The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast

4 Year Anniversary Special, Part Two

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Continuing the celebration of the 4th Year Anniversary of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, host John Hansen shares clips from some of his favorite interviews over the past four years.

Included in Part Two of the 4 Year Anniversary Show are 6x Ms. Olympia Cory Everson talking about the dangerous blood clot that almost ended her career and her decision to stop competing in the Ms. Olympia (11:25), Tony Pearson and Phil Williams share some hilarious stories about iconic gym owner George Turner (22:00), film editor Dave McVeigh talks about editing the film “Raw Iron”, the documentary about the making of the film “Pumping Iron” (38:00), Charlotte Parker, Arnold’s publicist during the height of his film career, talks about the vision she had of Arnold as a movie star (54:18), Jack Neary, former writer for Muscle Builder Magazine, tells some great stories of hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the late 1970’s (58:25), Barbara Outland, Arnold’s former girlfriend and the author of the book “Arnold and Me”, talks about Arnold’s attitude towards competing and his amazing self confidence (1:15:00), Ed Connors talks about his purchase of Gold’s Gym in the late 1970’s and how he and his partners transformed the gym into the Mecca of Bodybuilding (1:27:28) and author John Little discusses Bruce Lee’s relationship to bodybuilding and his incredible skills as a martial artist (1:38:45). At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article “Another Gold Crusted Olympia Under His Belt, Mr. Serendipity Goes His Alchemic Way Forward” by Rick Wayne for the February, 1978 issue of Muscle Builder magazine (1:53:24).

4 Year Anniversary Special, Part One

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To celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, host John Hansen shares excerpts from some of his favorite interviews over the last four years.

Included in Part One of the 4th Anniversary Special are interviews with 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson talking about competing in the NABBA Mr. Universe for the first time in 1970 (17:07), 3x Mr. Olympia Frank Zane talking about competing against Bill Pearl in 1971 and training with Arnold Schwarzenegger (30:32), 1978 Mr. America Tony Pearson talks about when he first moved to California and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time on Venice Beach (37:34), 1991 Arnold Classic Champion Shawn Ray talks about being mentored by John Brown (43:10), 1969 Mr. America and Mr. Universe Boyer Coe talks about meeting Sergio Oliva and Bill Pearl for the first time (50:54), 1985 NPC Nationals winner Phil Williams talks about winning the NPC Nationals, the last time he saw gym owner George Turner and getting ready to compete in his first pro show (1:01:57), 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney and 1989 Arnold Classic Champion Rich Gaspari talk about training together back in 1984 (1:15:22), and Tom Platz talks about his mental prep to compete in the 1981 Mr. Olympia in the best shape of his life (1:34:12). At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads the article “Frank Zane: Portrait of Persistence” written by Armand Tanny in the February, 1978 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine. (1:43:10).

2 Year Anniversary Special

2 Year Anniversary Special, Part Three

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In Part Three of the 2nd Anniversary Special, host John Hansen picks some clips from a collection of his favorite interviews over the last two years of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Included in Part Three of the 2nd Anniversary Special are clips of Jerry Brainum talking about Arnold and Franco training at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California in the early 1970’s, Franco Santoriello talking openly about his addiction to drugs when he was competing in bodybuilding, Glenn Kneer talks about his experience competing against Tim Belknap in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and meeting Sergio Oliva for the first time ever in Chicago, Jon Lloyd talks about bodybuilding in San Francisco in the 1980’s including stories about Bob Reis, Gary Strydom, Boyer Coe, Bronston Austin and Mike Mentzer. Also included in this special are Dale Ruplinger talking about his emotional comeback to competition after tearing his bicep in 1986 and Jerry Brainum talks about Arnold’s response to steroids and his early stories of Frank Zane in California.

2 Year Anniversary Special, Part Two

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In Part Two of the 2nd Anniversary Special, host John Hansen picks some of his favorite clips from interviews over the last two years of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. In Part Two of the Anniversary Special, excerpts from shows include The Ed Corney Tribute show featuring guest Roger Schwab talking about Corney’s amazing performance at the 1977 Mr. Olympia, 1974 AAU Mr. USA Pat Neve talking about meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gold’s Gym in 1973, Boyer Coe remembering his years competing as a teenage bodybuilder, meeting Sergio Oliva at the 1966 Jr. Mr. America contest and his experience competing at the 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe. Also included in part two of the 2nd Anniversary Special is 1983 AAU Mr. America Jeff King talking about his contest prep for winning the America that year and Ken Sprague telling the story of buying Gold’s Gym in the 1970’s and how he helped director George Butler shoot the movie “Pumping Iron” at the gym in 1975.

2 Year Anniversary Special, Part One

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The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast is celebrating its Two Year Anniversary Special with this special edition of the podcast in which host John Hansen shares some clips from some of his favorite shows over the last two years. Included in Part One of this special anniversary are Jerry Brainum talking about Larry Scott and Harold Poole at the 1966 Mr. Olympia contest, Phil Williams talking about gym owner George Turner and bodybuilders Ray Mentzer and Gunnar Rosbo, John DeFendis relating his story of Steve Michalik’s brutal training methods, Joey Fulco talking about training at Michalik’s Mr. America Gym, Manuel Perry’s stories about training at Gold’s Gym for the first time and working out with the legendary Robby Robinson and Steve Davis talking about training at Vince’s Gym and working out with Frank Zane in the summer of 1977.

Season 8 – Women’s Bodybuilding

John Hansen interviews guests about the wonderful world of Women’s Bodybuilding. John talks about the early days of Women’s Bodybuilding when the sport started in the late 1970’s up to it’s peak in the 1980’s.

Season 8, Episode 2 – Cory Everson

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Cory Everson, 6 Time Ms. Olympia and one of the most popular women bodybuilders in the history of the sport, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Cory talks about how she started competing in bodybuilding after her career as an athlete ended in college. Cory’s great structure and work ethic allowed her to rapidly progress in bodybuilding by winning the 1984 NPC Nationals and the Ms. Olympia all in the same year. Cory went on to dominate the sport of Women’s Bodybuilding during the 1980’s, winning six consecutive Ms. Olympia titles from 1984-1989. Cory talks about her bodybuilding career including the influence of her ex-husband and coach Jeff Everson, the time in her career when she almost lost her leg due to a blood clot, the pressure she was under to win the Ms. Olympia every year, the popularity of women’s bodybuilding in the 1980’s, the training and diet program she followed to win the Ms. Olympia title and her television and movie career after she stopped competing.

Season 8, Episode 1 – Ruth Silverman

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Ruth Silverman, former editor at Flex Magazine and IronMan Magazine, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the history of Women’s Bodybuilding. Ruth and host John Hansen discuss the beginning of women competing in bodybuilding competitions, what made women’s bodybuilding so popular in the 1980’s, the influence of the movie “Pumping Iron 2 – The Women” on the sport and what is the ideal physique for women’s bodybuilding. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1978 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Zane Wins Mr. Olympia” written by Roger Schwab detailing all the events that occurred at the 1977 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7 – Old School Bodybuilding

John Hansen interviews bodybuilders and other guests who talk about the Old School Days of Bodybuilding and what it was like to be a bodybuilder in the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. This was a time when the sport of Bodybuilding was largely unknown to the public and the gyms were hardcore but fun places to train.

Season 7, Episode 115 – Lee Haney and Roy Callender

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Lee Haney, 8x Mr. Olympia, and Roy Callender, one of the top pro bodybuilders in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, are the guests on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Roy and Lee talk about the training strategies that allowed them to build their legendary physiques, what today’s bodybuilders are doing wrong in their training and how important it is to create iconic poses. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the September, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder magazine called “The Winnah!” written by Bill Reynolds about Roy Callender after he won the 1979 Pro Mr. Universe in Australia.

Season 7, Episode 114 – Mike Mentzer Tribute – John Little, Part Two

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Bodybuilding Legend Mike Mentzer passed away 20 years ago on June 10th, 2001 at the age of 49. In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, author John Little continues his discussion about the life and legacy of this bodybuilding legend. John talks about the pro bodybuilding career of Mentzer, including his two Mr. Olympia appearances in 1979 and 1980. John also talks about Mike’s addiction to speed, how he lost everything at one point of his life and his resurrection from his addiction. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads “The Thinking Man’s Bodybuilder”, an article about Mike Mentzer written by Jack Neary for the October, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.

Season 7, Episode 113 – Mike Mentzer Tribute – John Little, Part One

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Mike Mentzer passed away on June 10, 2001. To remember the passing of this bodybuilding legend on the 20th anniversary of his death, author and film maker John Little joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to discuss the life of Mike Mentzer. In Part One of his interview, John talks about the competitive career of Mike Mentzer from 1970-1980. Included in this interview is the 1971 AAU Mr. America won by 19 year old Casey Viator, the 1976 IFBB Mr. America won by Mike Mentzer, the 1976 IFBB Mr. Universe held in Montreal, Canada, the 1977 IFBB Mr. North America, losing the 1977 Mr. Universe to Kal Szkalak and the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe where Mike scored a perfect 300. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen read the article about the 1976 IFBB American Bodybuilding Championships written by Jack Neary for the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.

Season 7, Episode 112 – Chris Dickerson Update with Anibal Lopez and Bill Neylon

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Anibal Lopez, former WBBG Mr. America, and Bill Neylon, NPC Florida judge and competitor, join the podcast to talk about their friend Chris Dickerson. Chris has been confined to a nursing home for the last year after breaking his hip and suffering a heart attak.. Anibal and Bill, along with some other friends of Chris, went to visit him a couple weeks to cheer him. Both Anibal and Bill give an update on Chris’s health and his prognosis for the future. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads the article “The 1980 Olympia Report” written by Jack Neary for the February, 1981 issue.

Season 7, Episode 111 – Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part Two

Jerry Brainum, Tom Terwilliger and Phil Williams discuss the topic of “Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses” during the Golden Age of Bodybuilding (from the 1960’s to the 1980’s). In Part Two of the interview, Jerry, Tom, Phil and host John Hansen look at the Rear Double Biceps, the Rear Lat Spread, the Overhead Abdominal Pose and the Most Muscular Pose and make their choices of the bodybuilder who looked the best in each pose.

Season 7, Episode 110 – Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part One

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Jerry Brainum, Tom Terwilliger and Phil Williams join host John Hansen to discuss which Golden Age Bodybuilder (1960’s to 1980’s) looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses? In Part One of the interview, Jerry, Tom, Phil and John look at the Front Double Biceps, Front Lat Spread, Side Chest and Side Triceps poses and pick their favorite bodybuilder for each pose.

Season 7, Episode 109 – Alq Gurley

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1990 NPC Nationals Champion Alq Gurley joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Alq talks about how he started training for bodybuilding, his first bodybuilding competitions and his rapid rise to the top of the national amateur bodybuilding scene and his career as a professional bodybuilder during the 1990’s. Alq also discusses the change in bodybuilding towards the mass monsters in the 1990’s and his reason for retiring. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads the article “Belknap Wins Mr. America” by Dave Sauer from the November, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine and “How I Saw the Mr. Olympia and the Top Six Men” by Steven Robinson from the March, 1982 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 108 – Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part Two

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John Hansen interviews Glenn Knerr, 1986 AAU Mr. America and Mr. World, and Larry Bernstein, 1983 Mr. America and Mr. World – Short Class, for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. In Part Two of their interview, Glenn and Larry continue their discussion about bodybuilding in the 1970’s and ’80’s including their memories of meeting some of the iconic bodybuilders of their generation including Lance Dreher, Frank Zane, Boyer Coe and Mohamed Makkawy. Glenn and Larry also talk about what it was like to compete against 1981 AAU Mr. America Tim Belknap. At the end of the podcast, John reads the article “Tim Belknap – The New Hercules” by Franklin Page from the May, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 107 – Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part One

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John Hansen interview 1986 AAU Mr. America Glenn Knerr and 1983 AAU Mr. America – Short Class winner Larry Bernstein about Bodybuilding in the 1980’s. Glenn and Larry reminisce about competing in bodybuilding in the 1970’s and ’80’s in the Chicago area before working their way up to the top of the national level (17:33). They also talk about competing as teenagers, what made them get started in bodybuilding and some of the legendary bodybuilders they met during their years of competing. At the end of the Podcast, John reads the article “How I Lost the Mr. Universe (and What It Taught Me)” written by Mike Mentzer from the October, 1987 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine (1:07:30). John also reads emails from last week’s interview with Charlotte Parker (04:31).

Season 7, Episode 106 – Charlotte Parker

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Charlotte Parker, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal Public Relations Manager, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about how she managed Arnold’s film career during his peak years in Hollywood. Charlotte talks about working with Arnold and how she believed that he could be the biggest movie star in the world. Charlotte started promoting Arnold with the film “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) and “The Terminator” (1984) and she was instrumental in creating the iconic image that made him the biggest movie star in the world. Charlotte also talks about her working relationship with Joe and Betty Weider and Joe Gold and his promotion of World Gym. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an excerpt from the revised edition of the book Pumping Iron about the year 1980 in Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 105 – John DeCola, Part Two

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1969 IFBB Mr. America John DeCola joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of his interview. In this segment, John talks about competing in masters competitions, the difference in the size of the competitors from 1969 to 1970, how he modified his workouts and diet as he got older and judging the 1970 Mr. Olympia contest. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1970 issue of Muscle Builder magazine written by Rick Wayne about the 1969 IFBB Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions.

Season 7, Episode 104 – John DeCola, Part One

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1969 IFBB Mr. America winner John DeCola is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. In Part One of his interview, John talks about how he started bodybuilding after high school and the training and diet program he followed when he started bodybuilding. John also talks about his experiences of competing in the AAU competitions before switching over to the IFBB, standing onstage with bodybuilding legends like Frank Zane, Don Howorth, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva and the role of steroids in bodybuilding during the 1960’s. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article titled “Frank Zane’s Amazing Deltoid-Training Blitz” written by Jack Neary from the July, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.

Season 7, Episode 103 – Jack Neary, Part Two

Jack Neary, former writer for Muscle Builder magazine, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about writing for the magazine in the late 1970’s. In Part Two of his interview, Jack talks about some of the bodybuilders he met while working for the magazine including Kal Szkalak, Robby Robinson, Lou Ferrigno and Frank Zane. Jack also talks about the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in which he wrote one of the best contest reports written about that particular event for Muscle & Fitness Magazine. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads two articles from Jack Neary from Muscle Builder magazine, the first one is a profile piece about Robby Robinson and the second is a flash report of the 1979 Night of the Champions won by Robby Robinson over Danny Padilla.

Season 7, Episode 102 – Jack Neary, Part One

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Jack Neary, one of the best writers for Muscle Builder/Power magazine, talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his memorable years working for the magazine. Jack relates stories of hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger, working for Joe Weider, his friendship with Mike Mentzer and what really happened when Kal Szkalak took some of his photos out of Joe Weider’s office. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads two articles from the July, 1978 issue of Muscle Builder magazine, “Santa wore a Robby Robinson T-Shirt” written by Rick Wayne and “Blood is Thicker than Water” written by Jack Neary.

Season 7, Episode 101 – Tony Pearson and Phil Williams on George Turner

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1978 AAU Mr. America Tony Pearson and 1985 NPC Nationals Champion Phil Williams join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to reminisce about the legendary gym owner George Turner from St. Louis. Tony and Phil both trained under George when they started training as teens and they have lots of stories to share of working out with George at his gym. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article about Tony Pearson’s seminar from the June, 1979 issue of Muscular Development magazine.

Season 7, Episode 100 – Mike “The Ripper” Sable

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Mike “The Zipper” Sable is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his wild career in Bodybuilding. Mike explains how he started training at Valencia Health Club in California with the goal of competing in bodybuilding. Mike discusses his many experiences competing in several bodybuilding organizations including the AAU, the AFAB, WABBA and NABBA. He recalls some fun stories of guest posing overseas at the peak of his bodybuilding career and how he got the nickname “The Zipper”.

Season 7, Episode 99 – Jerry Brainum, 1990 In Review, Part Two

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Muscle & Fitness and IronMan Magazine, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1990 in Bodybuilding. Jerry and host John Hansen talk about the drug tested NPC USA and NPC Nationals Championships, including the winners Aaron Baker and Alq Gurley. Jerry also talks about the potential of Edgar Fletcher and meeting a drug free Ronnie Coleman at the 1990 NPC Nationals. Finally, Jerry and John discuss the 1990 Mr. Olympia, the only drug-tested Mr. Olympia in history, including the reason the IFBB decided not to drug test any more contests and the impact the WBF had on Joe Weider and the IFBB.

Season 7, Episode 98 – Jerry Brainum, 1990 In Review, Part One

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Muscle & Fitness and IronMan Magazine, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1990 in Bodybuilding. Included in the discussion is the decision of the IFBB to drug test the major professional contests that year, the inaugural 1990 IronMan Pro Invitational, the 1990 Arnold Classic and the 1990 Night of the Champions contest. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article about 1974 AAU Mr. America winner Ron Thompson called “The Mr. America Struggle” from the November, 1974 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 97 – Jerry Brainum 1980 Year In Review, Part Two

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Muscle & Fitness and IronMan Magazine, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the year 1980 in Bodybuilding. In Part Two of the interview, Jerry talks about the 1980 Mr. America contest won by Gary Leonard, the 1980 IFBB Mr. Universe contest held in the Philippines and the Night of the Champions contest won that year by Chris Dickerson. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the 1980 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Another Viewpoint of the Night of the Warriors” written by photographer Steve Robinson about the 1980 Night of the Champions contest.

Season 7, Episode 96 – Peter McGough Tribute

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The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast pays tribute to Peter McGough (1949-2020), the great writer and bodybuilding historian who was the editor-in-chief of Flex Magazine. Peter passed away on December 29th, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Included in this episode are clips of interviews with Peter from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Peter talks about how he started his own bodybuilding publication called Pumping Press in England, his memories of watching the NABBA Mr. Universe competitions in 1970 and 1971, working for Joe Weider during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding, the importance of bodybuilding magazines and why today’s bodybuilders should concentrate more on developing better posing routines.

Season 7, Episode 95 – Jerry Brainum Reviews 1980 in Bodybuilding – 1980 Mr. Olympia

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Muscle & Fitness and IronMan Magazine, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the year 1980 in Bodybuilding. Jerry and host John Hansen talk about the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia contest where Arnold Schwarzenegger won his 7th Mr. Olympia after a five year layoff. Jerry and John talk about all the competitor’s in that historic event as well as the backstage events that occurred including the heated competitors meeting and the selection of the judges. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article about all of the competitors in the 1970 AAU Mr. America contest won by Chris Dickerson from the September, 1970 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 94 – Jerry Brainum Reviews 1970 in Bodybuilding, Part Two

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Muscle & Fitness and IronMan Magazine, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to continue his discussion about the year 1970 in Bodybuilding. Included in Part Two of his interview is the 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe where Frank Zane won the Amateur division and Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Pro category. Jerry also talks about the 1970 Mr. Olympia in which Arnold beat out Sergio Oliva for the title. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the 1970 issue of IronMan Magazine about the 1970 AAU Mr. America where Chris Dickerson won the overall title.

Season 7, Episode 93 – Jerry Brainum 1970 Year in Review, Part One

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Jerry Brainum, former writer for Joe Weider’s Muscle & Fitness Magazine and IronMan Magazine, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1970 in Bodybuilding. Jerry talks about the 1970 AAU Mr. America where Chris Dickerson became the first African-American bodybuilder to win the title. Jerry also talks about the impact of 18 year old Casey Viator taking third place at the 1970 Mr. America. Finally, Jerry discusses the 1970 AAU Mr. World contest in Columbus, Ohio where Arnold Schwarzenegger first defeated his rival Sergio Oliva.

Season 7, Episode 92 – Jose Raymond, Part Two

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IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Jose Raymond joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of his interview about the upcoming 2020 Mr. Olympia competition. Jose starts off talking about the other contenders for the 212 Olympia before offering his predictions for the Mr. Olympia contest. Jose talks about the impact of Phil Heath competing again in the Mr. Olympia and his chances of winning his 8th Mr. Olympia title. At the end of the interview, host John Hansen reads the article “Mr. Olympia Revisited” about the 1976 Mr. Olympia contest from the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.

Season 7, Episode 91 – Jose Raymond, Part One

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IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Jose Raymond joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the upcoming 2020 Mr. Olympia competition. Jose and host John Hansen talk about the 212 and the Classic Physique divisions in Part One of his interview. Jose and John discuss who is favored to win the Classic Physique Olympia, the judging criteria for Classic Physique, the power of great posing routines and the favorites for the 212 Olympia. At the end of the Podcast, John reads an article from the March, 1978 issue of IronMan Magazine about Chet Yorton who just passed away last month from a heart attack.

Season 7, Episode 90 – Dan Solomon on the 2020 Mr. Olympia

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The President of the Mr. Olympia competition, Dan Solomon, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the upcoming competition to be held December 17-20, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Dan talks about the difficult decision to move bodybuilding’s biggest event from Las Vegas to Orlando, Florida with only 5 weeks to go. Dan talks about the details of the 2020 Olympia weekend including the Pay-Per-View broadcast. Dan also shares the memory of his first Mr. Olympia contest and how he feels about Mr. Olympia predictions. At the end of the Podcast, John Hansen reads an excerpt from Rick Wayne’s book Muscle Wars about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva in the years 1967-1968.

Season 7, Episode 89 – Mario Nieves, Part Two

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Mario Nieves, 1977 AAU Jr. Mr. America winner, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of his interview. Mario talks about his decision not to use drugs for most of his bodybuilding career, how he started up his motorcycle club over the world and his stories about appearing in movies like “Code of Silence”, “Above the Law” and “The Color of Money” and working with actors Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Paul Newman.

Season 7, Episode 88 – Mario Nieves, Part One

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1977 AAU Jr. Mr. America Mario Nieves talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career in bodybuilding. Mario talks about how he started bodybuilding after moving to Chicago from Puerto Rico, training with the great Sergio Oliva at the Duncan YMCA, developing his physique without using steroids and how Arnold Schwarzenegger compared to Sergio when they were in their prime in part one of his interview. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article about Mario from the July, 1978 issue of IronMan Magazine after Mario won the Jr. Mr. America title in 1977.

Season 7, Episode 87 – Tom Terwilliger and Joey Fulco, Part Two

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Tom Terwilliger and Joey Fulco join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of their interview. Tom and Joey talk about what they would have changed if they could go back in time and compete again, Joey talks about his daughter making the finals of the TV show “The Voice”, the drugs Serge Nubret used to get ripped and both of the guys talk about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding compared to today’s Bodybuilding scene.

Season 7, Episode 86 – Tom Terwilliger and Joey Fulco, Part One

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Tom Terwilliger and Joey Fulco return to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast in Part One of their interview to reminisce about training at the hardcore bodybuilding gyms as teenagers. Tom and Joey talk about competing in the teenage bodybuilding competitions in the 1970’s, being mentored by legends such as Steve Michalik and Tony Pandolfo and what drove them to be champions.

Season 7, Episode 85 – Dwayne Broadway

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Dwayne Broadway talks about his long bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Dwayne explains how he got into bodybuilding at a young age and started competing successfully as a teenage bodybuilder, beating out top champions like John DeFendis, Tom Terwilliger and Casey Kucharyk. Dwayne also talks about his decision to never use steroids and remain natural through his bodybuilding career, eventually competing the WNBF organization and winning his pro card after winning the Natural Mr. America and Natural Mr. Universe.

Season 7, Episode 84 – Ed Connors and Mel Chancey, Part Two

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In part two of their interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Ed Connors and Mel Chancey talk about golden age of bodybuilding from Gold’s Gym in the early 1990’s. Ed and Mel talk about the marketing genius of Rich Piana, the time when Mike Matarazzo and Flex Wheeler almost came to blows at Gold’s Gym, why hardcore training is missing from the bodybuilding community today and the Rock’s new docudrama about Mel’s life.

 

Season 7, Episode 83 – Ed Connors and Mel Chancey, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 83 - Ed Connors and Mel Chancey, Part One
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Ed Connors, former owner of Gold’s Gym, Venice, California, and Mel Chancey, former leader of the Hell’s Angels in Chicago, join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about when they met in the early 1990’s at Gold’s Gym in Part One of their interview. Ed and Mel reminisce about meeting Mike Matarazzo, the intense atmosphere at Gold’s Gym in the ’90’s and all the great talent in pro bodybuilding during those years. Mel also talks about his friendship with Hulk Hogan and appearing on the HBO television show “Oz” in 2001-2002.

Season 7, Episode 82 – Dan Morrow

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1980’s Teenage Bodybuilding Champion Dan Morrow is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his teenage bodybuilding career. Dan talks about how he started lifting weights at 14 years old in Pennsylvania and started competing in bodybuilding competitions at 17 years old. Dan also talks about meeting Bob Gruskin, competing and training with Jeff King and his thoughts on competing in the 1980 Teenage Mr. America and Teenage Mr. USA.

Season 7, Episode 81 – John Taylor

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Season 7, Episode 81 - John Taylor
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1980 Teenage Mr. USA John Taylor talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career in bodybuilding. John talks about how he started bodybuilding while wrestling in high school, meeting Bob Gruskin and training at Steve Michalik’s gym in New York. John also talks about being coached by 1969 Mr. America Jon DeCola and competing against Jeff King and Paul Jean-Guillaume at the 1980 Teenage Mr. USA contest.

Season 7, Episode 80 – Dr. Ellington Darden

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Season 7, Episode 80 - Dr. Ellington Darden
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Dr. Ellington Darden joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career in the 1960’s and ’70’s as well as his 20 year working relationship with Arthur Jones for Nautilus. Dr. Darden talks about meeting at 17 year old Boyer Coe in 1964, training with Casey Viator at the Nautilus headquarters in Florida, how to determine genetics in bodybuilding and what it was like working for Arthur Jones for 20 yeas.

 

 

Season 7, Episode 79 – Vinny Galanti

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Season 7, Episode 79 - Vinny Galanti
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IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Vinny Galanti talks about his extensive bodybuilding career on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Vinny explains how he got involved in bodybuilding at a young age and his experience of training at a hardcore bodybuilding gym in the 1980’s. Vinny started competing as a teenager and was successful at the national level before finally earning his pro card at the 2008 NPC Masters Nationals. Vinny also explains how he had to modify his workouts when he got into his 50’s and how those changes have helped him to improve his physique better than ever.

Season 7, Episode 78 – Ric Drasin Tribute

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Season 7, Episode 78 - Ric Drasin Tribute
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Jerry Brainum and Bill Grant join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about their friend Ric Drasin who passed away on August 30, 2020. Jerry and Bill talk about training at Gold’s Gym with Ric back in the 1970’s, Ric’s interviews with the legends of bodybuilding on his YouTube show Ric’s Corner and Ric’s artistic ability.

Season 7, Episode 77 – Boyer Coe and Roy Callender

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Season 7, Episode 77 - Boyer Coe and Roy Callender
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Two legends of Bodybuilding, Boyer Coe and Roy Callender, join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the years when they competed against each other in the Golden Age of Bodybuilding. Boyer and Roy met at the 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe in London when Boyer Coe won the overall amateur title and Roy took second in the medium height class. Boyer and Roy talk about their experience of competing in the NABBA Mr. Universe in London and making the move to the IFBB in the late 1970’s. They also reminisce about some of the bodybuilding legends who have passed away including Mike Mentzer, Franco Columbu and Ed Corney and which contest meant the most to them in their bodybuilding careers.

Season 7, Episode 76 – Barbara Outland Baker

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Season 7, Episode 76 - Barbara Outland Baker
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Barbara Outland, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first girlfriend when he arrived in the United States, talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about her 6 year relationship with the bodybuilding legend. Barbara wrote a book about her relationship with Arnold called Arnold and Me (2006) and she recounts meeting Arnold in 1969, living with him during the period of his life as the best bodybuilder in the world and their eventual break-up when Arnold began his movie career in 1975 with the filming of “Stay Hungry”. Barbara also talks about Arnold’s complicated relationship with his father and brother and how that affected his drive to be the best bodybuilder in the world and the best and worst things about his magnetic personality.

Season 7, Episode 75 – Ed Connors, Rich Gaspari and Jay Cutler

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Season 7, Episode 75 - Ed Connors, Rich Gaspari and Jay Cutler
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Former owner of Gold’s Gym, Ed Connors, talks to two of his former house guests on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Rich Gaspari, 3x Runner-up at the Mr. Olympia and the first Arnold Classic winner, and Jay Cutler, 4x Mr. Olympia, talk about the experience of staying at Ed’s guest house in California as they were trying to launch their bodybuilding careers. Rich and Jay talk about training at Gold’s Gym during the ’80’s and ’90’s and what opportunities they were able to obtain by being in California during the beginning of their bodybuilding careers.

Season 7, Episode 74 – Dave McVeigh, Film Editor of “Raw Iron”

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Season 7, Episode 74 - Dave McVeigh, Film Editor of "Raw Iron"
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Dave McVeigh, the writer and editor of the film “Raw Iron”, a documentary about the movie “Pumping Iron”, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Dave was able to view all 100 hours of the unseen footage from “Pumping Iron” and he talks about the footage that was never seen. Dave also talks about working closely with Arnold Schwarzenegger in making “Raw Iron”, what was left out of the finished version of “Pumping Iron” and if there was anything controversial that was filmed but was never shown.

 

Season 7, Episode 73 – Ed Connors

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Season 7, Episode 73 - Ed Connors
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Ed Connors, one of the owners of Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Ed, along with Pete Grymkowski and Tim Kimber, owned Gold’s Gym during the 1980’s when bodybuilding was at its peak. Ed talks about how they changed the business model for gyms and what it was like to run Gold’s Gym during the ’80’s. Ed also talks about some of the famous house guests that he helped find a career in the fitness and pro wrestling industry including John Cena, Lee Priest, Jay Cutler and Mike Matarazzo.

Season 7, Episode 72 – Gerard Dente

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Season 7, Episode 72 - Gerard Dente
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Gerard Dente, top amateur bodybuilder and owner of MHP Supplements, talks about his time competing during the very competitive years of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Gerard talks about how he started competing in bodybuilding competitions after playing football in high school, eventually winning the NPC Teenage Nationals and Collegiate Nationals. Gerard also talks about competing against the best amateur bodybuilders of his era including Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone, Chris Cormier, Paul DeMayo, Craig Titus, Phil Herndon and Tom Prince. Finally, Gerard explains why he started his own supplement company after he stopped competing and how he has ran a successful business for over 20 years.

Season 7, Episode 71 – 1980 Mr. Olympia Interviews

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Season 7, Episode 71 - 1980 Mr. Olympia Interviews
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To celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, we look back at the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest, one of the most controversial competitions of all time. Host John Hansen interviews several of the competitors who competed in the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest, including Boyer Coe, Chris Dickerson, Frank Zane, Roy Callender, Samir Bannout, Roy Duval and Roger Walker, to find out their opinions on what really happened at the 1980 Mr. Olympia, who they felt should have won and the famous backstage argument between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Mentzer.

Season 7, Episode 70 – John Little, Part Two

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Season 7, Episode 70 - John Little, Part Two
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Author and former Flex Magazine writer John Little talks about Mike Mentzer and Bruce Lee on Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about why Mike Mentzer decided to walk away from his bodybuilding career after the 1980 Mr. Olympia and what Bodybuilding meant to him. John also discusses what Dorian Yates success meant to Mike Mentzer and their relationship. In the final part of the interview, John talks about Bruce Lee and how he used bodybuilding training to improve his physique and his power in martial arts. John also relates some stories about Bruce Lee’s amazing ability in regards to his speed and power as told to him by former friends and sparring partners of Bruce.

Season 7, Episode 69 – John Little, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 69 - John Little, Part One
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Author and former Flex Magazine writer John Little is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. In Part One of his interview, John talks about the life and bodybuilding career of Mike Mentzer. Mike passed away 19 years ago on June 10, 2001 and his influence on the world of bodybuilding is still talked about today. John relates the story of how he met Mike at a bodybuilding seminar in Toronto in 1980, about six months before the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest. John also talks about Mike’s bodybuilding career, his training philosophy that changed the way bodybuilders trained and the role of genetics in being successful at bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 68 – Peter McGough

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Season 7, Episode 68 - Peter McGough
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Former Editor-in-Chief of Flex Magazine Peter McGough is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Peter talks about the legacy of the Mr. Olympia and who was the best Mr. Olympia winner. Peter also shares his memories of the early 1990’s when he was the editor of Flex Magazine, a period in the sport when a new generation of great bodybuilders were all competing at once.

Season 7, Episode 67 – Walter van den Branden

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Season 7, Episode 67 - Walter van den Branden
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Walter van den Branden from the Netherlands was a judge with the IFBB from 1977 to 2009. In his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Walter talks about meeting some of the great legends in Bodybuilding including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Pearl, Frank Zane, Reg Park, Steve Reeves and Boyer Coe. Walter also talks about some of the memorable bodybuilding competitions he judged including the 1977 IFBB Mr. Universe with Kal Szkalak and Mike Mentzer, the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe with Mike Mentzer and Jusup Wilkosz and the 1979, 1982 and 1983 Mr. Olympia contests. Walter and John also discuss how bodybuilding has changed over the years with more of an emphasis on mass and less on symmetry.

Season 7, Episode 66 – Lee Haney and Rich Gaspari talk about training together

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Season 7, Episode 66 - Lee Haney and Rich Gaspari talk about training together
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8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney is joined by his former training partner and 1989 Arnold Classic champion Rich Gaspari to talk about the year 1984 when they trained together. Lee was training to win his first Mr. Olympia contest and Rich was trying to win his class at the NPC Nationals and Amateur World Championships in order to turn professional. Both Lee and Rich were successful in reaching their goals in 1984 so they talk about how they trained and dieted that year. Rich explains how he had to change his proportions to go from a blocky heavyweight to a more proportionate light heavyweight competitor. Lee also discusses why he choose Rich for a training partner and what each of them were able to bring to the other one to have such a successful partnership. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the July, 1983 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Lee Haney, World Champion” written by Garry Bartlett.

Season 7, Episode 65 – Tom Terwilliger and Shawn Ray on Posing

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Season 7, Episode 65 - Tom Terwilliger and Shawn Ray on Posing
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Tom Terwilliger and Shawn Ray are the guests on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the art of Posing in Bodybuilding. Shawn talks about his most memorable posing routines and how he developed them and Tom talks about his experience of getting standing ovations at professional bodybuilding competitions from his performances. Shawn and Tom also talk about how the iconic posing routines from the 1980’s are sadly missing from today’s bodybuilding competitions.

Season 7, Episode 64 – Tom Terwilliger on Posing

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Season 7, Episode 64 - Tom Terwilliger on Posing
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Former IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Tom Terwilliger talks about the art of posing on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Tom relates the story of how he was inspired to be a great bodybuilder by the posing of Ed Corney in 1977 and then explains about some of the great posing routines from the best bodybuilders of the 1980’s. Finally, Tom goes into detail about how he created his memorable posing routine at the 1989 Mr. Olympia contest and the impact this routine had on his career. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an interview with director Arthur Allan Seidelman, the director of Arnold’s first movie “Hercules in New York” (1970) from the Huffington Post newspaper in 2014.

Season 7, Episode 63 – Robert Nailon

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Season 7, Episode 63 - Robert Nailon
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Historic Bodybuilding Photographer Robert Nailon is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Robert met and took pictures of some of the most famous bodybuilders from the Golden Age including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Dave Draper, Larry Scott, Bill Pearl, Serge Nubret, Sergio Oliva and Danny Padilla. Robert talks about some of the experiences he had hanging out and training with some of the most iconic bodybuilders in history. Robert also talks about his first hand experience of being an official photographer at the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in Sydney, Australia. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the Muscle Mag Annual 79/80 called “Arnold Came to Dinner” written by Robert Nailon the chronicles the time he spent with Arnold during his visits to Australia.

Season 7, Episode 62 – Jerry Brainum, Part Two

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Season 7, Episode 62 - Jerry Brainum, Part Two
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Bodybuilding writer and nutrition expert Jerry Brainum is the guest for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of his interview. Jerry talks about why heavy training is so important for building muscle that lasts (07:40), the Most Iconic Bodybuilding Photos in history (20:43), how did Tom Platz develop the best legs ever in bodybuilding (29:50), what exercises can actually change your bone structure (47:30) and how you can tell if you have the genetic potential for bodybuilding (52:55). John and Jerry also reminisce about the 1970’s and ’80’s when social distancing did not exist (1:11:00). At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an excerpt from the revised edition of the book Pumping Iron in which the author Charles Gaines writes about Arnold winning the 1980 Mr. Olympia (1:27:12).

Season 7, Episode 61 – Jerry Brainum, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 61 - Jerry Brainum, Part One
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Jerry Brainum is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. In Part One of his interview, Jerry talks about training at home during the Coronavirus quarantine, the best exercises to build the calves and why it’s so important to weight train as we get older. Jerry and John Hansen also talk about some iconic bodybuilding photos before they get into a discussion of the best way to build muscle mass. Does heavy training using 6-12 reps work the best or can training with lighter weights and high volume give the same results? Finally, Jerry talks about why over production of insulin secretion makes you fatter.

Season 7, Episode 60 – Bob Gruskin Tribute

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Season 7, Episode 60 - Bob Gruskin Tribute
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On April  14th, 2020, the respected and legendary bodybuilding coach Bob Gruskin passed away. As a tribute to Bob and all the amazing bodybuilders he helped with their careers, the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast talks to four bodybuilding champions who were influenced and coached by Bob Gruskin. Host John Hansen talks to Tom Terwilliger, former IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, John DeFendis, 1988 NPC USA Champion, Jerry Scalesse, 1987 NABBA Mr. Universe winner and Richard Politano as they pay tribute to the man who helped them so much with their lives and their careers.

Season 7, Episode 59 – Francis Benfatto, Part 2

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Season 7, Episode 59 - Francis Benfatto, Part 2
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Francis Benfatto talks about his pro career in bodybuilding for Part Two of his interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Francis relates his experience competing in the Mr. Olympia from 1989-1991, especially the 1990 Mr. Olympia where he took sixth place. Francis also talks about his comeback into competition in 2006 and his greatest setback when he tore his pec. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads the 1985 Mr. Olympia report written by Bill Reynolds in the February, 1986 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 58 – Francis Benfatto, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 58 - Francis Benfatto, Part One
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Francis Benfatto had one of the most aesthetic and beautiful physiques in Bodybuilding. In Part One of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Francis explains how he got into bodybuilding and some of his early competitions. Francis also talks about the training and nutrition programs he used to add muscle to his frame in order to start winning competitions. Francis also talks about competing in the IFBB Mr. Universe contest against Lee Labrada and competing in his first pro show, the 1988 Night of the Champions in New York. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads an excerpt from Rick Wayne’s book The Bodymen where Rick interviews Frank Zane, Franco Columbu and Arnold Schwarzenegger shortly after the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 57 – Phil Williams, Part Two

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Season 7, Episode 57 - Phil Williams, Part Two
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1995 NPC Nationals winner Phil Williams talks about the training routine that made him a champion in Part Two of his interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Phil talks about the different training partners he had when he trained at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s and what type of training worked for him. Phil also talks about turning 60 this year, his decision to move out of the Venice, California area, the recent passing of his mother and some surprising facts about his background. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads two articles from some of old IronMan Magazines. The first is from the March, 1979 issue about Dave Johns written by David Shaw and the second is from the September, 1983 issue about Lance Dreher, written by Jim Marchand.

Season 7, Episode 56 – Phil Williams, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 56 - Phil Williams, Part One
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1985 NPC Nationals winner Phil Williams is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about a variety of topics. Phil talks about the training partners he had when he trained at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s including Chris Dickerson, Samir Bannout, Mike Christian and the Barbarian Brothers. Phil also talks about how he used to prepare for a contest and how contest prep has changed among the bodybuilders today. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1979 issue of IronMan Magazine about how the legendary Serge Nubret used to train and diet for competitions.

Season 7, Episode 55 – Jorge Betancourt, Part 2

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Season 7, Episode 55 - Jorge Betancourt, Part 2
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Teenage Bodybuilding phenomenon Jorge Betancourt talks about why he decided to stop competing in bodybuilding contests at a young age. Jorge also talks about his career as a businessman, including opening up a gym in Florida and starting his own supplement company Betancourt Nutrition. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the April, 1990 issue of Muscular Development Magazine about Mike Quinn.

Season 7, Episode 54 – Jorge Betancourt, Part 1

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Season 7, Episode 54 - Jorge Betancourt, Part 1
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Teenage Bodybuilding sensation Jorge Betancourt is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his career as a teenage bodybuilding champion. Jorge began training at the young age of 14 and his great symmetry and shape allowed him to rise to the top of the teenage bodybuilding competitions right away. Jorge won both the Teenage USA Championships and the Teenage Nationals before he was 19 years old. Jorge also won the overall at the NPC Southern States while still a teen, a record that still stands today. Jorge talks about the excitement of competing as a teenage bodybuilder at the national level and what it meant to him to be a bodybuilding champion during those younger years in Part One of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast.

Season 7, Episode 53 – Garry Bartlett talks about Arnold and Bob Kennedy

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Season 7, Episode 53 - Garry Bartlett talks about Arnold and Bob Kennedy
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In Part 2 of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, photographer Garry Bartlett talks about the friendship between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bob Kennedy. Garry also talks about the time when Arnold sued Bob Kennedy and MuscleMag International and how Arnold visited Bob Kennedy when he was on his death bed. At the end of the interview, Garry talks about the time when he visited Deland, Florida to film Arthur Jones at his studio along with Mike Mentzer, Boyer Coe and Ray Mentzer. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from an issue of Muscle Builder Magazine from 1978 about Arnold Schwarzenegger written for the Herald Examiner.

Season 7, Episode 52 – Garry Bartlett on the 1982 Mr. Olympia

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Season 7, Episode 52 - Garry Bartlett on the 1982 Mr. Olympia
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Bodybuilding photographer Garry Bartlett is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the latest news in bodybuilding including the sale of the Mr. Olympia contest to Jake Wood. Garry also talks about the demise of bodybuilding magazines and special those magazines were to those who grew up with them, what it was like to work with Bob Kennedy for so many years for MuscleMag International Magazine. Finally, Garry gives his thoughts on the 1982 Mr. Olympia, one of the Olympia contests that is forgotten coming in the wake of the 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia contests. Garry gives his opinion on who should have won that contest and who got overlooked.

Season 7, Episode 51 – Roger Schwab on Women’s Bodybuilding and Mike Mentzer

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Season 7, Episode 51 - Roger Schwab on Women's Bodybuilding and Mike Mentzer
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Roger Schwab, the head judge of the IFBB in the late 1970’s, talks about the beginning of Women’s Bodybuilding in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and why it was so popular with the mass media. Roger also talks about his friendship with Mike Mentzer. Roger trained with Mike right before the 1980 Mr. Olympia and he talks in detail about his training methods and his contest career. Roger finishes off the interview by talking about some of the bodybuilding legends that passed away in 2019 including Franco Columbu, Ed Corney, Jusup Wilkosz and Stacey Bentley.

Season 7, Episode 50 – Bodybuilding 1989 In Review

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Season 7, Episode 50 - Bodybuilding 1989 In Review
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Bodybuilding Writer Jerry Brainum joins host John Hansen to talk about the year 1989 in Bodybuilding. Jerry and John review the 1989 NPC Nationals won by Troy Zuccolotto, the 1989 Mr. Olympia where Lee Haney won his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia over Lee Labrada, the first ever 1989 Arnold Classic won by Rich Gaspari and the 1989 Night of the Champions won by Vince Taylor in his pro debut.

Season 7, Episode 49 – Bodybuilding 1979 In Review

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Season 7, Episode 49 - Bodybuilding 1979 In Review
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Guest Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1979 in Bodybuilding. Jerry and host John Hansen talk about the major events in Bodybuilding in the year 1979 including the 1979 Mr. Olympia where Frank Zane won his third Mr. Olympia over an outstanding Mike Mentzer, the 1979 AAU Mr. America where Ray Mentzer won the overall over a large field of competitors in the best shape of his life, the 1979 IFBB Mr. Universe contest including Jusup Wilkosz beating Ray Mentzer in the heavyweight class and Samir Bannout defeating Ron Teufel in the light heavyweights and finally the 1979 NABBA Mr. Universe including Bertil Fox winning the Professional title and Ahmet Enunlu from Turkey winning the overall Amateur division.

Season 7, Episode 48 – 1969 in Bodybuilding in Review

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Season 7, Episode 48 - 1969 in Bodybuilding in Review
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Bodybuilding Writer Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the major events in Bodybuilding in 1969. Included in the discussion is the 1969 Mr. Olympia where Arnold and Sergio faced off for the first time, Boyer Coe winning the 1969 AAU Mr. America and the NABBA Mr. Universe contest, Arnold winning the IFBB Mr. Universe and Jon DeCola winning the IFBB Mr. America. Jerry also talks about volatile New York bodybuilding audiences, Arnold’s self confidence, Jim Haislop’s genetic potential, Flex Magazine’s centerfolds and Sergio Oliva’s dominance in bodybuilding in the 1960’s. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the April, 1970 issue of Muscle Builder/Power magazine called “From Where I Sat” about the 1969 Mr. Olympia contest written by Rick Wayne.

Season 7, Episode 47 – Russ Testo

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Russ Testo revolutionized posing in the 1980’s and ’90’s with his innovative routines featuring robot moves and lip syncing to the popular songs of that era. Russ began competing in the 1970’s as a natural bodybuilder but he achieved worldwide fame thanks to his very popular posing routines. He was asked to guest pose at the Mr. Olympia in 1981 and 1986 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer and the 1983 Mr. Olympia in Munich, Germany for Albert Busek. In his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Russ talks about his experiences posing all around the world for the last four decades and some of the iconic figures he met in the bodybuilding world. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Frank Zane – How He Trained” written by Garry Bartlett.

Season 7, Episode 46 – Valente, Bannout and Platz at Gold’s Gym

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Season 7, Episode 46 - Valente, Bannout and Platz at Gold's Gym
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Three interviews at the legendary Gold’s Gym in Venice, California on Memorial Day weekend, 2018 are featured on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Host John Hansen interviews Rick Valente about his time training at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s and his experience filming the Bodyshaping television show for 10 years. In the second interview, John interviews 1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout about his journey from his home country of Lebanon to Detroit, Michigan and then to the Mecca of Bodybuilding in Southern California. Samir talks about his climb to the top of the sport, including winning the Mr. Universe title in 1979 and the Mr. Olympia in 1983. Finally, John sits down with Tom Platz to talk about his career in bodybuilding. Tom shares his passion and desire to succeed in bodybuilding, his positive mental approach to improvement and his magical year training for the 1981 Mr. Olympia.

Season 7, Episode 45 – Troy Zuccolotto

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Troy Zuccolotto, 1989 NPC Nationals overall winner and one of the most popular bodybuilders of the 1980’s, is interviewed for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Troy talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teenager in California, eventually winning the Teenage Mr. California. As Troy progressed in his career, winning the Mr. California in 1986, he set his sights on becoming a pro. Troy won the overall at the 1989 NPC Nationals after several years of attempting to win the title. Troy competed as a pro for the WBF organization and then competed in the IFBB before retiring from bodybuilding. Troy went on to become a very successful businessman and he talks about what it takes to succeed in the business world and why more bodybuilders are not financially successful. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1985 issue of MuscleMag International about the 1984 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 44 – Larry Bernstein

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Chicago bodybuilder Larry Bernstein talks about his years competing on the national and international level in bodybuilding. Larry won the short class at the 1983 AAU Mr. America contest and then started competing over in Europe in the WABBA World Championships and the NABBA Mr. Universe. Larry talks about how he got started in bodybuilding as a skinny teenager, competing against top bodybuilders like Jeff King, Tim Belknap and John Brown and his experience competing in Europe.

Season 7, Episode 43 – Jerry Brainum, The Most Exciting Olympia Contests, Part Two

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Bodybuilding writer and former writer for Muscle & Fitness magazine Jerry Brainum talks to John Hansen about the Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests in the history of that contest in Part Two of his interview. Jerry talks about a variety of different topics including how bodybuilders use drugs today compared to the bodybuilders from the ’60’s and ’70’s, how Arnold and Sergio looked when they made their comebacks to the Mr. Olympia contest in 1980 and 1984, respectively, who should have won the controversial 1981 Mr. Olympia and which bodybuilders today have the best chance of winning the Mr. Olympia. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads a of couple articles from January, 1975 issue of IronMan Magazine about the 1974 Mr. International contest including the one that Arnold and Franco promoted in Los Angeles and the other Mr. International contest that was held in Tijuana, Mexico and promoted by Eddie Sylvestre and won by Sergio Oliva.

Season 7, Episode 42 – Jerry Brainum, the Most Exciting Mr. Olympia contests

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Season 7, Episode 42 - Jerry Brainum, the Most Exciting Mr. Olympia contests
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Bodybuilding writer and historian Jerry Brainum talks to John Hansen about his choice for the most exciting Mr. Olympia contests of all time. This interview was taped in early September, 2019 and Jerry also gives his predictions for the Mr. Olympia that year. Jerry and John reminisce about the Mr. Olympia contests from 1966, 1977, 1990, 1988 and 1991. Jerry also gives his opinion of the drug usage being followed by today’s bodybuilders compared to the bodybuilders from the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Season 7, Episode 41 – Jeff King

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1983 AAU Mr. America and NABBA Mr. Universe Jeff King talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career in bodybuilding. Jeff is known as one of the most impressive Mr. America winners in the history of that contest with his massive leg development and extreme size and muscularity. In the interview, Jeff talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teen, eventually winning his class at the Teenage Mr. USA and Teenage Mr. America. Jeff also talks about the training routine he used to develop such incredible size and proportions, his big win at the 1983 AAU Mr. America and his overall win at the 1983 NABBA Mr. Universe. Jeff also shares why he never went over to compete in the IFBB, some of the great bodybuilders he competed with over the course of his career and his bad neck injury that he incurred in a car accident.

Season 7, Episode 40 – Jim Seitzer

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Season 7, Episode 40 - Jim Seitzer
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Jim Seitzer, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Jim talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teenager after injuring himself competing in gymnastics, meeting Louie Simmons after he first started training, helping out Jim Lorimer with the Mr. Olympia contest promotions, double dating with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his experiences competing on the national level against the best bodybuilders in the country. At the beginning of the podcast, host John Hansen gives his review of the 2019 Mr. Olympia contest which took place on September 13-14th in Las Vegas.

Season 7, Episode 39 – The Top 5 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests

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Season 7, Episode 39 - The Top 5 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests
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Lonnie Teper joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the Top 5 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests of all time. Lonnie and John Hansen compare their lists of the most exciting Mr. Olympia contests from 1965-2018. Some of the Mr. Olympia competitions discussed include the 1988 Mr. Olympia, the 1984 Mr. Olympia, the 1977 Mr. Olympia, the 1980 Mr. Olympia and the 1998 Mr. Olympia. At the end of the interview with Lonnie, John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine called “No One Comes Close to Me” written by Rick Wayne about Franco Columbu’s win at the 1976 Mr. Olympia.

Season 7, Episode 38 – Gary Leonard

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Season 7, Episode 38 - Gary Leonard
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Gary Leonard, 1980 AAU Mr. America winner, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Gary talks about how he started weight training as an athlete in high school. When Gary started competing in bodybuilding, he quickly rose to the top, placing high in national level competitions within a few short years. Gary talks about how his naturally obsessive nature allowed him to be such a great bodybuilder. Gary recalls the stories about the national level bodybuilding contests he competed in, including his big victory at the 1980 Mr. America contest. Gary relates the story of his most disappointing contest at the 1980 IFBB Mr. Universe and then his decision to come back a few years later and compete as a pro bodybuilder in the IFBB. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article written by Scott Baran for MuscleMag International magazine where he talks about winning a raffle at the 1992 Arnold Classic and he won the opportunity to spend a few days with Arnold Schwarzenegger in California working out with him and visiting the movie set of “Last Action Hero”.

Shawn Ray Previews the 2019 Olympia

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Shawn Ray Previews the 2019 Olympia
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Bodybuilding Legend Shawn Ray previews the upcoming 2019 Mr. Olympia for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Shawn talks about why he will never make a comeback in Bodybuilding, the chances of Kai Greene winning the Olympia this year, how a Mr. Olympia winner should promote the sport each year and what the Mr. Olympia title means to the sport of Bodybuilding. Then Shawn goes over the top contenders for this year’s Mr. Olympia contest and gives his predictions on who will do good and who will end up disappointed.

Season 7, Episode 36 – Joey Fulco

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Season 7, Episode 36 - Joey Fulco
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1979 AAU Teenage Mr. USA winner Joey Fulco talks about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Joey talks about when he started training at 16 years old, working out at the famous Mr. America’s Gym owned by Steve Michalik, winning the 1979 Teenage Mr. USA title, competing against Lee Haney at the 1979 Teenage Mr. America contest, his extensive music career and his thoughts on the current competitive scene. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1979 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Zane Wins the Olympia” written by Roger Schwab about the 1978 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 35 – Stan Morey

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Season 7, Episode 35 - Stan Morey
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Stan Morey, former AAU Bodybuilding Judge and Promoter, talks about Old School Bodybuilding in the Florida area in the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. Stan talks about how he started bodybuilding and being inspired by Carlos Rodriguez and Harry Johnson, 1959 AAU Mr. America. Stan also remembers seeing Robby Robinson for the first time back in the early 1970’s, meeting Jim Haislop and Frank Zane in Tampa, Florida, throwing Tom Platz out of his gym and what eventually drove him out of bodybuilding. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1976 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Now That You Have Bulked Up” written by frequent IronMan Magazine contributor Norman Zale.

Season 7, Episode 34 – Jon Loyd

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Season 7, Episode 34 - Jon Loyd
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Jon Loyd, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the early 1980’s, talks about the bodybuilding scene in California during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. Jon was given the chance by Ed Connors to own some Gold Gyms in the San Francisco area and he competed against some of the top amateurs during that time including Mike Christian, Bob Paris, Rory Leidelmeyer and Gary Strydom. Jon also talks about some of the famous bodybuilders he saw train in the gym including Rod Koontz, Bob Reis, Mike Mentzer, Lou Ferrigno, Bertil Fox, Albert Beckles, Robby Robinson and Rachel McLish. At the conclusion of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the April, 1977 Muscle Builder & Power Magazine called “Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Musclemen” written by Janet Charlton.

 

Season 7, Episode 33 – Skip Robinson

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Season 7, Episode 33 - Skip Robinson
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Skip Robinson was a prominent bodybuilder in the 1970’s, being featured in Joe Weider’s Muscle Builder & Power magazine and living in Venice Beach, California. Skip hung out with and trained with the Gold’s Gym crew including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane and Ken Waller. Originally from Maine, Skip tells the story of when he started working out and what made him move out to the Mecca of Bodybuilding in Southern California. Skip talks about the legendary bodybuilders he trained with, how he was able to help Chris Aceto to be successful and his association with Arthur Jones. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article called “There’s Less to Building Triceps that Meets the Eye” from the August, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder & Power magazine written by Rick Wayne about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s triceps workouts.

Season 7, Episode 32 – Jon Aranita

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Season 7, Episode 32 - Jon Aranita
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Jon Aranita, one of the best amateur bodybuilders from the 1980’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Jon talks about how he started competing as a teenager and his experience of being mentored by the legendary bodybuilder Rory Leidelmeyer. Jon also goes into detail about the training and diet programs that he used to compete in the biggest national level contests. Jon placed second to John Hnatyschak and Lee Labrada at the 1984 and 1985 NPC Nationals, respectively, before winning the middleweight class at the 1987 NPC USA. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an excerpt from the book Pumping Iron where author Charles Gaines talks about how bodybuilding is unique because it is both a sport and an art.

Season 7, Episode 31 – John Calascione

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Season 7, Episode 31 - John Calascione
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Former IFBB Judge John Calascione is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about how he started bodybuilding as a young man living in New York and eventually started competing. John also talks about watching the Mr. Olympia contest when it first started in 1965 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he got to see Larry Scott win the first two Mr. Olympia contests in 1965 and 1966 as well as when Sergio won the Olympia from 1967-1969 and Arnold’s wins in 1970, 1973 and 1974. John talks about his experience of being a judge for the IFBB starting in the 1980’s all the way up to the 2000’s and his views on the ideal bodybuilding physique. John also shares his thoughts on women’s bodybuilding when it first started and being a judge at the contest in 1983 that was the basis for the film, “Pumping Iron 2: The Women”. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1980 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine entitled “The Psychology of a Mr. Olympia Competitor” written by Mike Mentzer.

Season 7, Episode 30 – Anibal Lopez

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Season 7, Episode 30 - Anibal Lopez
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Anibal Lopez is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Anibal was one of the top amateur bodybuilders during the 1970’s despite competing at a body weight of less than 155 pounds. Anibal talks about how he started competing in bodybuilding competitions, his friendships with top bodybuilders Chris Dickerson, Boyer Coe and Sergio Oliva and his decision to compete without the use of steroids throughout his career. Anibal competed in the AAU, the NABBA organization and the WBBG where he won the Pro Mr. America and the Pro Mr. World competitions. After the interview, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1980 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine called “Three Dreams in a Row” written by Frank Zane in which Frank talks about the dreams that predicted his wins in the Mr. Olympia contest from 1977-1979.

Season 7, Episode 29 – Jerry Brainum, Part 2 – 1977 In Review

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Season 7, Episode 29 - Jerry Brainum, Part 2 - 1977 In Review
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Bodybuilding writer Jerry Brainum continues his discussion with host John Hansen about the year 1977 in the Bodybuilding World. 1977 was the year when the mass media really gave a lot of coverage to events happening in bodybuilding. In Part Two of their interview, Jerry talks about the idea to create a union for bodybuilders that was started by Kal Szkalak, the 1977 IFBB Mr. Universe controversy where Kal Szkalak beat Mike Mentzer by only one point and Danny Padilla’s stellar year where he won the 1977 AFAB Mr. America overall and the lightweight class at the 1977 Mr. Universe in Nimes, France. Jerry also talks about the 1977 NABBA Mr. Universe where Tony Emmott surprisingly beat out the legendary Serge Nubret for the Pro title and a young Bertil Fox won his first Mr. Universe in the amateur division. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the May, 1977 Muscle Builder/Power magazine entitled “Franco: The No. 1” written by Armand Tanny. This article is an interview with Franco Columbu after he won the 1976 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 28 – Jerry Brainum – 1977 in Review

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Season 7, Episode 28 - Jerry Brainum - 1977 in Review
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Bodybuilding Writer Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1977 in Bodybuilding with John Hansen. In Part One of the interview, Jerry and John talk about the movie “Pumping Iron”, which was released in January, 1977 and the impact it had in introducing bodybuilding to the general public. Jerry and John also talk about the release of Arnold’s first book, Education of a Bodybuilder, as well as the 1977 Mr. Olympia contest with Frank Zane and Robby Robinson and why Lou Ferrigno was not in the contest. Finally, they discuss the big 1977 AAU Mr. America contest which featured a parade that took place before the contest. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the May, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine entitled “The Smallest Trophy He Ever Won” written by Janet Charlton about when Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut – Male at the 1977 Golden Globes.

Season 7, Episode 27 – Joe Means

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Season 7, Episode 27 - Joe Means
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Joe Means, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Joe explains how he started lifting weights in South Carolina, slowly building up his physique and his strength and eventually competing in local bodybuilding contests. Joe talks about the training routine and diet he used to get the most out of his physique. At his peak, Joe was able to compete in ripped condition and was able to defeat bodybuilders at the national level who outweighed him by 30-40 pounds. Joe explains the diet secret he used to win the Most Muscular award at the 1976 AAU Mr. America contest over Kalman Szkalak, Dave Johns and Ron Teufel. Joe also beat out Tom Platz for the Best Legs award at that year’s Mr. America contest. At the end of the Podcast, John Hansen reads an article titled “Sergio Oliva – A Legendary Superman” written by Norman Zale for the November, 1975 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 26 – Jerry Scalesse

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Season 7, Episode 26 - Jerry Scalesse
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Jerry Scalesse, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1980’s, talks about his career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Jerry talks about how bodybuilding was in the 1980’s when he was training with John DeFendis at Steve Michalik’s gym and Mike Quinn when he was still a teenager. Jerry competed at the national level in many competitions including the AAU, the NPC and NABBA and he talks about some of the great bodybuilders he competed against during his era. Jerry also talks about being coached by the legendary Bob Gruskin for the contests he competed in.

Season 7, Episode 25 – Leon Brown

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Season 7, Episode 25 - Leon Brown
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Bodybuilding Icon Leon Brown is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Leon talks about how he started training at home in New York at 15 years old, competing against Frank Zane in the 1960’s, moving to California in 1969 and working out with Arnold and Franco at Gold’s Gym. Leon also talks about appearing in the classic book Pumping Iron and making the movie “Stay Hungry” in Alabama with the Gold’s Gym crew. Finally, Leon talks about competing at an older age and how he manages to maintain a bodybuilder’s physique in his 70’s.

Season 7, Episode 24 – Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part Two

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Season 7, Episode 24 - Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part Two
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In Part Two of their interview on Where the Shape of Bodybuilding Going?, Peter McGough and Lonnie Teper draw on their decades of knowledge and experience in the sport of bodybuilding to discuss what type of physique will dominate bodybuilding in the future. Will symmetry and shape take more precedence than muscle mass and conditioning in the Mr. Olympia this year? Does the smaller and more aesthetic bodybuilder have a chance against the mass monsters or is the Genie out of the bottle at this point in the sport? At the end of the interview, John Hansen reads an article about bodybuilding that appeared in the October 14, 1974 issue of Sports Illustrated, one of the first articles about bodybuilding in a mainstream magazine.

Season 7, Episode 23 – Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part One

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Season 7, Episode 23 - Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part One
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“Where is the Shape of Bodybuilding Going in the Future?” This is the question posed to two veteran Bodybuilding Journalists, Peter McGough and Lonnie Teper. Based on the recent wins at the Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic by Shawn Rhoden and Brandon Curry respectfully, is shape and symmetry going to held in higher regard by the judges for future bodybuilding contests? Peter and Lonnie give their opinions on where bodybuilding is going and how it has changed over the last 30 years in regards to mass over symmetry, posing routines and the different divisions currently being held in today’s contests.

Season 7, Episode 22 – Ken Sprague, Gold’s Gym owner

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Season 7, Episode 22 - Ken Sprague, Gold's Gym owner
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Ken Sprague, one of the first owners of the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Ken talks about how he moved to California from Ohio at only 24 years old and how he unexpectedly became the owner of the original Gold’s Gym in the early 1970’s. Ken talks about the gym atmosphere back in the 1970’s, the filming of the movie “Pumping Iron” at Gold’s Gym in 1975 and moving Gold’s Gym from Venice, California to the Santa Monica location in 1977. Ken also talks about his experience promoting bodybuilding competitions including the 1977 AAU Mr. America contest and the 1978 Gold’s Classic. Finally, Ken talks about his memories of some of the iconic bodybuilders of the Golden Era of Bodybuilding like Ken Waller, Kal Szkalak and Robby Robinson and the time when he sued Arnold Schwarzenegger for defamation.

Season 7, Episode 21 – Glenn Knerr

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Season 7, Episode 21 - Glenn Knerr
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1986 AAU Mr. World and Mr. America Glenn Knerr is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Glenn talks about how he got into bodybuilding as a teen, winning local titles and progressing all the way to the national stage, competing against some of the best amateur bodybuilders in the country. Glenn also shares his memories of meeting Sergio Oliva for the first time, butting heads with future Mr. America Tim Belknap and competing against legendary bodybuilders such as Shawn Ray, Vince Taylor and Nimrod King.

Season 7, Episode 20 – Doug Brignole

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Season 7, Episode 20 - Doug Brignole
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Doug Brignole, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1980’s, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Doug began training at Bill Pearl’s Gym in Pasadena, California at only 15 years old in an effort to gain weight on his skinny frame. Doug talks about his progress in the sport including winning the AAU Mr. California in 1982 and winning his class at the 1986 AAU Mr. America contest. Doug also talks about meeting some of the legends of bodybuilding who trained at Bill Pearl’s gym over the years. Doug concludes the interview by sharing some of his knowledge of exercise physiology and which exercises work best in developing the physique.

Season 7, Episode 19 – Marc Martinez

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Season 7, Episode 19 - Marc Martinez
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Marc Martinez is in the process of making a movie about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding during the late 1970’s. Marc talks about the key figures in the bodybuilding world who he has interviewed for his upcoming film including former Gold’s Gym owner Ken Sprague, Bill Grant, Ken Waller, Pete Grymkowski and Pumping Iron author Charles Gaines. Marc also talks about his experiences training at Gold’s back in the late 1970’s and the bodybuilders who he met during that pivotal point in the Golden Age of Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 18 – Pat Neve

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Season 7, Episode 18 - Pat Neve
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