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acas1959

Dr Darden
What was your routine like at this time?
What was your diet like?
Steroids? We all know they were perfectly legal back then.

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acas1959

WOW!
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32jack

Dr. Darden and Jim Haislop (prominent Florida bodybuilder circa 1970) always reminded me of brothers.

Dr. Darden,
Did anyone else think that?

Jack
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Ellington Darden

I used a split routine, 10-12 exercises, 3 sets of 10 reps, and I trained 4 times per week. Both of the photos were taken in 1970, before I met Arthur Jones.

I consumed 3,000 to 4,000 calories on most days. No steroids were used.

Ellington
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Ellington Darden

32jack wrote:
Dr. Darden and Jim Haislop (prominent Florida bodybuilder circa 1970) always reminded me of brothers.

Dr. Darden,
Did anyone else think that?

Jack


No one ever confused me with being Haislop's brother. That photo was taken in 1969, after I won the Mr. Texas contest. Haislop was going to enter the Mr. Universe contest in London, but he was still two months away from being in his leanest condition. I could have never beaten Jim Haislop in a bodybuilding contest.

Ellington
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Nwlifter

Ellington Darden wrote:
I used a split routine, 10-12 exercises, 3 sets of 10 reps, and I trained 4 times per week. Both of the photos were taken in 1970, before I met Arthur Jones.

I consumed 3,000 to 4,000 calories on most days. No steroids were used.

Ellington


Man, you had some muscle! Nice!
How much more did you gain after meeting AJ? Any 'post AJ' photos?

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backtrack

I've never been able to pass the 3000 calorie mark on calories without getting fat. Certainly wouldn't be able to now I'm past 30.

I think my constant dieting in my late teens early 20's downgraded my metabolism.

It would be interesting to see how humans vary in how they metabolize their calories and what factors are at play.

If I'd been born pre 1950 I would have been a great candidate for doing ok on a moderate to low calorie diet. Now the pendulum has shifted I'd be great bet for someone to gain fat with only a slight calorie increase.
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acas1959

Awesome!

Cheers
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acas1959

Neck!!

Cheers
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sirloin

The classic physique! Sometimes i think i grew up in the wrong era.

Dr Darden, was the 3 sets of 10 the Delorme and Watkins method, ie the last set being the heaviest set?

Many thanks
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32jack

Dr. Darden had a classic look to his physique!



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Equity

Yeah Dr. D had a great physique indeed. Problem with those photos though is I can't take the eye off of the girls...lol!!!
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Grant D

Illinois, USA

Dr. Darden should/could still have this appearance today! And it can be done in 30 minutes a month.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

----Scott ---

I've often wondered what happened to Jim Haislop? I met him several times when I was a teenager at local contests and when he appeared at health food stores in the Washington DC area. Sometimes he teamed up with Coe. He was a very nice guy with a fantastic build. I wonder if he took his body as far as he could with out steroids of did he find other interests or what??
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OldFred

Ellington Darden wrote:
I used a split routine, 10-12 exercises, 3 sets of 10 reps, and I trained 4 times per week. Both of the photos were taken in 1970, before I met Arthur Jones.

I consumed 3,000 to 4,000 calories on most days. No steroids were used.

Ellington


So, Doc, was this 10-12 exercises each split day or total?


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Crotalus

Grant D. wrote:
Dr. Darden should/could still have this appearance today! And it can be done in 30 minutes a month.


Bull shit .... you aren't building a decent physique with 30 minutes a month. WTF is wrong with you ?
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StuKE

I just took it as a hoke, don't think he was being serious.
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StuKE

DR Darden, what was you chest / waist differential? Very impressive.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

Grant D. wrote:
Dr. Darden should/could still have this appearance today! And it can be done in 30 minutes a month.


---Scott---
Why drag it out to those excruciatingly long 30 minutes when you could do everything humanly possible to build those muscles in 30 seconds or better yet three seconds a month!! Maybe that's to often? How about every three months? After all, one must recover!!
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Ellington Darden

StuKE wrote:
DR Darden, what was you chest / waist differential? Very impressive.



I think my chest was 47.5 inches and my waist was 32 inches, so the difference was 15.5 inches. But I could create an image that it was even more by doing the stomach vacuum and contracting my lats in a unique way.

Ellington

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tompuderbaugh

Great job Dr. D. Those are GREAT photos. No wonder that you won Collegiate Mr. America.

I always thought that you took your individual genetics right up to the top limits of your potential.

Some people were perhaps "bigger". But who had a bigger chest/waist differential?....No one in the 60's that wasn't all "roided" out!

Like Arthur would always say -- "The quickest way for the average guy to look like he gained 10lbs. of muscle is to lose 10lbs. of fat".

Thanks to whoever started this thread, it was fun taking a walk down memory lane.

Good training to all!
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Grant D

Illinois, USA

Croatalis.

If you've followed my State of Exercise in 2017 you would see that it is possible and prescribed to gain in size, strength, and load. I have been since 2009 by practicing limited session volume, extended recovery, and extreme focus on intense load into specific muscle. A key factor is to eliminate momentum which makes outroading very unlikely.

If I can/am doing it so can one of the top experts on Earth do it too!. I am actually using Dr. Darden's 303030 as a key part of my regime. In my opinion 303030 is easy if one starts slow and can maintain focus. Most machines will work, but some machines are maintained and/or designed so poorly that they must not be used. Note, that Little's, MP and Di1 is may main protocol.
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Crotalus

You're out of your mind. NOBODY is going to build a decent physique in 7 1/2 minutes of training a week no matter what protocol , equipment or drugs you use.

You're nuts.
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buddy 51

I recently got your tummy book and I showed my 22 year daughter the photo of your daughter during the vacuum exercise. Her waist looks very tiny. Then I showed my daughter your photo of you doing the vacuum. What a comparsion!!! By the way didn't you one time make a photo with a glass of water on top of your chest. I'm the guy who had breakfast at a Shoney's when you were living in Jackson, Tenn.
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Ellington Darden

buddy 51 wrote:
I recently got your tummy book and I showed my 22 year daughter the photo of your daughter during the vacuum exercise. Her waist looks very tiny. Then I showed my daughter your photo of you doing the vacuum. What a comparsion!!! By the way didn't you one time make a photo with a glass of water on top of your chest. I'm the guy who had breakfast at a Shoney's when you were living in Jackson, Tenn.


Yes, I remember you from Shoney's. I also remember the glass of water photo, but that wasn't me. It was Millard Williamson.

Ellington
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