If you weren’t wearing a tank top, your shirt was buttoned low, if at all. And thus, from the hirsute Burt Reynolds to the mountainous Dolly Parton, if one bodypart defined the ’70s, it was the chest. In conjunction with Pumping Iron and its star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the disco decade was also the golden era of bodybuilding, shepherding weights from dusky dungeons to mainstream spas. And, again, chests dominated. How great were pecs then? You could argue that our top four pec men from the ’70s are the top four of all-time. Here’s how they did it:
- FREE WEIGHTS: There were few machines for chest, so barbells, dumbbells and dipping bars were the principal tools.
- BARBELL PRESSES: Flat and incline barbell presses were generally emphasized first in routines and pyramided.
- VOLUME, VOLUME, VOLUME: Most trainers did between16 and 24 sets for chest.
- HIGH FREQUENCY: Chest, like other major bodyparts,was typically trained two or three times weekly