Workout Routines

Arnold's Teenage Weightlifting Routine

Everyone starts somewhere, the Oak started with a combination of Olympic and bodybuilding classics.

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Duration 60 min
Exercises 6
Equipment Yes

Early in Arnold Schwarzenegger's career, he competed in weightlifting contests to prove that bodybuilders' muscles aren't just for show. This routine, which Arnold followed in the mid-’60s, combines conventional bodybuilding training with Olympic weightlifting exercises that build brute strength. He rested as long as needed—sometimes up to five minutes—between sets of heavy exercises. 

SEE ALSO: Body of Work: Arnold's Complete Evolution

Exercise 1

Clean and Press You'll need: Barbell How to
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5 sets
5 reps
as needed rest

Exercise 2

Barbell Push Press You'll need: Barbell How to
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3 sets
6, 4, 2 reps
as needed rest

Exercise 3

Barbell Upright Row You'll need: Barbell How to
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3 sets
10, 6, 4 reps
as needed rest

Exercise 4

Barbell Lateral Raise
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3 sets
10 reps
as needed rest

Exercise 5

Barbell Biceps Curl You'll need: Barbell How to
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3 sets
10 reps
as needed rest

Exercise 6

Overhead Triceps Extension
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3 sets
10 reps
as needed rest
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