As you can see from the layout and pictures I post with the updates, my favorite era of bodybuilding is the 60’s-80’s. Guys like Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva, Ed Corney, Arnold, Frank Zane, Danny Padilla, Ferrigno, Boyer Coe, Tom Platz, and Lee Haney. Of course, there are a million others around this era I also dig, but those are my main guys. When you venture into the 90s you have some great physiques, Yates in his early days, Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone, and Shawn Ray. However, the 90’s is when everything started to go down hill.
Because of Yates, and the shifting ideals of the judges, the mass monsters were in. Symmetry, beauty, classic lines, those things went out the window for massive quads, lats, and chests. Decades before you’d have Frank Zane selling record numbers of magazine covers, and people flocking to the gyms to look like him, Arnold, Haney, and many others. Now? You have people constantly looking at photos of Kai Greene and saying to me “Yuck! Why would anyone want to look like that?!”.
Girls are repulsed by it, and guys don’t look at them and think “That’s what I want to look like!” Instead, while they admire the dedication, they think for the most part it’s just too much. I know I do.
Men’s Physique is slowly becoming more popular than bodybuilding, because the guys have that classic look, and resemble the old school. When bodybuilding was an art. Before it became a freaking contest to see who can pack on the most human tissue, while at the same time looking pregnant.
And that’s the biggest problem in today’s bodybuilding, the distended stomachs. Bodybuilders today for the most part look like absolute jokes. They have these huge stomachs that hang out past their chest, and make them look laughable. I mean, is the HGH use that important, guys? That you’re willing to look like a female bodybuilder in the 3rd trimester?
Muscle & Fitness use to advertise how many readers they had on the covers in the 80’s. However, that’s when guys like Chris Dickerson, Bob Paris, and Frank Zane were on the covers. Guys who had obtainable looks, admirable looks. But now they don’t, because of how much readership has dropped. Hell, they only do 10 issues a year now and not 12.
Now, while on occasion you’ll see photos of Ronnie Coleman here, it’s not because I dig his look so much, but because of how damn strong he was, and how dedicated he was to the life of bodybuilding & powerlifting. Coleman was/is an absolute beast.
Alrighty, let’s get it.