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Barbell Club Phase 5 – Return of the Golden Era

Posted 30th April 2017 by Jenna Fisher

Dog in hat - phase 7

Following the success last year, Barbell Club will return to a mesocycle of 70s inspired bodybuilding. Known as the Golden era, the 70s produced the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu, Lou Ferrigno, Boyer Coe, Bill Grant and Mike Mentzer, to name a few.

The key to creating muscle shape was high volume, minimum rest and mixed muscle groups. An added bonus to this approach was the increased fat burning benefits.

This month is inspired by Mike Mentzer.

Mike Mentzer biceps

Of those that I read, the workout routines seemed fond of pre- and post- exhausts. Since the routines cannot be replicated exactly in class I have created supersets that will, I hope, at least replicate the burn. Stick to the tempos and rest periods and this should be achieved.

Note that although muscle groups were mixed during this era, upper body and lower body largely remained separate. Due to the popularity of having both upper and lower in each of the BBC sessions however, we will continue with this.

Work hard, and sculpt those shoulders, biceps and buns.

Love, Jenna x

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