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“Now That’s What I Call Posing” Many bodybuilding aficionados have been bemoaning the fact that classical posing has become a thing of the past in most modern day bodybuilding competitions. The posing round is no longer judged in professional events and, as a result, many competitors don’t put as much time or...

Phil Williams –...

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The Best Nationals Winner In 1985, following that year’s NPC Nationals competition, NPC President Jim Manion declared the winner of that show “the best Nationals winner” ever. Taking into account the caliber of the previous winners of the NPC Nationals (Lee Haney, Bob Paris and Mike Christian), this was high...

The Beast from the C...

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The Beast from the Cornfields It happened way back in 1980 in the most unlikely of locations. A short, skinny kid with seemingly little potential for bodybuilding stardom emerged from his shell and proceeded to shock the physique world to it’s core. He made such an impact that he even caught the attention of the...

2014 Mr. Olympia Pre...

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2014 Mr. Olympia – My Predictions In stark contrast to the eagerly anticipated excitement that accompanied the 2013 Mr. Olympia, this year’s event has snuck up on us with little fanfare or media “buzz”. The ads for this year’s biggest event in bodybuilding have more to do with the 50th Mr. Olympia...

“I Want to be ...

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“I Want to be a Bodybuilder” There is a hilarious video cartoon floating around YouTube called “I Want To Be a Bodybuilder”. In the four minute and twelve second animated video, a hapless husband stands nervously in his kitchen, trying to explain to his confused wife that he is changing his lifestyle because...

40 Years Ago –...

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40 Years Ago – Bodybuilding Hits the Big Time The 10th Mr. Olympia contest was somewhat of a milestone in the history of bodybuilding’s biggest competition due to the emerging media attention it began to attract. In 1974, President Nixon was forced to resign in wake of the Watergate scandal, Hank Aaron beat...

Defeating Mr. Olympi...

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Defeating Mr. Olympia “The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill” “That’s true, but when he wants the food, it’s there” Quote from the movie “Pumping Iron” Since it’s inception in 1965, there have only been 13 Mr. Olympia winners. It is a very elite company and once you are...

The First Arnold Cla...

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The First Arnold Classic In 1989, after promoting eight international and professional bodybuilding competitions between them, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer decided to create their own unique competition called the Arnold Classic. When they first began promoting the Mr. Olympia contest in 1976, the...

The Night I Met Lanc...

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Chicago Bodybuilding circa 1980 The time was August, 1980. The place was Chicago, Illinois. The event was the annual AAU Central USA Bodybuilding Championships. This regional level contest was famous for attracting the biggest names in bodybuilding in the Midwest because the Mr. America contest was only weeks away and...

Mr. America Goes to ...

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In 1977, the promise of the “Giant Killer”, Danny Padilla, was beginning to come to fruition. After several years of being overlooked (at a height of only 5’2”, not an uncommon occurrence), young Danny Padilla was getting no respect in the AAU so he decided to jump ship to the growing IFBB organization. His...
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