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Old 03-23-2009, 05:59 AM   #1
Chris Patterson
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Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

I recently saw Pumping Iron and I was amazed at how different the body builders from the 70's looked comapred to the ones of today. They definitely weighed less (Arnold was 6'2" 235 compared to a 6"2" 300lb body builder of today). Their waist seemed smaller as a well as a thinner physique. What accounts for the difference? Was it the type of training? The accpeted "look" of the day? Evolution of body building? The look of yester year seems so much desireable in my opinion.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

probably all the modern day "juicing" going on
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:50 AM   #3
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

Advancements in steroids, IMO.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:57 AM   #4
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

the goal back then was to look sculpted, symmetrical, now the goal is to have as much msucle mass as possible
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:40 AM   #5
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

All of the above.
Big fan of Arnold myself and its a shame to see how today's body builders look similar to how Bane from Batman looks when things go wrong with the serum Venom.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

As mentioned, he didn't have a "roid belly" and he relied on lots of heavy squats, weighted pullups, bench, etc...Alot more useful than the crap now days
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

They didn't take insulin and HGH back then. They attempted to pursue the 'Greek Ideal' from statues from the Hellinistic era. Modern bb'rs are only preoccupied with maximal mass
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:34 AM   #8
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

Why though? Why is that what modern BB is?

I mean I thought the whole reason for BB and the whole origin of the sport was based on looking like the greek statues.

Why has today's BB exploded into who can have the biggest guns?

And what's a roid belly?
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:40 AM   #9
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

Yeah,

Their guts are huge.

I have never been a huge fan of current state of the sport but I do admire the golden era guys. I would like to see a guy compete with a golden era greek statue physique and win. That could change the sport. It would take some pretty ballsy judges.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:44 AM   #10
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Re: Why did Arnold look so much better than todays BB?

Arnold has admitted using steroids. I don't see why he gets a pass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Schwarzenegger w.f.s
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