Build a Classic Physique

A guide to building a physique that will stand the test of time.


Classic rock, classic cars, classic books – and classic bodybuilding. A lot of things get labeled as classic, but what does it really mean?

Classic is timeless; it's revered; and it's always imitated. A classic physique is all about symmetry, balance, and proportion. Every muscle flows into the next with seamless harmony. No part is too big or too small. Words like "freak" and "mass" are replaced with "perfection" and "aesthetics".

To look like a classic bodybuilder, you've got to train like one. So FLEX enlisted to help of IFBB pro Chris Cormier, who competed throughout the '90s and early 2000s with one of the league's premier classic physiques. Now Cormier is sharing his secrets. It's all here: the split, the workouts, and his insider tips. Are you ready to build a classic physique that is reminiscent of legends like Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, and Flex Wheeler? Then read on.


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