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This website is devoted to the Legends of Bodybuilding from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Featuring extensive interviews with the Bodybuilding Stars from the Golden Age of the sport, the Bodybuilding Legends Show reveals the history of the sport of Bodybuilding through the careers of it’s most legendary stars. Learn about the competitions, the emotions and the motivations of the best bodybuilders in the world. Each interview is full of video clips and photographs from the legendary competitions as well as colorful recollections of the Bodybuilding Era during it’s classic years. Enjoy the best years of Bodybuilding on the Bodybuilding Legends Show website!

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This website is devoted to the Legends of Bodybuilding from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Featuring extensive interviews with the Bodybuilding Stars from the Golden Age of the sport, the Bodybuilding Legends Show reveals the history of the sport of Bodybuilding through the careers of it’s most legendary stars. Learn about the competitions, the emotions and the motivations of the best bodybuilders in the world. Each interview is full of video clips and photographs from the legendary competitions as well as colorful recollections of the Bodybuilding Era during it’s classic years. Enjoy the best years of Bodybuilding on the Bodybuilding Legends Show website!

    John Little, Part One

    John Little, Part One

    Mike Mentzer passed away on June 10, 2001. To remember this bodybuilding legend on the 20th Anniversary of his passing, author John Little joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to discuss the life of Mike Mentzer. In Part One of the interview, John talks about the competitive career of Mentzer from 1970-1980 including the 1971 AAU Mr. America contest, the 1976 IFBB Mr. America, the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe and the 1979 and 1980 Mr. Olympia competitions. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article about the 1976 IFBB Mr. America contest report written by Jack Neary for the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine.
    Time Stamps:
    0:00 - Beginning of the Podcast
    4:00 - Audio Book of Bodybuilding Heroes and Legends, Vol. One is now available (link below)
    5:05 - Emails from last week's episode
    16:30 - John Little Interview, Part One
    28:10 - Mike Mentzer's upbringing and character
    34:00 - Mike's great genetics for bodybuilding
    36:50 - How Mike got started in bodybuilding
    47:30 - When Mike Mentzer went to see the 1965 Mr. Olympia contest
    50:40 - Mike's first competitions as a teen
    57:40 - When Mike changed the way he trained
    1:05:19 - Why Mike choose to compete in the IFBB over the AAU
    1:11:00 - The most satisfying contest Mike ever won
    1:19:37 - When Kal Szkalak beat Mike at the 1977 Mr. Universe
    1:23:40 - Mike wins the 1977 IFBB Mr. North America
    1:26:09 - Why winning the 1978 Mr. Universe was the most important win of his career
    1:27:40 - Mike Mentzer vs. Arnold
    1:34:42 - John Hansen reads the 1976 IFBB American Bodybuilding Championships report by Jack Neary from the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine
    Audio Book for Bodybuilding Heroes and Legends, Vol One
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    Anibal Lopez and Bill Neylon

    Anibal Lopez and Bill Neylon

    Anibal Lopez, former WBBG Mr. America, and Bill Neylon, NPC Florida judge and competitor, join the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to give an update on Chris Dickerson who has been living in a nursing home in Florida for the last year. Anibal, Bill and some other friends of Chris visited him at the nursing home a couple weeks ago so they give the details of how that visit went. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads the article written by Jack Neary about the infamous 1980 Mr. Olympia contest for Muscle&Fitness Magazine.
    Time Stamps:
    6:45 - John reads emails from last week's show
    12:20 - Interview with Anibal Lopez and Bill Neylon about their visit with Chris Dickerson
    49:15 - John reads "1980 Olympia Report" written by Jack Neary from the February, 1981 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ron Love

    Ron Love

    Ron Love, 1987 Pro World Champion, is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Ron talks about how he started bodybuilding after being shot on the job as a Detroit Police Officer, competing on the local level in Michigan, winning the NPC Jr. USA and the heavyweight class at the NPC Nationals in 1985 and his extensive career as a pro bodybuilder during the 1980's. At the end of the interview, host John Hansen reads an article from the December, 1986 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine "Labrada Wins the Night of the Champs" written by Bill Reynolds.
    Time Stamps:
    6:50 - The Audio Book version of Bodybuilding Heroes and Legends: Vol. One
    8:38 - Emails from last week's show
    18:30 - Ron Love Interview
    26:00 - Ron's first bodybuilding contest
    30:15 - Why Ron became a police officer
    36:50 - Winning the 1985 NPC Jr. USA
    37:38 - Meeting Rachel McLish
    40:22 - Training with Samir Bannout in Michigan
    42:45 - Winning the heavyweight class at the 1985 NPC Nationals
    45:10 - Losing the 1985 IFBB Mr. Universe in Sweden
    48:10 - Competing against Lee Labrada at the 1986 NIght of the Champions
    49:21 - Getting Lenda Murray into bodybuilding
    53:12 - The 1987 Night of the Champions
    54:20 - Competing in the 1991 Mr. Olympia
    56:55 - Training with control
    58:10 - Tearing his quadriceps muscles
    1:00:10 - Ron's fight with Phil Hill in 1989
    1:05:00 - Ron's long pro career
    1:06:10 - Ron's thoughts on the people he met during his bodybuilding career
    1:17:10 - John reads the article "Labrada Wins the Night of Champs" written by Bill Reynolds from the December, 1986 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part Two

    Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part Two

    Jerry Brainum, Tom Terwilliger and Phil Williams discuss the topic of "Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses" during the Golden Age of Bodybuilding (1960's to the 1980's). In Part Two of the interview, Jerry, Tom, Phil and host John Hansen look at the Rear Double Biceps, the Rear Lat Spread, the Overhead Abdominal Pose and the Most Muscular Pose and make their choices of the bodybuilder who looked best in each pose.
    Time Stamps:
    0:00 - Beginning of the Podcast
    4:10 - Review of the 2021 New York Pro
    11:50 - Part Two of the "Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses" interview
    12:00 - Who has the Best Overhead Abdominal Pose?
    12:46 - John Hnatyschak
    13:25 - Thierry Pastel
    13:55 - The combination of thick abs and a small waist
    15:09 - Developing the obliques during ab training
    16:46 - Frank Zane's abs
    17:26 - Steve Michalik's small waist
    18:13 - The benefits of doing a vacuum pose
    21:16 - The vote for Best Abdominal Pose
    22:37 - Who had the Best Rear Double Biceps pose?
    23:00 - Phil Williams back at the 1988 Chicago Pro
    25:28 - What makes up a great Rear Double Biceps pose?
    26:26 - The best way to train for back separation and definition
    27:20 - The importance of genetics in developing a great back
    31:06 - Who had the Best Rear Lat Spread?
    32:18 - What makes up a great Rear Lat Spread pose?
    32:54 - Franco's great rear lat spread
    33:14 - Tony Pearson's lat spread
    34:55 - How Momo Benaziza's back inspired Dorian Yates
    35:13 - Freddy Ortiz's freaky rear lat spread
    36:45 - Samir's Christmas Tree lower back
    38:22 - The vote for Best Rear Lat Spread
    41:05 - Who Had the Best Most Muscular Pose?
    42:00 - Harold Poole's Most Muscular
    43:12 - Franco's Most Muscular pose
    43:35 - The comparison of Sergio vs. Arnold in the Most Muscular Pose
    44:15 - Gary Strydom's freaky most muscular
    44:35 - Why did Sergio look so freaky in the Most Muscular pose?
    45:58 - Lou Ferrigno made the Most Muscular pose famous
    48:00 - The vote for Best Most Muscular Pose
    50:44 - The neck of Vic Siepke
    53:44 - How would Jeff King have done competing in the IFBB?
    55:06 - The potential of Matt Mendenhall
    1:01:41 - Bonus Question - Who had the Best Legs in the Golden Era?
    1:04:00 - The problem with winning too many trophies
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part One

    Who Looked the Best in the Mandatory Poses, Part One

    Jerry Brainum, Tom Terwilliger and Phil Williams are the guests on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to discuss which of the Golden Age Bodybuilders (1960's - 1980's) looks the best in the Mandatory Poses. In Part One of the interview, Jerry, Tom, Phil and John look at the Front Double Biceps, the Front Lat Spread, the Side Chest and the Side Triceps poses and pick their favorite bodybuilder for each pose.
    Time Stamps:
    4:11 - Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers
    4:40 - John reads this week's emails
    25:39 - Upcoming contests and events in 2021
    26:53 - Start of interview with Jerry Brainum, Tom Terwilliger and Phil Williams, Part One
    28:22 - Who had the best Front Double Biceps pose?
    30:19 - Did Samir look the best in the Front Double Biceps?
    31:47 - Boyer Coe's outstanding arm separation
    32:32 - Robby's great Front Double Biceps
    34:30 - How did Sergio look in the Front Double Biceps?
    36:22 - Lee Haney vs Robby in the Front Double Biceps
    36:59 - Phil Hill's freaky physique
    40:39 - Vince Taylor's pro career
    42:52 - Eduardo Kawak's great physique
    45:47 - Mike Mentzer's front double biceps
    47:30 - The popularity of the Vacuum Pose
    49:22 - The guys vote on the Front Double Biceps Pose
    50:52 - Who looked the best in the Front Lat Spread?
    51:45 - Brian Buchanan's incredible Front Lat Spread
    57:00 - Lee Haney's Front Lat Spread
    58:35 - How does Franco rate in the Front Lat Spread?
    59:32 - Arnold's Front Lat Spread
    59:55 - Sergio Oliva's Front Lat Spread
    1:01:53 - The vote for the Best Front Lat Spread
    1:04:56 - Who had the Best Side Chest?
    1:05:23 - Robby's version of the Side Chest Pose
    1:05:55 - Francis Benfatto's Side Chest
    1:06:48 - Gary Strydom's Side Chest shot
    1:07:24 - Tom Terwilliger's Side Chest and Front Double Biceps pose
    1:08:12 - Lou Ferrigno's great physique in the 1980's
    1:08:52 - Arnold would shrink in between contests
    1:09:24 - Serge Nubret's beautiful physique
    1:10:42 - The vote for the Best Side Chest Pose
    1:11:52 - Who Had the Best Side Triceps?
    1:12:45 - Arnold's Side Triceps Pose
    1:13:15 - Samir's cross striations on his triceps
    1:13:35 - Bill Pearl's massive triceps
    1:14:26 - Rick Valente's freaky triceps
    1:15:20 - Makkawy's great Side Triceps pose
    1:16:00 - Lee Labrada's Side Triceps
    1:16:42 - The Side Triceps Pose was one of Chris Dickerson's best poses
    1:17:12 - Zane's aesthetic Side Triceps Pose
    1:17:47 - The mechanics of hitting the Side Triceps Pose
    1:20:17 - Chuck Sipes impressive physique
    1:22:13 - Steve Michalik's suicide
    1:26:15 - Can you look your best ever over 50 while being natural?
    1:28:40 - Rory Leidelmeyer's Side Tricep Pose
    1:30:12 - Moses Maldonado's great physique
    1:34:44 - The vote for the Best Side Triceps Pose
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Danny Padilla - Part Two

    Danny Padilla - Part Two

    Danny Padilla, one of the best bodybuilders from the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. In Part Two of his interview, Danny talks about some of the pivotal competitions of his career including the 1978 Mr. Olympia and the 1979 Night of the Champions. Danny also talks about the controversial 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia competitions before finally talking about the 1990 Night of the Champions in which he made his big comeback. At the end of the interview, Danny gives his thoughts on some of the great bodybuilders he got to know during his career. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads an excerpt from the February, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder and Power Magazine about the 1976 World Bodybuilding Championships Mr. Universe Report written by Jack Neary.
    Time Stamps:
    3:44 - Happy Birthday to my Mom!
    4:48 - Emails from last week's show
    12:15 - Start of the Danny Padilla interview, Part Two
    14:00 - Sergio had one of the greatest physiques ever
    17:06 - Danny talks about competing in his first Mr. Olympia
    18:36 - The 1979 Night of the Champions where Danny scored a perfect 300 points
    23:33 - Danny gives his opinion about the 1980 Mr. Olympia
    30:30 - Danny talks about his showing at the 1981 Mr. Olympia
    39:04 - The 1990 Night of the Champions where Danny made a big comeback
    45:30 - Vince McMahon and the WBF organization
    49:54 - How close did the IFBB come to get Bodybuilding into the Olympics?
    52:38 - Danny gives his thoughts on some of the Bodybuilders he met during his career
    1:12:19 - John Hansen reads an article from the February, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder magazine about the 1976 World Amateur Championships/Mr. Universe written by Jack Neary.
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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

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123 Ratings

123 Ratings

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The Best Podcast in History

The best podcast ever, even if you are not into bodybuilding I think you’ll still be interested in the golden era. Too much knowledge to waste and too many stories not to tell. Never one episode that failed to captivate me. Wonderful

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I would highly recommend this podcast to any fan of bodybuilding. John is a natural bodybuilding champion who has dedicated his life to the sport and is an expert at bringing the past alive, through his guests and his knowledge. The sport can at times suffer a bad reputation; through his guests, John cuts through the fluff which typical bodybuilding magazines traditionally display, and does so often with a no holes-barred attitude. His legendary guests are top notch.

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Pretty awesome bodybuilding show!

New fan of this show! Love the episode’s with Jerry Brainum! Looking forward to hearing more epic golden era bodybuilding content!

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