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Rich Gaspari Pre-Competition Workout Routine


Rich Gaspari

Here is the routine Gaspari used for the final eight weeks before a competition:

Day One: Morning Workout


Donkey Calf Raises — 5x15

Done with up to two people on his back and a dip belt with added weight. Drop sets were incorporated by having one person get off his back, then the other, and then the loaded dip belt.

Seated Calf Raise — 5x15

Increase weight each set and the last set would be a triple-drop set.


Incline Dumbbell Press — 5x8-12

Last set to failure

Tom Platz's 1981 Legs Workout Routine


Tom Platz profile picture

Tom Platz performing leg extensions 


Squats: 8-10 sets, 20-8 reps, 635 lbs max weight
Hack squats: 5 sets, 10-15 reps, 500 lbs max weight
Leg extensions: 5-8 sets, 10-15 reps*, 350 lbs max weight

Lee Haney's Workout Routine


Lee Haney with Mr. Olympia medal and trophy.

Mr. Olympia Lee Haney used a 3 day on, 1 day off training routine. The split was as follows:
Day 1 – Chest and Arms
Day 2 – Legs
Day 3 – Back and Shoulders
Day 4 – Rest

Calves and Abs
Calves and abs are trained daily.

For calves, Lee Haney used the following setup:
Use heavy resistance
Standing Calf Raise – 6 sets x 15-20 reps *
Seated Calf Raise – 3-4 sets x 15-20 reps
*May use Donkey Calf Raises
For abdominals Lee would perform 3 exercises:
Vertical Leg Raise – 4 sets x 15-20 reps
Incline Sit Ups – 4 sets x 15-20 reps
Seated Leg Raise – 4 sets x 15-20 reps


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