The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast

1 Year Anniversary Special Edition

To celebrate the One Year Anniversary of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, host John Hansen has put together two special editions of the podcast featuring excerpts from some of his favorite interviews.

1 Year Anniversary Special, Part Two

The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast is celebrating its One Year Anniversary with this special edition of the podcast in which host John Hansen shares excerpts from some of his favorite shows over the last year. Included in Part Two of the special One Year Anniversary show are interviews with Shawn Ray, Rich Gaspari, Dan Solomon and Peter McGough (Season 4 – The 1990 Mr. Olympia), Boyer Coe and John Brown (Season 5 – The NABBA Mr. Universe contest) and Dave Mastorakis and Jerry Brainum (Season 6 – The Larry Scott Years).

1 Year Anniversary Special, Part One

The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast is celebrating it’s One Year Anniversary with this special edition of the podcast. Host John Hansen shares clips from some of his favorite interviews conducted for the show in the last year. Included in Part One of this special one year anniversary podcast are excerpts from interviews with Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors author Randy Roach, Pumping Iron author Charles Gaines, Roger Callard, Dorian Yates, Lee Haney, former IFBB Head Judge Roger Schwab, Danny Padilla, Roy Callender and IFBB Judge Winston Roberts.

Season 7 – Old School Bodybuilding

John Hansen interviews bodybuilders and other guests who talk about the Old School Days of Bodybuilding and what it was like to be a bodybuilder in the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. This was a time when the sport of Bodybuilding was largely unknown to the public and the gyms were hardcore but fun places to train.

Season 7, Episode 11 – Manuel Perry

Manuel Perry was one of the most promising amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, winning the 1977 AAU Mr. USA and taking first place in the Tall Class of the AAU Mr. America in 1977 and 1978. Manuel talks about moving from his hometown of Massachusetts to California in the mid 1970’s and training at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, hanging out with the top bodybuilders of the Golden Era of Bodybuilding, winning his class at the Mr. America two years in a row and his decision to leave bodybuilding to be a stuntman in the film and television industry.

Season 7, Episode 10 – Franco Santoriello

Franco Santoriello had one of the best physiques in bodybuilding in the 1980’s. As a teen competitor, Franco won four national titles in two years, beating out future bodybuilding legends like Eddie Robinson and Shawn Ray. Franco went on be a force on the national bodybuilding scene while in his early 20’s, eventually winning his pro card at 24 years old at the 1989 NPC Nationals. In his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Franco talks about his addiction to drugs, going to prison for three years and watching his physique decline until he was over 300 pounds. Franco was finally able to get his life back when he was saved by Christ and he is now happily married and an ordained minister. This tale of the high and lows of his bodybuilding journey is both entertaining and inspiring.

Season 7, Episode 9 – John DeFendis

1988 NPC USA Champion John DeFendis talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about his crazy years of training with Mr. America Steve Michalik and what he learned from the Intensity or Insanity Training program. John also talks about winning the 1988 NPC USA Championships, the highlight of his bodybuilding career and his mental strategies for being your personal best.

Season 7, Episode 8 – Richard Baldwin

Bodybuilding Champion Richard Baldwin talks about his extensive bodybuilding career in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Richard shares his stories of meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Padilla, Tom Platz, Ron Teufel, Kal Szkalak and Samir Bannout as well as chronicling his great bodybuilding career, competing at the national level against some of the greats of the Golden Era of Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 7 – Chris Aceto

Nutrition Expert and Contest Prep Coach Chris Aceto is interviewed for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his early days in Bodybuilding. Chris talks about competing in bodybuilding competitions in Massachusetts under the tutelage of Bob Gruskin, meeting Jay Cutler for the first time, training with Mr. America Jeff King, working at the Bodybuilding Camps in the 1980’s and writing up diets for the top bodybuilders at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California.

Season 7, Episode 6 – Craig Monson, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Craig Monson talks about training at Muscle Beach in the 1980’s. Craig also talks about when he started competing in bodybuilding contests including traveling to Europe with John Brown to compete in the Mr. World contest. Craig also talks about meeting his idols Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva.

Season 7, Episode 5 – Craig Monson, Part One

Bodybuilder Craig Monson joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his life as a bodybuilder. In Part One of the interview, Craig talks about how he started working out at 12 years old, his time spent in San Quentin Prison and his training at Bill Pearls Gym and Gold’s Gym as well as some of the crazy weights he lifted in his peak.

Season 7, Episode 4 – Phil Williams

1985 NPC Nationals winner Phil Williams is interviewed about the Old School Days of Bodybuilding training at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s and the legendary George Turner’s Gym in St. Louis in the late 1970’s. Phil talks about meeting Mike Mentzer when he was only a teenager and how Mentzer influenced his training, training with Ali Malla and Ray Mentzer at Gold’s Gym in the early ’80’s, his friendship with Gunnar Rosbo and some of the most impressive and hardest training bodybuilders he saw training during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 3 – Rick Valente

Rick Valente joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the Old School Days of Bodybuilding at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. Rick talks about how he got started in bodybuilding in his hometown of Connecticut and his eventual odyssey to Mecca of Bodybuilding in Southern California. Rick discusses how he got the job as the host of ESPN’s Body Shaping television show and what it was like to train at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s and ’90’s with the likes of Mike Mentzer, Casey Viator, Robby Robinson, Tom Platz and the Barbarian Brothers.

Season 7, Episode 2 – Larry Jackson

1979 Mr. California Larry Jackson talks about the Old School Days of Bodybuilding at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. Larry talks about when he started bodybuilding in the early 1970’s at Bill Pearl’s Gym before he migrated over to Gold’s Gym. Larry talks about some of the Bodybuilding Legends he trained with every day at Gold’s including Robby Robinson, Charles Glass, Tony Pearson, Kal Szkalak, Casey Viator, Samir Bannout and the Mentzer Brothers. Larry also mentions two of the biggest bodybuilders he ever saw training at Gold’s Gym, competing in the controversial 1978 Mr. America contest, winning the 1979 Mr. California contest and going up against Scott Wilson at the 1981 IFBB Mr. International contest.

Season 7, Episode 1 – Old School Bodybuilding

1966 AAU Mr. America Bob Gajda and his friends Al Jakich and Terry Strand get together to talk about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding in Chicago. Bob, Al and Terry talk about Rock Stonewall and his time in Chicago managing Irvin Johnson’s gym while simultaneously running a prostitution ring in the city. The guys also reminisce about the great Sergio Oliva and his legendary workouts at the Duncan YMCa, including the time he trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1969. Bob, Al and Terry also talk about Sergio’s amazing eating habits and his time on the Chicago Police Department.

Season 6 – The Larry Scott Years

Season 6 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast is about the early days of the Mr. Olympia contest – the Larry Scott Years. Larry won the first two Mr. Olympia competitions in 1965 and 1966 and John talks to Roger Schwab, Dave Mostorakis and Jerry Brainum, all who were actually in attendance at those historic contests.

Season 6, Episode 7 – Vic Downs

Vic Downs joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his career in bodybuilding in the 1960’s and ’70’s. Vic started training in his 30’s but was able to build a physique that was competitive in the Mr. Universe and Mr. World contests. He talks about competing against Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chet Yorton at the 1966 NABBA Mr. Universe in London as well as his battle with Sergio Oliva, Frank Zane and Ricky Wayne at the 1967 IFBB Mr. Universe in Montreal. Vic also talks about the unique nutrition program followed by the top bodybuilders in the 1960’s.

Season 6, Episode 6 – Don Howorth

1967 IFBB Mr. America Don Howorth talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career in Bodybuilding. Don talks about how he got started training in bodybuilding and the great improvements he made following the advice of Rheo H. Blair. Don also talks about his difficult relationships with Joe Weider and Vince Gironda as well as his big win at the 1967 IFBB Mr. America.

Season 6, Episode 5 – Dave Mastorakis, Part 2

Dave Mastorakis joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part 2 of his interview. Dave talks about competing in the 1966 IFBB Mr. America contest at only 16 years old and getting to see all the top bodybuilders competing in the Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. World and the second Mr. Olympia contest. Dave shares his memories of Dave Draper, Chet Yorton, Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva and Larry Scott. Dave also talks about a new book about Mike Mentzer that is in the works and his thoughts on the 1974 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 6, Episode 4 – Roger Schwab on the 1966 Mr. Olympia

Former IFBB Head Judge Roger Schwab talks about his memories of seeing the 1966 Mr. Olympia contest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Roger talks about Larry Scott’s second win at the Mr. Olympia over Harold Poole, Chuck Sipes and Sergio Oliva. Roger also talks about Chet Yorton winning the 1966 IFBB Mr. America, Dave Draper winning the 1966 IFBB Mr. Universe and Sergio’s win at the 1966 IFBB Mr. World.

Season Six, Episode Three – Jerry Brainum

Bodybuilding Writer and Nutrition Expert Jerry Brainum talks about watching the 1966 Mr. Olympia contest at the Brooklyn Academy in New York. Jerry was only 16 years old in 1966 but he remembers every detail of that historic day in bodybuilding. Some of the topics Jerry talks about include older bodybuilders who try to make a comeback, meeting a young Lou Ferrigno back in the 1960’s, Jerry’s first meeting with Sergio Oliva backstage in 1966, the incredible ovation that Larry Scott received when he came out to pose, the crazy fans mobbing Larry Scott and Joe Weider outside after the contest and the one bodybuilder who Arnold said had better arms than he did.

Season 6, Episode 2 – Dave Mastorakis

Dave Mastorakis, a top amateur bodybuilder from the 1970’s, is a guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his experience at the 1965 Mr. Olympia contest. Dave, at only 15 years old, was a competitor in the IFBB Mr. America contest that night. Dave talks about how he was able to compete in the Mr. America contest at 15 years old, his close friendship with Mike Mentzer, competing at the famous Mountain Park in Holyoke, Massachusetts and his recollections of seeing the top bodybuilders up close at the 1965 Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 6, Episode 1 – Roger Schwab on the 1965 Mr. Olympia

Former IFBB Head Judge Roger Schwab talks about the 1965 Mr. Olympia contest on Episode 1 of Season 6 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Roger was in attendance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in September 1965 when Larry Scott won the very first Mr. Olympia contest and he recounts that historic day in this interview. Roger also talks about the close battle between Dave Draper and Chet Yorton in the IFBB Mr. America and his thoughts on seeing Frank Zane and Ricky Wayne in the Mr. World that night. Also in the discussion is the fantastic potential of a young Harold Poole and the incredible crowd reaction to Larry Scott’s posing routine.

Season 5 – NABBA Mr. Universe

Season 5 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast is about the iconic NABBA Mr. Universe contest. Beginning in 1950, the NABBA Mr. Universe contest featured some of the most legendary bodybuilders in the history of the sport including Grimek, Reeves, Park, Pearl, Schwarzenegger, Oliva, Draper, Columbu, Dickerson, Zane and Coe. John Hansen interviews some of the great bodybuilders who competed in this classic bodybuilding competition as well as the bodybuilding historians who treasure the memorable confrontations which took place on the NABBA Mr. Universe stage.

Season 5, Episode 14 – Chris Dickerson

1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Chris talks about his years competing in the historic NABBA Mr. Universe contest in London. Chris won his division in that contest in 1970 and 1971 before winning the overall in 1973 and winning the professional category in 1974. Chris also talks about his association with Bodybuilding Legend Bill Pearl, his memories of competing against Franco Columbu, Frank Zane and Tom Platz and the importance of posing in a bodybuilding competition.

Season 5, Episode 13 – Wayne Gallasch – NABBA Universe 1982-1990

Wayne Gallasch joins John in the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast studio in Tampa, Florida to discuss the NABBA Mr. Universe contest from 1982-1990. Included in the discussion is the showdown between Eduardo Kawak and Kal Szkalak at the 1982 Mr. Universe (18:52), the amazing physique of Jeff King at the 1983 NABBA Mr. Universe (23:15), the incredible debut of Tim Belknap in 1984 (29:12), Charles Clairemont vs. Michael Antorino in 1986 (43:46), Lance Dreher in his life time best condition in winning the Pro division in 1986 (50:20) and how unbelievable was Victor Terra (59:23). Sponsored by Redcon1, Old School Labs and Florida Alternative Medicine.

Season 5, Episode 12 – Wayne Gallasch – NABBA Universe 1976-1981

Bodybuilding Videographer and Historian Wayne Gallasch joins John in the Podcast studio in Florida to talk about the winners of the NABBA Mr. Universe contest from 1976-1981. Wayne and John talk about the surprising wins by Japanese Bodybuilders Shigeru Shigita and Kozo Sudo in 1976 (14:32), Tony Emmott’s shocking win over the great Serge Nubret in 1977 (26:21), the exciting comeback of Casey Viator in 1978 (29:53), just how amazing Bertil Fox was during his NABBA victories (39:29), the period when the IFBB began to dominate NABBA in the 1980’s (49:53), Tony Pearson’s new, improved physique in 1980 (55:20), John Brown’s unique posing that changed the sport (58:38) and Robby Robinson’s surprising switch to NABBA from the IFBB at the 1981 NABBA Universe (1:02:09).

Season 5, Episode 11 – Peter McGough and Wayne Gallasch

Former Flex Magazine Editor-in-Chief Peter McGough and Bodybuilding Videographer Wayne Gallasch sit down together for the first time to talk about the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. Peter and Wayne talk about their respective experiences watching the NABBA Mr. Universe (16:55), why Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Greatest Bodybuilder in the World (27:55), who really won the Bill Pearl vs. Sergio Oliva battle in 1971 (38:17) and how the bodybuilding media landscape has changed due to the advent of the internet and the dissolution of the bodybuilding magazines (56:30). Peter also talks about his courageous battle with cancer over the last five years (1:17:17).

Season 5, Episode 10 – Randy Roach

Randy Roach, author of the book series Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors, talks about the history of the NABBA Mr. Universe contest. Randy discusses the significant change made by Oscar State moving from the NABBA organization to the IFBB, when the Mr. America and Mr. Universe contests began and the origin of the Sandow Statue.

Season Five, Episode Nine – Roy Duval, Part 2

In Part 2 of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, 1974 NABBA Mr. Universe Roy Duval talks about competing against Sergio Oliva, Serge Nubret and Bertil Fox in the 1970’s. Roy also talks about competing in the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in which Arnold Schwarzenegger won his seventh Mr. Olympia title.

Season 5, Episode 8 – Roy Duval, Part One

Roy Duval, 1974 NABBA Mr. Universe winner, talks about how he got started in bodybuilding and started competing in competitions. Roy talks about competing against such legends as Albert Beckles, Frank Zane, Chris Dickerson and Boyer Coe in Part One of the interview.

Season 5, Episode 7 – Lance Dreher

1986 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe winner Lance Dreher is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Lance talks about when he began bodybuilding as a teenager and his great potential for bodybuilding. Lance also talks about winning the 1981 Mr. America and Mr. Universe in the heavyweight class, competing in the Mr. Olympia and his transition to the NABBA Mr. Universe.

Season 5, Episode 6 – John Brown

2x NABBA Mr. Universe winner John Brown talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about how he started competing in bodybuilding, his experience competing and guest posing in Europe and the mental and physical strategies he used to win bodybuilding championships and that he used on his students including Shawn Ray, Vince Taylor and Melvin Anthony.

Season 5, Episode 5 – John Terilli

Australian Pro Bodybuilder John Terilli is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about how he started training in Australia and began competing as a teenager. John also talks about winning the Best in Australia contest which was held with the 1980 Mr. Olympia in Sydney, Australia and he gives his thoughts on that historic contest as well as competing as an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder against Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari and Mike Christian.

Season 5, Episode 4 – John Citrone

Bodybuilding legend John Citrone is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about competing in the NABBA Mr. Universe in the 1960’s against Arnold Schwarzenegger, Freddy Ortiz and Albert Beckles. John also talks about his years doing Strongman acts, competing as a Masters competitor in the NABBA Mr. Universe and his training and diet strategies he used as a top bodybuilding competitor.

Season 5, Episode 3 – Boyer Coe

The legendary Boyer Coe joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his victories at the NABBA Mr. Universe contest. Boyer also talks about his early days of competing as a teenager, winning the Mr. America contest in 1969 and his memorable first NABBA Mr. Universe win in London.

Season 5, Episode 2 – Wayne Gallasch, Part Two

Bodybuilding Historian and Videographer Wayne Gallasch joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk more about the history of the NABBA Mr. Universe contest. Wayne and John talk about the winners and the details of each competition from 1971-1975. Wayne discusses Bill Pearl’s final Mr. Universe win in 1971 over Sergio Oiva, Reg Park and Frank Zane as well as victories in the Mr. Universe by Chris Dickerson, Boyer Coe, Ken Waller and Frank Zane.

Season 5, Episode 1 – Wayne Gallasch, Part One

John interviews Bodybuilding Videographer and Photographer Wayne Gallasch about the history of the NABBA Mr. Universe contest. Wayne and John talk about all the winners of this classic competition from 1948 to 1970 in part one of this interview.

Season 4 – The 1990 Mr. Olympia

Host John Hansen talks about the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest in Season 4. This was the only Mr. Olympia contest that was drug-tested in the history of the event. John talks to some of the competitors including Lee Haney, Mike Quinn, Shawn Ray and Rich Gaspari as well as Dr. Robert Goldman, who conducted the drug tests.

Season 4, Episode 10 – Peter McGough, Part 2

Former editor of Flex Magazine Peter McGough is a guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for the second part of his interview. Peter gives his opinion about drug testing in bodybuilding and what the possible implications of drug testing would have had on the sport. Peter also talks about the new Classic Physique division and his memories about Joe Weider.

Season 4, Episode 9 – Dan Solomon

Dan Solomon is the special guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Dan and John talk about the recent passing of Muscle and Fitness editor Shawn Perrine. Dan also talks about the making of the movie “Bigger”, the story of Joe and Ben Weider and his long career in the Bodybuilding industry including co-hosting Pro Bodybuilding Weekly, the first radio show about the sport of bodybuilding.

Season 4, Episode 8 – Peter McGough, Part 1

Legendary Bodybuilding Writer Peter McGough is a guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the 1990 Mr. Olympia. Peter talks about the sub-plots surrounding the only drug-tested Mr. Olympia contest in history. He also offers his opinion on where the competitors should have placed, the emergence of the WBF organization and how the IFBB should have instituted the drug testing procedures.

Season 4, Episode 7 – Mike Christian

Mike Christian is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Mike talks about competing at his life-time best condition at the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest, how he trained and dieted drug free, his thoughts on winning the 1984 NPC Nationals and the IFBB Mr. Universe and his placings at all the Mr. Olympia competitions that he entered.

Season 4, Episode 6 – Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson is the guest on this episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Eddie talks about his powerlifting career as a teenager and breaking the teen bench press record. He also talks about winning the 1986 NPC Jr. Nationals and the 1989 NPC USA Championships, competing in the 1990 Mr. Olympia and his thoughts on the WBF organization run by Vince McMahon.

Season 4, Episode 5 – Mike Quinn

The Mighty Mike Quinn is a guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast where he talks about how he trained for the 1990 Mr. Olympia drug-free. Mike also offers his views on the state of bodybuilding today, the results of the last Mr. Olympia contest and Mike’s professional bodybuilding career.

Season 4, Episode 4 – Rich Gaspari

Rich Gaspari is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Rich talks about the changes he had to make in his training and diet to compete in the first drug-tested Mr. Olympia in 1990. Rich also talks about what he learned from Joe Weider, moving to California at 20 years old, training with Lee Haney and his journey from winning the 1984 Mr. Universe to reaching the top of the professional bodybuilding world.

Season 4, Episode 3 – Dr. Robert Goldman

John Hansen interviews Dr. Robert Goldman on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Dr. Goldman was in charge of administering the drug testing procedures at the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest. Dr. Goldman explains how the tests were conducted and how he was appointed the head of the drug testing for the IFBB.

Season 4, Episode 2 – Shawn Ray

John interviews Shawn Ray about the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest. Shawn talks about failing the drug test at the 1990 Arnold Classic and what he did to make sure he passed the drug test later that year at the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest. Shawn also talks about his teenage bodybuilding career, losing the 1986 Jr. Nationals to Eddie Robinson, what he did to win the 1987 NPC Nationals and his bumpy road as a professional bodybuilder in his first two years as a pro.

Season 4, Episode 1 – Lee Haney

In Season 4 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney talks about winning the 1990 Mr. Olympia contest. Lee talks about the pros and cons of drug testing the competitors at the Mr. Olympia, his genetic potential, the type of training that developed his Mr. Olympia physique as well as some of his close Mr. Olympia victories.

The Olympians

John Hansen interviews the Professional Bodybuilders who reached the top of their sport and competed in the Mr. Olympia contest. Learn about how they got started in Bodybuilding, what contests they entered to make to the pros, the training and diet strategies they used to be one of the best bodybuilders in the world and the top competitors they battled in the pro ranks.

The Olympians – Mike Katz

Mike Katz was one of the most popular bodybuilders in the 1970’s, winning the 1970 IFBB Mr. America and the 1972 IFBB Mr. World. Mike was also featured extensively in both the book and the movie “Pumping Iron”. In his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Mike talks about how he started weight training as a teenager, his career as a professional football player with the New York Jets and his career as a bodybuilder. Mike talks about training with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the original Gold’s Gym, his famous rivalry with Ken Waller and some of his memories competing during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Olympians – Steve Davis

Bodybuilder Steve Davis talks about his early days of training at Vince’s Gym in the 1960’s alongside Larry Scott and Don Howorth, his experience training with Frank Zane in 1977, winning the 1977 IFBB Mr. World contest in Acapulco, Mexico, competing in the Mr. Olympia contest in 1977 and 1981 and his recollections of the bodybuilding scene in Golden Era.

The Olympians – Mike Francois

Mike Francois was one of the most successful professional bodybuilders in the 1990’s until colitis ended his career. In his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Mike talks about how he started training for football and then eventually started competing in bodybuilding. Mike talks about his rise through the top national level amateur competitions, culminating in his overall win at the 1993 NPC Nationals, and his great rookie year as a pro where he won four professional contests in a row including the 1995 Arnold Classic where he beat out Flex Wheeler. Mike also talks about the heavy training he utilized to build his powerful physique and the ordeal he went through when he was diagnosed with colitis.

The Olympians – Roger Walker

Roger Walker, the best bodybuilder from Australia in the 1970’s and ’80’s, talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his great bodybuilding career. Roger talks about how he started training when he was in the Marines, moving to Australia from England, being featured in the movie “Pumping Iron” when he placed second to Ken Waller, winning the Mr. Universe title in 1976 and competing in the Mr. Olympia contest from 1977-1982. Roger also gives his thoughts on the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia contest and where he thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger should have placed in that event.

The Olympians – Tom Terwilliger, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Tom Terwilliger talks about his career competing as an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder. Tom talks about competing in the 1987 Night of the Champions against Gary Strydom and Mike Ashley, competing in his first Mr. Olympia contest in 1989, placing in the top three of the Niagara Falls Pro Invitational and then competing in the 1991 Mr. Olympia with Lee Haney and Dorian Yates. Tom also talks about what he learned from competing in bodybuilding contests and how he has applied these lessons to the rest of his life.

The Olympians – Tom Terwilliger, Part One

Bodybuilding Champion Tom Terwilliger is interviewed for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his bodybuilding career. Tom talks about how he started training as a teenager, the people he met who motivated and mentored him to make progress, his sabbatical from bodybuilding in his 20’s and his return to bodybuilding and his rise to the top, culminating in his win at the 1986 NPC Nationals in the light heavyweight class in Part One of his interview.

The Olympians – Shawn Ray, Part Two

Bodybuilding Legend Shawn Ray talks about competing in the Mr. Olympia contest at the peak of his career from 1992-2001. Shawn analyzes each one of his Mr. Olympia competitions and the competitors he faced including Dorian Yates, Kevin Levrone, Flex Wheeler, Vince Taylor, Lee Labrada and Ronnie Coleman. Shawn also talks about the current state of bodybuilding and where the sport is going in the future.

The Olympians – Shawn Ray, Part One

Bodybuilding Legend Shawn Ray talks about his extensive bodybuilding career in part one of his interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Shawn talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teenager under the guidance of Mr. Universe John Brown, making the cover of Flex Magazine at 19 years of age, winning the 1987 NPC Nationals at only 22 years old, competing in his first pro show at the 1988 Night of the Champions and his first few Mr. Olympia appearances in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.

The Olympians – Lee Labrada

Bodybuilding Legend Lee Labrada talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Lee explains why he started training for bodybuilding and his rise in the sport including winning the middleweight class at the 1985 NPC Nationals and the IFBB Mr. Universe. Lee also talks about competing as one of the best professional bodybuilders in the 1980’s and ’90’s, including taking second place to Lee Haney at the 1989 and 1990 Mr. Olympia competitions, winning the 1986 Night of the Champions, how he developed his iconic posing routines and his decision to retire from the sport of bodybuilding in 1995.

The Olympians – Chris Cormier, Part Two

Top Pro Bodybuilder Chris Cormier joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast for Part Two of his interview. Chris talks about his years as an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder including competing in the Mr. Olympia contest and the Arnold Classic. Chris also talks about competing against Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates and Flex Wheeler and the time he spent being trained by Dorian toward the end of his competitive career.

The Olympians – Chris Cormier, Part One

Chris “The Real Deal” Cormier is interviewed by John Hansen about his acclaimed Bodybuilding Career. Chris talks about when he started bodybuilding and competing as a teenager in the 1980’s. Chris also talks about training at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California with his partner Flex Wheeler, his gym rivalry with newcomer Mike Mattarazo in 1991, winning the NPC USA Championships in 1993 and his run-in with Mike Tyson at the Roxie nightclub in L.A. in Part One of his interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast.

Porter Cottrell

Porter Cottrell, one of the top bodybuilders of the 1990’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his career in Bodybuilding. Porter talks about how he started training at a young age while growing up in Kentucky, competing in his first competitions, working his way up to his win at the 1991 NPC Nationals, his great debut as a Professional Bodybuilder in 1992 and his eventual decision to walk away from the sport.

The Olympians – Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley, one of the best pro bodybuilders in the 1980’s, talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his bodybuilding career. Mike talks about how he got involved in competing in bodybuilding, his powerlifting career, his decision to compete drug free and the training and diet strategies he used to compete against the best bodybuilders in the world.

Season 3 – The 1981 Mr. Olympia

Host John Hansen talks about the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest in Season 3 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast.
John talks to a series of individuals, including the competitors, judges and photographers, about one of the most
controversial Mr. Olympia contests in the history of bodybuilding.

Season 3, Episode 6 – Winston Roberts

IFBB Pro Judge and former General Secretary Winston Roberts is interviewed about the 1981 Mr. Olympia. Winston also talks about how he got involved with the IFBB (0:16:03), how competitors should be judged (0:20:06), how South Africa became a member of the IFBB (0:25:01), the three categories the judges look for in a physique (0:36:36) and where he placed the top competitors at the 1981 Mr. Olympia (0:52:53).

Season 3, Episode 5 – Roy Callendar

Roy Callendar joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the 1981 Mr. Olympia. Roy talks about his training leading up to the show, his decision not to boycott the contest and how he feels he should have placed. Roy also talks about his friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, being coached by the legendary Jimmy Caruso and his brief pro wrestling career.

Season 3, Episode 4 – Garry Bartlett

Photographer Garry Bartlett talks about his long career in the bodybuilding industry. Garry talks about his views on the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest, how he got involved in the sport of bodybuilding, working for Bob Kennedy and MuscleMag International magazine and the two contest events that sent chills up his spine.

Season 3, Episode 3 – Danny Padilla and Jim Rockell

John Hansen interviews the legendary bodybuilder Danny Padilla and former IFBB Judge Jim Rockell about the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest. Danny talks about his great career in bodybuilding including training at the original Gold’s Gym, his appearance in the movie “Pumping Iron”, his controversial loss at the 1979 Night of the Champions and his controversial loss in the 1981 Mr. Olympia.

Season 3, Episode 2 – John Balik

Former owner of IronMan Magazine, John Balik, talks about his extensive career in the sport of Bodybuilding. John talks about his friendship with Bob Gajda and Sergio Oliva before moving to Southern California in the 1960’s. John’s stories about working for Vince Gironda, meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger, training at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California and working for Joe Weider as a photographer are only some of the highlights of John’s interview. John also talks about his recollections of the controversial 1981 Mr. Olympia contest in Columbus, Ohio.

Season 2, Episode 1 – Roger Schwab

Roger Schwab, head judge of the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest, talks to John Hansen about the controversial contest which took place in Columbus, Ohio. Roger and John analyze the judges score sheets to see where they placed the individual competitors and discuss the value of the points system of judging over the placement system.

Season 2 – Mr. Olympia Series

John Hansen interviews Mr. Olympia winners Dorian Yates (1992-1997), Lee Haney (1984-1991) and Chris Dickerson (1982) about their careers in bodybuilding, how they began training for the sport, the competitions they entered and their Mr. Olympia wins.

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 4 – Samir Bannout

1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his bodybuilding career. In Part One of the interview, Samir explains how he started bodybuilding in his home country of Lebanon, moving to the United States in the late 1970’s, relocating to the Mecca of Bodybuilding to train at Gold’s Gym and World’s Gym, winning the 1979 IFBB Mr. Universe and competing in his first two Mr. Olympia contests in 1980 and 1981.

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 3 – Chris Dickerson

John Hansen interviews 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson about his celebrated bodybuilding career. Chris talks about training under his mentor Bill Pearl, becoming the first African-American to win the 1970 Mr. America contest, winning the NABBA Mr. Universe contest, his years competing as a professional bodybuilder in the IFBB and winning the Mr. Olympia at 43 years old in 1982.

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 2 – Lee Haney

Lee Haney talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Lee talks about when he started training, his years competing as a teen bodybuilder and winning the 1979 Teenage Mr. America contest. Lee also talks about his quest to win his pro card by winning the 1982 NPC Nationals and the 1982 IFBB Mr. Universe. Lee also explains his climb to the top of the professional level by winning the Mr. Olympia contest in 1984 and eventually breaking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s record by winning eight Mr. Olympia titles.

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 1 – Dorian Yates

6x Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates talks about his career in bodybuilding for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Dorian talks about how he got started training, his first competitions in England, getting invited to the 1985 World Games and winning his pro card at the 1988 British Championships. Dorian also talks about making his pro debut at the Night of the Champions and his battles to win the Mr. Olympia contest from 1992-1997.

Season 1 – The 40th Anniversary of “Pumping Iron”

Host John Hansen talks to some of the key players of the iconic bodybuilding film “Pumping Iron” in Season 1 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. The guests on the the show include Pumping Iron author Charles Gaines, bodybuilders Mike Katz, Roger Callard and Bill Grant, former IFBB Judge and writer Roger Schwab and Randy Roach, author of the book Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors. Join us every Wednesday for a new episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, now available on iTunes or on www.BodybuildingLegendsShow.com.

Season 1, Episode 6 – Mike Katz

John Hansen interviews Mike Katz for Episode 6, Season 1 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Mike talks about appearing in both the book and movie “Pumping Iron”, meeting Charles Gaines and George Butler for the first time, the selection of the U.S.A Team for the 1975 Mr. Universe and his memories of training with Arnold Schwarzenegger. This episode is sponsored by Redcon1, Old School Labs, Florida Alternative Medicine and Six Pack Bags.

Season 1, Episode 5 – Charles Gaines

John Hansen interviews Charles Gaines, the author of the book Pumping Iron and the novel Stay Hungry. Charles talks about writing the book Pumping Iron, his collaboration with photographer George Butler and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time. Charles also discusses writing the screenplay for the movie “Stay Hungry” based on his book, Arnold’s rise to stardom and the sport and art of bodybuilding. This episode is sponsored by Redcon1, Old School Labs, Florida Alternative Medicine and Six Pack Bags.

Season 1, Episode 4 – Roger Schwab

Former IFBB Head Judge Roger Schwab joins John on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about bodybuilding in the 1970’s. Roger talks about his friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the filming of the movie “Pumping Iron”. Roger also explains what it was like to train at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California in the 1970’s and attending the “Pumping Iron” movie premiere in New York in 1977 as well as the Bodybuilding Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1976. Roger also talks about attending the Mr. Olympia contest throughout the 1970’s and watching Arnold, Franco and Frank Zane win their titles.

Season 1, Episode 3 – Bill Grant

1974 Mr. World Bill Grant talks about moving to the Mecca of Bodybuilding in the 1960’s, meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time, winning the Mr. World contest and being a part of both the book and the movie “Pumping Iron” in Episode 3 of Season 1 of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast.

Season 1, Episode 2 – Roger Callard

John talks to Roger Callard, one of the top bodybuilders in the 1970’s. Roger was good friends and trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California and he talks about his memories of competing in the Golden Age of Bodybuilding. Roger won the IFBB Mr. International contest in 1978 and he competed against some of the best bodybuilders in the 1970’s. Roger talks about being involved in the movie “Stay Hungry” in 1975 and stealing Mike Katz’s t-shirt in the movie “Pumping Iron”.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Randy Roach

John talks to Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors author Randy Roach about the movie “Pumping Iron”. Randy discusses the genesis of both the book and the movie “Pumping Iron”. Randy also talks about several bodybuilders who could have been included in the movie but were not and how the movie could have been different, what happened with Serge Nubret before the 1975 Mr. Olympia and how much of an impact the movie had on the bodybuilding and fitness industry in the future. Sponsored by Redcon1, Old School Labs, Florida Alternative Medicine and Six Pack Fitness.