Poll: best bodybuilder ever?

favorite bodybuilder of all time

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  1. Ed Corney- BadAss when it comes to posing.

    Franco Columbo- Freakish strength with the physique to go with it.

    Serge Nebret- Sick abs.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
    I dont' believe oliva had a 60" chest...(although his physique was very impressive, despite that). I mean, Arnold had a 58" chest and he put about every chest to shame that stood next to him. I'm sure he was close, but I do'nt think his chest measurements can measure up w/ the oaks.
    well i'm positive those are sergio's documented measurements .. i guess whether they are true are not is a different story, BUT sergio did peak a tad before Arnold .. and man the guy was a ****ing freak
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  3. He was definately a freak, that's for damn sure.

    Sometimes I wonder if 1/2 these guys measurements are true. I see some of these guys claiming to have 30" waists and such, but they're so damn thick and full of muscle, it seems impossible. (Maybe I'm just jealous )

  4. Quote Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
    I dont' believe oliva had a 60" chest...(although his physique was very impressive, despite that). I mean, Arnold had a 58" chest and he put about every chest to shame that stood next to him. I'm sure he was close, but I do'nt think his chest measurements can measure up w/ the oaks.
    Put Olivia to shame? Can't agree with that, but those are his correct measurements. Taken from Iron Age (click for direct link, really good read)

    When Arnold caught sight of Sergio backstage at the Olympia, held that year in Essen, Germany, he felt chills similar to those he experienced the first time he encountered Oliva. Now, not only was Sergio as big as, if not bigger than, Arnold, but he was nearly as cut. His shoulders were broader than Arnold's, yet his waist was nearly six inches smaller.

    The story goes that Arnold realized on that day, as he had in 1969, that he may have been the second-best bodybuilder on that stage. Yet Arnold was crowned the 1972 Mr. Olympia.
    Here are some pics from 72'. Pictures from this event are very rare, and it took me along time to find them, but IronAge posted them on bb.com along time ago so all thanks go to him.
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    Last edited by Grassroots082; 04-23-2005 at 10:21 PM.

  5. Sergio is perhaps the freakiest!

  6. Frank Zane, he looks like a Greek god.

  7. Arnold is my favorite role model as well as bodybuilder... But I'm with you Glen, as far as Serge Nubret goes, if I could have any BBs physique, it would be Serge's, without a doubt... I posted this statement on BB.com long ago and got laughed at... Go figure

  8. Quote Originally Posted by champster
    Franco Columbo- Freakish strength with the physique to go with it.
    Yes, I love Franco as well...

  9. gear free*: Steve Reeves...in his early years when he won the first Mr. Universe beating Reg Park (Arnold's mentor and idol).

    gear assisted: Arnold "the austrian oak"...no one has promoted and has done more for the sport of bodybuilding.

  10. I voted other.. Lee Priest..
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  11. Mike Mentzer


  12. Mr. America 1965
    DAVE DRAPER


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  13. George "The Animal" Steele...

    .....j/k.

  14. flex. his posing was unique, and the dude was cocky. And I love that. Always came in super dry and close to 0% bodyfat as you could get.
    Sage

  15. Steve Reeves had the best natural body, but there is, was, and always will be only ONE ARNOLD. Simply amazing.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Guido
    Steve Reeves had the best natural body, but there is, was, and always will be only ONE ARNOLD. Simply amazing.
    A few of the older guys said Reeves was gearin' too....

  17. Looking at those pictures of the Olympia back in 72' and comparing them to today's Olympia, it's just simply amazing how far the sport has come since then. Night and day. Most of these guys would have a tough time qualifying for a pro card by today's standards. Sad, but true.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
    A few of the older guys said Reeves was gearin' too....
    Reeally!!?? Damn...i totally believed his bull**** of eating wheat germ and tuna out of the can and working out 3 hours a day naturally. Oh well. Arnold is still teh win

  19. If you take a look at Reeves physique there isn't much that indicates steroid use...he's not a grossly huge..he's extremely well proportioned with superb symmetry throughout most of his career...his veins aren't popping out all over the place..no stretch marks on pecs or biceps...super full set of hair..etc. Even before his death he had a full set of hair and an amazing physique for his age. Put his picture and a picture of any of the current pro bodybuilders side to side and you'll see what steroid use and abuse looks like...Reeves would have been small in current pro bodybuilding standards. It's possible that Reeves might have used some steroids initially to gain the 30lbs of muscle in 1 year he talks about in his book. That smells of heavy bull**** without gear. He also stayed lean while gaining 30lbs of muscle in that 1 year.

    A genetically gifted person with smart & hard and consistent training and a finely tuned diet can achieve Reeves physique but very few have the genetics to begin with to ever achieve this level of physique.

  20. KoolKat, frank zane's size doesn't "indicate" steroid use But, he was on.

    Bodybuilding was new, nutrition was in its infancy, and so was training. 3hrs a day with probably minimal-moderate gearing and I would'nt expect too much anyway. Not saying he didn't have good genetics, and he most certainly wasn't on all the time (you can tell in a few of his pics and videos). But, I don't doubt when guys like Oliva bring Reeves up when talking about gear that they know what they're talking about

    LOL...you wanna know when the first time ppl experiemented with Test injections? Well over a hundred years ago....lol. Not kiddin'. A scientist was extracting and "unknown substance" from some animals testicles (yes, it was test) and was injecting it and was in amazement about its rejuvenating effects.

    In the news area there is an article somewhere with all of this info. Great stuff.

    Talks about how in the 19(teens....maybe 1918?) a scientist was able to finally isolate 10mg of test from bull testicle...tons of it! It was all gravy from there So, steroids aren't new, and definitely in the 50s and 60s there were people using them.
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    Big ol Lou Ferrigno, he got the **** end of the stick in 75 in my opinion!!
    ROB

  22. Seriously, looking at that pic of '72, there's no WAY Arnie wins. He's big allright, but Oliva is Bigger - OK not taller but his shoulders are WIDER and his waist NARROWER. Aesthetics, size, simmetry. Look at the guy's legs!! I put Oliva 1st, and 2nd is between Nubret and Arnie. I find Oliva untouchable in that contest.

    But it was the '60s. Black people weren't exactly popular in that era.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by GREENFEATHER
    Big ol Lou Ferrigno, he got the **** end of the stick in 75 in my opinion!!
    ROB
    I agree.
    It's Big Louie all the way for me.
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    ... it would be Serge's, without a doubt... I posted this statement on BB.com long ago and got laughed at... Go figure
    yup, Nubret all the way...

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Girl
    I agree.
    It's Big Louie all the way for me.
    take that picture down quick before lou charges you $20!!!!

  26. im suprised no one has mentioned my favorite kevin levrone. sure his mind is somewhere out in pluto but his physique was simply phenomenal. he had the size of dorian with the conditioning/symmetry of flex all in one package.

  27. it's a tie between Dorian and Arnold.
    Personality and acheievements i'd say Arnold.
    but for size, and actually structure, I'd say Dorian

  28. I'd have to say Franco. I'm also a shorter guy (5'7") and think he has the perfect short man's build. To think he started out as a featherweight boxer, and then bulked up to the beast he was is amazing. Also, he had a very interesting personality. I get a kick of watching his parts in pumping iron. Seems like a really cool guy.




  29. http://sportfarma.ru/video_dorian_yates_blood_guts.htm -check out the 2 bottom pics in the link

    damn, i didn't realize how damn big dorian was in the offseason! wow
    awesome man though no doubt
  

  
 

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