If you ask anyone that has ever picked up a weight about who their inspirations are, one of their answers will undoubtedly be Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the most successful bodybuilder on the face of the earth, from the stage to the Governor of California, he is the embodiment of hard work infused with charisma. Though you probably best remember him as the Terminator (absolute classic!).
Now that the 2014 Mr Olympia is over, we can look back at the history of bodybuilding as a sport and how it’s gone from a fantastic spectator sport that was all about art and symmetry to it’s modern interpretation and the age of the mass monster. The 60’s to the mid 80’s was the golden era of bodybuilding. From Frank Colombo to Arnold, everyone’s aim was to look like a Greek God: to have perfect symmetry and size. Since then there’s been an ever increasing trend for guys to get as huge as humanly possible. We had Dorian Yates, then Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and now Phil Heath. Yes they are impressive; yes they are massive; yes they have fantastic work ethic. But they have instigated the seismic shift of bodybuilding as an art enjoyed by many to a competition enjoyed by few.
Below we take a look at what bodybuilding was, and what it has become.
Dorian Yates, 6 times Mr O
The Best of the Golden Era.
Phil Heath – Mr Olympia 2014
Arnold – The King of Bodybuilding
When you compare the two generations side by side, it becomes obvious that size is now the most important factor compared to the symmetry and shape of the past. I think you will agree that bodybuilding needs to move back to the past if it’s going to garner the same reputation that it used to. Follow this blog and show your support for the classic bodies of the golden era.