The old school bodybuilders had more aesthetic physiques...no question. I wouldn't want to look like the bodybuilders of today even if I could. My absolute favorite bodybuilder of all time is Serge Nubret (aka the Black Panther). If there wasn't corruption/cheating in the bodybuilding federations, I think he would have beaten Arnold in the Mr Olympia in 1975 (Pumping Iron year). At his best, he was 212 pounds at 6' with a 28" waist. They had banned him from competing in 1975 Olympia, but then allowed him to compete at the last minute. Unfortunately, he had quit training due to being banned so he only came in at 200lbs. Still....he looked great even at 200lbs IMO. He quit the IFBB after that and never competed in the Olympia again. Instead, he started his own federation shortly after the 1975 Olympia disappointment. It is rumored that Weider tried to get him to come back by telling him that he'd help make sure he won the Olympia. Nubret told him that if it could be given away like that, he didn't want it....
Here is a picture of him before the 1975 Olympia BEFORE he quit training due to being banned:
I have never heard of the guy - interesting stories. You're right super impressive.
I asked my wife if Frank Zane was probably more the ideal of most women and she said 'yes'. She gets absolutely grossed out at the modern bodybuilders physiques.
Btw, I'm sure you guys all know this, but Pumping Iron is on Netflix. I watched most of it the other night - classic...
Okay, I have a question for you guys:
1. Arnold, based on his movies, was pretty athletic. And Frank Zane looks like he could go out and swing a golf club or hold his own in a volleyball game. But, am I wrong, the modern guys are so muscle bound, they couldn't play a decent game of basketball, right? Do they have any kind of a vertical leap, etc? Just wondering if I'm biased here or it actually hurts their sports/athletic performance?
You will see Serge Nubret toward the end of "Pumping Iron" on stage, but he's at 200lbs instead of the 212lbs he should have been at as mentioned. He still looks impressive even at 200lbs...best abs by far.
The old school bodybuilders (Arnold, Frank, Franco, Serge, etc) were very athletic and worked out for hours every single day. They probably used about 1/10th or less of hormones and drugs todays bodybuilders use and relied more heavily on healthy ways to achieve their goals. They didn't take supplements or protein powders like they do today either...they used FOOD.
I agree that old school bodybuilders have physiques to aspire to which is not something I'd say about today's bodybuilders. Today's bodybuilding is corrupted and all about money. It was that way before obviously, but it's even worse today. You had bodybuilders in the past that did it for the passion of the sport and not so much for money, which I think is very rare today...