Anybody noticed the different look of todays trained men and those of the previous decades?Todays guys are slim well toned with perfect abs. Yesteryears guys were more compact had more size without being shredded out. What did they do differently? Did they do physical labor like Charles Bronson? Less isolation exercises and more the basics? Can somebody recommend a site on old school fitness training? How did they train from the 40s-70s?
Back in the day:
I suppose they did basic stuff, like squats and deadlifts, did manual labor and manly activities like horseback riding?
Okay, since I am a millenial, I must replicate manual labor somehow. I think my recipe is compount movements plus plenty of activity. No Isolation exercises. Maybe high volume lifting with sandbags will do the trick. They repeatedly moved heavy loads using the entire body.
Brooks Kubik was pretty influential when I first started. I still think he did a lot of pretty good stuff. Great if limited equipment or tight budget.
I never really got into HIT, no matter whose version it was. I did like his odd object lifting and dumbbell stuff though. I guess that is why today I am a fan of Dan John, though I don't often do his type of training.
The guys on top train to look like that utilizing specific workout routines to maintain low body fat and toned muscles with separation between them.
If I were you trying to gain the bottom picture physique, I would focus on a healthy diet, low rep / high weight power lifting movements (squats, bench, dead lift, power cleans) and just be active (running, walking, biking, etc.).