing round – facings, mandatories, prejudging individual routine, and evening presentation with music – by the end of each day.

Phase two supplementation is primarily concerned with (1) utilizing stored body-fat to meet energy needs, (2) preserving lean muscle mass and (3) recovery.

(1) For maximizing the utilization of stored body-fat at the eight week point we add Beverly International’s Lean Out –12 capsules daily divided into equal doses fifteen minutes prior to each meal for four weeks. A more aggressive program is to use a combination of Energy Reserve for three weeks. Use 3 Energy Reserve tablets prior to cardio, 2 Energy Reserve and and 3 Energy Reserve prior to training. Take two weeks off the Energy Reserve. During the two weeks off we recommend using GH Factor – 6 capsules on arising and 6 capsules on retiring to burn fat through a different dietary mechanism. Then at three weeks out use the Energy Reserve. L–Tyrosine per dose for the final three weeks.

(2) To preserve lean muscle mass we continue using the Mass and Ultra 40 combination described in the previous issue. We increase the dosage to 6 of each per meal for weeks 8 – 5. However, at four weeks we often cut the Mass out and substitute Muscularity (BCAA’s). Muscularity is taken with meals in place of the Mass at a dosage of three per meal.

With two or sometimes three weeks to go, we pull out all the stops. We’ve found an even more effective way to preserve muscle and lose fat is to take Muscle Mass (BCAA’s, not the same as Mass, a broad spectrum amino) or Muscularity in rather large doses between meals. Using this method causes rapid increases of BCAA plasma concentrations in your blood which your body interprets as the breakdown of lean muscle tissue. In order to keep you from breaking down even more muscle tissue, your body stimulates the release of stored fat in order to spare nitrogen (from your muscle tissue). Therefore you’re not only sparing muscle tissue but accessing stored body-fat at the same time! Take 10 Muscle Mass twice daily between meals #1 and 2, and between meals #4 and 5 during the final two weeks.

(3) As the demands of your pre-contest diet, high intensity cardio and posing practice wreak havoc on your recovery system, the need for a high intake of anti stress vitamins and minerals, as well as anti oxidants becomes evident. For the final eight weeks use at least one Super Pak daily and 1 Beverly International Ultra-C or Anti Oxidant tablet with at least three of your meals.

There are a number of theories as to what you should do the final week before your competition. There is only one fail safe formula: If you keep looking better day by day as the contest gets nearer, do exactly the same things that you have been doing. Don’t carb up just stay on your diet. This is the best advice we can give you, and the advice that most of our champions follow. It’s tough not to try to do something different at the end, but unless you are not improving on a daily basis, don’t make radical changes. Our diets illustrated for the final four weeks have a built in carb up component that happens on Thursday before your contest.

This allows correction on Friday for any mistakes.
Here are ten things that you can do the final week:

Drink plenty of water throughout your contest preparation, at least one to three gallons daily, the more the better.
Cut out all leg training and cardio for the last week.
Load Creatine Monohydrate (use Beverly, make sure there are no fillers or binders) one tablespoon prior to every meal starting Tuesday continuing up to prejudging unless you must make weight
Use salt at every meal up until the Wednesday evening the week of your show.
Cut your sodium intake by 50% on Thursday and Friday
Cut out all fibrous vegetables Thursday and Friday
Cut back water intake by 25% on Thursday (2 gallons to 1.5 gallons)
Cut water an additional 25% on Friday (half of what you normally drink)
Use Potassium 2 – 99 mg tablets per hour on Thursday and Friday (Females use 1 – 99 mg per hour)
Eat one additional meal high in carbs, sugar, and fat 3 hours prior
to taking the stage on Saturday
It really is this simple. If you visit the Beverly International Nutrition Center for your contest preparation, we will be able fine tune all the necessary diet and cardio phases for you so there’s no guesswork. Good luck in your competition. Please write us or call and tell us your success with our contest countdown plan. We’d love to feature you in the next No Nonsense Magazine.

Classic Physique Nutrition Plan – Competing in Men’s Physique

Have you been itching to compete but don’t feel you are quite big enough for Bodybuilding and also aren’t crazy about competing in Men’s Physique? A new division called “Classic Physique” could be just the thing for you. It’s planted firmly between the extremes of the massive, ripped muscle prioritized in Bodybuilding and the smaller, cover model look of Physique divisions. Many of you will naturally fall into this category based on your structure and genetics. Plus, if you’re goal is to look more like Frank Zane, or even closer to Arnold, than Kai Greene, you now have a competitive outlet.

Asregular readers of No Nonsense already know, BI users and followers of our diet methods have been achieving this type of look for years. A physique where shape, symmetry and a pleasing athletic, muscular look is rewarded. It’s the type of overall physique that the majority of men will see and say, “That’s what I would like to look like”. And most women will prefer looking at!

Best of all it’s a look that’s realistically achievable for most aspiring natural competitors with hard work, dieting and proper supplementation. Going to “extremes” is not necessary and it can be balanced with your real life that includes jobs and families.

Thisis a brand new division and we’re going to get you way ahead of the curve by presenting a complete program to achieve the “Classic Physique”. Whether your goal is to compete, or to just do it for yourself, in the remainder of this article we’ll provide a 3-Phase Nutrition Program, a specialized 2-Phase Workout including “Feeder Workouts” to help you develop your “Classic Physique”, and if you wish to compete, we’ll also include a Presentation Section to help you better show off your “Classic Physique”. In closing we’ll include a Table of Classic Physique measurements to give you specific body part goals to shoot for.

Classic Physique Nutrition

Your Classic Physique nutrition plan is designed help you gain and retain muscle while you lean out. You should start your diet for the contest as early as possible. Don’t wait until the last minute. The earlier you start, the more time you will be able to spend in Phase 1 (the Muscle-building phase). There are 3 diet phases in all. Each one emphasizes excellent food choices which will allow you to keep gaining muscle where you need it while you whittle away fat from your waist and other problem areas.

Phase 1 Classic Physique Nutrition Plan

Start the Phase 1 nutrition plan at least 16-20 weeks out from your contest date. The first phase is designed to help you gain as much muscle as you can while increasing your muscularity. But even this early in your preparation, you should still focus on achieving that classic small waist, so losing fat is also a priority. Train as heavy and hard as possible, but use textbook form and concentrate mentally and physically on improving any weak points in your physique. (See Phase 1 Training) The recommended high protein foods and quality supplements will allow you to continue to make improvements to your physique so make every training session count.

Note: In the meal plan below if you weigh less than 165 pounds reduce meat and carb portions listed by 2 ounces.
(All meats are weighed prior to cooking.)
Meal #1
2 whole eggs + 4 egg whites; 6 oz. lean meat; ½ cup oatmeal –
(measured before mixing with water and cooking)
Meal #2
(Choose one option)
Option A: Protein Drink with two scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein, 1-2 tablespoons healthy fat source (olive oil, flax oil, almond butter) or heavy whipping cream.
Option B: 8 oz. lean beef or chicken or 10-12 oz. tuna, one small apple or orange
Meal #3
8 oz. lean meat (chicken or other lean protein source);
6 oz. sweet potato or two-thirds cup cooked brown rice; 2 cups vegetables (broccoli, etc.)
or green salad with 4 tablespoons vinegar and oil dressing
Meal #4
(same options as meal #2)
Meal #5
10 oz. very lean meat (chicken breast, fish, turkey breast, lean beef – sirloin, filet, etc.);
2 cups vegetables;
salad with 2 tablespoons vinegar and oil dressing
Meal #6
Option A: Protein Shake or Pudding: 2 Scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein, add enough water to make a shake or pudding the consistency you desire
Option B:
8 egg whites + 2 whole eggs or 6 oz. beef;
1-2 cup vegetables

Essential Supplement Program:

1 Super Pak with meal #1

4 Ultra 40 tablets and 4 Mass Aminos with each meal listed above

The Best Optional Supplements for Phase 1 (in priority order)

Glutamine Select – take 2-4 scoops during training to preserve muscle during precontest dieting.

Muscle Synergy – if you want to continue to add muscle, get a great pump every workout, and can afford it – then Muscle Synergy is for you. You have to take enough though, eight tablets or 1 scoop twice a day if you weigh less than 185; if you’re a light heavy or heavyweight you’ll benefit most from 24 tablets or 3 scoops per day. Muscle Synergy holds lean muscle tissue while dieting better than anything. We just don’t always recommend it to everyone because of the expense.

Creatine Select will help you keep your strength up and train harder while dieting so that’s another product you should consider. Take 5 scoops per day with meals for the first 5 days, then 2 scoops daily on training days, and 1 scoop on non-training days.

An economical way to use Muscle Synergy and Creatine Select during phase 1:

Weeks 1 & 2: Use Creatine Select as directed above.

Weeks 3&4: Take Muscle Synergy and Creatine Select together for the next two weeks.

Weeks 5 & 6: Creatine Select, no Muscle Synergy.

Weeks 7 & 8: Creatine Select and Muscle Synergy.

Phase 2 Classic Physique Nutrition Plan

This is the first “precontest diet” that you’ll follow. In general you will switch from Phase 1 to Phase 2 at 8-10 weeks out. If you think that you are not leaning out fast enough go to Phase 2 at 10 weeks out; if you’re on track wait until the 8-week mark.

Note: As before, if you weigh 165 or less, reduce the meat portions by 1 or 2 ounces in each of the listed meals.
(All meats are weighed prior to cooking.)
Meal #1
8 oz. lean beef or turkey
3 egg whites, 1 yolk
1 grapefruit
Meal #2
Protein Drink: 2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein or Muscle Provider, 1 tbsp healthy fat (olive oil, flax oil, almond butter, etc.) or 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
Meal #3
8 oz. chicken or turkey breast (weighed prior to cooking)
2 cups vegetables
Meal #4
Option A: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein or Muscle Provider, 1 tbsp healthy fat (olive oil, flax oil, almond butter) or 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
Option B: 6 oz. can tuna or 5 oz. chicken, 3 egg whites,
1 whole egg; 1 tomato
Meal #5
10 oz. lean meat (chicken, turkey, fish, 93% or leaner beef, etc.)
4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.)
2 tbsp cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil for a dressing
Meal #6
5 oz. chicken or turkey breast; 6 egg whites;
1 cup omelet vegetables
Monday and Thursday:
In place of meal 6 (or as an added 7th meal if you weigh over 185 and your condition warrants it):
1.5 cups oatmeal (precooked) or cooked rice,
10 oz. sweet potato, 1 medium banana,
1 cup vegetables, 1 tbsp butter, almond butter or oil
The Best Supplements for Phase 2
Meal 1:

1 Super Pak, 3 EFA Gold
Each meal:
4 Ultra 40; 3 Density (and/or Mass Aminos); 3 Muscularity; and 2 Lean Out.
2-4 scoops Glutamine Select plus BCAAs and 10-20 Muscle Mass (5 Muscle Mass per scoop of Glutamine Select).
Take 3 Quadracarn 3 times daily: 1st thing in the morning, before training, and before bed.
Up-Lift – 2 scoops before training; Creatine Select w/ beta alanine – 2 scoops daily
or Muscle Synergy – 2-3 scoops (or 16-24 tablets) daily
Phase 3 “Classic Physique” Contest Peaking Nutrition Plan
Phase 3 is a no-frills, no nonsense, basic precontest diet program that works for nearly everyone. However, you should stay with your Phase 2 Plan as long as you are getting results in terms of improved conditioning. Don’t change just for the sake of change.

Kick in the Phase 3 plan at 4 to 6 weeks out and only if your progress has stalled.
Meal #1

5 oz. lean beef or turkey
6 egg whites + 1 whole egg
½ grapefruit
Meal #2
Option A: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein or Muscle Provider, 1 tablespoon healthy fat or heavy whipping cream (optional), 4 strawberries (optional), 16 oz. water
Option B: 6 oz. tuna or chicken, 3 egg whites + 1 whole egg, 1 tomato
Meal #3
8 oz. chicken (weighed prior to cooking)
4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.)
2 tbsp cider Vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil for a dressing
Meal #4
Option A: 6 oz. tuna or chicken, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and 1 tomato or a cup of vegetables
Option B: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 12 oz. water (if post training); or 2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein
Meal #5
8 oz. lean meat (chicken, turkey, fish or 93% lean beef, etc.)
2 cups vegetables
Monday and Thursday
– Add a 6th meal at the end of the day: 1.5 cups oatmeal (precooked)
or cooked rice, 10 oz. sweet potato, 4 oz. banana, 1 cup vegetables, 1 tbsp butter, almond butter or oil


Meal #1: 1 Super Pak and 3 EFA Gold

Each meal: 4 Ultra 40; 3 Density; 3 Muscularity; 2 Lean Out.

Training: 2-4 scoops Glutamine Select plus BCAAs and 10-20 Muscle Mass (5 Muscle Mass per scoop of Glutamine Select). Optional take 5 Density just before training.

Take 3 Quadracarn 3 times daily: 1st thing in the morning, before training, and before bed.

Take 3 7-Keto MuscLean capsules twice daily, in the morning and afternoon.

Classic Physique Training

Your training programs should be designed to develop proportion and symmetry, as well as muscularity. You should not be looking to simply add as much size as possible or to overdevelop any particular bodypart. Overall proportion and aesthetic muscularity is the goal. We’ve developed the following training programs with those parameters in mind. They are based on decades of training experience to give you the ultimate solution to a well-balanced “Classic Physique”.

There are three parameters of progress that you should be concerned with during both Phase 1 and Phase 2 training:

Increase reps with same weight
Increase weight for the same rep range

Decrease rest intervals between sets – if your strength seems to have plateaued as you get closer to your contest, performing the same number of sets in less time becomes a very valuable form of progress.

It is very important to work each muscle through its fullest range of motion using complete extension and contraction on each exercise.

Use a workout journal to keep your progress on track. It can be a spiral notebook or as fancy as you like. Keep track of every training session. Use the “star method” to track your progress. Every time you use a heavier weight than before on a set, get more reps with a particular weight, or complete a series of sets in less time give yourself a star in your journal. A 10 Star workout means you did an extra rep or used more weight on at least ten sets during your workout. Finish a bodypart in record time and you get another star.

Phase 1 Classic Physique Training Program

Train 2 days on, 1 day off until 12 weeks out.

Day 1: Legs
Day 2: Chest / Triceps
Day 3: off
Day 4: Shoulders / Biceps / Legs (feeder workout)
Day 5: Back
Day 6: off
From 12 weeks out until 8 weeks out, train 4 days consecutively, then take the 5th day off.

You’ll be using two progression schemes and an advanced technique that we call “Feeder Workouts”.

1. Pyramid Training: Add weight lower the reps each set.
Set 1: 12 reps with a very easy warm-up weight – not all you can do for 12 reps
Set 2: 10 reps still pretty easy
Set 3: 8 reps – use a weight you could get for 9 – 12 here but stop at 8
Set 4: 6 reps – use a weight you could get 6 – 8 reps with but stop at 6
Set 5: 4 – 6 reps – a max set. Here’s where you can earn stars in your training journal. Once you reach 6 reps add weight to the final 3 sets (which will earn a star on each of these sets next time) and start back at 4 reps on set #5. Exercises using the Pyramid system are marked with *.

2. Double Progressive System: Use the same weight for all sets. Start at the low end of the suggested rep range. Gradually increase the repetitions, usually adding one rep each week until you reach the top number of suggested reps for each set of a particular exercise. Then add weight and start over at the lower end of the rep scheme. Exercises below where you should use the Double Progressive System are marked**.

3. Feeder Workouts: A feeder workout is performed two days after your primary workout for a specific bodypart. We have included feeder workouts for the shoulders, lats, and calves – full development of these bodyparts are essential in developing a classic physique. The feeder workout is a single all out rest-pause set where you complete a set of 6-10 reps taken to failure, followed by a short break (just long enough for you to take three to four slow, deep breaths), and immediately continue on to failure a second time (you should get somewhere between three and six additional reps, depending on the level of muscular endurance and the muscle fiber composition of the particular bodypart). At this point, take another short pause before going for one to four more (as many as you can get) reps. This will not only provide a nutrient-rich flush of fresh blood but will provide maximal muscle cell activation in minimum time.

Day #1 – Legs / Calves
Squat* – Pyramid 5 sets x 12/10/8/6/4-6 reps
Leg Press** or Hack Squat** 4x10–16 reps (the Hack Squat is preferred if you have the equipment available)
Leg Extension** 3x12–15 reps

Super Set
Leg Curls** 3x10–12 reps and Lunge
or Straight Leg Dead Lift** 3x10–12

Seated Calf Raise** 5x10–12 and Free
Standing (no weight) Calf Raises** 5x25–50 (OUCH!)
Note: The original standard for a classic physique was that your calves and arms should measure the same. If any single muscle rates as the least developed of all muscles among bodybuilders – it’s the calf. They are stubborn and difficult to develop and require special attention. So don’t neglect your calf work.

Shoulder Feeder Workout:
Machine, cable, or dumbbell side laterals: One Extended Work set – 6-10 reps (close to maximum), rest for 3-6 deep breaths then 3-6 more reps, 3-4 more breaths then 3-4 reps to failure. Shoulder width is key to developing a classic physique, that’s why it is our first “feeder” workout.

That ends Day #1.
There are lots of opportunities to ear “stars” in your training journal. Don’t be in a big rush to use as much weight as possible in each exercise. Try to leave each workout knowing you can improve in at least one exercise the next.

Day #2 Chest, Triceps, Calves
1. DB or BB Bench Press (pyramid)* 5x12/10/8/6/4-6 – Dumbbells are preferred if you can give up the barbell bench press in developing squared off “gladiator pecs” preferred in the classic physique
2. Incline DB Press (double progressive) ** 3x6–8 reps constant weight. First session do 6 – 6 – 6 and gradually add reps and earn stars until you get to 8 – 8 – 8 then add weight and start back at 6. If you get bored adding reps, reduce rest time between sets to earn additional “stars.”
3. DB Flyes** 3x8–12;
4. DB Pullovers** 3x8–12 (These work the serratus muscles. “The serratus magnus muscles are the ‘jewel-like” muscles of your chest … they add width to the chest, shape, muscular definition – as well as classic beauty.” ˜ Vince Gironda)
5. Close Grip Bench Press* (pyramid) 4 x 12/10/8/5 – 7
6.& 7. Super Set – Triceps Pushdown** and Dips** 3x6–12 reps each – constant weight no rest between exercises, rest only after both exercises have been performed.
8. Heavy Calf Raises** 4x8–12
9. Light Calf Raises** or Donkeys** 4x15–20

Back Feeder Workout:
Shoulder-width Parallel-grip Pulldown (for width) or Under-grip Cable Seated Rows (for back density): One Extended Work set – same procedure as above: 6-10 reps (close to maximum), rest for 3-6 deep breaths then 3-6 more reps, 3-4 more breaths then 3-4 reps to failure.
Don’t forget to record your workout and any stars that you earned in your journal.

Day #3 Off

Day #4 – Shoulders / Biceps
1. DB Press* – Pyramid 4x12/10/8/6–8
2. DB or Machine Laterals** 3x8–12
3. DB or Cable Bent Laterals** 3x8–12 reps
4. Barbell Curl* – Pyramid 4x12/10/8/6–8
5. Incline DB Curl** 3x8–10
6. Machine Curl or Preacher Curl** 2x8–12

Calves Feeder Workout:
Standing Calf Raise: warm-up x 10-15 reps, 4x25, 1x100 (no weight on the 100-rep set unless you can get the full 100 reps without resting.) Remember what we said earlier about calves. You must bomb them into growth.

Day #5 – Back
1. Wide grip Chins** 4 sets of as many reps as possible per set or Wide Pulldowns* 5x12/10/8/6/4-5
2. Dead Lifts – 3 sets 10 reps (add weight each set but stay at ten reps per set) Concentrate on perfect form and add weight very gradually in 5-lb. increments each week.
3. Bent Rows* or T-Bar Row* – 4 sets pyramid 12/10/8/6-8
4. Reverse Grip Front Pulldowns** or 1 Arm DB Row** 3x8–12
5. Straight Arm Pullovers** 3x10–12 (lie on a bench length wise – keep arms straight)
6. 10 minutes of abs

Choose one Feeder Workout, not both:
same procedure as back and shoulder feeder workouts.
a. Chest:
Incline Flyes
b. Quads: Smith Machine Squats

Phase 2 Classic Physique Training Program

Start your Phase 2 training program eight weeks out from your contest. During Phase 2 training you’ll be doing a lot of supersets. Supersets allow you to get more work done in less time. Remember, less rest between sets is one of the parameters of progress. Your Phase 2 training will be more focused on improving your proportions and increasing your chest to waist ratio. Note: Steve Reeves, one of the all-time best examples of the “classic physique”, is reported to have attained a 23 inch differential between his chest and waist measurement. A good goal for you is 15 inches or more. If your expanded chest measures 45 inches, your waist would measure 30 inches or less. As your diet becomes stricter during phase 2, it will become harder and harder to increase reps or poundage, so reducing the time between sets becomes more and more important. You’ll be supersetting antagonistic muscle groups to improve balance and proportion as well as to add a fat burning aspect to your training.

It’s not necessary to “run” from one exercise to the next when supersetting. After you complete a superset rest 60-90 seconds and then start your next set. Since you will be working each bodypart twice every eight days, we will no longer be performing feeder workouts.

Train three days on – one day off:
Day 1: Chest and Back
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Shoulders and Arms
Day 4: Off; Repeat

Day #1 – Chest, Back, Abs

Superset #1:
A. DB Bench Press 4-5 sets of 7-10 reps
B. Chin-Ups 4-5 sets max reps per set or Lat Pulldowns 4-5 sets of 8-10 reps

Superset # 2:
A. Incline DB Press 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps
B. 1-Arm DB Rows 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps

Superset #3:
A. DB Flyes 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps
B. Cable Rows 3-4 sets of 8-12 repsFinishing Exercise: DB Pullovers 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps
Lower Back: Hyperextensions 3 sets of 15- 20 reps.

Three or four exercises, 3-4 sets each for 15-25 reps per exercise.
You should count total reps for abs per workout with a goal of 250-350 reps total.
Day #2 – Legs, Calves

Superset #1:
A. Leg Extensions 3 sets of 8-10 reps
B. Smith Machine Squat or Leg Press 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Superset #2:
A. Hack Squat 4 sets of 6-12 reps
B. Straight Leg Deadlift 4 sets of 10 reps

Superset #3:
A. Lunge 3 sets of 10-15 reps
B. Leg Curl 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Standing Calf Raise 4 sets of 15-20 reps
Seated Calf Raise 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Donkey Calf or Calf Press 3 sets of 20-25 reps

Day #3 – Shoulders, Arms, Abs
Straight sets for shoulders:
1. Shoulder Press (machine, dumbbell, military – your choice) 4 sets of 6-10 reps
2. Side Lateral Raise 3 sets of 8-10 reps
3. Rear Laterals (DB, Cable, or Machine) 3 sets of 10-12 reps
4. Side Cable Raise 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Superset #1
A. Concentration Curl 3 sets of 6-10 reps (squeeze)
B. Triceps Pushdown 3 sets of 10-12 reps

Superset #2
A. DB Curl 3 sets of 6-10 reps
B. Lying Tricep Extension 3 sets of 8-10 reps

Superset #3
A. Barbell or Preacher Curl 3 sets of 6-8 reps
B. Close Grip Bench Press and Dips 3 sets of 10-12 reps

Triset #1
A. Reverse Curl 3 sets of 8-12 reps
B. Wrist Curl 3 sets of 12-20 reps
C. Overhead Pulley Tricep Extension (or Triceps Machine) 3 sets of 8-15 reps

Same as Day 1 (250-350 total reps)

The Classic Physique Compulsory Poses

Front Double Biceps
Side Chest
Back Double Biceps
Abdominal and Thigh pose
Favorite Classic pose (most muscular is not permitted)

In the finals you’ll perform your posing routine (up to a maximum of 60 seconds) and if you win your class you’ll compete in a posedown for the overall title.

Here are some tips to get started on a structured posing practice regimen:


Remember! “Classic Physique” competition is posing! No one will ask what you can bench press or squat
How you present yourself and look on stage is all that counts
Start posing practice two days per week at 12 weeks out
Start with 2 sets of each pose (quarter turns and mandatories) for 10 – 15 seconds. For the next four weeks hold each pose for an additional 5 seconds each week
Spend most of your time practicing on your front facing pose and finding which variations of your compulsory poses best highlight your physique
Start each pose from your feet up to make certain your legs are flexed
Work your way around in a circle hitting every pose
After completing all of the quarter turns and compulsory poses, that’s one set. Do 2 total sets


Eight weeks posing practice schedule: Start at 2 sets of each pose for 20-30 seconds. For the next four weeks hold each pose for an additional 5 seconds each week.

Remember to start each pose from the feet up – make sure to keep your legs flexed, suck in your gut, lift your chest, and relax your facial muscles.

Front stance
Quarter turn to the right
Quarter turn to the rear
Quarter turn to the front
Front Double Biceps
Side Chest
Back Double Biceps
Abdominal and Thigh pose
Favorite Classic pose – this should be your best pose. Experiment until you find the exact variation of a pose that best highlights your symmetry, proportion, and muscularity. Then practice it to perfection.

10-minute pre-judging drill:

Make a 10-minute recording where you call out quarter turns and poses just like the head judge at prejudging. This drill is tremendous for practicing quarter turns. No rest between poses; stay tight the entire drill.

For variation get a video of an actual prejudging off of You Tube and go through it just like you’re on stage.

The Individual Routine:

Six weeks out (or sooner) start working on your individual routine. Your posing routine should complement your strong points (e.g. symmetry, shape, conditioning, etc.) while at the same time expressing personality.

You can develop your routine by starting with the mandatory poses, then add a few flattering optional poses. You’ll be able to find many classic physique photos on the web. Mimic each pose you see and determine which ones feel comfortable and flatter your strong points.
Your routine should be based solely on your strongest poses. This is your opportunity to show the judges only what you want them to see.
Select your music well in advance and make a professional quality CD. Often it is nearly impossible to create a posing routine based on your favorite song. It is usually better to choose your music to fit your routine, not vice versa. Record only the 60 seconds of music on which you will base your routine. Don't record the entire song. Make a “posing practice CD” with your 60-second selection recorded over and over with a 30 second delay between cuts. You can practice your routine over and over without restarting the CD.

Points to remember

You will often be asked to hold the front facing pose on stage much longer than the others. You should continue to hold this stance anytime you are on stage throughout the show when you are not being directly judged or as others are "called out". Never completely relax and always keep your legs tensed.
Practice hitting the poses with your eyes closed and then opening them to see if you are hitting each pose correctly. Remember, on stage you have no mirror.
It is not necessary to complete all of your posing "sets" at one session, but be sure to complete all scheduled "sets" of each posing round – facings, mandatories, and individual routine with music – by the end of each day.
Posing sessions are one of the key factors in developing hardness and muscle separation – you can overdo training or cardio but you can’t pose too much!

Closing Thoughts

In closing, we’d like to give you some guidelines as listed in Building the Classic Physique The Natural Way by Steve Reeves with John Little and Bob Wolff.

These are the maximum symmetrical proportions for each individual male based on height and bone size:

Classic Physique Proportions

Arm Size = 252% of wrist size

Calf Size = 192% of ankle size

Neck Size = 79% of head size

Chest Size = 148% of pelvis size

Waist Size = 86% of pelvis size

Thigh Size = 175% of knee size

Remember, these are maximum symmetrical measurements, and it is your proportions that count. In other words they are the maximum measurements for a body part without getting out of proportion. A good goal is to aspire to reach 90% of the maximum. For example, if your wrist measures 7″, the maximum symmetrical arm measurement would be 18”. 90% of 18″ is 16.2″ which would be very commendable.

If you’d like a website to do the math for you go to:


Steve Reeves also devised a chart that determines the maximum ideal weight for a person’s height en route to building a classic physique. A 6″ male’s ideal weight is 200 lbs. At 5′11″ it goes to 190 lbs and at 6′1″ to 210 lbs. After that every inch below 5′11″ results in a reduction 5 pounds per inch. Every inch above 6″ results in an addition of 10 lbs. At 5′8″ the ideal weight is 175 lbs and at 6′3″, it is 230 pounds. Again, the 90% of maximum criteria is a worthy goal for classic physique competition.

The NPC has developed their own chart of acceptable heights and weights (which you can find on their website at


They are a little more lenient and go above Reeves’ maximum weights. For example, a competitor 5’11”– 6’ may weigh up to 207 lbs. One who is 5′7 up to 5″ may weigh 177 lbs. In classic physique there is no advantage to weighing in at the top of your class, symmetry and proportion are what counts, not size.

In this article we have laid out a comprehensive program to help you achieve a “Classic Physique”. If you are training for a specific contest we’ve given you a step-by-step guide to follow. If you follow it to the letter – nutrition, supplements, training, and posing practice – whether you compete or not, you’ll be in the best shape of your life.