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Training and Eating the Steve Reeves Way

Training and Eating the Steve Reeves Way

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Training and Eating the Steve Reeves Way

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42 pages
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Jun 26, 2016


The incomparable figure of Steve Reeves stands astride bodybuilding history, so much so that some are not even sure he was real. Rest assured, though, Steve Reeves and the magnificent physique he created—some would say the greatest ever in bodybuilding—was plenty real.

While many others admire Reeves and the physique he created, the legacy of his type of physique has been obscured by the different direction modern bodybuilding has taken.

This should no longer be the case. Although Reeves left a written legacy of his training and nutrition record, many bodybuilders—particularly natural bodybuilders—still don’t quite understand how to apply his principles of nutrition and working out to develop their own physiques.

That’s where this little book comes in. We examine not only Reeves’ training methods, but offer explanations as to why Reeves chose and developed these, as well as his unique yet straightforward approach to nutrition.

The beauty of Reeves’ approach is that with a little thought, these methods can be applied to any drug-free bodybuilder for potentially terrific gains.

In this book, you’ll learn of Steve Reeves’ approach to exercise for building his legendary physique—as well as some of the exercises Reeves used and why, along with ideas on how to adapt these to your own needs and how to adjust your own workouts to construct your own classic natural physique.

There’s also an examination of Reeves’ nutrition—an often overlooked element of his success—and how this approach also can be incorporated by natural bodybuilders. In an age of fads and extreme nutrition, this re-examination of Reeves’ underrated knowledge and application of his nutritional approach can be a key to unlocking greater gains for natural bodybuilders.

Take a quick journey with us as we take a look at how the greatest physique in the history of the world got that way, and how you too can develop your best physique ever, by Training and Eating the Steve Reeves Way.

Jun 26, 2016

About the author

Greg Sushinsky is a widely published prolific writer whose articles have seen print in sports magazines, health and fitness periodicals, investment magazines, sports websites, finance and invesetment websites, and more. He has a degree in philosophy and has been an amateur athlete, competing as a drug free or natural bodybuilder and powerlifter and recently as a cycling racer. He’s written for several of the health and fitness magazines, including MuscleMag International, Ironman Magazine, Natural Physique, as well as Cross-Trainer/Total Fitness and American Health & Fitness (now called Maximum Fitness). He has written commercially published digests on fitness walking and an herbal guide. He is a much sought after writer, editor and consultant in the health and fitness field. He has been a contributing editor and writer for a group of national sports magazines, the Preview Sports annuals, and has written extensively on the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. He has written team previews, features, profiles, commentary, and humor. He was the senior writer and editor for a football website, KickoffTime.com. As a self-taught, independent investor, for several years now he has contributed in depth stock analysis articles to major investment magazines and websites. He has written for Equities Magazine, more than 75 articles for QualityStocks.net, as well as nearly 600 articles for the highly regarded educational and informational investment website, Investopedia.com. He has also ghostwritten leading investment newsletters for a private financial company, and his research and analysis is in demand in the investment world. He has also authored several works of fiction, including two novels, several short stories (literary fiction), and has recently published several science fiction stories. He lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area with his wife Marsha.

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  • The Reeves rep was a controlled, two second up, three second down event, with maximum concentration, but also with a weight that challenged him within the context of good form and feeling the movement, to go to failure.

  • The days before his workouts he’d emphasize carb intake for energy, while after his workouts he’d shift to more of his protein intake for cellular repair and eventual muscle building.

  • Reeves consumed up to a half gallon of a special electrolyte drink he made, which consisted of water, honey and lemon juice.

  • Reeves occasionally would go on an all juice fast for a couple days, for example, to cleanse his system.

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Training and Eating the Steve Reeves Way - Greg Sushinsky

Training and Eating

the Steve Reeves Way

By Greg Sushinsky

Training and Eating

the Steve Reeves Way

By Greg Sushinsky

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NOTE: This book concerns the use of nutritional principles and vigorous exercise programs, which can potentially pose physical risks to anyone who may undertake them. No liability is assumed by the author for the use of any of the information in this book. No medical advice or information is intended or implied. You should always exercise safely and you should first consult your health professionals, physicians and/or nutritionists, before using any of the information contained in this publication.

Table of Contents

Training the Steve Reeves Way

What Reeves Did That You Can Do

Deep Inside Reeves Training

Some Favorite Steve Reeves Exercises

Steve Reeves Exercise Principles

Steve Reeves Classic Physique

Eating the Steve Reeves Way

Eating For Health

Reeves Approach to Eating

Food Then and Now

What Reeves Ate

Ahead of His Time

Importance of Details and Reeves’ Logic

Fat Loss

Putting It Together


The Reeves Well-Balanced Diet

Some Important Foods Featured in Reeves’ Nutrition

About Greg Sushinsky

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  • (5/5)
    I like these books about the old school bodybuilders BUT what I hate is that they try to portray all these guys as somehow natural which none of them were. Any bodybuilders who were promoted by the mags or supplement companies are not natural,Does anybody believe in this day and age that there was something special about Venice Calif. or York Barbell from 1928 till 2020 all bodybuilders in magazines were on gear including Paul Anderson , John Gremik, Steve Reeves and all the others .There's nothing new under the sun !