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    Bruce Randall was a shape-shifting phenomenon, bulking up from around 180lbs to 400 plus, than reversing gears he dropped to 187lbs then back up to 225lbs to win the 1959 Mr Universe! Incredibly his skin looked taut and stretch mark free (how did his skin survive his growth onslaughts? Damn good genetics must be the answer!)

    Perhaps even more amazing was his ability to grow huge on a diet of mainly arm work and ever-increasing food consumption - he did not squat due to weakness caused by a prior multiple fracture injury to his legs.BUT he did have a secret weapon in his workout, the rarely seen "barbell bend-over" AKA THE Good Morning which has now become a mainstay for many strength athletes and powerlifters,thanks to Westside Barbell's use and promotion of its virtues.

    Hard work got Bruce up to a 685lbs Good Morning using a cambered bar, and even more incredible a near miss attempt at 750lbs!WOW!! When I start feeling cocky at my own prowess in this lift I remember that, and swiftly crash back to earth!

    Anyway, this G M exercise enabled Bruce to overcome his leg weakness, and he easily squatted 680lbs when he tested himself at a bodyweight of 355lbs.So he was one of the pioneers that proved the G Morning is great for squat strength and pulling power (Bruce also tested out his deadlift and hit 770lbs WITHOUT training it - shades of Westside training philosophy years before Westside began cranking out their long list of champions!)

    Sadly Bruce disappeared into obscurity and died sometime early this century in his late 70's, but his name will forever be linked with this picture and exercise in the minds of strength athletes around the world.

    One last word.... the Good Morning is an extremely tough exercise to perform when worked seriously hard, but it is perhaps the single most productive exercise in the gym,yes, even compared with the squat!I know many will not agree with that sentiment, but I have to agree with powerlifting guru-extraordinaire Louie Simmons on this one.

    Magnus
    maleicwarrior
    Jan 13 2011 06:32 AM
    Wow...great to see this pic after 46 years!
    maleicwarrior
    Jan 13 2011 06:35 AM
    I remember the first barbell set I ever got in 1964 at age 14. It was made by Billard barbell. Inside was an exercise book to help me get started. The men illustrating the basic exercises were Bruce Randall and Abe Goldberg. It had pictures of Bruce like the one above and then as Mr Universe. He was very inspiring to me as a young teen. He left his mark here on many like me.

    Bruce Randall was a shape-shifting phenomenon, bulking up from around 180lbs to 400 plus, than reversing gears he dropped to 187lbs then back up to 225lbs to win the 1959 Mr Universe! Incredibly his skin looked taut and stretch mark free (how did his skin survive his growth onslaughts? Damn good genetics must be the answer!)

    Perhaps even more amazing was his ability to grow huge on a diet of mainly arm work and ever-increasing food consumption - he did not squat due to weakness caused by a prior multiple fracture injury to his legs.BUT he did have a secret weapon in his workout, the rarely seen "barbell bend-over" AKA THE Good Morning which has now become a mainstay for many strength athletes and powerlifters,thanks to Westside Barbell's use and promotion of its virtues.

    Hard work got Bruce up to a 685lbs Good Morning using a cambered bar, and even more incredible a near miss attempt at 750lbs!WOW!! When I start feeling cocky at my own prowess in this lift I remember that, and swiftly crash back to earth!

    Anyway, this G M exercise enabled Bruce to overcome his leg weakness, and he easily squatted 680lbs when he tested himself at a bodyweight of 355lbs.So he was one of the pioneers that proved the G Morning is great for squat strength and pulling power (Bruce also tested out his deadlift and hit 770lbs WITHOUT training it - shades of Westside training philosophy years before Westside began cranking out their long list of champions!)

    Sadly Bruce disappeared into obscurity and died sometime early this century in his late 70's, but his name will forever be linked with this picture and exercise in the minds of strength athletes around the world.

    One last word.... the Good Morning is an extremely tough exercise to perform when worked seriously hard, but it is perhaps the single most productive exercise in the gym,yes, even compared with the squat!I know many will not agree with that sentiment, but I have to agree with powerlifting guru-extraordinaire Louie Simmons on this one.

    Magnus


    Thanks for the info Magnus. :)