Muscle Building Workouts Old School

The Boring But Big Training Program From The Man Who Out-Muscled Arnold

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In 1966, the world’s most famous bodybuilder (Arnold Schwartzeneggar) enter the Mr. Universe Amateur competition (talll division).

He took 2nd place.

The man who beat him? Chet Yorton.

Here’s some incredible details about the man who defeated the Austrian oak the and unusual training program he followed:

Chet didn’t have the perfect starting point for bodybuilding. In fact, he started with slashed up left eyeball, gashed up forearm, dislocated hips and shattered leg bones!

You see, Chet was in a serious car accident after high school. While he was recovering the hospital, he spotted a pair of dumbbells in the corner and went to work. He’s never done any weight training before and 7 months later he was 55lbs heavier.

Almost more incredible than that is the training program he used outside of the hospital.

It’s not the most glamorous routine you’ve ever seen. In fact, it looks quite boring. But the results speak for themselves.

Here’s Chet Yorton’s boring but big training program:

Perform just two sets of each exercise listed below. Complete both sets before moving on to the next exercise.

Here’s the kicker: You will do 22 reps per set. Yes, 22.

Here are the exercises:

  • Squat
  • Overhead Press
  • Deadlift
  • Bench Press

To really appreciate just how strong this man was, consider this: Chet Yorton did 22 reps with 225lbs for his first set of bench presses and 22 reps with 325lbs for the second set.

Switching to a high rep program is a great way to pack on incredible amounts of muscle size and volume in a very short time. Plus, it can work wonders for your conditioning and endurance.

If you decide to give this program a go, just use it for 4 weeks and then switch back to a more traditional strength program.

Matt Marshall
Matt Marshall is the author of the Tried and True Fitness blog - a site that reveals time-tested methods for building muscle, burning fat and achieving optimum health. To sign up for his newsletter and get free training tips, visit
  • Panos Mar 30,2015 at 1:09 am

    Is there a specific day split for this programm? Let’s 3, 4 or 5 days a week?


  • Ant Oct 11,2010 at 11:36 pm

    Can this really be true? Can this actually work..

    Plus,, overhead press to the front or rear?

    • Duane Mar 5,2015 at 3:09 am

      Yes this CAN work…
      This is very similar to Mentzer’s later routines…

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