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.
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.
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.
There’s a young man down the street from me who trains with weights. He’s been at it for about three years now but you’d never know to look at him. He’s got no build at all. My grandmother’s been dead for twelve years and she probably still look better that he does.
These are the words that first drew me into the world of John McCallum – and what a world to be drawn in to. He was a bit of a mysterious figure in the strength world but wrote a series of compelling articles for “Strength and Health” in the Sixties and early Seventies that fuelled a generation of young bodybuilders and strength enthusiasts and defined the modern day strength article.