Robby Robinson was a legend in his day. Along with an incredibly ripped and complete physique, the man sported an incredible set of arms. Thick, peaked biceps combined with powerful forearms and well-rounded triceps to create some of the most symmetrical arms of his generation.
That classic training program worked then and can work now. The principles that helped him forge fantastic guns can do the same for you with hard work and dedication.
Classic Arm Builder
Now like many bodybuilders from the 70’s, this routine has a lot of sets in it. There was a solid belief in volume training at the time (along with steroid use for faster recovery). While volume training does have its place, you should look at this program as utilizing 1 high rep set, 1 heavier weight warm up set, and then 2 work sets.
- Preacher Curl – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- Zottman Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- EZ Curl Bar Reverse Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- Barbell Curls – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
As you can see this program places an emphasis on a stretch exercise first followed by specific forearm and brachialis work before finishing with a primary biceps exercise.
- Lying Triceps Press – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- Triceps Dumbbell Kickback – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- Close-Grip Barbell Press – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
- Behind the Back Triceps Extension – 1 set of 15 to 20 reps and 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
This routine focuses on multiple angles of attack along with a big mass builder in the close-grip press.
Behind the Back Triceps Extension (Scott Style) – You take a 20 pound barbell and place the bar behind your back and then bend at the waist with a flat back and knees bent (the barbell tucks in behind the knee). Keep your upper arms parallel to the ground and then basically do kickbacks with the barbell.
- Work shape before size
- Switch between heavy and light days. Increase the rep count on light days to work on definition and separation.
- Stretch as much as possible for maximum muscle development.
The Bottom Line
This classic routine is very solid and will certainly give your arms a workout. The exercises and combinations are a bit uncommon compared to more traditional programs, but that is perfect because your muscles won’t be expecting it!