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  1. Ronnie Coleman Posing on Jay Leno Show. Not sure what year this would have been.

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  2. Great photo of bodybuilding legend Freddy Ortiz. He probably developed one of the best arms ever regardless of height.

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  3. The following footage was recorded back in 1997 when Doug Hepburn was 71 years old. He challenged the world to duplicate the lifts he performed in the video. Incredible strength in all lifts which were performed raw with no warm-ups and plenty left in the tank to lift more! To read about Doug Hepburn's recommended "Drug Free" Ultimate Strength Building System click here.
  4. * The following training system and information is from the book "Strongman: The Doug Hepburn Story" by Tom Thurston. Edited by: Strength Oldschool This chapter contains all the information that you will need to make yourself as strong as you wish to become. The product of over sixty years of study, experimentation and training, it is easy to understand and employ, works equally well for either sex and produces regular and continuous gains that are precise enough to last months, possibly years, into the future. Since there are no tricks or drugs involved, the strength that r
  5. * This article by Strength Oldschool was initially written on Dec 3, 2016. It has now been updated as of 8 March 2021. * Please watch the video first before reading the article - The video only goes up to 2016 and does not contain footage of later Mr Olympia winners. In these modern times the ‘Mr Olympia’ is considered the KING of ALL bodybuilding contests. Who ever wins the Mr Olympia is simply known as the best bodybuilder on the planet. It’s a title that every single heavyweight competitive bodybuilder hopes to win. Before the Mr Olympia contest was created, bodyb
  6. While Bob Hoffman had the greatest influence on Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, and other strength sports in the sixties, Doc Ziegler (pictured above) had the greatest impact. Doc was a pure scientist who became fascinated with strength development. His innovations did more to alter the course of this aspect of physical training that any other individual, before or since. John Bosley Ziegler was a fourth generation doctor. His great-grand-father served in the Civil War as a physician for the Union Army. Doc was a Civil War buff with a large collection of medical paraphernalia from th
  7. Long gone are the days of the "classic" bodybuilding look - Wide shoulders, big arms, tiny waist, athletic legs, oozing health and vitality. Serge Nubret (pictured above) was a prime example of this. The classic, flowing lines have vanished and sadly, possibly never to be seen again. From the mid '90's onwards, the sport of bodybuilding took a dive and plunged into a state of mass, belly freaks! Blame the drugs, the judges, the bodybuilders themselves, whomever...bodybuilding unfortunately became and has become a freak show for the wrong reasons. No wonder it's not an Olympic sport because one
  8. Any true bodybuilding fans in this world MUST appreciate just how AMAZING Arnold's arms really were. Genetically blessed and driven by a superior work ethic he built probably the greatest arms ever! For me it's a toss up between Arnold & Sergio Oliva as owners of the most incredible arm development. If anyone has opinions on any of the videos below or in general regarding Arnold's arms comment below. More footage of Arnold's arms... More... More....
  9. Classic photo of bodybuilding legend Bill Pearl (1930 - ). One of the best ever. His bodybuilding books can be purchased here. Bill turned 90 years old on 31 October 2020 and still looks healthy. His older brother Harold is also still alive and well.

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  10. The following article was originally published in the March, 1966 issue of Iron Man entitled "The Boys From Belleville". Phil Grippaldi may not be a physique title winner, but he certainly has a magnificent physique that is all solid muscle, and has some of the largest, if not the largest, muscular arms of any teenager in the world, with 20 inches, which he possessed at the age of 16. He amazed the audience and the officials when he came out to lift at the Teenage Nationals this year. Such size, muscularity and power is just too unbelievable in a teenager! His chest of 50" ta
  11. If they were going to make a movie about Michael Guibilo, it would be part - "Sopranos" and part - "Jersey Boys." A picture of young Guibilo says as much. He's wearing a tight gray sharkskin suit, the kind that The Four Seasons used to wear. But the tailoring reveals a freakishly large, bulging bicep. See, Guibilo was no diminutive front man. He was a 6-foot-4, 280-pound sledgehammer better suited to the dark corners of the world. In a few short years, he went from lead guitarist of a group called The Vibrations to bouncer at mob joints, to the guy who dismantled a safe with his bare hand
  12. Back in Aug 7, 2014, Bodybuilding Legend Bill Grant reported the following... * Photo above: Harold Poole at 18 Years Old BRIEF BIO ON HAROLD POOLE Harold Poole (Dec. 25, 1943 - Aug. 7, 2014 ) was a former AAU, IFBB and WBBG professional bodybuilder. Poole's athleticism was apparent very early on. He was quarterback on his football team at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, placed fourth in the state high school wrestling championships, ran 440 yards in 50 seconds and put the 12 pound shot 55 feet. In 1960, Poole entered the AAU M
  13. This lift was done with no straps, no belt and using a double overhand grip making the lift much tougher. Paul Anderson was one of the strongest lifters of all time. RIP Paul Anderson (1932 - 1994). When I made the video I honestly thought Anderson was lifting 825 lbs on the last pull. However...Due to an eye-witness at the above event, it was probably 735 lbs to be precise. Keith Greenan has stated the following: From Brad Reid... From DaveConleyPortfolio... * The book may be the following: "Inside Powerlifting" (1978) by Terry Todd.
  14. Forget Triceps at this point in time and instead keep the focus of this topic on Biceps training comparing two exercises only: The Strict Curl vs The Cheat Curl. Which one is more effective, in your opinion, to build larger muscles of the upper arm? If a lifter specifically focused ONLY on "Cheat Curls" using either an Ez-Bar or straight bar, it doesn't matter, would they lack arm development by not using ultra strict form? Heavy cheat curls are considered "TABOO" in today's times as wannabe experts would have you believe they're a waste of time, will lead to injuries and offer no benefit
  15. Arnold Schwarzenegger - Made In Britain Bodybuilding fans may not know that Arnold Schwarzenegger actually lived in the UK for a period of time, between 1966 to 1968. The 19 year old Austrian, spoke no English and slept on a sofa at the Muscle Mansion, a gym in Forest Gate, London, run by Wag Bennett (1930 - 2008). Many years earlier, Wag was known to be the first man in England to bench press 500 lbs. Wag's gym was originally situated in the house before he acquired the church hall next door and transformed the church into a world famous gym. The gym was located at 353
  16. Walter Milner was an up in coming Canadian Bodybuilder back in the 1970's / 80's. He was known for his incrediable shoulders, triceps and traps as well as his tremendous strength in the gym. He was a powerbuilder so to speak. In 1983, tragedy struck as Walter who worked as a High Rise Window Cleaner, fell 12 floors to his death. Please note: The High Rise Window Cleaner footage (below) is not Walter Milner. Actual Birth Date of Walter is unknown, but according to art b (ex training partner of Walter's) In 1975 Walter was around 27 years old. That would mean Walter di
  17. From a personal point of view, I'm quite fortunate to have a home gym but I realise not everyone has the luxury of having home gym equipment. Some people who love to train may have a few pieces lying around such as some weight plates and dumbbell handles and then there's others who have nothing and desperately want to buy gym equipment but can't due to lack of stock. Prices as well are meant to be soaring which is never a good thing. I've not actually discovered any problems buying equipment if buying from a gym company who manufactures their own training equipment but companies that buy from
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