William Arnold “Bill” Pearl (born October 31, 1930) is an American former bodybuilder during the 1950s and ’60s. He won many titles and awards, including winning the Mr. Universe contest several times, and became a trainer and author on the subject.
Bill weighed 242 pounds at a height of 5’10” and his arms measured 21 inches! Bill stopped using steroids by 1961.
This is a bulk and power routine used frequently by Pearl throughout his career.
Bill Pearl Workout Routine
- Sit Ups 1 x F
- Leg Raises 1 x F
- Bench Press 5 x 5
- Overhead Press 5 x 5
- Bent Over Rows 5 x 6
- Curls 4 x 6
- French Press 4 x 6
- Squats 4 x 5
Notes: Workout three times per week. Use 75-90% of your 1RM for the lifts. Do 1-2 warm-up sets before starting each Exercises. As always, increase pound ages whenever possible, eat right, get adequate rest, and drink lots of water.
Bill Pearl Diet Plan
He describes his experiences with the conversion to vegetarianism. “With each succeeding year the diet (lacto-ovo vegetarian), I’ve felt better. I’m more healthy, I can train with more energy, and I’m not as much of a “hard guy” as I used to be. I’ve become more concerned with my fellow man and the other inhabitants I share the planet with. …I have now been vegetarian for almost 20 years. We have no fish, fowl, or red meat in our diet. Yet I can still carry the same amount of muscle as I did in winning my four Mr. Universe titles. People can’t believe it. They think that to have big muscles you have to eat meat – it’s a persistent and recurring myth. But take it from me, there’s nothing magic about eating meat that’s going to make you a champion bodybuilder. Anything you can find in a piece of meat, you can find in other Foods as well.”
“Salads-especially those with a lot of sprouts and mushrooms, and tomatoes-are also the staple in my diet. I always eat these salads raw and without dressing. A medium-sized fresh salad is a gastronomical delight, and you won’t even miss the dressing.
“I also eat a few nuts, some fruit, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, and perhaps some sunflower and pumpkin seeds during the day. Juices are very cleansing, especially green juices like celery, parsley and spinach”.
“For a lunch I’ll have a large fresh salad, putting the widest possible variety of salad ingredients into it. The only dressing might be a small amount of oil and vinegar.”
“At night my wife will cook up some type of a soufflé, or perhaps a casserole. I’ll have another fresh salad and for dessert maybe some yogurt or fruit.”