Your bodybuilding idols/mentors?

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    Oct 22, 2008 1:17 PM GMT
    Question for those of you who are into bodybuilding (amateur or otherwise): Who are the people you look up to?
  • Tritimium

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    Fabian Fulsom (he's both a fitness model and a concert pianist, so he gets double points in my book!), Luke Guldan. Plus several athletes.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    Though I'm not looking to get huge, Stan McQuay is what keeps me motivated!
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    Anyone and everyone bigger than me. I have no shortage of role models! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:41 PM GMT
    When I was a kid, it was Frank Zane and Serge Nubret. Later it was Bob Paris. There isn't anyone now since I don't follow it anymore. There are lots of 'fitness models' like T.J. Hoban, and Rusty Joiner who are worth emulating (within the limits of age and genetics).
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:48 PM GMT
    samerphxaz saidWho give a fuck? This have nothing to do with health or fitness.


    Typical response from you. Always so pleasant, humble, intelligent and kind. I always learn so much from your informative posts about how great both Phoenix and you are. You're very inspirational.




    As to the OP and Voltage man, I'm a fan of McQuay as well, but I like guys before they get too "unnaturally" big, and even Stan is a little too big for me now.

    I like Ulisses Jr. from NYC, cause there's a lot of independent discussion that he's natural (altho of course, the definition of "natural" tends to be stretched a bit, so one never knows), and he also has a long waist like I do. I look at long-waisted types for a model, rather than the typical short bodybuilder types who I'll never look like.

    Of course, I'll never have Ulisses giant, er... equipment, no matter how much I'm in the gym, but that's just nice to look at.

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    Oct 22, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    Even though he was "outed" as having used performance-enhancing drugs, I still look up to Christian Boeving. He's close to my age and built like a brick you-know-what.

    Mark Andrews (fitness model) is another inspiration.

    Something of a tangent ... I have pictures of Mr. Boeving and Mr. Andrews in my workout log. As I'm approaching a tough set, I use the pictures for admiration (trying to keep the lust in check).

    So many pictures of fitness models fail to show their legs. You really have to scrounge around to see pictures of guys with big legs.

    I know these guys must have some big gams ... so I wonder what the deal is?

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    Dec 06, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    Past greats Frank Zane, Bob Paris, Doug Brignole all had a shredded aesthetic that was always inspirational.

    Recent favorites and goal-models include Gregg Avedon, Rusty Joiner, Lance Lamar, James Dawson Martin, Chille Decastro, James Ellis, TJ Hoban, Luke Guldan, Andrew McLaughlin, Jeremy Markum
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    Dec 06, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    Mine show my age,

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    Lee Labrada

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    Dec 06, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    Sean Cassidy - an advocate of high reps (more than the usual sets of ten I have always done). Check out his videos - Youtube. This guy looks exactly how I only wish I looked. (I'm close - and not complaining for my age - but this guy gets it as far as fitness goes, IMO)
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    Dec 06, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    Here is SEAN, for people like me who had no clue:




    I wish this show would come back on, I miss quality TV.
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    Larry Scott. The last before the end of the steriod era.
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    I am sorry. Before the beginning of the steriod are. The last non steriod Mr. Olympia.
  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 06, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    Bob Paris---he has an incredible body and he did it mostly living his life out of the closet! icon_biggrin.gif


    BTW---cool topic--nothing wrong with it from my eyes!! icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    If you want out of the closet then Jim Morris is my real hero.

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  • GQjock

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    Dec 07, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    Rusty has always been something for me to shoot for icon_wink.gif

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    Dec 07, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    I'm with Ursa. I wrote a magazine article about Lee Labrada 20 years ago and he was by far the most honest person I ever met in elite bodybuilding -- totally honest about his drug regimen, for example. A super-nice guy.

    Bob Paris, on the other hand, is a huge fraud, as far as I'm concerned. I have the unpleasant distinction of having been evicted from his hotel room, mainly by his "husband" of the time, Rod Jackson-Paris.They were on tour and their agent offered me an interview with them.

    The two wrote a horrible book, "Straight from the Heart," about their marriage. (I notice it has been deleted from Paris' list of books on his own site, along with the picture book he made with Rod.) The book is painful to read it's such a raging case of "codependency."

    During the interview, I asked blunt questions about the depiction of their relationship and steroid use. Rod went ballistic and Paris got all whiny and they, um, asked me to leave.

    I printed my interview verbatim and got an avalanche of angry mail from worshipful gay men. As it turned out, though, the two had already ended their relationship and, purely for the sake of money, were pretending to still be married, all the time promoting a version of love that would suffocate any normal human being.

  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 07, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    Wow! I did not know about that ObsceneWish! icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 08, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Ditto the "Wow!" Really interesting, O-Wish. If I remember correctly, they were (perhaps before the book) on Oprah discussing their relationship.

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    Dec 08, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    samerphx said

    Who give a fuck? This have nothing to do with health or fitness.


    Yeah, this probably belonged in the Bodybuilding area, but if this topic doesn't interest you, there's a simple solution: don't read the responses.

    Peter Neff for me, among others.
  • shoelessj

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    Dec 08, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    RE: Obscene:

    Yeah, i guess that's the problem with idolizing people you don't really know, haven't ever met, etc. i did find bob paris inspirational years ago, and still think his body was just perfection as far as a bodybuilder goes. That being said, steve reeves still occupies a place in my heart as a great one.

    Maybe the idols should be guys who have jobs, responsibilities, etc., who've overcome being fat or having health problems or have juggled work, family life, love life social life, to become pictures of fitness and have sculpted a great body by just working out hard, watching their food, etc.


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    Dec 08, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Like Shoeless Joe Jackson?
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    Dec 08, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidLike Shoeless Joe Jackson?


    touche, big bear. icon_wink.gif

    [that's only half of it, though. the other is that it's kind of a rough translation of my surname. but that would be a topic for another thread, i guess.]
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    Dec 08, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    Marc Williams
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    Dec 24, 2011 5:40 PM GMT

    I would have to Roelly Winklaar ... that man is just unbelievable.

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