Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1946, Boyer Coe was a top-line bodybuilder of the late-Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.
His name is synonymous with perseverance, consistency and endurance and these traits helped him form his legendary status amongst other old school bodybuilding greats.
It is these qualities that helped make him a four-time Mr Universe, seven-time Mr. World and Mr. America champion.
All this without some of the natural genetic advantages other champions possessed.
Historical record says that Boyer started his iron game career at the tender age of 14 at the Lake Charles Gym.
His ambitions were high even his formative years. His fellow friends and trainees all knew of his desire to one day become a future Mr. America.
Unless you are a real fan of Seventies bodybuilding, you might not readily know the name Casey Viator. A true muscular behemoth and the youngest man to win a Mr. America title at the tender age of 19, Casey's legacy is not as iconic and memorable as someone called Arnold.
But there is one photo of him that still does the rounds of muscle blogs and forums that is iconic. The photo of his seemingly astounding physical transformation in the 1973 Colorado Experiment. Despite all Casey Viator’s lifelong accomplishments in bodybuilding, the first thing everyone associates with his name is the famous, or infamous depending on what side of the fence you sit, Colorado Experiment.
Sadly Casey passed away on September 4 of 2013, due to cardiac arrest. He was only 62 years old. And his life and career have been filtering through my thoughts and reflections ever since.
There is a certain elevated level of respect held for the age old champions of the body building scene. Currently there are a ton of different chemical methods for bodybuilders to cheat their way to being huge. Years before all the breakthroughs in bodybuilding science there was the great Jack Delinger.
Deligner is a legend amongst body builders that set the precedent of being an All-American bodybuilder. This Oakland born beast claimed several impressive titles in the mid 20th century with an unparalleled level of dedication and commitment for the sport. He embodied competitive spirit and skill in his training and got an early start to his success.
This is a guest post by Jason Ferruggia
If you don’t know who Mike Mentzer was I will give you some quick background. He was a famous bodybuilder who competed back in the seventies and eighties against none other than Arnold, himself.
He was known for being a huge proponent of extremely low volume training. Mike was either loved or hated; there was no in between.
He had some radical view points and an in-your-face way of expressing them. He even had the balls to call Arnold out about his high volume training protocols and say what a complete waste of time it all was.
Bodybuilding legend Vince Gironda left an indelible mark on the world of bodybuilding, and his legacy can be felt even now – decades after his death.
Known as the “Iron Guru” he was famous for promoting original training routines and nutritional regimes that went against the conventions of his time.
Vince Gironda was born 1917 in the Bronx, but was soon moved out to Los Angeles as a child. He got his started in bodybuilding at the young age of 22 and never looked back. He made rapid progress and soon became famous for his intense workout routines.
Considered as the most genetically gifted bodybuilder of all time, Sergio "The Myth" Oliva, was the first ever African-American athlete to win the Mr. Olympia title.
He was widely known for being the only bodybuilder to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Mr. Olympia title in 1969.
Of Cuban descent, Oliva was born on July 4, 1941. He fought in the Cuban Revolution as part of Batista's army, who eventually lost to Fidel Castro. After the revolution, he spent his time on the beaches of Cuba where he met someone who invited him to join the local weightlifting club.
All through bodybuilding's long history, there have been many legends and Harold Poole is one that stands out among them.
Born on 25th December, 1943 at Louisville, Kentucky, Harold Poole would gift to the body-building world a physique that closely presented the right balance of size, proportion and definition required to become one of the best bodybuilders ever.
Highly athletic right from an early age, 12-year old Harold immediately became serious about football, boxing and wrestling during his high school years in Indianapolis.
In the year 1960, Poole won the Jr. Mr. Indiana title when he was just 16. Thinking big, he wanted to be the very first African-American to grab Mr. America title and to do so while still being a teen.
For years, the "The Legend" Larry Scott ruled supreme over bodybuilding.
He dominated every aspect of the sport. The first Mr. Olympia in history, the first multiple winner of the title and the first Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia winner was unstoppable and untouchable.
From early on in his career until this day, Larry Scott is a personality in bodybuilding people still seek information from and about.
Larry was born in 1938 and raised in Idaho. Not new to fans of Larry's is the fact he lives in Utah.
The first magazine photos of Larry appeared in a publication called "Tomorrow's Man." Of course he was featured and dominated not only the covers but also the contents of all bodybuilding magazines of the 1960's.
Born in 1940, Chet Yorton is nicknamed "The Father of Natural Bodybuilding" and has proven to be one of the most influential characters in the sport of bodybuilding.
Yorton stumbled upon bodybuilding quite accidentally because of serious injuries he sustained in an auto accident.
After multiple surgeries and several months of being stuck in a wheelchair, Yorton discovered a set of dumbbells in the hospital and consulted his doctor about incorporating them into part of his recovery process.
Lifting the weights helped Yorton to recover to the point where he decided to continue bodybuilding training afterwards.
Chuck Sipes was born on August 22, 1932 in Sterling, Illinois. He is widely regarded as on of the greatest bodybuilders of his time.
Early in his life, he moved with his family to Modesto, California. During high school, he was rejected for the school's football team for being underweight. Spurred by this rejection, he back lifting weight to build mass, under the tutelage of his neighbor Chuck Coker.
During the course of his long bodybuilding career, Chuck Sipes won an impressive number of prestigious titles. The AAU Mr. North California Content in 1958 was his first foray into competitive bodybuilding shows. He easily bested the field and took the first place. During the same year he also participated in a number of AAU contests, finishing 3rd AAU Junior Mr. America Contest, 9th in AAU Mr. America and 2nd in the AAU Mr. Pacific Coast.