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.
Well, another year is in the books. And I am sure you have a set of strength and health goals for the coming New Year.
But do you really?
The reason I ask is while most of you most likely have strength or muscular development targets, I don’t know if all of you have made these goals with improved health in mind.
Over Christmas I read a series of articles written by John McCallum in the Sixties with just this topic in mind and it got me thinking about my health in relation to my strength
I am doing this Onnit T + review for a reason.
I have an age related confession to make. As of last month, I am now the wrong side of forty-five years old.
This isn’t a problem for me.
I look pretty damned good for my age.
Sure there’s a healthy dose of gray in my beard and a few further streaks are showing in my incrementally receding hairline. But all in all, I have taken pretty good care of myself over the years.
But at around forty-two years old I found that my workouts weren’t quite as enjoyable anymore. My strength levels were still pretty consistent but my energy levels were definitely lower and I was taking longer to recover.
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.
If you are thinking, “Why do I need to buy "Vince Gironda: Legend and Myth”, and can’t come up with a reason – well then listen up
Vince Gironda was truly a legend of the bodybuilding game but perhaps you are tossing up whether this product is worth it.
Well, I can think of six main reasons off the top of my head to buy this book and there are many more.
OK. Before you read this review, please let me make it clear to you that I am a huge Vince Gironda fan.
So there will be some bias in this analysis of Vince Gironda: Legend and Myth.
That said, I will try to genuinely give you a fair review of this e-book.
So let’s get down to brass tacks – what is this book actually about?
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.