Athlete/Celebrity Workouts

10 Best Old School Exercises

We asked bodybuilding and pro wrestling legend Ric Drasin to remind us of exercises that we shouldn't forget.


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1. Wide-Grip Chins

"You don't see too many people doing wide grip chins anymore. Everyone does lat pulldowns, but they seem to have forgotten about chins in recent years. Back in the day all of us—Arnold, Franco, Ken Waller—we all used to do them religiously.

"What's really great is supersetting chins with bench presses. That's what Arnold and I used to do; back and forth, one to the other. You're working antagonistic muscle groups, like when you train biceps with triceps. It basically pumps up your whole upper body."

2. T-Bar Rows

"We would do these by jamming one end of an Olympic bar into a corner of the room. We'd switch off our hands, putting one in front of the other to grip the bar and switching each set. If we did four sets then each side would get preference for two alternate sets.

"The T-bar rows done this way are great for giving you a big stretch in your lats—more so than doing straight barbell rows."

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3. One-Arm Dumbbell Row

"I see guys doing these on occasion, but they rarely do them the right way. This is an exercise you can really feel if you do it right. You get that deep stretch at the bottom and the nice contraction in the lat at the top. But if your focus is on going super-heavy you're not going get the full effectiveness out of this movement."

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4. Push-Ups

"What we would do is superset flat bench dumbbell flyes with decline pushups. We'd put our feet pup on a bench and then there were these low wooden boxes—maybe 4" tall—that we would place our hands on to get that extra stretch at the bottom. This is a killer—really pumps up the pecs. Four sets of 8-12 reps done this way burns your chest out pretty well."

5. Cross Bench Pullover

"Everyone did these back in the day. It's where you lie across a bench with your middle back to shoulders supported by it and pull a dumbbell from the floor over your head in a big sweeping, arcing movement. We did these to expand our ribcages but they work the pecs, lats and even the triceps."