Ed Corney Mr. Olympia Training Routine

Submitted by Mr.Berg on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 06:53
Ed Corney training workout

Ed Corney (November 9, 1933 – January 1, 2019) was an American professional bodybuilder. He won many prizes in his 30s, including Mr. Universe twice (in 1971 and 1972), and Mr. America once (in 1972).

Ed Corney began his bodybuilding career at the age of 37. Everyone told him that he was "Over the hill", because of his age and that he wouldn't be able to develop muscle size.

You may have seen the movie "Pumping Iron". Ed Corney have had more of an important role in the movie. It was Ed Corney's picture that they used on the poster, and on the cover of the book and DVD.

The camercrew filmed the 1975 Mr. Olympia. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the overall title. Ed Corney finished second to Franco Columbo in the under 200lb class.

And there's a scene in which Arnold is watching Ed Corney's posing. He was astonished and whispered to the cameraman "That's what I call posing"
After finishing reading the article you would see Arnold's reaction from Pumping Iron. Now here's Ed Corney's training routine! 

Mr. Olympia routine Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Ed Corney Arnold Schwarzenegger chest
Chest Set/Rep
Barbell Benchpress 5x8-10
Incline Bench Press 225lb 5x10
Dumbell Flyes 5x10
Cable Crossover 5x12

Note: Barbell Bench Press; shoulder width grip, arms vertical with the bar. Elbows are never allowed to lockout. He used to warm up with 15 - 25 reps. From then he did 5 sets and 8-10 reps.

Ed Corney Shoulder training
Shoulder Set/Rep
One arm lateral raise 5x10
Combination shrug & half lateral raise 5x8
Dumbbell presses 5x8
Lying lateral raise 5x10

Note: One arm lateral raise, with wrist-twisting action as arms travels up, so that at the top of the movement his thumbs point to the floor.

Ed Corney Biceps training
Biceps Set/Rep
Regular Barbell Curl 6x6-8
Concentration dumbbell curl 6x10
Alternate dumbbel curl 5x6-8
Close grip barbell curl 5x10

Note:  Regular barbell curl; elbows tucked into his sides much concentration. Ed Corney cheated only when he must.

Ed Corney Calves
Calves Set/Rep
Standing toe raises on machine, very heavy 6x10-12
Seated calf raise on machine 6x25

 Note: Ed trained his calves heavy one day and lighter the next. On lighter days he increased repetitions, worked to a maximum of 20 to 25 reps per set.

Ed Corney Abdominals
Abdominals Set/Rep
Leg raises hanging from chinning bar -
Twist -
Crunches -
Sit ups  -

Note: Giant sets movement 6 cycles. Work for burns


Mr. Olympia Routine Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Ed Corney thighs
Thighs Set/Rep
Parallel Squats 6x10-12
Thigh extensions on machine 6x15-20
Leg curls on machine 6x15-20

Note:  Thigh extensions; he tensed to full extension, held for count of three before lowering weight

Ed Corney back
Back (following two exercises are done in superset) Set/Rep
Bent over barbell rows, standing on bench 5x10
Wide grip pulldowns on lat machine 5x10
T-bar rows 6x8
Chins  5 sets, as many as possible
Ed Corney triceps
Triceps Set/Rep
One arm dumbbell extensions 5x10
Lat machine 5x10
Flying French press 6x8
Close grip press 6x10

Note: One Arm dumbbell extension he did not lockout. He maintained continuous action.

Arnold: “That’s what I call posing."