Bodybuilders You Might Not Have Been Paying Attention To, But Really Need To Be
Bodybuilding is in many ways a sport that's been passed down from generation to generation in the form of tips, tricks, and lifetimes of experience coming from older and retired former competitors. Here are a few of the guys I think everyone ought to be paying attention to:
1. Lee Priest. Whether you like him or not; the man was a top 6 Olympia competitor in the most competitive era in bodybuilding history. He knows what he's talking about, and he offers a much more honest, measured approach to AAS use as well as an emphasis on hard training and a solid diet that a lot of us in the sport that think we can "out-steroid" lazy training or a bad diet need to hear. I might not agree with him on every issue, but you can bet that I respect him and think more people need to hear what he has to say. Also, he's pretty damn funny.
2. Danny Padilla. The censored competitor of "Pumping Iron" who arguably should have won the 1980 Mr. Olympia. Whether you agree or not, any 5'2" man that can stand next to Arnold Schwarzenegger (even 80' Olympia Arnold) and make him look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy is someone we all need to listen to. Do a Google Image search on him. You will not be disappointed. He provides an amazing and honest insight into the realities of the Golden Era of bodybuilding. He also places a much needed emphasis on being "well rounded" as an iron sports athlete in general, and he explains in many of his interviews how general athleticism helped him as a bodybuilder. To give you a tidbit of what he says "it's a lot easier to stay in shape year round if your cardio is pickup basketball with the guys every day, or boxing a couple of rounds a few times a week, than if you're on a treadmill for 2 hours a day." There's a reason this guy was nicknamed "The Giant Killer"; check out what he has to say
3. Miloš Šarčev. A top 10 Olympia competitor in the same era as Levrone, Wheeler, Ray, Nasser, Dorian, and Coleman; Šarčev is best known as "the mind" for his pioneering of insulin protocols for bodybuilders, and his scientific approach to bodybuilding in general. He looks absolutely tremendous, even at 50+ years old, and has coached Olympia competitors such as Dennis Wolf and Hidetada Yamagishi to major successes. His mixture of "in the field" experience and scientific focus, as well as his willingness to experiment will lend a lot of wisdom to anyone looking to take their training, diet, and especially PED use to the next level.