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OLD SCHOOL BODYBUILDERS: lost training tips,exercises,rare pictures,philosophy,routines etc.

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1950’s Classic Bodybuilding Vince Gironda (1917-1997) Reg Park (1928-2007) Steve Reeves (1926-2000). Learn more about training and nutrition of the classic bodybuilders from the 1950s: Steve Reeves, Reg Park, and Vince Gironda. In 1950 the publishers of Health & Strength formed the National Association of Bodybuilders (NABBA) in Britain in order to bring some stability to bodybuilding activities. From NABBA’s early days Oscar Heidenstam, who won the Mr. Britain contest in 1937 and Mr.

Europe in. Classic Bodybuilders of the 1960s Dave Draper (1942-Present) Larry Scott (1938-2014) Sergio Oliva (1941-2012). Steve Reeves, “The Shape” of the Silver Era Bodybuilding One of the most representative men of this era was Steve Reeves, nicknamed “The Shape”. His broad shoulders, thick arms, wide lats, small waist, tree-trunks looking thighs and huge calves turned him into the.

Johnny MurphyClassic Bodybuilder of Golden Era, is my dad, he is 86 yoa now still gives people tips on how to achieve a good physique. He lives in Florida, Johnny. In my opinion Freddy Ortiz was one of the best bodybuilders from the 1960’s but he barely gets any recognition at all. *Interact with me on social media* [email protected] -Facebook.

Walter Kundzicz. Walter Kundzicz of Champion Studios bridged the gap between the bodybuilders physique era of the 1940s and 1950s to the leaner, lithe models often seen in 1960s physique photos. Some of his subjects include Darryl Powers, Monte Hanson, Dick Stark, and Jim Stryker.

Steve Reeves was the first bodybuilder to put bodybuilding on the map. He was most well known for playing Hercules in films. Striking good look, chiseled face and body with shoulders a yard wide tapering down to a tiny waist. This was the look that everyone strived for. 1950s Classic Bodybuilding Vince Gironda (1917-1997) Vincent “Vince” Gironda, also known as the “Iron Guru”, was an American professional bodybuilder, personal trainer, and actor active during the 1950s.

Vince featured in five different films produced between 1944 and 1957, playing roles ranging from “Pirate Crewman” to “Muscleman.” I.

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When bodybuilders came along who were able to get totally cut-up—like Harold Poole or the late Vince Gironda— they tended to be smaller.

“The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revis” by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
from The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revis
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
Simon & Schuster, 2012

Bob Gajda and Don Howorth are but 2 representatives of the common approaches to the changing environment in bodybuilding during that transitional decade of the 1960s.

“Muscle, Smoke, and Mirrors” by Randy Roach
from Muscle, Smoke, and Mirrors
by Randy Roach
AuthorHouse, 2008

This was the consuming question motivating a generation of bodybuilders who arrived in California during the 1960s and 1970s, another ethnically diverse set that included Bill Pearl, Sergio Oliva, Dave Draper, Freddy Ortiz, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbu, and Freddy Ortiz.

“Encyclopedia of American Folklife” by Simon J Bronner
from Encyclopedia of American Folklife
by Simon J Bronner
Taylor & Francis, 2015

Bodybuilding shows and magazines began to proliferate; the Mr Olympia contest was initiated in 1962, and many other bodybuilding competitions followed.

“Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1” by Peter M. Miller
from Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1
by Peter M. Miller
Elsevier Science, 2013

For more details, see Arnold Schwarzenegger, Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985), 161.

“Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art” by Richard Shusterman
from Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art
by Richard Shusterman
Rowman & Littlefield, 2000

Most of all, there were bodybuilders posing, especially Reg Park and Steve Reeves.

“Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger
from Total Recall
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Simon & Schuster UK, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sergio Oliva, Frank Zane, Boyer Coe, Reg Park — they were just a few of the world’s top bodybuilders whom I looked up to.

“Death, Drugs, and Muscle: Surviving the Steriod Underworld” by Gregg Valentino, Nathan Jendrick
from Death, Drugs, and Muscle: Surviving the Steriod Underworld
by Gregg Valentino, Nathan Jendrick
ECW Press, 2010

Unlike bodybuilders of previous eras, golden-era bodybuilders began to be judged on appearance alone and no longer had to also perform athletic events in competition.

“Bodybuilding: The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook” by Peter J. Fitschen, Cliff Wilson
from Bodybuilding: The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook
by Peter J. Fitschen, Cliff Wilson
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2019

Early pictures of Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu reveals a physique that did not look like a future bodybuilding champion.

“Natural Bodybuilding” by John Hansen
from Natural Bodybuilding
by John Hansen
Human Kinetics, 2005

Demanding bodybuilding imagery surrounded men still, to be sure, as Charles Atlas began his popular muscularity campaign in 1926.

“Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West” by Peter N. Stearns
from Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West
by Peter N. Stearns
NYU Press, 2002

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  • Guys check out @goldenagephysiques on Instagram for the rarest and most aesthetic pics and footage of old school bodybuilders. I’m trying to grow the account so please like and follow!


  • You are the most impressive man you couldn’t of said it better fix your weak points before adding mass and that’s you man, these guys are all look good but they aren’t even close to being as lean they all look grainy and have a bunch of veins running all over their bodies but they lack the crazy definition. Something you don’t. You have the perfect amount of veins and you’re always looking crazy lean you have great skin that looks almost like leather. Just like Arnold you’re on a hold other level.

  • They were the best for all times and will be best forever. Nowadays bodybuilding means taking steroids, Synthol and supplements. Love them all. They deserve to be followed.

  • Haha I love how he knows who and what the strengths are of his competitors, Chris is the only one that could give you a run for your money, maybe Calum but he’s injured and has a long way to go. Honestly Wesley you are a huge inspiration!

  • Wesley, I love the respect you have for the sport and for other body builders. Keep up the great work, both on the stage and on YouTube. Stay Golden!

  • A man in women’s bikini bottoms…
    I just don’t get it and it totally unnecessary. It’s seriously gay porn in my opinion and I never say to myself, “Thank god he has that thong on so I can see what briefs hide!”
    No matter how ripped I get my hip pelvic muscles, I will never feel the need to show it. It’s such a lame thing to showcase.

    Thank you for sparing us by not showing yourself in a thong.

    I’m not sorry. Fuck that feminine shit. The point of muscles is to be MASCULINE.

    We recognize the bubble gut as a huge problem now let’s get rid of one other BIG elephant in the room.

  • Chris bumstead must be the champion this time, in my opinion he has the perfect body for the new divsion, how agree with me smash like I want feel famous too

  • For anybody whose inteasted….. Reg Park was the first brit. In England to officially do a 500lb bench press…… He did this in Hull. England…… My weighting lifting coach was a well known and respected lifter.. And promoter of weightlifting shows etc.. And he invited Reg down to do a exhibition of lifts.. And phiscally exhibition… This was early

  • You and Cal are pretty big guys! Gives me motivation to see these old pics. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Mentzer are my favorite.

  • in terms of fixing ones weak points, do you think it would be best to work with a trainer for a period of time or just eye ball it???.. i really want to get my body to flow, im tired of just killing myself, week after week on the squat rack.. i need to relax and train smarter…

  • Sad when young guys take steroids. They already have high testosterone in your twenties mixed with anabolic chicken is crazy gains. Should put in at least 10 years of hard work until your body reach its genetic potential. People see the glamour and awesome photos but not the other side of issues. Like Doran Yates, when he stop in his mid 30’s took a long time for his body to recomp and to have kids. With anabolic chicken can live like a god but it’s not a free ride, when you’re off cycle you don’t keep most of gains!

  • The classic physique is, in my opinion. The most beautiful way to show off the male form..thats the look I’m going for,,,and ALL THE LADIES ARE NOTICEING ME ALREADY!!!!DOUBLE BONUS!!!

  • calum von moger has a really flat and small rib cage, you cannot compare it with arnold’s deep chest. when calum turns to his side his torso almost dissappears. so I wouldn’t say he has the classic genetic. all the guys with classic genetics had a really developed rib cage. A deep wide rib cage is a sign on masculinity.

  • you have a very beautiful voice! not just the sound, also the way you speak. you should do some other type of videos, outside bodybuilding.

  • Even today’s classic bodybuilders are not as close as 70 and 80 there was something back then that made them look different like the biceps looked different puffy like and the chest really looked like if it was heavy and really puffy and large. Von morgen lacks Arnold’s chest and biceps

  • Lmao these old guys were beasts. I can’t do most of these movements because I snapped up my joints doing standard movements with meme tier weight. I couldn’t imagine doing that stuff, drugs or no.

  • We did it lads, about a week ago this video hit over 1 million views. Thank you so much and again, sorry for the gramatical mistakes, the video was made in a short time.

  • Steve Reeves possibly the closest a man can look to a God

    Sergio Oliva possibly the most genetically gifted bodybuilder ever. Look at those proportions and just think what he could have achieved with modern nutrition and training.

  • I think there is a huge misunderstandig regarding “classic” physique. Its not just less steroids + no legs + no bubble gut. Some of those “classic bodybuilders” still have those Mr. O-awkward proportions (just less muscles in general, it seems that huge consumption of steroids makes also disproportions growing as well): arms and shoulders even bigger than their breast muscle: looks too compact and disbalanced. Dominating hip flexors and thighs e.g.
    classic means going for good proportions like avoiding neck training but focussing on shoulders when you dont have a small weist for instance. Why do people cant accept that there are ratio-limits and restrict themselves to fix disbalances instead of making their dominating muscles even more dominating? And others think classic means legs and calves like chopsticks which is also the wrong direction.

  • The other key thing I have found when doing these presses GRIP THE BAR LIKE IT OWES YOU MONEY! Seriously, make sure you work on gripping the bar insanely tight as you can I mean really really as hard as you can go. This signals to your body that you are serious and it takes things to the next level. Remember, IT OWES YOU MONEY!

  • I’ll be 50 next month. I use resistance bands,and I do Alot of Crush Grip Training. Also a good amount of dynamic tension. The only thing I do with free weights is overhead presses, and the wrist roller.

  • Today are Men s ballon!
    Old School is the best: Frank Zane Franco columbu Larry Scott, de steave Reaves and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Classic proportion natural

  • Those exercises are great, in addition to the exercises you forgot to mention how they cycled their steroids, I have to admit they didn’t juice up any where near the amount they use today, the proof is the deaths of so many young people from steroids. I competed drug free in powerlifting, it’s hard work �� but I did pretty decent. I’m 56 today n still train hard/ drug free n enjoy it. Nice vid. Excellent exercises, Not intended for yuppies.

  • The behind the neck exercises are bad because it’s not a natural position for the rotator of the shoulder… If done too long and without the knowledge of the anatomy it can cause serius injury

  • The music sucks, it doesn’t fit at all for this topic.
    I see a revolution of bodybuilding generations, and the music reminds a sad story like ww2. I mean come on what the fuck?????

  • Maria orsic was not a slavic women when Iugoslavia began to exists Croatia was invaded by other etnies,the similar case of Romania with the “big noses” tribes

  • From. The late 40s to the early 70s is when bodybuilders looked the best, they were healthier too my Dad would work with weights do gymnastics on the iron rings and run 5 to 10 miles on the beach, my Dad didn’t compete he made good money in aerospace, he worked at Hughes, he just love to workout, I got bit by the same bug! I too love working out too been doing it since I was 12 now I’m 59 and still lift 5 days a week and run marathons, and eat as healthy as possible, I guess I have my Dad to thank for that ������������️‍♂️��️‍♂️��‍♂️��‍♂️��‍♂️����

  • Brother you look awesome next to Callum in the picture of you two. Your shoulders and symmetry look amazing compared to his. And I think he knows it lol

  • Dammm i just cant picture my self doing a standimg overhead straight barbell extension just seems brutal �� maybe its cuz of my messed up wrist that makes me cringe lol

  • Waoo i mean waoo look at their stomach it look as if they had no intestine, shape so clean old bodybuilder are real legends… Look at present guy they have baby in belly.. fkin buble guts and it’s normal to them hahahahh pity

  • This workout seems pretty simple yet effective. I don’t go to the gym but I do have dumbbells at home and also, I like workouts that target all areas of the body and doesn’t take too much time! All I did is something like this and gradually increase on the weights overtime. I can see my fitness and strength improving little by little. Much thanks for the share!

  • behind the neck shoulder press really helps also standing or seated over head tricep extensions with the barbell helps greatly and I’m waiting for my bench come so I can do over heads with EZ barbell

  • but they are not natural at all, and i dont believe them if they say no, arnold lee frrigno and bob paris have admitted that they took steroids

  • Job well done on the video, guys! �������� I love the “Technicolor”…lol. The arm swings at the end though! HiLARIOUS!!��������

  • I might be wrong but I thought it was important to Steve to always work body parts top down so it would start with shoulders. I also thought he was big on pullovers. He’s a body builder I keep going back to so I’m off to research these questions and more! Great video dudes, keep up the great work.

  • Steve Reeves was so jacked for a person during his time period, compare him to other bodybuilders of his period and you can see why many see him as the originator of modern bodybuilding

  • This video is trash. You make fun of what was really said back in the day exaggerating everything from diet to how old one would be before being encouraged to workout with weights!

  • Whenever I do overhead triceps the dumbbells rest on my forearms and it hurts. What am I doing wrong?
    Could my dumbbells be the problem?

  • I am 46. When I was twelve, I used to have to lift weights in my parents basement where my Mom couldn’t see me because she used to start yelling at me that I was going to stunt my growth. I am 6’2. I guess I would have grown to be about seven feet had I not started weight lifting so early.

  • Make sure you also get a lot of fruits, vegetables, and high fiber carbs and there is nothing inherently wrong with “plenty of red meat, dozens of eggs, and whole milk”…

  • The first black and whites. Pre steroids. The colors. Steroids. Zane and nubret were steroid era. But it’s good to know that some of those early photos are achievable as a natural like me.

  • cant tell if he taking the piss out my hero Mr Reeves ideas or if he recommending them.. can someone who knows this channel let me know? hard to tell if he being sarcastic about the whole thing or just explaining an awesome mans ideas in a funny unique way. Mr Reeve had many workout plans, his fav was the 20 rep squat plan. he alos had plans( his super advanced plans)where he would do 2-4 exercise per body parts ( specialization programs) that look more like what arnie used to do.

  • I’m 52 yrs old and I started bodybuilding because if steeve Reeves not Arnold, watched all his movies and read lots of articles on him, he was the true king of bodybuilding! Thanks great video, funny to!