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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!

    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
    Danny Padilla - Part One

    Danny Padilla - Part One

    Danny Padilla, 1977 IFBB Mr. America and Mr. Universe, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. In Part One of his interview, Danny talks about how he started bodybuilding, competing in the AAU competitions on the east coast, winning the 1975 IFBB Mr. USA, the controversy with the film "Pumping Iron" and the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe, competing against Mohammed Makkawy at the 1976 IFBB Mr. Universe, winning the 1977 Mr. America and Mr. Universe and his contest prep for the 1981 Mr. Olympia. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads the article "Danny Padilla is out..to Shock the World" written by Rick Wayne which appeared in the April, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.
    Time Stamps:
    04:25 - Happy Birthday Frank Zane
    06:55 - Emails from last week's podcast
    10:00 - Start of Danny Padilla Interview, Part One
    10:40 - How Danny started bodybuilding
    13:58 - Competing in the AAU bodybuilding competitions on the East Coast
    15:23 - Winning the 1975 IFBB Mr. USA contest
    18:44 - Training at the original Gold's Gym in Venice, California
    22:37 - The controversy of the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and "Pumping Iron"
    29:00 - The new Superstar in Bodybuilding
    32:17 - Competing against Mohammed Makkawy at the 1976 IFBB Mr. Universe
    33:26 - Danny's thoughts on Mike Mentzer from the 1976 IFBB Mr. America
    34:08 - Winning the 1977 IFBB Mr. America
    39:34 - The struggle to get to Nimes, France
    45:36 - Winning the 1977 Mr. Universe
    51:18 - Should Szkalak have beaten Mentzer at the 1977 Mr. Universe?
    52:16 - Danny's thoughts on Kal Szkalak
    54:50 - The Bodybuilders Union in 1978
    57:08 - The beginning of the pro bodybuilding circuit
    59:52 - Taking a break from bodybuilding in the off season
    1:01:37 - How Danny trained and dieted for competitions
    1:05:00 - Danny explains how he got ripped for the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest
    1:07:00 - His thoughts on the controversial 1981 Mr. Olympia contest
    1:10:48 - John Hansen reads the article "Danny Padilla is out...to Shock the World" written by Rick Wayne from the April, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Alq Gurley

    Alq Gurley

    1990 NPC Nationals Champion Alq Gurley joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Alq shares how he started training for bodybuilding, his first competitions, his rapid rise to the top of the national amateur scene and his career as a pro bodybuilder during the very competitive 1990's. Alq also talks about the change in bodybuilding towards more size in the '90's and his reason for retiring. At the end of the Podcast, host John Hansen reads a couple of articles from some old IronMan Magazines. The first article, "Belknap Wins Mr. America" by Dave Sauer, appeared in the November, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine. The second article, "How I Saw The Mr. Olympia and The Top Six Men" by Steven Robinson, appeared in the March, 1982 issue of IronMan.
    Time Stamps:
    0:03:24 - Upcoming guests on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast
    0:05:20 - Emails from last weeks Podcast
    0:10:10 - Start of the Alq Gurley interview
    0:12:15 - How Alq got started in bodybuilding
    0:16:10 - Alq's genetics for bodybuilding
    0:19:02 - Taking second place in his first NPC Nationals
    0:22:00 - His thoughts on Franco Santoriello
    0:23:15 - How Lonnie Teper helped his career
    0:25:43 - Overcoming the drug test for the 1990 NPC Nationals
    0:30:20 - Did Shawn Ray's positive drug test at the 1990 Arnold worry him?
    0:31:50 - Winning the 1990 World Amateur Championships
    0:34:22 - His pro debut at the 1992 IronMan Pro Invitational
    0:36:06 - Alq's overall strategy as a pro bodybuilder
    0:38:14 - Bodybuilding's preference for more size in the 1990's
    0:41:32 - Alq's preferred look for his physique
    0:45:10 - When Bodybuilding used to be covered by the Media
    0:51:40 - How the general public thinks about bodybuilding today
    0:53:11 - The difference between the magazine era and the social media era
    0:57:25 - Alq's training philosophy
    1:02:25 - Alq's Professional Bodybuilding career
    1:07:45 - Alq's thoughts on Flex Wheeler and Paul Dillett
    1:10:00 - The injury that caused Alq to retire from bodybuilding
    1:18:04 - Alq's standout competitions in his pro career
    1:24:40 - John Hansen reads the article "Belknap Wins Mr. America" by Dave Sauer from the November, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine and "How I Saw the Mr. Olympia and the Top Six Men" by Steven Robinson from the March, 1982 issue of IronMan Magazine.
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part Two

    Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part Two

    John Hansen interviews 1986 AAU Mr. America and Mr. World Glenn Knerr and 1983 AAU Mr. America - Short Class winner Larry Bernstein about Bodybuilding in the 1970's and '80's. In Part Two of their interview, Glenn and Larry talk about some of the iconic bodybuilders they met during their career including Lance Dreher, Tim Belknap, Frank Zane, Boyer Coe and Mohamed Makkawy. They also discuss the look of bodybuilders from the 1970's to today.
    Time Stamps:
    0:04:00 - RIP Anton Holic
    0:04:45 - Emails from last weeks Podcast
    0:11:29 - Start of Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein Interview, Part Two
    0:15:04 - "We got our information from the magazines"
    0:16:20 - Glenn and Larry talk about Lance Dreher
    0:22:26 - 1980 AAU Mr. USA
    0:24:55 - Symmetry was important in the 1980's
    0:28:00 - How today's bodybuilders feel about Arnold and Zane
    0:29:27 - The Boyer Coe story
    0:36:16 - Glenn talks about winning the Mr. World and Mr. America
    0:38:20 - Tim Belknap
    0:46:12 - The most impressive bodybuilders they ever met
    0:50:50 - Tattoos in Bodybuilding
    0:54:50 - John Brown's influence on posing
    0:59:30 - John reads the article "Tim Belknap - The New Hercules" by Franklin Page from the May, 1981 issue of IronMan Magazine.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part One

    Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein, Part One

    John Hansen interviews 1986 AAU Mr. America Glenn Knerr and 1983 AAU Mr. America Short Class winner Larry Bernstein about Bodybuilding in the 1980's. Glenn and Larry both grew up in the Chicago area and they reminisce about competing as teenagers in the late 1970's, how they started bodybuilding
    Time Stamps:
    04:31 - Emails from last week's show
    17:33 - Start of Glenn Knerr and Larry Bernstein interview
    21:25 - Glenn talks about his injuries
    27:20 - Opening up Hoppie's Gym in Phoenix, Arizona
    29:10 - Smoking a joint before working out
    30:50 - When gyms had home made equipment
    34:40 - Bodybuilding champions who came out of Rockford, Illinois
    35:22 - Glenn and Larry talk about competing as teenagers in Chicago
    39:08 - Thoughts on Ronnie Coleman still training
    42:28 - Larry talks about contracting Covid-19
    43:58 - Jeff King's current status
    44:50 - Seeing Sergio Oliva in his prime
    50:57 - The reason Glenn and Larry starting bodybuilding
    57:00 - Competing in their first contest
    1:00:42 - John talks about competing in his first contest
    1:05:29 - How would have Glenn have done against Lee Haney in the 1979 Teenage Mr. America?
    1:07:30 - John reads the article "How I Lost the Mr. Universe (and What It Taught Me)" by Mike Mentzer from the October, 1987 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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4.6 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

OrthodoxCatholic83 ,

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!

eglide08 ,

Podcast

I have listened to all of your shows everyone is better than the last one. When you were reading the article about Ron Thomson was great I competed against him in the Mr. Midwest in Cincinnati it brought back many memories. Thanks again Tim Crist

FitGuyBri ,

Love the show John!!

Hi John. I really enjoy your interviews with bodybuilding legends that I too grew up with during the 80s. I love hearing their stories and find them very interesting. I would love to hear you interview other great bodybuilders such as Lee Labrador, Rich Gaspari and maybe Lee Haney. In my opinion these were truly the last bodybuilders before the monsters came along. Keep up the great work and hope to hear more entertaining and informative shows and I always look forward to the next show.

Brian

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