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    Mr. America 1965
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    George "The Animal" Steele...

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    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.
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    Steve Reeves had the best natural body, but there is, was, and always will be only ONE ARNOLD. Simply amazing.
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    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....
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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!!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREENFEATHER
    Big ol Lou Ferrigno, he got the **** end of the stick in 75 in my opinion!!
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    I agree.
    It's Big Louie all the way for me.
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    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...
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    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!!!!
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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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    dorian - hands down, no question for me. His intensity, intelligence, and mental toughness were far above his fellow competitors at the time. He certainly - at least for me - is the most inspirational bodybuilder of all time.
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    Greg is mine


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    Quote Originally Posted by thehawk23
    dorian - hands down, no question for me. His intensity, intelligence, and mental toughness were far above his fellow competitors at the time. He certainly - at least for me - is the most inspirational bodybuilder of all time.
    Definitely. He was a machine. His books and training videos motivated me more than anything else.
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    Holy **** jarhead. You're huge !
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    Markus Ruhl. Even thought his symetry and what not are not the best, he's got crazy mass.
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    Dorian Yates is my fav... and most inspiring.. however there is this guy at my gym (Jim Swanson) who is also very awesome and inspiring.

    he was like illinois super heavyweight champ.. he is very ripped.
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    I have been an Arnold fan since I was a small child, so Arnold gets my vote.

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    Bob Paris……

    From the list I’m torn between Ray and Yates.

    Apples and oranges I know but I love both of those builds.

    Yates is just hard core though… have to go with him.
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    i would have to say arnold because i liked him ever since i was a kid. but seeing some old pics of frank zane he is a close second.
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    I always liked Gunter Schlierkamp...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swole@263
    I have been an Arnold fan since I was a small child, so Arnold gets my vote.

    Jimmy

    I'm the same, love the Governator, I know he may not have the best this or that but I still like him. Can't stop him, "I'm the Turmenatur." "Get Daauwn!"

    Gotta love him.
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    Tom Prince so underrated.
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    You gotta look at it in 2 ways.

    1)Whos got the best physique.
    If I was stepping on stage I would want to look like Yates in his peak. He's got the whole package IMO.

    2) Who brought bodybuilding to the main stream and who bodybuildings icon? It's easy. Ok, lets say your squatting your final set. You get, say your 4th rep, it was hard and you barely get it. You go down for a 5th. In the back of your mind you dont really think you can get it, but you force your way up you think DAMN IM THE MAN. Waht do you scream? "I am ronnie?" nah. "I am Yates?" nope again.... "I AM AH-NOLD"
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    Pretty good point spatch. For me, Arnold was the reason I first picked up a weight, since he was the first bodybuilder physique I saw. But when I started following bodybuilding, Dorian was the one who made me serious about training.
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    For me it was Arnold too. But after awhile I switched to Branch Warren, man that dude is huge.
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    You just can't beat Arnold's personality!
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    mine was craig titus...that is..until he killed someone..now i'd have to say..i really like melvin anthony...he has such classic lines and a tiny waist..something i could never attain do to my bone structure. :bb2:
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    Always loved the pure physique of Sergio, that guy was a beast. Huge thickenss and width with what appeared to be like a 32 inch waist (I know it wasn't).

    Arnold had the charisma fo sure and brought the sport to a whole new level.

    Can't really vote because there are many attributes that these guys had to offer in their own way.

    I remember the pics of Lee Haney in overalls coming into the Mr. O scene, what an animal
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    I have alot that I admire.....but Sergio gets my vote today, his arms are freaky. I like Levrone too, kinda sucks he never won an Olympia
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