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Lou Ferrigno Bodybuilder

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Lou Ferrigno

Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno was born on November 9, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. His father Matt Ferrigno was a police lieutenant. Although Lou was born without any physical disabilities he suffered from a number of different ear infections, which were not diagnosed until he was 5 years old and he lost 80% of his hearing. It was this hearing loss which often caused little Lou to be bullied growing up in Brooklyn.

Lou Ferrigno started pumping iron when he was only 13 years old, his heroes we Hercules, The Hulk and Spider-Man. His real hero was Steve Reeves which motivated Lou to take his bodybuilding seriously. As soon as Lou graduated from high school he competed in his first bodybuilding show.

Lou Ferrigno was a natural and he later went on to win major titles like the IFBB Mr. America in 1973 then the IFBB Mr. Universe four months later. When Lou first started competing he trained with Arnold and learnt a lot. In 1974, he placed second at his first Mr. Olympia competition.

Lou trying to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger became the plot of the famous Pumping Iron movie made in 1975, a documentary that went on to make Lou Ferrigno famous. Lou stands 6'5" tall and to load muscle on that frame takes a lot of hard work, so he trains hard and heavy 6 times a week.

Lou Ferrigno Workouts

Below is a sample of his Monday workout where you will see he is training chest and back. Tuesday would be Arms and Shoulders, then he would train Legs on Wednesdays. He would then go heavy and do Chest and back on Thursday and Shoulders and Arms on Friday. He would finish off his weeks training with Legs on Saturday and resting on Sundays.

Flat Barbell Bench-press 5 X 6-8 reps
Incline Barbell Bench-press 5 X 6-8 reps
D/B Pullovers of 5 X 6-8 reps
Chest Flyes 5 X 6-8 reps
T-Bar Rows 5 X 6-8 reps
Dips 5 X 6-8 reps
Dead-lifts 5 X 6-8 reps
Bent-over Rows 5 X 6-8 reps
Chin-ups 5 X 6-8 reps
Pull-ups 5 X 6-8 reps

Lou Ferrigno Diet

Lou Ferrigno's diet plan in his competition days had him taking in over 6,000 calories on a daily basis to build muscle on his already huge 275 pound massive body.

He would eat every two to three hours, with the largest meals in the morning and smaller meals with less carbohydrates as the day progressed.

To get extra protein Lou used milk and egg protein powder and amino acid supplements. Even though the magazines published by Joe Weider claims he used Weider supplements, he actually used Blair supplements.


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