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Clinton Beyerle - Mr. U.S.A.
by Bill Reynolds - 1975

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Occasionally a physique contestant literally explodes into national prominence. Such a man is Clinton Beyerle of South Gate, California, winner of five titles during 1975, including Collegiate Mr. America, second place in the Senior Mr. America and first in the Senior Mr. U.S.A. Today Clint is one of the word's most muscular men at 5'10" and 210 pounds, and he is certainly the most vascular physique contestant of all time.

Clint Beyerle received his early inspiration form his brother Eldon, who was an outstanding Olympic lifter (eventually totaled an official 1015 on three lifts as a mid-heavy). Clint was 18 and in fairly athletic condition from plenty of participation in sports while in high school. He hoped that there was some hidden potential within himself for Olympic lifting, but he soon found that his future would lie in physique contests.

Clint began working out in 1966, the same year he began a four-year apprentice program as a machinist at he Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. He used facilities that the Navy provides there for their personnel during his first months of training. "That first year I showed good gains with a bench press of 325 and a full squat of 400 at a bodyweight of 180. There was noticeable gain in shape and muscle mass. I measured myself several times that year, but I didn't get the overnight gains that had hoped for, so I completely abandoned the idea of measuring before I became disappointed with my progress. Now I go only by appearance."

Despite encountering occasional sticking points, Beyerle made gradual, but steady progress until September of 1974, at which time he moved to Southern California to enter the School of Chiropractic at the University of Pasadena. "At the time I had planned to give up training for competitive purposes and concentrate on my studies. But upon entering school in October of 1974, I discovered that one of the best gyms in the world was located on the same street as the University and only four blocks away. Of course it was Bill Pearl's Pasadena Health Club. Up to that point, I hadn't done badly in competition, but I never dreamed that the new spark of inspiration I received there would take me to second in the Mr. America and first in the Mr. U.S.A. a year later."

Clint's starling improvement was not without some cost, however. "In the past year, I have been forced to give up most of my hobbies due to lack of time. Studying, school classes and training take up the better part of each day. Flying is my favorite hobby, however, and I do make time for it almost every weekend. I own my own plane."

Beyerle's workouts are very heavy and last about two and a half hours daily six days a week. For nine years he trained alone, but for the past few months he has been training with Ed Homes, who won the Novice Mr. Los Angeles (and Most Muscular) this past February.

Clint gave me the exact routine that he used prior to his convincing win at the Mr. U.S.A. contest. He trains, basically, the same all year round, both between and just prior to contests. Here's the schedule he gave me -

MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY
Chest
Sets
Reps
Weight
1) Bench press
8-12
2-10
135-430
2) Incline dumbbell press
5
10
100
3) Dumbbell "flyes"
5
8-10
60
Shoulders
1) Press behind neck
8
8
135-225
2) Dumbbell laterals
5
8
45
3) Bent laterals
5
8
35
Triceps
1) Lying French press (EZ curl bar)
8
8-10
100-175
2) Lat-pushdowns
5
8-12
100-130
3) Standing French press
5
8-10
90-130
4) Nautilus triceps curl
5
10-12
-
       
TUESDAY - THURSDAY - SATURDAY
Legs
Sets
Reps
Weight
1) Leg presses
8
15
Nautilus
2) Leg extensions
15
15
"
3) Leg curl
10
15
"
4) Various calf exercises
20
35
"
Back
1) Nautilus pullover
8
10
"
2) Nautilus torso machine
8
8
"
alternated with..
3) Chins
8
8
"
4) One arm rowing
5
8
"
Biceps
1) Standing EZ-bar curls
8
8
"
2) Preacher bench curls
5
10-12
"
3) One arm concentration curl
5
8-10
"
 
PERFORMED DAILY
Abs      
1) Hanging leg raises
5
30-40
none
2) Incline sit-ups
2
50
"
3) Side bends
2
20
"

Clint identifies chest and shoulders as his strong points. "My weakest body part would be my back, but I try to train as if all body parts were my weakest." He is also constantly experimenting with various training techniques with the philosophy that "...everyone is different in how he responds to exercise. What is good for one is not necessarily good for another."

Clinton credits good diet for a large share of his recent success. He eats heavily of protein foods ("Protein is the secret," he told me ) like eggs, beef, fish, chicken, pork and cottage cheese. He eats a few green vegetables and one piece of fruit daily, and his mighty lettuce and tomato salad is topped with oil and vinegar dressing. Beyerle's supplement program includes desiccated liver, minerals, calcium, kelp and vitamin A, B, C and E.

Lately, Clint had noticed that bodybuilding is becoming much more popular and accepted by the public. "It seems as though many more individuals are beginning to train, hoping to compete in he future. Some of them are totally unaware of the dedication, sacrifice and persistent training necessary to become a great bodybuilder.

"My first piece of advice to the beginner is for him to know what it's going to take to win contests, and to be completely aware of the time involved, as well as the hard work and cost in dollars. Eating big will make you big, but the cost of high protein foods these days is staggering. Because of the above factors, many top men are only bodybuilders. They have noting to speak of in the way of a vocation, so take in consideration all that I have said before you decide to become a bodybuilder. Once you make a commitment, however, train to be the best."

Clint admires both Bill Pearl and Arnold Schwarzenegger as ideal individuals in the sport of bodybuilding. "Arnold's a great person with a fantastic personality. He's definitely as asset to bodybuilding. Personally getting to know Bill Pearl proved to me that his success was not only due to his physique, but also to the way he projects himself to people. This has gained him much love and admiration from many individuals.

On the personal side, Clint Beyerle has been married five years. He seems destined to become one of the world's great bodybuilders, but his main goal is to become a good doctor of chiropractic. Surely, though, he will succeed in both areas. It's only a matter to time. When Clint sets goals, he usually reaches them.

Clint Beyerle

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