Why train like a strongman from the 1900s?
Well if that strongman is Eugen Sandow, the father of modern day bodybuilding, the answer should be obvious. Sandow came at a time when steroids hadn’t infiltrated gyms and exercisers were forced to rely on food and training alone. Coupled with this Sandow was inspired by the aesthetics of old Greco-Roman statues, a look that most gym goers today are striving for. So why not train like a strongman from the 1900s?
Detailed below is Sandow’s exercise regime which he claimed kept the body in equal and awesome proportions. Combine it with the man’s advice on diet and you’re on to a winner.
The Exercise Routine of Eugen Sandow
First things first, machines or free weights?
“Nothing, in my opinion, is better than the use of the dumb-bell, for developing the whole system, particularly if it is used intelligently, and with a knowledge of the location and functions of the muscles.” – Eugen Sandow
Sets, reps and weight
Sandy typically recommended 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. This wasn’t a case of ‘grip and rip’ but rather slow and controlled reps with the focus on hitting the targeted muscle. Keeping that in mind, Sandow generally recommended about 5-10lbs dumbbells for beginners.
The Sandow Routine
The Bicep Curl
Reverse Bicep Curl
Horizontal (or Lateral) Bicep Curl
Single-arm Shoulder Press
Lateral Shoulder Raise
Front Shoulder Raise
Lunge Punch Exercise
Chest Expansion (Butterfly)
The Bent Press
The Full Sit-up
Swing from Ground
Standing Chest Press