Thursday, September 17, 2020

Bud Ravenscroft - Bob Packer (1975)

Article Courtesy of Liam Tweed

In almost every sport you can imagine certain athletes who stand out above all the others . . . boxing has its Muhammad Ali, football its Joe Namath, and golf its Arnold Palmer. 

Well, powerlifting is no different, for Bud Ravenscroft is to powerlifting what Ali is to boxing and Namath is to football. 

Though Bud is one of the best powerlifters in the country, it is not his outstanding performances or competitiveness which make him a standout, but as with Namath and Ali, it is his personality. Bud is one of those rare athletes who has a very outgoing personality and a great deal of charisma with his fellow athletes and the people around him. 

Born in San Francisco of sturdy parents, Bud's father was naturally strong and used his strength to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the Navy. Off to a good start, Bud wrestled and played football while in high school. It was while in his junior year of high school that Bud was narrowly beaten out of the state high school wrestling title in the 177 lb. class. The following year saw Bud gain 50 lbs of bodyweight, up to 225 to play football. 

Though always very competitive, once Bud left school his athletic endeavors and physical activities decreased to such a low that he found himself weighing a pudgy and out of shape 230 lbs. Out of shape because of an overactive social life and little physical activity. Bud decided that he wanted to get back in shape and be competitive at some sport again. 

So he went down to the local YMCA and began playing handball. It's here that handball's loss became powerlifting's gain. One of the local bodybuilders at the Y spotted Bud and persuaded him to come down to the weight room and test his strength on the bench press.

To his surprise and everyone else's Bud managed a 315 bench without any formal training of any kind. 

It was from here that Bud was taken to Pat Casey's gym, where after a little training he bench pressed 400. Seeing his progress, the master himself, Pat Casey, told Bud that he should take up powerlifting. Encouraged by his progress and Pat's advice, Bud soon joined a local health club where he met veteran powerlifter Ernie Thayor,  and Rob Walker, then a novice like Bud. Ernie and Rob helped Bud tremendously with his training and gave him constant encouragement. Later on they were joined in their training by another veteran powerlifter, Tom Overholtzer. 

It is to Tom Overholtzer that Bud gives credit for helping him develop proper lifting techniques. 

To this group then came Ernie Steinkirchner, a big 242-pounder to also help inspire, train with, and provide competition for Bud. It's to this group of training partners that Bud gives full credit for the progress he has made in the 3-1/2 short years he has been training. 

After training with this group for a short while Bud was persuaded to enter his first meet, which was the 1972 Junior Los Angeles Powerlift Championship. Though he almost quit before the competition was finished, his training partners managed to make him complete the competition. So in his first meet, weighing 202, Bud totaled 1270 lbs. 

Realizing how much he enjoyed the competition at this meet made Bud train even harder now. Two months later he traveled to Fresno to capture the 198 class with a 1325 total at the Central California Open and Novice Powerlifting Championships. 

Another hard two months of training followed this meet, right up to the Senior Los Angeles Powerlift Championships in May. Bud's total took another giant leap forward via a 425 bench, 485 squat and a 480 deadlift. Later in the summer of that year Bud traveled back to Fresno once again to capture the 198 class in the Fresno Open Powerlift Championships with a 1405 total. 

Though his first year shows good solid gains and definite progress, Bud considered it a year of frustration, for he felt he should have done better. 

Going into his second year of competition in 1973, Bud started off the year by winning the 198 class at the Junior Los Angeles Powerlift Championships with a 1470 total. This was 200 pounds more than he totaled the previous year at the same meet. A few months later Bud captured the 198 class at the California State Championships with a 1630 total to edge out one of his idols, Marv Phillips, who totaled 1625 for second place. Fantastic progress, to say the least, but 1973 was only half over at this point and Bud now decided to train for the Junior Nationals in Stillwater. In this meet Bud not only won his class with an impressive 1705 total,  but also broke three of Larry Pacifico's longstanding records. 

1973 saw Bud skip the Senior Nationals in Scranton to train for the world Championships in Harrisburg. It was for this meet that Bud decided to bulk up to the 220 class as he felt his only real competition would be from Bill Seno. After making a very good 670 squat to take the lead by some 45 pounds, Bud made the mistake that many lifters before him have made by starting too high. Bud failed to make his 490 bench three times, so was out of the competition. 

Showing his persistence and love of competition, one week later back in California Bud totaled 1800, and benched 500. Though 1973 was an exciting year for Bud, 1974 was going to prove even better.  

Finding his bodyweight up to 230, Bud decided to go back down to the 198 class this year, but in his first meet of the year, the San Francisco Open & Novice Powerlift Championships, he weighed in at 203 and totaled 1630 to win the 220 class on bodyweight over newcomer Jerry Toles. 

One month later Bud tried again to make the 198 class at the Los Angeles Police Open Powerlift Championships, but again he failed to make the weight and had to lift against his training partner Tom Overholtzer in the 220 class while weighing 199. Though Tom beat him with a 1760 total to his 1720, Bud captured the Best Lifter Award because of his lighter bodyweight. 

Shortly after this meet, a minor disaster struck Bud while on vacation in Spain. A serious  bout of the flu cost Bud many pounds of bodyweight and several days in bed under the care of a doctor. A few short months later Bud was selected as one of the members of the first International Powerlift Team, which was going to England to compete against their best lifters. Bud not only enjoyed this trip and the many new and lasting friends that he made, but also feels that this first international meet gave powerlifting a big boost and made it more prestigious as a sport. And as many of you already know, Bud won his class over his English opponent in the 220 class with a 1669 total. 

Upon returning the States Bud began training for the Senior Nationals to be held in Fort Worth, Texas. He put together his best ever total of 1725 in the 198 class with 630/470/625, but was topped by Paul Woods who out-deadlifted Bud by 100 lbs. Two months later this predicament was repeated in York at the World's Championships where, although he totaled a whopping 1774, Paul Woods once again pulled the dead he needed to win with a same-total lower-bodyweight. 

Bud is a working man, self-employed, and owning a successful building contractor's business keeps him very busy. He still finds time to work out nonetheless. 

Unlike many lifters, Bud considers a strict diet and proper nutrition just as important to the powerlifter as it is to the serious bodybuilder. When in training for a meet Bud's diet looks something like this: 

Breakfast - 
2 poached eggs, piece of lean meat, fruit of some kind, supplements.

Lunch - 
Fish of some kind, grapefruit, protein shake, supplements.

Dinner - 
Meat or fish, salad, protein shake, supplements.   

When not training for a meet, Bud usually includes more of the foods he likes in his diet, especially the 31 flavors of ice cream from one of those specialty stores. Keeping his weight down has always been a problem so he knows that if he wishes to make weight he has to watch his diet carefully. 

As far as steroids go, Bud didn't start using them until this last year, and readily admits that they have fouled up his metabolism. Even after their use (in the amounts he uses) he only attributes 8-10% of his increase in total to them. Needless to say, Bud doesn't recommend the use of tissue building drugs or steroids to anyone who hasn't looked into their possible harmful side effects or proper usage. 


Like any thinking athlete, Bud has set goals for himself and his training for the new year. He considers the following his most important goals and has geared his training toward meeting these goals:

1) Improving his deadlift, as this is his weakest lift.
2) Give competition to Larry Pacifico.
3) Win the Senors and Worlds.

With goals like these, and knowing the only real secret to success is hard work, Bud has devised the following training routine to help him achieve his goals. 

Training four days a week, his workouts look like this: 


Bench Press - 
4x4 touch & go, then 
2, 4, 6 reps, long pauses, decrease weight each set

Incline Press - 

Front Raise - 

Roman Chair Situp - 

Side Bend - 


Squat -  
warmup to 
4x5 (no wraps) alternate with 4x2 (wraps)
adding 20 lbs a set

Deadlift - 
warmup to 
3x5 (wrap lower legs prevent fear of keeping bar too close to body with conventional style deadlift)

Hyperextensions -

Same Roman Chair Situps and Sidebends as Monday


Bench Press - 
1) Heavy - 4x2 (touch and go adding 20 lbs per set)
2) 3 sets, 2, 4, 6 of long pauses dropping weight 20 lbs per set
3) Close grip bench, 3x6

Same Roman Chair and Side Bends


Squat - 
go up to either 1x5 or 1x2 depending on Wed alternate workout schedule

Deadlift - 
work up to a medium or heavy single

Same Roman Chair, Side Bends, and Hypers. 


Super Abs - Doug Brolus

Jack LaLanne, Doug Brolus 

One of the most impressive muscle groups in the entire body is the abdominals. They are the center of the physique and a primary focal point of judges and laymen alike. But a well developed set of abs is more than just cosmetic.

A set of washboard abs will provide improved digestion (more blood is pumped into the region), and better posture (the abs help keep the back straight and the internal organs supported).

But because the abdomen is a fat storage area, it is tough to maintain. The slightest bit of adipose tissue and your results are blurred beyond recognition. Obviously, you must stay on a lower calorie diet all year round and keep plugging plugging away on a rigorous abdominal routine if sharp abs are the goal. It's not easy, but the rewards and benefits are worth the effort.

The Super Ab Philosophy

Bodybuilders all face the problem of how to get cut when they want to peak. If you eat good all year round and stay close to 95% of your best shape, you will usually have no problem getting cut up. It should only take two to three weeks to reach your peak. 

Believe me, it takes a lot of discipline to stay on a good diet all year long. Most bodybuilders follow a diet six to eight weeks before peaking in hopes of getting the extreme cuts desired, but unfortunately many fail miserably. Why? 

In most of the cases, more time is needed to get cut. Bodybuilders should understand that bodybuilding is a year 'round lifestyle. 

In addition, bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids have an even bigger job ahead of them when it comes to cut abs. Steroids cause the cells to hold a lot of water, making the user look puffy. When you train the natural way, you will feel better and the muscles will not shrink owing to coming off cycle. The muscle tissue will be more solid and not all puffy from drug induced water retention and bloat.

Also, the bodybuilder must never go on an all out bulking diet in hopes of gaining muscle. The metabolism simply cannot handle the accelerated food intake. The body can only use so much protein every few hours, so it makes sense to eat smaller meals. This helps keep the waist small and defined. 

The Super Ab Routine

To get the abdominal muscles super developed, using weights on the various abdominal exercises will give faster results. After all, the abs are basically no different than any other muscle group. 

I like to train my abs four days a week for best results. I train Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday. Because the abs are used in almost every exercise as a stabilizing muscle group, I train mine at the end of my routine. Also, when doing abdominal exercises, I rest very little between sets in order to keep the blood flowing the the ab region for a constant burn. 

My favorite ab exercises are situps, leg lifts on a bench, roman chair situps, and hanging leg raises.  

Do as many reps on each exercise as you like but remember to use some weight on situps, leg lifts, and roman chair situps. Use enough weight on all the abdominal exercises you do so you can do 10-20 reps per set. 

The routine I am about to list is a specialization routine. Use it for 4 to 6 weeks at a time, then cut back the sets a bit to prevent overtraining. 

Situps: The first exercise is the situp on a slight decline. Try putting a 10-lb plate wrapped in a towel behind your head. Now, start doing sets of 20 reps. If you're a bit of an advanced trainee, try doing 4 sets of 20 with a 10-lb weight. This is the best exercise for thickening the abs. Do each rep at a medium speed and concentrate on the entire movement. Exhale as you come up and inhale as you lower yourself down. 

Roman Chair Situps: Put a barbell plate on your chest for this one. When you are sitting on the Roman chair, go only halfway back and return to the starting position by curling the body forward. Exhale as you come up, and inhale as you go down. Do 4 sets of 10 with enough weight to make each set tough. If you can do more than 10 reps, go ahead and let 'em rip.
Leg Lifts on a Bench: Lay flat on a bench. Put your hands behind your head and hold on to the bench, lifting the legs halfway up until perpendicular with the floor. Then, let them down even with the bench, not letting your feet touch the floor. When you can do 4 sets of 20 reps, attach some weight to your ankles. 

Hanging Leg Raises: Hang from a chinning bar. Let your legs hang straight down. Keeping the legs straight, bring your legs overhead, then lower them back to the starting position, but do not let your feet touch the floor. Try doing 4 sets of as many reps as you can. If this one is too tough at first, bend your knees and bring them up to your chest each rep. Or do the bent knee variation to extend a straight-leg set. 

The three most important aspects of ab training and getting the midsection you want are working out hard, eating appropriately, and keeping motivation high. You have realize that unless you're willing to watch your diet all the ab training in the world won't bring out the crisp abs you want. Just think of your time "in the kitchen" as part of your ab routine. It's that simple, really. If you really want it, you'll get it. 

Enjoy Your Lifting!


Monday, September 14, 2020

Franco Columbu Deadlift Training (1973)

Article Courtesy of Liam Tweed

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One of my most important goals in bodybuilding is to develop maximum strength. My philosophy has always been that muscles that are developed to their maximum potential size and muscularity should also have maximum power. 

The deadlift has always been an important exercise in my training program. Many bodybuilders neglect their lower back development, which is a serious mistake. When a bodybuilder does not exercise the spinae erector muscles the lower back looks weak, especially when it is contrasted to wide lats and well developed shoulders.

Deadlifts build incredible overall body power in addition to helping build a completely developed muscular back. Heavy deadlifts have given me a great amount of strength which greatly helps me perform other exercises such as bentover rows and squats. Handling heavier poundages bentover rows has helped me broaden my upper back and build up the rear delts. A stronger back has also enabled me to use heavier poundages in the squat and this has added much to my thigh development and power.

My system for increasing strength in the deadlift is one that I have developed through trial and error training. It is ideally suited to my needs because it is incorporated into my bodybuilding program which allows me to make progress in muscle building as well as strength.

My training requires a lot of careful planning and dedicated workouts. I train six days a week, five days being exclusively devoted to an intensive bodybuilding program

and one day - Saturday - I spend on my deadlift program.   

A full week is needed between deadlift workouts to allow for complete recuperation. In fact, I only attempt maximum poundages once every two weeks. Otherwise the muscles, ligaments and tendons do not fully recover.

Although I do not perform any deadlifts on the Monday through Friday bodybuilding days, heavy bentover rowing and heavy squats help to strengthen the lower back and aid my deadlift power program.

Another thing that I feel is very important is forearm work to build a powerful grip. Strong forearms and hands greatly enhance your ability to pull the weight off the floor and exert maximum effort throughout the lift. 

It is my belief that the best way to improve your deadlift is to practice the lift itself. I don not place a great deal of importance on a lot of assistance exercises with the exception of leg presses, stiff legged deadlifts, and good mornings. Leg presses are particularly valuable and, along with squats, build the tremendous leg strength necessary to smash your deadlift records. 

I start the lift with my legs well bent and my hips low and most of my initial pull comes from the driving strength of my thighs.

Training Program

200x6, 300x6, 400x6, 500x4, 600x3, 650x3, 675x2, 700x1. 

Leg Press: 
500x10, 600x10, 700x6x2 sets.

Stiff Legged Deadlift, standing on block: 
315x8x3 sets.

Good Morning:
315x8x3 sets.

The poundages listed above are the ones I do on my heavy day. The next week I will work up to only 650x3i. In other words, one week I use maximum training poundage and go for a limit attempt, and the following week work up only to a medium poundage for a triple. This helps prevent injury and allows me to fully recuperate between limit training sessions.

On my heavy day (maximum attempt day), I try to add weight to my previous best. If I am unable to make it, I strip a little weight off and settle for what I can get. I always try to make some kind of improvement on my twice-monthly heavy day.

Although the squat is not an actual part of my deadlift program, I feel that is important to the lift. I am going to list my squat poundages because it is helpful to my overall strength building program. 

I squat twice a week, on Monday and Thursday.

Monday (heavy):
200x8, 300x8. 420x8, 500x6, 585x4.

Thursday (medium):
200x8, 300x8, 400x8, 500x6.

It should be mentioned that I go all the way down in the squat while keeping the back straight and looking up all the time. I do other leg exercises on Monday and Thursday, and they are strictly for muscle development, but they don't contribute any strength for the deadlift.

Other than forearm work, the only other exercise in my bodybuilding program that I feel is helpful for the deadlift is the bentover row, which is a part of my lat program. It helps to strengthen the lower back to some extent, so it is worth mentioning. Using a wide, snatch grip, I perform 4 sets of 10 with 225. 

When deadlifting, I prefer using a relatively narrow grip. My hands are placed about a half inch outside of where the knurling starts on an Olympic bar. Keeping the hips low and the head high, I begin the pull slowly using both leg and back strength. Once the bar is about six inches off the floor I try to accelerate the force of my pull as I come straight up with the bar while continuing to look up all the time. I have found that trying to start with a fast pull is no good because the hips come up too fast and you lose the full value of your leg power.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Charles A. Smith Letters, Part Four - Dennis Weis

Flannery O'Connor's bedroom. 

First off, let's get one thing straight for once and forever . . . 


All the rest is dumpster-fire whiner stuff of no lasting import whatsoever.
Just watch patiently, bide your time and you'll see . . .
2021 . . . Summer. . . "So long for good, losers, no one even remembers ya!"

Ah yes, the parable of the weeds and tomatoes. An Italian gardener set out to grow tomatoes and create a delicious red sauce to go with his pasta. He tilled his little patch of soil and carefully planted tomatoes. As the tomatoes grew toward the sun and approached harvest season, he noticed a few weeds of various shapes, sizes and colors in the garden. Knowing that the weeds had no merit and would only destroy what he and the tomatoes had worked so hard for, the gardener set upon them, pulling them out by their sour stalks and wisely saying, "Che Cazzo! Get the hell away from my tomatoes, ya worthless bastards!" 

Summer's end found the gardener and his family enjoying many pleasing meals, with not one thought of the vile weeds from earlier that year.

1986 . . .

I had a letter from Grimek, that worthy gentleman telling me that Willis Read, the drinking, eating wincing and training partner of Mac Batchelor had also died. John gave no details apart from what I've related. We here at the collection are trying to find out if there's any substance to the tale. I suspect there is since I never could understand how Mac and Read consumed the huge quantities of food and beer they did without having to suffer from it in later life. Mac certainly did. I know he died at 4 p.m., August 10th in his sleep - probably in a diabetic coma - he had suffered from diabetes for a long time. I also am told that his daughter, Janice, visited him frequently - she had been a source of some pain to Mac when she was younger - and has sold all Mac's collection to a cat named Harry Hill.

More on Mac Batchelor (by Charles Smith and others) here:  

Mac was a great guy, full of fun and life and he will be missed by many. Quite a character I recall when my wife and I visited Mac and Liederman in the early fifties, he got me pie eyed on his home brew, telling me it was HERB TEA. I weighed around 240 at the time and his lifting me overhead with one hand and spinning me around didn't help my condition any.

There are also rumors floating around to the effect that Rick, or Rich, Gaspari has suffered a heart attack. However, Bob Kennedy phoned his father and was told the story was a foul canard, that the indisposition of the lad had merely been a case of FLU. Hmmm. 

Sergio Oliva is out and about, having had to be taken back into surgery and stitched up because of renewed bleeding. It is sad the surgeons didn't remove the bullet because, although it posed no immediate threat to Oliva, it was in a dangerous position. 

This I regard as so much hogwash. For starters, he was shot with his own .38, a weapon that will shove a slug right through you, hitting bone or not. 

I also feel the docs wouldn't have left it in if it was posing a danger to the man. All this nonsense started over an argument - so I was told - as to who was to take out the garbage. He said You do it. Spouse said no YOU. Argument heated up with Sergio suggesting spouse do something impossible to herself and she replied AFTER you've taken out the garbage, whereat he began to thump her around the apartment, she grabbed his service sidearm and let him have it. I fancy his Internal Affairs Division has already had a good long chat with him over the availability of his revolver since all Police Departments insist and demand that when off duty, officers keep their guns locked up in a box with the owner of the gun keeping the key of the box on his person. 

Don't know if you have heard the news that the Brooklyn Flash, AKA Dan Lurid has been elected to the AAU HALL OF FAME. Honest. I am wondering how, by what premise they arrived at this decision. There's hope for me if this story is true. 

Back to the case of Oliva. I understand he didn't press charges against his wife and I am also told the D.A. won't do anything about it. I am also wondering what number this wife is, since according to an article that appeared about Oliva in the late S&H, when he "defected" from Cuba, he left a WIFE AND CHILDREN THERE. You might of course know that he was a pretty good 198 lb Olympic lifter.

As for Dave Johns, there is a story behind the story. Johns actually died from a particularly nasty disease called colloquially VALLEY FEVER - correct name COCCIDIOIDOMYCOSIS, a fungus disease anemic in some California valleys. It is rarely contracted by women and only 1% Caucasians get it. 20-25% of bLacks, Mexicans and Filipinos get it. It is fatal in 50-60% of cases and has two forms, one progressive and the other acute. There is little that can be done in the progressive stage apart from shoving you in bed and pumping you full of Mega vitamins and antibiotics. Incubation period is from 10-20 days. 

Now, Johns had gone to the hospital complaining of severe respiratory distress. They shoved him in bed and off he pops. They were unable to make a diagnosis so they did an autopsy. They found one lung collapsed, the other abscessed and his liver shot to hell and back. Diagnosis: Valley Fever. Now in every manual I have, it instructs that if there is any chest trouble - in California - and a diagnosis can't be made, Valley Fever should be at once suspect. 

BUT, my daughter tells me that since Johns used STEROIDS a lot, THIS is what actually laid him open to the disease since steroids will lower the body's resistance to infection much like AIDS. Chalk another one up to the muck so-called bodybuilders use these days. 

As for my article on the Master Blaster, AKA the Wunderkind of Woodland Hills, I told nothing but the truth. I could have said a lot more, but if I had done so the mag would have banned it for containing obscene material.

Kennedy keeps saying he has sent me a copy of the mag, but like Christmas it is coming though it has not arrived yet. But from the letters I have been getting to the effect that "I didn't know Weider was so strong," and "I didn't know Weider could do REP presses one arm MILITARY with 100 pounds." Some words I didn't write have somehow or the other crept into the article. But I shall have to wait until I get a copy and then holler if my words have been altered. 

I was TOLD by Sig Klein that the MM and WHW had ONCE pressed a 100 pound dumbbell military. I personally saw him do a 300 C&J on an ordinary bar and we gave him credit for 310 since we didn't know how much the bar and rather heavy collars weighed. As for his claims he bench pressed 350 and curled 180, BULL'S BOWEL MOVEMENTS. He was much lighter than me and I was also much, much stronger than he was. I can well remember when I benched 390 and the envy on his face. 

One time Marvin Eder and I had a one hand deadlift contest. Joe was present. I was well into my forties at the time. I topped out with 420 and Marv finished with a 410. Joe exclaimed, "Hope I'm as strong as you Charlie when I reach your age." What Joe claims and what are FACTS are separated by a gulf 10 million light years wide. 

What do I know of Jones of Nautilus - the EX OWNER of that company? Not much except by the usual weight training grapevine, which might have some substance and might not. For instance, I know that Jones owns a huge herd of elephants. Now what the hell would a man want with all those elephants Could he not do something more useful with his money? I also know he owns his own gorilla. The same query expressed above applies here. 

I have also been told he is a very gritty character. He is ALLEGED to have run Bruce Wilhelm off his place when Bruce disagreed with one of this theories. I am also told that he allegedly pulled a gun on Arnold S when that worthy said something he didn't care for. I also know that he married his present wife - she is in her late twenties now - when she was SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE and began dating her WHEN SHE WAS FOURTEEN. 

I also am told that he tried to buy IRON MAN suggesting to El Darden that he run the mag for Jones. Terry Todd called Darden who said that he had been approached and had turned down the offer because, as he told Terry, he didn't want Jones hanging over his shoulder or chewing on his guts 24 hours a day. I am also told by those who have visited the plant in Florida that in front of his desk he has a bank of television sets to enable him to watch what is going on in every part of his plant and offices. 

Re-viewed this last night. Coppola created it between the first two Godfathers. If you haven't seen this film yet, I suggest you do. Matter of fact, don't visit my fucking blog again until you have, Soldier. 

As comment on the above I would cite the dictum of Lord Acton, who, in reply to a letter he had received from an Anglican Bishop as the results of power, said, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." 

You know, one need not wonder long or hard over what Charles A. might have thought of the current short-term nonsense. Come to think about it, and please do, it's nor hard at all to imagine what any notable rational man or woman from History would think of the dribble these fools are peddling to tools. 

Oh Gosh and Dang It, why not have a quick look at this article by Reverend Ben Johnson of the Acton Institute, whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles . . . 

And here's the Summer 2020 issue of the Institute's periodical . . . 


The area below contained views expressed that I deemed not diluted enough. 


The reason you're visiting this site continues . . . 

I had someone write me the other day from England asking if I didn't think a certain personality from California hadn't done more for bodybuilding than anyone else in history. I replied to the effect that one must qualify what was meant by "done a lot more than anyone else for bodybuilding." After all, it is possible to remark that Hitler did a great deal for Germany - but WHAT A DEAL? Or that Mussolini made the Italian railways run on time, forgetting all the HARM THAT WAS DONE. 

There is no denying that the man from California has done a GREAT DEAL FOR HIMSELF - a la Hoffie of York, while at the same time doing a great deal of harm to the Game by utterly commercializing it to the point where the participators think not of the good they will derive of it via better health, companionship and friendship but of how much MONEY they can make from it. This is not sport, but PIMPING. [Sound a little familiar?] What a world we live in. The gall of Hoffie being a supporter of Amateurism at the very time he was hounding Marv Eder out of the AAU, all the while Hoffie having TWO FAMOUS LIFTERS on his York Barbell payroll and this in direct defiance of AAU rules. 

But enough of this. 

Enjoy Your Lifting!

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