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    2014 Arnold Sports Festival Coverage

    By: Bodybuilding Contests

    The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival is held February 27th - March 2nd, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Find all of the coverage of the grand event here!

    Date Added: Feb 10, 2014

  • The Golden Age Guide To Building Muscle In College

    By: Contributing Writer

    College means some of the best years of your life for acing your gains. Take a cue from the Golden Age of bodybuilding and follow this course to build maximum muscle!

    Date Added: Dec 29, 2014

  • How Arnold Built His Legs And Abs

    By: David Robson

    Imagine enduring the grueling pain of a high-volume, heavy-leg workout?then repeating it three times every week. That's how Arnold brought up his legs, which were once considered his biggest weakness. Part 3 of a 4-part series.

    Date Added: Aug 22, 2014

  • Legends All: 2014 International Sports Hall Of Fame Inductees

    By: Roger Lockridge

    Only the best of the best make their way into the International Sports Hall of Fame. Meet the esteemed 2014 inductees!

    Date Added: Apr 28, 2014

  • We 'Mirin Vol. 56: Bodybuilding Legends

    By: We Mirin

    The Golden Age of bodybuilding was defined by symmetry, definition, and elegance. This special edition of We Mirin' is a nod to our iron ancestors. Check out these breathtaking photos of icons who epitomized the meaning of the word 'aesthetics.'

    Date Added: Mar 1, 2014

  • Remembering A Muscleman's Muscleman: A Tribute To The Late Dan Lurie

    By: David Robson

    Dan Lurie left behind an accomplished legacy as a fitness promoter capable of legendary physical feats. Join bodybuilding stars past and present as they remember 'Dan the Muscleman.'

    Date Added: Feb 18, 2014

  • A Difference You Can Feel: Gironda Dips And Triple Add Sets

    By: Jim Vaglica

    You don't have to go hunting for new exercises every time you want to shock your body into growth. Just try these two twists on staple upper-body movements!

    Date Added: Jan 14, 2014

  • Press Release: Joe Weider Memorial To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On

    By: Press Releases will provide a free, live webcast stream from Joe Weider's memorial service in Santa Monica, CA on April 14, 2013.

    Date Added: Apr 4, 2013

  • 2013 Arnold Sports Festival Photo Galleries

    By: Bodybuilding Contests

    Find all of your favorite photos from the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival here!

    Date Added: Feb 28, 2013

  • Arms Without Equal: Larry Scott Arm Workout

    By: Matt Biss

    The Golden Age of Bodybuilding began when Larry Scott stepped on stage at the first Olympia. Are you up to the challenge of the classic workout that got him there?

    Date Added: Feb 13, 2013

  • Memories Of The Myth: Greats Pay Tribute To Sergio Oliva

    By: David Robson

    Sergio Oliva was a true champion. Fitness icons pay tribute to the revolutionary, bodybuilding pioneer, friend, father, and legend.

    Date Added: Nov 27, 2012

  • Death Was His Only Release: A Tribute To Mr. America, Steve Michalik (1948–2012)

    By: David Robson

    Mr. America 1972 Steve Michalik revolutionized the symmetrical look coveted by today’s bodybuilders. He helped lay the foundation of the sport.

    Date Added: Jun 5, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Robby Robinson Part 4.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Robby muses on the incredible success and multiple careers of Arnold, despite his recent personal woes. A group of the old guys (at various levels of fitness as Ric points out) will be featured in an upcoming issue of Men's Journal magazine in a special Golden Era spread, and the pair share predictions on who's going shirts and who's going skins. Still in outstanding shape, Robby details his secret on maintaining his impressive bicep peak.

    Date Added: May 8, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Robby Robinson Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    With audio equipment tuned up, Robby and Ric take to the second half of the interview. Ric's just too curious to hear the details about what Robby is most well known for - the infamous bronze sculpture featuring Joe Weider's head on Robby's torso; instantly recognizable, the piece has become part of the mythos of the brand, even inciting envy from Arnold. Naturally the conversation turns towards the storied life and career of Weider, and his incredible influence on the industry.

    Date Added: May 2, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Robby Robinson Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Robby continues with some additional gym techniques, and explains his impulses to correct others form, and bad personal trainers, in the gym from time to time. While his diet has changed somewhat over the years, his training remains remarkably the same - it's true that the old-school ways are still the ones that work. In addition, he's also mixed in some advanced techniques like fascia massage to not only get stronger than he was, but to remain injury free as well. Well versed on the industry overall, Robby offers some final words not only for aspiring bodybuilders working towards pro status, but the average gym guy with a passion for the iron game.

    Date Added: Apr 24, 2012

  • A Legacy Writ Large: A Tribute To Fitness Publishing Icon Robert Kennedy (1938–2012)

    By: David Robson

    Kennedy was a vibrant, intelligent, creative man whose bodybuilding and fitness publications kick-started the careers of physique champions the world over.

    Date Added: Apr 19, 2012

  • Bruce Lee: Legend Of The Dragon

    By: Muscle & Fitness

    Martial artist, movie star, author, philosopher, visionary, and bodybuilder, Bruce Lee commanded the world's attention - and his own inner powers - like no man before him, and none since.

    Date Added: Apr 17, 2012

  • Remembering Robert Kennedy (1938-2012)

    By: Contributing Writer

    Bob leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer in the field of bodybuilding and physical wellness.

    Date Added: Apr 13, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Robby Robinson Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Due to demand from viewers, Ric shoots a multi-part interview and training series with another missing piece of the Golden Era puzzle, generational bodybuilder Robby Robinson. As strange as it sounds, Robby's introduction into the world of fitness was made as he began to watch Jack LaLanne at a young age, following his TV "plyometrics" routine, probably long before that term became popular. Inflicted with a blood disorder as a child, he began to see improvements in his condition with exercise, and quickly discovered the bodybuilding scene. Another proponent of the artistic side of bodybuilding, this focus was the natural route for Robby after having an unfavorable reaction to the drugs prevalent in those days. Topics eventually veer towards how bodybuilding has changed over the years, as per usual of Ric's interviews.

    Date Added: Apr 10, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Is Bodybuilding Still Alive?

    By: Ric Drasin

    Following up one of the questions raised during his recent interview with Jerry Brainum, Ric analyzes the current state of scene to determine an answer to this important question. It becomes clear that this task raises even more questions than it answers - do bodybuilders today have the charisma to be real champions in a world outside the stage? Is the fan base strong enough for just the big guys?

    Date Added: Apr 4, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Old School Bodybuilding Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric asks Jerry about his stance on the supplement industry, and as expected he has much to say. To support healthy aging, Jerry has moved beyond the bodybuilding realm into wellness items like resveratrol, but in the same breath denounces current industry practices of ingredient stuffing and proprietary labeling. Flashback to the supplement scene in the 70's, and one was limited to Blair's and the occasionally unsavory Bob Hoffman line.

    Date Added: Mar 28, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: "Time Of My Life" Book Promo.

    By: Ric Drasin

    A decade in the making, Ric is releasing his new book covering his "3 lifetimes" worth of experience in bodybuilding, rock & roll, wrestling, acting, business and more. Jam packed with all the wild stories of the Golden Era, rare pictures, and plenty of humor, you'll also learn about the success mindset that's been fueling this renaissance man for 6 decades (with no signs of slowing down)!

    Date Added: Mar 20, 2012

  • Build A Classic

    By: Flex

    Chris Cormier shows you how to build a physique that will stand the test of time.

    Date Added: Mar 19, 2012

  • Best Of The Best: Inaugural Class Of The International Sports Hall Of Fame

    By: Roger Lockridge

    This year's Arnold Sports Festival began a new tradition: inducting the worthy into an unprecedented Hall of Fame.

    Date Added: Mar 15, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Old School Bodybuilding Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Down at Venice, Jerry returns to Ric's Corner to help answer the question, "Is Bodybuilding Dead?" The short answer - the public has become disillusioned by the quest for more and more size. Bodybuilding began as a way to stay healthy, but has gradually shifted to a culture believing that the right drug combo can get them into the Mr. Olympia. Both recall the old familiar platitudes - diets of protein and heavy cream, gyms sans cardio machines, and all-you-can-eat buffets with Lurch from the Addams Family (maybe not so familiar). Jerry was even called out by Arnold for looking like a wrestler which led him to the first cutting phase of his career.

    Date Added: Mar 14, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: The Silver Era Continues.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric digs back in to his own personal history and it's relationship to the Silver Era of Bodybuilding - the 50's and 60's. Ric regales vintage accounts of jealous ex-girlfriends, Bob Hoffman's Proteen, the built Brunet Bros. twins, and a mythical time before drugs where bodies were only built with sweat and iron; resurfacing these important historical roots.

    Date Added: Mar 7, 2012

  • Golden Age Legends, Part 3: Joe Gold, The Social Scene, And Gold's Gym

    By: David Robson

    Bodybuilders in the Golden Age built the framework for the industry to come. The legends rap about Joe Gold, '70s fashion, social life and the gym that brought them together.

    Date Added: Mar 5, 2012

  • Golden Age Legends, Part 2: Legends Talk Fame, Identity, And Pumping Iron

    By: David Robson

    Greats of the Golden Age respond to questions about Pumping Iron, the mythos around Gold's Gym, and the struggles to stay afloat in the rush to fame.

    Date Added: Mar 1, 2012

  • Golden Age Legends, Part 1: Q&A With Golden Age Greats

    By: David Robson

    The Golden Age of bodybuilding made Arnold Schwarzenegger a global icon. This Q&A with some of the age's greatest bodybuilders takes you on a trip through time.

    Date Added: Feb 29, 2012

  • The Book Of Big Arms! Bob Hoffman Biceps Workout

    By: Matt Biss

    Bob Hoffman – creator of York Barbell – wrote the book on biceps training. Literally. Curl up and get cozy with his old-school arm-building approach.

    Date Added: Feb 15, 2012

  • Robby Robinson: Nutrition, Supplements And Mind Over Matter

    By: David Robson

    The Black Prince shares his thoughts on nutrition, supplements, motivation and the state of pro bodybuilding in this exclusive Q&A with the Golden Age legend!

    Date Added: Feb 15, 2012

  • Prince Of Arms: Robby Robinson Exclusive Arms Workout

    By: David Robson

    Now 65, Robby Robinson remains one of the Golden Age's most ripped, enigmatic champions. He talks training and shares a badass arm workout in this exclusive interview.

    Date Added: Feb 8, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Reg Lewis & The Silver Era Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The conversation moves into Vince Gironda and his ahead-of-the-times philosophy, Blair's protein, Joe Gold, Zabo Koszewski, and even Elvis. Reg still stays busy with personal training, but likes to stick with his niche of high income professionals. When it comes to physiques, invariably Reg is a proponent of yesterdays "speed and grace" over today's "gorillas", and discredits advertising that claims vitamins and minerals built a body that clearly drugs did. They both agree that even the facial expressions during posing have changed.

    Date Added: Feb 7, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Reg Lewis & The Silver Era Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric's lined up another living legend and highly influential figure in the history of bodybuilding, all the way back from the "Silver Era", the 50's and 60's. Reg Lewis was focused only his baseball career as a teenager, and bodybuilding was simply a means to an end. On a spur of the moment suggestion, he won his first show in 1954 and quickly began establishing himself in the scene, even befriending icon Steve Reeves. From there, things accelerated as Reg was drawn naturally into the world of entertainment, eventually landing magazine covers, working in Mae West films alongside other greats, and acting in his most well known role as Hercules. An early advocate of the home gym, Reg had everything he needed to build at that time a world-beating physique. This was only after getting some pointers about intensity from timeless guru Jack LaLanne. Some may not know that he was also one of the first bodybuilders to compete naturally and win at the national level as drugs became popular in the early 60's.

    Date Added: Jan 31, 2012

  • Ric's Corner: Vince Adams.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric brings in LA trainer and actor Vince Adams, who comes from the same old-school camp of train heavy and eat big. In his nearly 40 years of training, Vince seems to have seen almost every training scheme out there, and at some point taken the best from many of them, and both have noticed a concurrent, opposing shift between intensity and "enhanced" physiques since the old days, the latter increasing while the former generally dropping. A few other tips garnered - watch the overtraining, and less weight usually means less health problems. Vince has other projects going on - including an interesting concept for a vintage bodybuilding club.<br /><br /><strong><a href="">Vince's Website</a></strong><br />

    Date Added: Dec 28, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: The Silver Era Of Bodybuilding Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric takes a step back in time even further into the history of bodybuilding, all the way back to origins in the 30's and 40's. Names like Steve Reeves, Reg Park, Reg Lewis, Steve Reeves and even Sean Connery were ubiquitous in the day. Also highly influential, the Charles Atlas magazine ads that sparked the imagination in everyone from little boys to grown men. The bodies were built the old fashioned way, with strong work ethics and basic, high quality diets.

    Date Added: Nov 30, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Gold's In The Early 80's Part 6.

    By: Ric Drasin

    In the final segment, you'll see more women serious about arms, big Lyle Alzado and the Barbarian brothers, and some very rare shots of the "A Team" filming on location. Technical glitches aside, there's also some Robbie Robinson and Mike Quinn in there too.

    Date Added: Nov 16, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ric's Corner: Gold's In The Early 80's Part 5.

    By: Ric Drasin

    This week, find owner Ed Connors getting business done, Victor Richards rolling dumbbells, and a taste of 80's California beach life. More Venice characters include Jeff Henry and Rick Valente.

    Date Added: Nov 9, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ric's Corner: Gold's In The Early 80's Part 4.

    By: Ric Drasin

    For Ric's 100th Episode you'll get more Samir (of course), Dave Dupree, ladies on legs, Kent Kuene, and a Lou Ferrigno look-alike squatting big.

    Date Added: Nov 1, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Gold's In The Early 80's Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Up this week: Mike Christian's big curls, more posing from Bill Grant, small talk with Samir, plus a look at all the fantastic custom-made machines of the era. Jack Armstrong's in there too, looking like Sammy Hagar on the standing calf.

    Date Added: Oct 25, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ric's Corner: Gold's In The Early 80's Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    This time we find Samir Bannout posing calves, Bill Grant having some fun, Don Ross modeling his new hair style, and even some illicit entertainment on the floor. One thing's for sure, the music was better.

    Date Added: Oct 19, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Bill Grant - Memorial Day Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Machines have their place in bodybuilding, especially the likes of the specially made custom pieces at the original Gold's Venice. They can help with muscle isolation, cutting back when recovering from injuries and easing up the stress on joints. But, as Bill and others have pointed out, the basics of success still reside with barbells, dumbbells and the core lifts. Also, these guys AND your gym respectfully remind you to rerack your weights. Bill remembers the old days and looks forward to new ones with his own bodybuilding show.

    Date Added: Oct 11, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Bill Grant - Memorial Day Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Bill was in town for the Muscle Beach Memorial Weekend show, and comes ready to talk old-school with Ric. The incredible growth in popularity of Muscle Beach over the years is due in large part to the efforts of promoter Joe Wheatley. Back in the early days, bodybuilding was considered a cult activity and has now moved much closer to the mainstream. While diets have become more scientific, the basics of eating to change body composition remain the same, only the cardio has increased. Another difference between then and now - guys tended to stay in shape year round, with some fine tuning around show time. Bill has noticed a renaissance of interest in the classic methods amongst his training clients at his New York gym.

    Date Added: Oct 5, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Golds In The Early 80's Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    In this very special multi-part episode, Ric takes you back to near the end of the Golden Era, with rare video footage from this classic era of the Mecca. Catch Mike Christian, Tom Platz, Charles Glass and others crushing iron in this legendary realm.

    Date Added: Aug 30, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Golden Era Trainer Emilio Gonzales.

    By: Ric Drasin

    At the legendary Firehouse restaurant once again, Ric has invited a long lost friend, a regular of the Golden Era scene. Emilio reflects on the family-like camaraderie, humor, and memorable characters of the time, with stories ranging from moonlighting as stand-in actors, balsa wood TV weights, to flabby visual aids.

    Date Added: Aug 23, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Samir Bannout Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Samir's back to wrap up the second half of the interview, candidly admitting to modeling his posing routines after the greats before him, even winning approval from Arnold in a clever game. Now in his mid-50's, he's still got a lot of tricks up his sleeve for manipulating carbs, keeping up the pump, and activating muscle memory. Find out what he thinks about the current state of this under-appreciated art form, if he'll compete again, and what ventures he's cooking up nowadays.

    Date Added: Jul 26, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Samir Bannout Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    This week, Ric's brought in a bona fide bodybuilding tycoon - 1983 Mr. Olympia & the "Lion of Lebanon" himself Samir Bannout. Like many young people from his era, his foray into the world of bodybuilding was undeniably influenced by pop culture, and Arnold specifically. By the early 80's, his all-consuming obsession with the sport lead to domination in competition. Find out what got him to the shores of America and into the scene, to building a world-class physique and taking home the ultimate prize.

    Date Added: Jul 19, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ed Giuliani's House Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    In the final segment of this interview, you'll get opinions on the extinct "stomach vacuum", Eddy's lean-n-mean longevity diet, and a bonus for men - the best answer for the dreaded "how do I look in these jeans?" question.

    Date Added: Jul 6, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ed Giuliani's House Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    On to part 2 at the House That Eddy Built, this old pair mull over training technicalities, peculiar pre-workout solutions, would-be guests, and the "cult" of bodybuilding. Ed points out how only in recent times have almost all other sports adopted principles of strength training, lending some credibility to a lifestyle and community often left out of mainstream attention.

    Date Added: Jun 28, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Ed Giuliani's House Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric's on location at the hand-built home of long time friend Ed Giuliani in the heart of Venice Beach. Maintaining a fine heritage of craftsmanship and woodwork, Ed was tutored in the trade by none other than fellow Golden Era titan Dave Draper. You can also catch him still training, proper, at Gold's Venice. But, his answer to the now infamous question is no - the pump isn't the same anymore. With his background in craft, it's easy for Ed to appreciate the excellent hand-built equipment of Joe Gold's at the original location, including extinct species such as the vertical leg press.

    Date Added: Jun 22, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Boyer Coe Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Trailing off the "we don't get the same pump we used to" talk common amongst maturing bodybuilders, the discussion with the storied Coe continues with body part splits, strong man Marvin Eder, his new hybrid leverage system set to storm the commercial equipment marketplace, and a campy Clint Eastwood story to boot. A serial entrepreneur, Boyer has several ongoing business projects.

    Date Added: May 24, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Boyer Coe Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric's lined up a special guest this week, phenomenal bodybuilding legend Boyer Coe. This soft-spoken Southerner has racked up more contest wins than you'd care to count, and has some very interesting takes on subjects like contest judges, starting training at 13, and cream-based bulking diets. Like other guests before him, Boyer agrees that the Golden Era physiques were much more distinguishable than today.

    Date Added: May 17, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Arnold - Then & Now.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Age, just like that old friend you'd rather not see who's back in town, is eventually going to catch up with the best of us, and even elite physiques such as brandished by a '70's era Arnold are not exempt. The fact is, as time goes on, bodies will change along with priorities. Interested in training the old-school way? Be sure to check out Ric's new <strong><a href="">Golden Era personal training service</a>.</strong><br>

    Date Added: May 10, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Remembering Gold's Gym.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Jack's owned many gyms in the Southern California area, but none quite as good as the original Gold's Gym, with it's no-nonsense atmosphere and precision hand-made equipment, with not a treadmill in sight. If you've always wanted to move out to LA and live the beach and bodybuilding lifestyle, these two have some words of advice for you. Machines and free weights each have their own unique benefits, Ric suggest supersetting them back to back to get the best of each.

    Date Added: May 3, 2011

  • Frank Zane May Have Had The Best-Looking Body Ever. Tracked Him Down To Learn His Secrets.

    By: Steven Stiefel

    Bodybuilding legend Frank Zane teaches his disciples how to achieve physical perfection through one-on-one training at The Zane Experience. makes the pilgrimage to Zane's retreat to give you an inside look at his philosophies.

    Date Added: Apr 27, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Jack Lalanne.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric brings back guest Jack Armstrong to remember timeless icon Jack Lalanne, from his pioneering televised fitness shows for housewives, to his doppelganger on the west coast, to his incredible feats of strength and endurance. Jack's influence knew no bounds, inspiring everyone from Richard Simmons to Arnold.

    Date Added: Apr 26, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Leroy Colbert Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    In the final segment, Leroy looks back on life with no regrets, and admires the quality of nutrition available to today's bodybuilders.

    Date Added: Apr 19, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Leroy Colbert Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Recipe for entertaining interviews (Ric's à la carte): Start by combining larger than life stories involving a confident young Arnold, walnut shells, and motor oil, slowly fold in car analogies and ex-wives, and finally sprinkle generously with Joe Weider anecdotes to taste. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes, 20 seconds.

    Date Added: Apr 12, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: Leroy Colbert Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    No one secures interviews with eccentric old-school characters like Ric, and this week's guest is a treat. Vintage cover model, bodybuilder, and long time nutrition store owner Leroy Colbert was a ground-breaking African American athlete. A promising career was unexpectedly cut short with a life altering accident in the late '50s. Like previous guests before him, Leroy covers the basics of now and then: how drugs have changed the sport, the level of knowledge in nutrition, and the homogeneity of modern physiques compared to the old days where you could tell a man from his silhouette.

    Date Added: Apr 5, 2011

  • Jack LaLanne: Ahead Of His Time, Then And Now!

    By: Daniel Gastelu

    Jack LaLanne will be remembered as the world's ultimate fitness expert, and a visionary. You can even argue that he was the fittest person ever. But his genius didn't end there.

    Date Added: Feb 8, 2011

  • Ric's Corner: How I Got Into Bodybuilding Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric's interviewed many famous celebrities and athletes about how they started they careers - now it's his turn. After being accused of being "lumpy" by and old girlfriend, Ric's interest in bodybuilding only grew as he went from bad old YMCA gyms, to the Army, to Babe's and beyond.

    Date Added: Aug 24, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Powerlifting.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric draws important parallels between powerlifting and bodybuilding. He advises against behind the neck presses opting for Arnold presses instead, encourages neck training and strict form, and offers tips on incorporating powerlifting into your training.

    Date Added: Aug 17, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Charlie's Angels.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Take a journey back in television history to the 1970's where a young Ric Drasin and Roger Callard made their marks in the entertainment industry, and made a living, on a very popular series.

    Date Added: Aug 10, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Personal Trainers.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric points out that the term "personal trainer" is a newer invention, and in the Golden Era they were known as "gym instructors" and evokes his own short lived stint. Then in popular fashion, he discharges a barrage of observations and disappointments about this saturated industry.

    Date Added: Aug 3, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Roger Callard, Part 4.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Friends passed are remembered, mortality contemplated, friendships renewed, eras reflected, and regrets abandoned.

    Date Added: Jul 27, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Roger Callard, Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The anecdotes become more and more colorful with stories of Mae West, Dom DeLuise, Charlie's Angels, Kal Szkalak, directors, A-list celebrities, and other characters from days gone by.

    Date Added: Jul 20, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Roger Callard, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Roger talks about the strangely ironic film made about Arnold becoming a governor long before he actually did, and the strong vision he had for his accomplishments. Also, catch the stories about hiding plates on the smith machine at Ken Waller's gym, secretive cardio, and contest prep strategies.

    Date Added: Jul 13, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Roger Callard, Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    By popular request, Ric interviews bodybuilder, actor, and sports guy Roger Callard. After analyzing Ric's strange thumb-less grip, Roger explains his all-star Midwest sports background and his transition into bodybuilding and acting.

    Date Added: Jul 6, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Jobs For Bodybuilders In The 70's.

    By: Ric Drasin

    While everything seemed like all fun and sun at Muscle Beach, people still had to make a living and the perfect fit seemed to be the movie and entertainment industry. Ric discusses one of his early careers as a Kelloggs salesman until corporate restriction forced a change. Other interesting gigs for meat heads included bouncers, brick layers, and surprisingly enough teachers.

    Date Added: Jun 29, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Relationships In Bodybuilding.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric rattles off a near 10 minute rant addressing all the rumors, mumblings, accusations, assumptions, and insecurities he's heard over the years.

    Date Added: Jun 22, 2010

  • The Golden Era: Diet And Supplements From The Glory Days Of Bodybuilding!

    By: Ric Drasin

    Back in the Golden Era of Bodybuilding, supplements were slim and eating was mostly real foods. But how did the Pros still get massive muscle gains? Re-live the Muscle Beach memories and discover secrets from the glory days of Bodybuilding below!

    Date Added: Jun 14, 2010

  • The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding.

    By: Other Writer

    Muscle Beach is widely seen as the home of the fitness revolution in the United States. Take a trip into history as we look over the Golden Era of Bodybuilding!

    Date Added: Jun 3, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Bodybuilder & Wrestler Jack Armstrong, Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Times have changed when it comes to the dangers of sun exposure, and gone are the days of baking for 4 hours at a time. Ric recalls how bodybuilding, wrestling, and acting shared a close connection, and the lost art of the stomach vacuum.

    Date Added: May 18, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Bodybuilder & Wrestler Jack Armstrong, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Continuing to dig into the history of Muscle Beach, Ric and Jack look back to the post-war era when many bodybuilders were wrestlers, and even back to the alleged original New York location. Bodybuilding is about lifestyle, and things used to be a bit more relaxed and easy going in the 70's. Jack remembers when gyms broke down the sexism barrier and allowed men and women to train together, but pines that they just aren't as hardcore anymore.

    Date Added: May 11, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Bodybuilder & Wrestler Jack Armstrong, Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    It seems like the best memory these old wrestling buddies share is of the famous smorgasbords of the old days, but the characters are unforgettable too. Chuck Ahrens, H.B. Haggerty, Rocky Johnson, Mike Katz, Steve Neece. The real question is who was loyal to their gym, and who could be found training anywhere including the various locations of Muscle Beach, Gold's, or The Dungeon.

    Date Added: May 5, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Seymour Koenig, Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    There's mutual agreement that the Golden Years of bodybuilding will never be duplicated, but will remain a treasured memory. Retirement's good too, but so is doing what you love into the twilight of life.

    Date Added: Apr 27, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Seymour Koenig, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Seymour remembers being introduced to Franco Columbo, acting gigs, and the strange habits and personalities of Arnold, Dave Draper, and Zabo Koszewski.

    Date Added: Apr 20, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Venice Bodybuilder Ed Giuliani, Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The interview wraps up with Dave Draper's home made furniture, Ed's early training schedule, and living the good life.

    Date Added: Apr 6, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Venice Bodybuilder Ed Giuliani, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ed and Ric remember late friends, Gironda's gym, and the old-school lifestyle.

    Date Added: Mar 30, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Venice Gold's Of The 1970's Revisited, Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric hits the street and visits the Ground Zero of bodybuilding history. Check out the original Gold's Gym, the outdoor Pit, and the famous Zucky's Deli.

    Date Added: Mar 9, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Bodybuilding Diet Of The 70's

    By: Ric Drasin

    In the Venice Beach of Lore, the Valhalla of the bodybuilding diet was the all-you-can eat smorgasbords. The big guys of the time regularly closed these places down by literally eating them out of business. There was no magic formula to the diet: lean cuts of protein, eggs, cottage cheese, salads, and of course the cheat meal Sundays.

    Date Added: Mar 2, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Arnold And The Boys Leg Training

    By: Ric Drasin

    Arnold fans, here's your most requested episode! See how the boys carved out those pillars of stone in the old days. Yep, you guessed it - back to the basics with squats, donkey calf raises, and the extinct vertical leg press. But as Ric warns, if you want results don't let ego determine your poundage.

    Date Added: Feb 23, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Muscles In The Movies, 70's Style.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Back in the day around the Venice Beach area, many bodybuilders crossed over into acting to help pay the bills, and sometimes how small or bizarre the role was didn't matter. If you look hard enough, you can find bodybuilders in everything ranging from Mae West, rats, and wrestling to the cult classic Demi-Hulk.

    Date Added: Feb 16, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Gold's Characters From The Past.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Every gym's got their strong personalities, but Ric remembers a particularly bawdy and colorful cast from the 70's.

    Date Added: Feb 9, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Gym Etiquette.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Gym manners were different back in the day, no radios, no leaving weights out, and no distractions. Ric rants on everything from co-ed showers and celebrity trainers to hogging machines and dropping weights.

    Date Added: Feb 2, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Training Back With Arnold, Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric dives right into more of what you want to hear: Arnold's back routine. Secrets include wide grip chins, t-bar rows, and seated lat stretches. Almost everyone's had a laugh at the gym attire of the 70's and 80's, Ric shamelessly defends it.

    Date Added: Jan 26, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: The Legendary Joe Gold.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Ric remembers gym visionary and icon Joe Gold and his immeasurable contribution to the world of bodybuilding. Recollections of the hand-made equipment, the no music policy, and the friendly rivalry with Vince Gironda's gym paint a vivid picture of the original Venice Beach lifestyle. Ric shares the story behind the creation of the world famous Gold's Gym and World Gym logos.

    Date Added: Jan 19, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Bill Grant, Part 4.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The discussion continues on why hours of cardio is no good, and the same goes for the inexperienced trainers recommending it and other fitness fubars. Jerry gives a rundown on his magazine articles, covering the subjects of supplements and pharmacology in Flex and Iron Man.

    Date Added: Jan 14, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Bill Grant, Part 3.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The segment starts with a genuine shoutout - thanks guys we appreciate it. Bill and Jerry offer their two cents on the current state of bodybuilding and the disconnect between the sport and the public due to overly freakish physiques. Other subjects include the myth of muscle turning into fat and too much cardio.

    Date Added: Jan 7, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Bill Grant, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    The boys wistfully recall the antics of the eccentric Roger Callard, stories include eating whole chickens and 400lbs. cold squats. The nostalgia continues with recollections of a camera-destroying Arnold during the short lived nude Venice beach era. Jerry Brainum talks about his new book.

    Date Added: Jan 5, 2010

  • Ric's Corner: Jerry Brainum & Bill Grant, Part 1.

    By: Ric Drasin

    These three old friends reunite to knock heads on the subject of bodybuilding into the golden years, and have fun while doing it. Mr. World Bill Grant suggests optimal workout splits for maximum recovery, and supplement guru Jerry Brainum recalls cheese-stealing next door neighbor Frank Zane the 70's.

    Date Added: Dec 31, 2009

  • Ric's Corner: Bodybuilding Legend Albert Beckles, Part 2.

    By: Ric Drasin

    Golden era titans Ric and Albert continue this week discussing workout splits, sticking to the basics, and getting real about bodybuilding as a profession.

    Date Added: Dec 29, 2009

  • Ric's Corner - Main Page!

    By: Ric Drasin

    Revisit the Golden Days of Bodybuilding and wrestling with Ric Drasin! Hear all his stories about training at Gold's Gym in Venice during the 1970's with bodybuilding legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Franco Columbo, Dave Draper, and more!

    Date Added: Dec 11, 2009

  • Bodybuilding, The Early Years: 'The Equalizer' Reveals Rise To Success!

    By: Ric Drasin

    It all started when I was about 12 and saw my first issue of Muscle Builder Magazine. I kept reading these articles... Former professional wrestler Ric Drasin shares accounts of what led to his incredible success. Learn more.

    Date Added: Nov 2, 2009

  • How Bodybuilding & Fitness Popularity Increased Through Movies!

    By: Ric Drasin

    Years before I started training, I would watch movies and see people like Steve Reeves and wonder how they got that way and got into movies. Here's a blast from the past for you to see where many got their start.

    Date Added: Oct 23, 2009

  • You Can Learn A Lot From A Legend: Brown Bomber Speaks Out!

    By: David Robson

    Leon's name is synonymous with bodybuilding excellence. I spoke with the living legend and he discussed at length his approach to the art and science of bodybuilding, and his time as one of the game's shining stars. Read on.

    Date Added: Oct 13, 2009

  • 44 Years Of Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia & The World's Best Bodybuilders!

    By: David Robson

    Chart the rise of the Mr. Olympia contest - Who were its ultimate champions and how has it progressed over the years? Read on to learn how from a single idea grew something that has become both a multi-million dollar enterprise...

    Date Added: Aug 18, 2009

  • How Supplements & Diet Have Changed To Help A Bodybuilder Grow!

    By: Ric Drasin

    When I began training in 1957 very little was known about taking food supplements for bodybuilding. At best was the overall vitamin and 'load up with Vitamin C...' Here's a look at the progression I saw.

    Date Added: Aug 14, 2009

  • Up Close And Personal With Bodybuilding Legend Rich Gaspari!

    By: Ron Harris

    Rich started out with a skinny body and went on to become one of the greatest bodybuilders of the 20th Century. Finally, I had the chance to sit down and talk with the 'Dragon Slayer'. Learn more.

    Date Added: Jul 15, 2009

  • An Interview With The Golden Eagle, Tom Platz: Part Two!

    By: David Robson

    Following on from where he left off in the last installment, Tom, in this interview, discusses his thoughts on bodybuilding, his life philosophy and his training approach, including his now legendary squatting sessions back in Detroit.

    Date Added: May 27, 2009

  • An Interview With The Golden Eagle, Tom Platz: Part One!

    By: David Robson

    I recently spoke to Tom and asked him to discuss his career, development, reputation, contest history and training mindset. Here's the latest about what he is doing and much more. Learn more.

    Date Added: May 26, 2009

  • John Hansen's Natural Bodybuilding Radio: Champion Of The Golden Era Bob Gallucci!

    By: John Hansen

    Learn all about lifetime drug-free bodybuilder Bob Gallucci from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding - back when natural bodybuilding didn't exist yet!

    Date Added: Mar 2, 2009

  • 1966 Mr. America & Sports Performance Pioneer Bob Gajda Discusses Bodybuilding Experiences (Part 2)!

    By: David Robson

    From conversations with Joe Weider to his role as fitness advisor to the Chicago Mob, Bob has seen and done much in bodybuilding. In the following interview, Bob shares training concepts, controversial insights, and more!

    Date Added: Feb 20, 2009

  • 1966 Mr. America & Sports Performance Pioneer Bob Gajda Discusses Bodybuilding Experiences (Part 1)!

    By: David Robson

    From conversations with Joe Weider to his role as fitness advisor to the Chicago Mob, Bob has seen and done much in bodybuilding. In the following interview, Bob shares training concepts, controversial insights, and more!

    Date Added: Feb 19, 2009

  • Personal Trainer Of The Month - Chris Dickerson!

    By: Personal Trainer Of The Month

    Congratulations Chris Dickerson on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Chris was awarded the Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contribution that he provides for his clients and beyond!

    Date Added: Jan 20, 2009

  • Kevin Horton Discusses His Shocking '93 Dorian Yates Photo Shoot.

    By: David Robson

    In winning his first Olympia title in 1992, Dorian Yates was already well ahead of the pack as far as size was concerned. However, nobody could have imagined the spectacular sight that greeted Kevin Horton when he met the massive Englishman in '93.

    Date Added: Dec 5, 2008

  • An Exclusive Interview With The Birmingham Bruisers, Leroy Davis & Dorian Yates!

    By: Kris Gethin tracked down Dorian Yates and Leroy Davis to reunite the pair within the underground weights pen for an exclusive interview that would witness the two 'Birmingham Bruisers' sit together for the first time in five years. Learn more!

    Date Added: Dec 3, 2008

  • 6-Time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates Interview: Now-Famous 1993 Gym Shots, Injuries, & Current Affairs!

    By: David Robson

    As the moniker 'The Shadow' suggests, six-time Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates, could be regarded as the kind of competitor who would materialize from nowhere to surprise everyone with an ultra massive physique.

    Date Added: Dec 3, 2008

  • Building Nations - A Tribute To Ben Weider: Bodybuilding Visionary And Pioneer!

    By: David Robson

    With the passing of Ben Weider on October 17, 2008, the world lost a man who, through his passion for bodybuilding, did as much to advance and strengthen international relations, as he did to pioneer and promote the health and fitness industry.

    Date Added: Nov 24, 2008

  • 1998 Mr. Olympia Retrospect!

    By: Hardcore Aussie Muscle

    Ronnie Coleman becomes Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates announces retirement, and Paul Dillett Collapses. What else can happen? Get the details and the top 15 from this review of the 1998 Olympia.

    Date Added: Sep 8, 2008

  • Frank Marchante Speaks Out About Controversial Sergio Oliva Book!

    By: David Robson

    I decided to discuss this key bodybuilding document with co-author Frank Marchante, to get a broader insight... Sergio's past is revealed - interview explains difficulties in writing the book!

    Date Added: Jul 22, 2008

  • A Rare Interview With Legendary Bodybuilder Freddy Ortiz!

    By: David Robson

    Renowned champion bodybuilder Freddy Ortiz takes time to give rare interview. He’s been notoriously hard to track down and has remained quiet until now. Finally he has chosen to speak in an interview over 40 years in the making.

    Date Added: Jun 25, 2008

  • 2008 NGA Carolina Night Of Champions Bodybuilding & Figure Contest Review!

    By: Contributing Writer

    The NGA Carolina Night of Champions Men's and Women's Amateur Bodybuilding & Figure Pro-Qualifier was held at the historic Carolina Theater in downtown Greensboro, NC on Saturday, June 7th. Read on to learn more!

    Date Added: Jun 16, 2008

  • Lou Ferrigno Tells All - Find Out How He Overcame Adversity!

    By: David Robson

    Lou is one of the rare few that have transferred their talents into other areas. How many men can be psyched out by Arnold and turn it around to become one of the more revered figures...? Learn about the life of living legend Lou Ferrigno.

    Date Added: Mar 25, 2008

  • INCH 101: Mark Henry's Successful Lift With Inch Dumbbell!

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    This week we start with INCH 101: part 14, because of Mark Henry's successful one hand clean and push press with an Inch replica on June 22, 2002 in New Jersey. Learn more about this amazing feat!

    Date Added: Feb 14, 2008

  • INCH 101: Some Reasons Why - In Plain Language &amp; The Inch Dumbbell (Part 18-20)

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    In plain English: Here's more revealed on the life and success of the famed Inch Dumbbell - Details include controversy, deceit, competition info, and more!

    Date Added: Feb 12, 2008

  • An Interview With The Myth: The One And Only Sergio Oliva!

    By: David Robson

    In the following rare and exclusive interview, Sergio discusses his life in bodybuilding and relays never before published aspects of his various careers - from oppression to freedom to bodybuilding domination. Enjoy the ride.

    Date Added: Jan 29, 2008

  • The Reg Park Memorial Service Report.

    By: David Robson

    Reg will live on in the hearts and minds of those he influenced... What follows are key speeches from Reg’s wife, Mareon, son Jon Jon, daughter Jeunesse, and the great Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Date Added: Jan 9, 2008

  • An Interview With Bodybuilding Great, WBBG Pro Mr. America Anibal Lopez.

    By: David Robson

    The life lessons Anibal has learned are well worth considering. In the following interview he outlines his experiences, how bodybuilding was back then, how he believes it is today and why. See how he continues to excel both physically & mentally.

    Date Added: Dec 21, 2007

  • 1979 Olympia: Frank Zane Gives A Master Class In How To Compete.

    By: Bill Dobbins

    I worked my first Olympia in 1979. I also learned more from this contest than any other and realized just how smart Frank Zane really was. Learn about my experiences with Frank and other legendary bodybuilders!

    Date Added: Dec 20, 2007

  • An Interview With Six-Time World Champion Bodybuilder Serge Nubret!

    By: Matt Weik

    Six-time World Champion Bodybuilder Serge Nubret takes some time to answer questions about his past experiences, what he is doing now, how he trains, and much more! Learn more about this icon of bodybuilding right here.

    Date Added: Dec 13, 2007

  • A Tribute To The Great Reg Park: Bodybuilding Pioneer And Enduring Champion.

    By: David Robson

    Many believe Reg Park deserves legendary status for his contributions to bodybuilding. In this article, fans and competitors alike share their thoughts on, and pay tribute to Reg and describe how he has influenced them as bodybuilders.

    Date Added: Oct 25, 2007

  • Mr. Olympia: To Win Bodybuilding's Biggest Title - The Champions Speak.

    By: David Robson

    First awarded in 1965, the Mr. Olympia is the pinnacle of physical accomplishment and pro bodybuilders know that no other title offers a truer test... Learn about the past winners, what set them apart, and what their thoughts were about the big show!

    Date Added: Sep 25, 2007

  • An Interview With Lee Labrada - Advanced Training Techniques Exposed!

    By: Clayton South

    I had the chance to interview bodybuilding legend and Labrada Nutrition Founder and CEO Lee Labrada. In this interview, Lee discusses advanced training techniques and provides his Professional expertise of over 30 years.

    Date Added: Sep 20, 2007

  • The 2007 WBBG International Fitness And Sports Hall Of Fame Awards Review.

    By: David Robson

    Dan was a regular fixture on the bodybuilding scene and one of the main players in the burgeoning bodybuilding and fitness industry... Learn more about how the award's show went and what fans were treated to during the event!

    Date Added: Sep 12, 2007

  • Posing With The Master: Ed Corney On Posing And Life.

    By: David Robson

    In the following interview Ed provides a detailed look at how he became the greatest poser ever and why he feels posing should not be neglected. In addition he talks about current events and much more! Read on.

    Date Added: Sep 5, 2007

  • Bodybuilding's Greatest Champions: The 2007 WBBG International Fitness And Sports Hall Of Fame Award

    By: David Robson

    Dan Lurie has arranged for his first Hall of Fame awards in 27-years! Read on to see who will be inducted into the who's who of bodybuilding and fitness. Names include Sergio Oliva, Charles Atlas, and more!

    Date Added: Aug 24, 2007

  • An Interview With 'The Biceps From The Bronx' Marvin Eder.

    By: David Robson

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Marvin the teenager became interested in both bodybuilding and weightlifting in the late 1940s... The truth about this great champion can finally be heard - from the man himself. Learn more right here!

    Date Added: Aug 13, 2007

  • An Interview With Health Science Expert Dr. Robert Goldman.

    By: David Robson

    Frank in his comments on the history of drugs in sport, Dr. Goldman gave some valuable insights into this most contentious of issues. Learn more here as he discusses the history, and future, of sports performance enhancement.

    Date Added: Aug 6, 2007

  • An Interview With The Legendary Harold Poole.

    By: David Robson

    Harold has the exotic combination of genetics perfectly suited for bodybuilding. I was honored to speak with this living legend, a gracious and polite man. So sit back and enjoy the very long-awaited Harold Poole interview.

    Date Added: Jul 27, 2007

  • INCH 101: Mr. Thomas Inch, The Scarborough Hercules.

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    More in the life of Mr. Thomas Inch, the Scarborough Hercules: Continue here and learn more about this man and his feats of strength and challenge with the famous challenge bell.

    Date Added: Jul 23, 2007

  • Iron History - Television Strongman: Sealtest Dan, The Muscle Man.

    By: David Robson

    I felt satisfied with what I had accomplished but had a firm eye on furthering bodybuilding's popularity through continued contest promotion... Relive some of Dan Lurie's past as the Strongman of TV.

    Date Added: Jul 9, 2007

  • An Interview With Three-time Mr. Olympia Frank Zane.

    By: David Robson

    I spoke with Frank recently and he discussed his life as one of bodybuilding's greatest, what he has been doing in recent years and his thoughts on the current state of the iron game. Get it from the best right here! Read on.

    Date Added: Jun 22, 2007

  • INCH 101: BAWLA, Lifting Competition, Edward Aston & The Challenge Bell, Part 5-7.

    By: Bodybuilding Contests

    Inch 101 - A series of articles that will relay to you about the life of Thomas Inch. Parts 5-7 will talk about the BAWLA, lifting competition, Edward Aston & The challenge Bell.

    Date Added: May 16, 2007

  • An Interview With Pro Bodybuilding Great Boyer Coe.

    By: David Robson

    In the following interview Boyer discusses his life in bodybuilding and gives his insightful and accurate thoughts on many of its major events, from the controversial 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia's through to the ill-fated WBBF.

    Date Added: May 9, 2007

  • INCH 101: Some Memories, Estimates, Guesses Regarding Thomas Inch, Part 4.

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    Inch 101 - A series of articles that will relay to you about the life of Thomas Inch and his famed Inch Dumbbell. Part 3 talks about four different dumbbells, there weight, and who could or couldn’t lift them.

    Date Added: Apr 27, 2007

  • An Interview With 1982 Mr. Olympia, Chris Dickerson.

    By: David Robson

    Chris made history by becoming the first African American man to win the A.A.U. Mr. America. I spoke with Chris recently and he gave me a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of bodybuildings greatest. Learn more here.

    Date Added: Apr 26, 2007

  • An Interview With Inspirational Bodybuilding Champion, Don Long.

    By: David Robson

    In the following interview Don chartered for me his career in bodybuilding and explained all of the events surrounding the condition that almost ended his life. Learn more about this man in this inspiring interview!

    Date Added: Apr 25, 2007

  • INCH 101: The 'Famous' Inch Challenge Dumbbell; The 172 Pound Bell, Part 3.

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    Inch 101 - A series of articles that will relay to you about the life of Thomas Inch and his famed Inch Dumbbell. Part 3 talks about major inconsistencies from stories about the famous dumbbell which no man can lift; the 172 pound bell.

    Date Added: Feb 13, 2007

  • An Interview With Bodybuilding Legend, Ed Corney.

    By: David Robson

    Today at over 70 years old, Ed Corney still trains with a ferocity that many men half his age would admire. In the following rare interview, Ed tells of his bodybuilding history and shares the stories of a life committed to the iron.

    Date Added: Feb 12, 2007

  • Legends Of Bodybuilding Gather At 2007 Arnold Classic Expo!

    By: Press Releases will bring together some of bodybuilding's most respected former champions... Get details about the charitable event and who is scheduled to appear right here.

    Date Added: Feb 6, 2007

  • Lee Labrada: The Most Trusted Bodybuilder In Sports Nutrition!

    By: Clayton South

    As a bodybuilder, Lee Labrada established a reputation for always bringing quality to the stage. I sat down with him recently to talk about his bodybuilding career, his company, and about his commitment to fans. Learn more.

    Date Added: Feb 5, 2007

  • Dan Lurie Speaks About Six-Year Bond With Bodybuilding Great, Lou Ferrigno.

    By: David Robson

    Dan has now chosen to speak out about his days with Lou and the circumstances that led to their parting. In the following interview, Dan provides insights into a Lou very few people know, a man as guarded as he is immense. Learn more...

    Date Added: Feb 1, 2007

  • Almanac Of Men\'s Bodybuilding, J-R.


    The most complete information of bodybuilder\'s profiles available. All help is welcomed! The Almanac is always updated whenever possible.

    Date Added: Feb 1, 2007

  • INCH 101: Hengler's Circus/Apollon/Padoubny And The Challenge Dumbbell, Part 2.

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    Inch 101 - A series of articles that will relay to you about the life of Thomas Inch and his famed Inch Dumbbell. Part 2 talks about the famous Challenge Bell and major inconsistencies from stories about Inch & the Challenge Bell.

    Date Added: Jan 25, 2007

  • INCH 101: An Introduction To The Basics, Part 1.

    By: Joe Roark's Iron History

    Inch 101 - a series of articles that will relay to you about the life of Thomas Inch and his famed Inch Dumbbell. This first part will give some insight about Thomas and a brief history of the Inch Dumbbell. See who could lift it...

    Date Added: Dec 13, 2006

  • Weekend Special: Joe And Ben Weider Highlight!

    By: Contributing Writer

    Joe Weider, the Father of Modern Bodybuilding, and his brother, Ben Weider, former IFBB President and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee are honored in this tribute to their tireless service to the Bodybuilding community for over 60 years!

    Date Added: Nov 3, 2006

  • The Final Installment: Why I Loved Vince Gironda!

    By: Ron Kosloff

    Vince Gironda was decades ahead of his time in the world of bodybuilding. This article will include details about his habits in addition to my reflections of those who would make his life miserable. Read on for the story and the lies!

    Date Added: Aug 10, 2006

  • Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Radio Show Archive!

    By: Radio is proud to present the replays of 'Pro Bodybuilding Weekly' - the radio voice of professional bodybuilding. The show features the biggest names in bodybuilding. A complete list of all prior broadcasts is listed below!

    Date Added: Jul 26, 2006

  • What Bodybuilding Is All About: Bill Pearl And Dave Draper!

    By: Babyboomers

    The 'Golden Age' as it is being called seems to have done it right. Why is the younger generation still looking back to those bodybuilders long since retired? More on that right here...

    Date Added: Jun 22, 2006

  • The Real Reasons Arnold's Physique Was Ahead Of Its Time.


    Arnold was able to get huge back in the day because of the tactics he used while training. Learn right here how he used cheat curls and other exercises to get huge even by today's standards. Check it out.

    Date Added: Mar 13, 2006

  • The Grimek/Lurie Challenge: What Really Happened?

    By: David Robson

    So, did these two legends pose-off in a bodybuilding showdown? Was America's most muscular man decided once and for all? Find out in this exclusive interview with the man behind the challenge, Dan Lurie.

    Date Added: Mar 3, 2006

  • My Reflections On Vince Gironda: The Man, The Master.

    By: Ron Kosloff

    After two years of frustrating and fruitless bodybuilding, I traveled to California needing and searching for help. I was, in fact, contemplating quitting the sport… Then I was introduced to Vince. Learn more as I reflect.

    Date Added: Feb 17, 2006

  • Vince Gironda: Why He Isn't Accepted.

    By: Ron Kosloff

    Several people have asked me why I have written articles concerning Vince Gironda. Hopefully with this article I can really explain who he was and why he was not accepted. Check it out!

    Date Added: Feb 7, 2006

  • An Interview With Bodybuilding Great Dan Lurie!

    By: David Robson

    In the following interview Dan tells his inspiring story and shares the methods that have helped him to stay in excellent physical shape at age 82. Get the scoop about Dan Lurie right here!

    Date Added: Dec 16, 2005

  • Ben Weider Reminisces On The Early Days Of Bodybuilding.

    By: Rob Wilkins

    Weider, spent much time corresponding and visiting with the world's physical fitness authorities. Here Weider talks exclusively about a Edmond Desbonnet, whom some consider to be the leader of the Physical Culture Movement.

    Date Added: Nov 8, 2005

  • A History Lesson In Bodybuilding.

    By: David Robson

    Find out how bodybuilding has evolved over the years, broken down by different eras!

    Date Added: Mar 22, 2005

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Tribute To A Great Champion.

    By: David Robson

    No other bodybuilder in the history of the sport has made the same impact. Indeed, Arnold Schwarzenegger remains the greatest, and most influential, bodybuilder of all time in the eyes of many.

    Date Added: Mar 3, 2005

  • Chet Yorton: The Father Of Natural Bodybuilding.

    By: Matt Shepley

    Chet Yorton made a speech in 1975 at the first bodybuilding competition that performed testing for steroid use. Of natural bodybuilders, he said, 'See friends, these are the real champions'.

    Date Added: Feb 25, 2005

  • Danny Padilla's Road To The 1981 Olympia.

    By: David Robson

    In this exclusive, Danny shares his 1981 Olympia experiences. Learn of the progress he made in the weeks leading up to this competition - and what really happened.

    Date Added: Sep 24, 2004

  • Bodybuilding for Babyboomers - The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding!

    By: Babyboomers

    Today we are going to take a look back at the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. We will also take a look into Dick Tyler's new book West Coast Bodybuilding Scene: The Golden Era...

    Date Added: Apr 6, 2004

  • Remembering The Guru: Vince Gironda!

    By: Ron Kosloff

    The guru of bodybuilding, Vince Gironda is remembered by close friend Ron Kosloff. Find out who Vince was, what he did for bodybuilding and much more...

    Date Added: Mar 12, 2004

  • Remembering The Guru: Vince Gironda - Part Two!

    By: Ron Kosloff

    The guru of bodybuilding, Vince Gironda is remembered by close friend Ron Kosloff. Find out who Vince was, what he did for bodybuilding and much more...

    Date Added: Mar 12, 2004

  • Vince Gironda's Secrets To Building The Perfect Physique!

    By: Paul Becker

    Remember the awesome physiques of the past, the ones that had the classic look of big arms, wide shoulders, chests and backs tapering down to small waists, and hips and then sweeping out to big thighs and awesome calves. Find out Vince Grionda did it with his routine for a perfect physique!

    Date Added: Jul 31, 2003

  • How Richard Simon Gained 25 Pounds In 21 Days!

    By: Dennis Weis

    There are, of course, numerous approaches for forcing muscle growth but one of the most unusual ones I have ever heard of was the Condensed High-Volume Training Program used by a bodybuilder named Richard Simons back in 1966. Find out how to gain 25 pounds in 21 days with his program!

    Date Added: Jul 2, 2003

  • The First Ms. Olympia: Birth Of A Tradition!

    By: Bill Dobbins

    In 1980, the IFBB sanctioned the first Ms. Olympia, which was staged in Philadelphia by Synder. The success of this competition was a watershed event in the history of bodybuilding for women. Check out this exclusive coverage from Bill Dobbins!

    Date Added: Apr 15, 2003

  • Bodybuilding For Babyboomers - The Body Beautiful!

    By: Babyboomers

    We asked our readers what they thought about the current state of bodybuilding. Before we present some of their responses, let's describe briefly how the nature of bodybuilding has changed over time.

    Date Added: Mar 22, 2003

  • Learning From Dave Draper's Mistakes!

    By: Dave Draper

    Dave Draped teamed up with to create a great article on how to not make the mistakes that Dave did!

    Date Added: Dec 20, 2002

  • Mike Mentzer's Lost Heavy Duty Secrets.

    By: Paul Becker

    While many people know the basics of Heavy Duty training, the advanced techniques are known by only a few. Learn the detailed secrets!

    Date Added: Dec 14, 2002

  • Dave Draper On Tour

    By: Diane Fields

    Find out what Dave is up to these days when Diane visited Dave when he was on one of his latest book tours! Also, find out why so many young bodybuilders are admiring Draper.

    Date Added: Dec 2, 2002

  • Fistful Of Time: An Inside Look At Dave Draper

    By: Dave Draper

    See what Dave Draper is up to these days and also find out what is going on that is new and anything else that is going on in his life!

    Date Added: Nov 25, 2002

  • Pumping Irony: Why Everyone Wants To Be Like Dave

    By: Dave Draper

    The drugs, the contracts, suing Weider, these are a few of the things that have happened in Dave Draper's life!

    Date Added: Nov 11, 2002

  • How I Learned From Dorian's Early Years!

    By: Ryan Mackie

    The pros routines aren't right for beginners, intermediates or even a lot of advanced trainees. Learn why!

    Date Added: Nov 7, 2002

  • Active And Fit In Your 40's And 50's?: Beware Of Boomeritis

    By: Diane Fields

    Babyboomers, the legendary generation that challenged our view of youth in the 1960's are at it again. Born between 1946 and 1964 the oldest boomers are rapidly approaching the age of sixty.

    Date Added: Oct 14, 2002

  • The Art Of Posing

    By: Dave Draper

    In the late 1960's and early 70's, posing wasn't poetic and beautiful. We weren't body sculptors then. We were more like deckhands slamming through our most massive poses.

    Date Added: Oct 11, 2002

  • An Interview With Eddie Robinson!

    By: Other Writer

    Eddie Robinson has been involved in the bodybuilding and fitness industry since 1985 and in that time has won the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA.

    Date Added: Oct 7, 2002

  • My Mike Mentzer Training Experience

    By: Paul Becker

    He won the 1978 Mr. Universe and became the first bodybuilder in history to get a perfect score from the judges, the next year he placed second to Frank Zane at the Mr. Olympia, some felt Mike should have won that contest.

    Date Added: Oct 7, 2002

  • An Interview With Mr. Universe Roger Walker

    By: James Sadek

    Learn from the 1976 Mr. Universe on how to beat everyone, including Arnold. Find out how much of an ass Arnold was also!

    Date Added: Sep 19, 2002

  • A Guide To Effective Weekly Training Analysis

    By: Ryan Mackie

    I like to look at everything I do with my training very closely. Knowing exactly why I'm doing certain routines, training methods and why I'm following a certain type of diet strategy.

    Date Added: Sep 19, 2002

  • Training Past 40!

    By: Dave Draper

    If you've been training since your teens or twenties and you're now over 40 you know, of course, you're hooked. You can't let go. But then conventional wisdom slaps you in the face and tells you you're in for a change in your training and expectations.

    Date Added: Sep 12, 2002

  • Power/Bodybuilding - (Before Steroids) - My Own Story

    By: Paul Becker

    The initial flame that would change my physical being for the rest of my life was ignited three times. Written with Dennis B. Weis.

    Date Added: Sep 8, 2002

  • Vince Gironda's Routine For Fast Arm Growth

    By: Paul Becker

    Vince Gironda was know as the "Iron Guru". Bodybuilders who have trained at Vince's Gym over the years, including "Body by" Jake Steinman, Lou ("The Incredible Hulk") Ferrigno, and even Arnold ("The Terminator") Schwarzenegger.

    Date Added: Aug 27, 2002

  • Bodybuilding Exclusive Interviews!

    By: Contributing Writer has conducted exclusive interviews with top bodybuilders to get your most sought-after questions answered!

    Date Added: Aug 26, 2002

  • Watching Dave Draper

    By: Dave Draper

    This year I was able to see Dave Draper go through a workout and I would like to tell you about it.

    Date Added: Aug 24, 2002

  • Herculean Champions!

    By: Curtis Dennis Jr.

    Everyone has a person who motivated them into lifting. Many of us would say Arnold because his physique is something we all wanted.

    Date Added: Aug 22, 2002

  • The Business Of Brawn!

    By: Dave Draper

    Dave Draper's body is his business. His physique, once familiar in the movies, has flexed all over the world. Yet his name is not a household word.

    Date Added: Aug 18, 2002

  • Learning From A Legend

    By: Diane Fields

    Lessons learned from training with legendary bodybuilder, Richard Baldwin

    Date Added: Aug 16, 2002

  • On Target

    By: Dave Draper

    Which male bodybuilder recently had a total of seven major photo sessions, each with a topnotch physique photographer, during a three-week period?

    Date Added: Aug 15, 2002

  • Draper's Dungeon

    By: Dave Draper

    Dark and dirty, the Dungeon was also quite smelly since it was located in a basement below an old hotel that had a taproom.

    Date Added: Aug 12, 2002

  • Peary Rader's One Day Program Of Specialization

    By: Paul Becker

    In The Rader Master Bodybuilding and Weight Gaining System, Peary told us about a program he developed that could add up to 3/4 of an inch to a trainees arms in one day.

    Date Added: Aug 10, 2002

  • Body Thrust

    By: Dave Draper

    Muscles are first and foremost functional. They exist primarily to perform work. Looking good is secondary.

    Date Added: Jul 28, 2002

  • The Arm Forum

    By: Dave Draper

    Weight training devotees are constantly looking for a "secret exercise" or (even more exciting), a "secret routine" that is used by a famous star. It's

    Date Added: Jul 26, 2002

  • Dave Draper Interview

    By: John Stamatopoulos

    Hello dear friends. Today I have the opportunity to interview a bodybuilder that was one of the best in 60's. His nickname was the 'Blond Bomber', and for those that have not guessed his real name already, I am talking of course about Dave Draper!

    Date Added: Dec 21, 2001

  • Arnold Says

    By: Derek Charlebois

    You have to learn to let your back do the work. It is easy for your biceps or delts to takeover, or to use momentum to heave weight."

    Date Added: Apr 5, 2001