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  1. Frank Marchante was a close friend of Sergio. He also wrote and helped Sergio produce his book.

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  2. Excuse the Weider bullsh*t at the bottom of the photo. Sergio didn't build his physique through "Weider Training Principles". To get an idea of how Sergio trained read this article.

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  3. Long gone are the days of the "classic" bodybuilding look - Wide shoulders, big arms, tiny waist, athletic legs, oozing health and vitality. Serge Nubret and Arnold (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
  4. * 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 contes
  5. * Strength Oldschool was given permission to publish this article by Magnus. Much has been written about Mike Mentzer (1951 - 2001) over the years. Even now, ten years after he and his brother Ray (1953 - 2001) died, he still gets quoted, misquoted and has many fans and foes debating the efficacy of his “Heavy Duty” training system. Added to all the above is a hefty archive of Mike’s own books, videos and magazine articles – he loved to write and unlike most bodybuilders articles these were all his own works, no ghost writers involved!
  6. Sergio with the bright yellow trunks looking agitated going by the facial expression and crazy hand flex.

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  7. Little has been written on the amazing Sergio Oliva in recent years. So when the opportunity presented itself to have a seminar at the Iron Man's Gym conducted by the former Mr. Olympia and Mr. Olympus [that'd be Dan Lurie's contest before the ambitions of the Weider Empire overflowed and drowned pretty near everything else], the only man to hold both titles, I jumped at the chance. Let it be known at this point, I am a Sergio fan and have known Sergio for 16 years and have yet to see anyone - in my opinion - equal him in his prime. I first saw Sergio as a fellow competitor in the Mr. Mid
  8. Great photo of Lee Haney in the gym training his biceps using Barbell Preacher Curls. The above quote from Sergio Oliva was taken from a 2001 Interview with Sergio Oliva by Brian D. Johnston.

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  9. Sergio Oliva Jr was probably in his early to mid 20's here having started late in bodybuilding.

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  10. Before there was Mr T. in "The A-Team", there was Sergio Oliva. The Myth was known to be flamboyant and was probably the best dressed bodybuilder of all time.

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  11. This beast was HUGE having competed at a ripped +270 lbs, Craig even made Sergio Oliva look small (see photo below). Check out Craig's website for more info. More photos of Craig including Interviews and classic training footage from the Pit at Muscle Beach can be seen here.

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  12. Craig Monson was a huge bodybuilder who spent several years in San Quentin Jail. He competed at a ripped bodyweight of +270 lbs at a time when the biggest bodybuilders were around 240 lbs. When I say ripped, I mean just sheer BEASTLY size with NO bubble gut / bloated belly like today's Mr Olympia giants. He even made Sergio Oliva look small! At a height of 6ft 2, he dwarfed competitors with arms over 23 inches! Strength Feats included 400 pounds on bench press for 4 sets of 25 reps which eventually led to 500 lbs for double digit sets then finishing up
  13. A rare photo which you don't see very often but it's one of my favourite photos of Sergio. You can read about Sergio's life by purchasing his book.

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  14. 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
  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. 1981 Mr Olympia - The Greatest Booing Contest of All Time By Rick Wayne Edited by: Strength Oldschool * The following is from the book "Muscle Wars" by Rick Wayne. * NOTE by Strength Oldschool: Before proceeding to read this article by Rick Wayne, please watch the video below which graphically shows Franco Columbu at the 1977 World's Strongest Man contest competing in an event where his leg simply snaps! For Franco to be able to compete again, let alone just be able to walk again was simply an amazing feat. Tough as nails was Franco. On to
  17. 1991 Interview with Bodybuilding Legend Danny Padilla By Greg Zulak Ask your typical seven-year-old boy what he wants to be when he grows up and he'll probably say a fireman, a policeman or a professional wrestler like Hulk Hogan. When Danny Padilla (it is Pa-dill-a, not Pa-dee-a) was seven years old, he told his father, "I'm going to be Mr. America one day." He told his father that because his father wanted to know why Danny was always down in the basement lifting his older brother's weights. Yep! Danny Padilla started his bodybuilding career at age seven, doing basic
  18. 2001 Interview with Sergio Oliva By Brian D. Johnston Edited by: Strength Oldschool * At the time of this interview, Sergio Oliva was 60 years old. BDJ: How did you meet Arthur Jones; what lead to your involvement with him? SO: Jones initially contacted me from Deland, Florida. He wanted me to fly to Daytona Beach to check out what he was doing, and to give an opinion of his machines. So, I flew down and tested them, and I found them to be quite different from other, regular machines. He then asked if I wanted to go through one of his routines while under his s
  19. 1981 WABBA Pro World Cup: (left to right) - Kalman Szkalak (6th) - Serge Nubret (2nd) - Robby Robinson (3rd) - Sergio Oliva (1st). Kalman Szkalak is famous for his high peak biceps.

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  20. Mind blowing V-Taper from "The Myth", Sergio Oliva possessing huge arms, massive shoulders and wide flaring lats. Back in 1985, bodybuilder and writer, Jeff Everson wrote an article on how Sergio Oliva and Victor Richards Trained to Build their Physiques. To read that article click here.

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  21. How Sergio Oliva and Victor Richards Built Their Physiques Article by Jeff Everson (RIP) written in 1985. Edited by: Strength Oldschool (adding Photos only) I suppose it all started the day Richard Gaspari was declared National Light-Heavyweight Champion. Yes, I remember the eventful day back in New Orleans in 1984, when the young dragon slayer, ripped to the proverbial eyeballs, took home the gold, ushering in the new era of physique definition. Agreed, before Gaspari we had our striation kings. We had bodybuilders who worked as models for Gray’s Anatomy charts ba
  22. Biscuit Oliva - Baki the Grappler - Based on Bodybuilder Sergio Oliva A really popular Japanese animation Manga series called "Baki the Grappler", written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki, ran from 1991 till 1999. I've never personally watched the series as I've only just heard about it but the really cool thing about the series is that one of the characters called "Biscuit Oliva", is based on Bodybuilding Legend, Sergio "The Myth" Oliva. Photo below: (left) Sergio Oliva pose (1972 Mr Olympia contest) - (Middle) The character 'Biscuit Oliva' - (right) Biscuit O
  23. Lee Priest - Victory Pose One of the few bodybuilders throughout history who can pull off this pose. Not many can...You need massive "complete" arm development for example, not just biceps / triceps, you also need forearms. The best ever at pulling off the "Victory Pose" was Sergio Oliva.

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