Generation Iron Steve Reeves Workout Physique

The sword & sandals old school workout.

Steve Reeves will go down in history as one of the most perfectly proportioned bodies of all time. Many words come to mind when you hear the name Steve Reeves. Flawless, beautiful, and most importantly – classic.

Here are his measurements:

Arms: 18.5 inches
Chest: 54 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Weight: 215 pounds
Height: 6’1″

Reeves represented a different time in bodybuilding. While today’s emphasis is mostly on building mass, Reeves championed full body work outs and a focus on perfect proportion and over all health. He has gone on the record about his dislike of modern bodybuilding techniques. Specifically the use of supplements to increase mass.

So today we are highlighting Steve Reeves intermediate routine for bodybuilding. He traditionally did full body workouts M/W/F with slow controlled reps. So that’s something to keep in mind when performing his routine. As always, please know your limits. There’s no use getting injured over little old us.

Steve Reeves Intermediate Routine

Dumbbell Swings: 3 x 15-20
Upright Rows: 3 x 8-12
Bench Press: 3 x 8-12
One Arm Row: 3 x 8-12
Dumbbell Laterals: 3 x 8-12
Incline Press: 3 x 8-12
Triceps Pushdown: 3 x 8-12
Barbell Curls: 3 x 8-12
Seated Dumbbell Curls: 3 x 8-12

Squats: 3 x 8-12
(Superset with…)
Light Barbell Pullovers: 3 x 8-12

Breathing Squats: 1 x 20
(Superset with…)
Breathing Pullovers: 1 x 20

Deadlifts: 2 x 8-12
Good Mornings: 2 x 8-12

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