The Bodybuilding Legends Podcast

Season 8 – Women’s Bodybuilding

John Hansen interviews guests about the wonderful world of Women’s Bodybuilding. John talks about the early days of Women’s Bodybuilding when the sport started in the late 1970’s up to it’s peak in the 1980’s.

Season 8, Episode 1 – Ruth Silverman

Ruth Silverman, former editor at Flex Magazine and IronMan Magazine, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the history of Women’s Bodybuilding. Ruth and host John Hansen discuss the beginning of women competing in bodybuilding competitions, what made women’s bodybuilding so popular in the 1980’s, the influence of the movie “Pumping Iron 2 – The Women” on the sport and what is the ideal physique for women’s bodybuilding. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1978 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Zane Wins Mr. Olympia” written by Roger Schwab detailing all the events that occurred at the 1977 Mr. Olympia contest.

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 41 – Jeff King

1983 AAU Mr. America and NABBA Mr. Universe Jeff King talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career in bodybuilding. Jeff is known as one of the most impressive Mr. America winners in the history of that contest with his massive leg development and extreme size and muscularity. In the interview, Jeff talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teen, eventually winning his class at the Teenage Mr. USA and Teenage Mr. America. Jeff also talks about the training routine he used to develop such incredible size and proportions, his big win at the 1983 AAU Mr. America and his overall win at the 1983 NABBA Mr. Universe. Jeff also shares why he never went over to compete in the IFBB, some of the great bodybuilders he competed with over the course of his career and his bad neck injury that he incurred in a car accident.

Season 7, Episode 40 – Jim Seitzer

Jim Seitzer, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Jim talks about how he started bodybuilding as a teenager after injuring himself competing in gymnastics, meeting Louie Simmons after he first started training, helping out Jim Lorimer with the Mr. Olympia contest promotions, double dating with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his experiences competing on the national level against the best bodybuilders in the country. At the beginning of the podcast, host John Hansen gives his review of the 2019 Mr. Olympia contest which took place on September 13-14th in Las Vegas.

Season 7, Episode 39 – The Top 5 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests

Lonnie Teper joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the Top 5 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests of all time. Lonnie and John Hansen compare their lists of the most exciting Mr. Olympia contests from 1965-2018. Some of the Mr. Olympia competitions discussed include the 1988 Mr. Olympia, the 1984 Mr. Olympia, the 1977 Mr. Olympia, the 1980 Mr. Olympia and the 1998 Mr. Olympia. At the end of the interview with Lonnie, John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine called “No One Comes Close to Me” written by Rick Wayne about Franco Columbu’s win at the 1976 Mr. Olympia.

Season 7, Episode 38 – Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard, 1980 AAU Mr. America winner, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Gary talks about how he started weight training as an athlete in high school. When Gary started competing in bodybuilding, he quickly rose to the top, placing high in national level competitions within a few short years. Gary talks about how his naturally obsessive nature allowed him to be such a great bodybuilder. Gary recalls the stories about the national level bodybuilding contests he competed in, including his big victory at the 1980 Mr. America contest. Gary relates the story of his most disappointing contest at the 1980 IFBB Mr. Universe and then his decision to come back a few years later and compete as a pro bodybuilder in the IFBB. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article written by Scott Baran for MuscleMag International magazine where he talks about winning a raffle at the 1992 Arnold Classic and he won the opportunity to spend a few days with Arnold Schwarzenegger in California working out with him and visiting the movie set of “Last Action Hero”.

Shawn Ray Previews the 2019 Olympia

Bodybuilding Legend Shawn Ray previews the upcoming 2019 Mr. Olympia for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Shawn talks about why he will never make a comeback in Bodybuilding, the chances of Kai Greene winning the Olympia this year, how a Mr. Olympia winner should promote the sport each year and what the Mr. Olympia title means to the sport of Bodybuilding. Then Shawn goes over the top contenders for this year’s Mr. Olympia contest and gives his predictions on who will do good and who will end up disappointed.

Season 7, Episode 36 – Joey Fulco

1979 AAU Teenage Mr. USA winner Joey Fulco talks about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Joey talks about when he started training at 16 years old, working out at the famous Mr. America’s Gym owned by Steve Michalik, winning the 1979 Teenage Mr. USA title, competing against Lee Haney at the 1979 Teenage Mr. America contest, his extensive music career and his thoughts on the current competitive scene. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1979 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Zane Wins the Olympia” written by Roger Schwab about the 1978 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 35 – Stan Morey

Stan Morey, former AAU Bodybuilding Judge and Promoter, talks about Old School Bodybuilding in the Florida area in the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. Stan talks about how he started bodybuilding and being inspired by Carlos Rodriguez and Harry Johnson, 1959 AAU Mr. America. Stan also remembers seeing Robby Robinson for the first time back in the early 1970’s, meeting Jim Haislop and Frank Zane in Tampa, Florida, throwing Tom Platz out of his gym and what eventually drove him out of bodybuilding. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the January, 1976 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Now That You Have Bulked Up” written by frequent IronMan Magazine contributor Norman Zale.

Season 7, Episode 34 – Jon Loyd

Jon Loyd, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the early 1980’s, talks about the bodybuilding scene in California during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. Jon was given the chance by Ed Connors to own some Gold Gyms in the San Francisco area and he competed against some of the top amateurs during that time including Mike Christian, Bob Paris, Rory Leidelmeyer and Gary Strydom. Jon also talks about some of the famous bodybuilders he saw train in the gym including Rod Koontz, Bob Reis, Mike Mentzer, Lou Ferrigno, Bertil Fox, Albert Beckles, Robby Robinson and Rachel McLish. At the conclusion of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the April, 1977 Muscle Builder & Power Magazine called “Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Musclemen” written by Janet Charlton.

 

Season 7, Episode 33 – Skip Robinson

Skip Robinson was a prominent bodybuilder in the 1970’s, being featured in Joe Weider’s Muscle Builder & Power magazine and living in Venice Beach, California. Skip hung out with and trained with the Gold’s Gym crew including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane and Ken Waller. Originally from Maine, Skip tells the story of when he started working out and what made him move out to the Mecca of Bodybuilding in Southern California. Skip talks about the legendary bodybuilders he trained with, how he was able to help Chris Aceto to be successful and his association with Arthur Jones. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article called “There’s Less to Building Triceps that Meets the Eye” from the August, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder & Power magazine written by Rick Wayne about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s triceps workouts.

Season 7, Episode 32 – Jon Aranita

Jon Aranita, one of the best amateur bodybuilders from the 1980’s, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Jon talks about how he started competing as a teenager and his experience of being mentored by the legendary bodybuilder Rory Leidelmeyer. Jon also goes into detail about the training and diet programs that he used to compete in the biggest national level contests. Jon placed second to John Hnatyschak and Lee Labrada at the 1984 and 1985 NPC Nationals, respectively, before winning the middleweight class at the 1987 NPC USA. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an excerpt from the book Pumping Iron where author Charles Gaines talks about how bodybuilding is unique because it is both a sport and an art.

Season 7, Episode 31 – John Calascione

Former IFBB Judge John Calascione is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about how he started bodybuilding as a young man living in New York and eventually started competing. John also talks about watching the Mr. Olympia contest when it first started in 1965 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he got to see Larry Scott win the first two Mr. Olympia contests in 1965 and 1966 as well as when Sergio won the Olympia from 1967-1969 and Arnold’s wins in 1970, 1973 and 1974. John talks about his experience of being a judge for the IFBB starting in the 1980’s all the way up to the 2000’s and his views on the ideal bodybuilding physique. John also shares his thoughts on women’s bodybuilding when it first started and being a judge at the contest in 1983 that was the basis for the film, “Pumping Iron 2: The Women”. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1980 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine entitled “The Psychology of a Mr. Olympia Competitor” written by Mike Mentzer.

Season 7, Episode 30 – Anibal Lopez

Anibal Lopez is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Anibal was one of the top amateur bodybuilders during the 1970’s despite competing at a body weight of less than 155 pounds. Anibal talks about how he started competing in bodybuilding competitions, his friendships with top bodybuilders Chris Dickerson, Boyer Coe and Sergio Oliva and his decision to compete without the use of steroids throughout his career. Anibal competed in the AAU, the NABBA organization and the WBBG where he won the Pro Mr. America and the Pro Mr. World competitions. After the interview, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1980 issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine called “Three Dreams in a Row” written by Frank Zane in which Frank talks about the dreams that predicted his wins in the Mr. Olympia contest from 1977-1979.

Season 7, Episode 29 – Jerry Brainum, Part 2 – 1977 In Review

Bodybuilding writer Jerry Brainum continues his discussion with host John Hansen about the year 1977 in the Bodybuilding World. 1977 was the year when the mass media really gave a lot of coverage to events happening in bodybuilding. In Part Two of their interview, Jerry talks about the idea to create a union for bodybuilders that was started by Kal Szkalak, the 1977 IFBB Mr. Universe controversy where Kal Szkalak beat Mike Mentzer by only one point and Danny Padilla’s stellar year where he won the 1977 AFAB Mr. America overall and the lightweight class at the 1977 Mr. Universe in Nimes, France. Jerry also talks about the 1977 NABBA Mr. Universe where Tony Emmott surprisingly beat out the legendary Serge Nubret for the Pro title and a young Bertil Fox won his first Mr. Universe in the amateur division. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the May, 1977 Muscle Builder/Power magazine entitled “Franco: The No. 1” written by Armand Tanny. This article is an interview with Franco Columbu after he won the 1976 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 28 – Jerry Brainum – 1977 in Review

Bodybuilding Writer Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the year 1977 in Bodybuilding with John Hansen. In Part One of the interview, Jerry and John talk about the movie “Pumping Iron”, which was released in January, 1977 and the impact it had in introducing bodybuilding to the general public. Jerry and John also talk about the release of Arnold’s first book, Education of a Bodybuilder, as well as the 1977 Mr. Olympia contest with Frank Zane and Robby Robinson and why Lou Ferrigno was not in the contest. Finally, they discuss the big 1977 AAU Mr. America contest which featured a parade that took place before the contest. At the end of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the May, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine entitled “The Smallest Trophy He Ever Won” written by Janet Charlton about when Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut – Male at the 1977 Golden Globes.

Season 7, Episode 27 – Joe Means

Joe Means, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, talks about his bodybuilding career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Joe explains how he started lifting weights in South Carolina, slowly building up his physique and his strength and eventually competing in local bodybuilding contests. Joe talks about the training routine and diet he used to get the most out of his physique. At his peak, Joe was able to compete in ripped condition and was able to defeat bodybuilders at the national level who outweighed him by 30-40 pounds. Joe explains the diet secret he used to win the Most Muscular award at the 1976 AAU Mr. America contest over Kalman Szkalak, Dave Johns and Ron Teufel. Joe also beat out Tom Platz for the Best Legs award at that year’s Mr. America contest. At the end of the Podcast, John Hansen reads an article titled “Sergio Oliva – A Legendary Superman” written by Norman Zale for the November, 1975 issue of IronMan Magazine.

Season 7, Episode 26 – Jerry Scalesse

Jerry Scalesse, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1980’s, talks about his career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Jerry talks about how bodybuilding was in the 1980’s when he was training with John DeFendis at Steve Michalik’s gym and Mike Quinn when he was still a teenager. Jerry competed at the national level in many competitions including the AAU, the NPC and NABBA and he talks about some of the great bodybuilders he competed against during his era. Jerry also talks about being coached by the legendary Bob Gruskin for the contests he competed in.

Season 7, Episode 25 – Leon Brown

Bodybuilding Icon Leon Brown is the guest this week on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Leon talks about how he started training at home in New York at 15 years old, competing against Frank Zane in the 1960’s, moving to California in 1969 and working out with Arnold and Franco at Gold’s Gym. Leon also talks about appearing in the classic book Pumping Iron and making the movie “Stay Hungry” in Alabama with the Gold’s Gym crew. Finally, Leon talks about competing at an older age and how he manages to maintain a bodybuilder’s physique in his 70’s.

Season 7, Episode 24 – Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part Two

In Part Two of their interview on Where the Shape of Bodybuilding Going?, Peter McGough and Lonnie Teper draw on their decades of knowledge and experience in the sport of bodybuilding to discuss what type of physique will dominate bodybuilding in the future. Will symmetry and shape take more precedence than muscle mass and conditioning in the Mr. Olympia this year? Does the smaller and more aesthetic bodybuilder have a chance against the mass monsters or is the Genie out of the bottle at this point in the sport? At the end of the interview, John Hansen reads an article about bodybuilding that appeared in the October 14, 1974 issue of Sports Illustrated, one of the first articles about bodybuilding in a mainstream magazine.

Season 7, Episode 23 – Lonnie Teper and Peter McGough, Part One

“Where is the Shape of Bodybuilding Going in the Future?” This is the question posed to two veteran Bodybuilding Journalists, Peter McGough and Lonnie Teper. Based on the recent wins at the Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic by Shawn Rhoden and Brandon Curry respectfully, is shape and symmetry going to held in higher regard by the judges for future bodybuilding contests? Peter and Lonnie give their opinions on where bodybuilding is going and how it has changed over the last 30 years in regards to mass over symmetry, posing routines and the different divisions currently being held in today’s contests.

Season 7, Episode 22 – Ken Sprague, Gold’s Gym owner

Ken Sprague, one of the first owners of the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Ken talks about how he moved to California from Ohio at only 24 years old and how he unexpectedly became the owner of the original Gold’s Gym in the early 1970’s. Ken talks about the gym atmosphere back in the 1970’s, the filming of the movie “Pumping Iron” at Gold’s Gym in 1975 and moving Gold’s Gym from Venice, California to the Santa Monica location in 1977. Ken also talks about his experience promoting bodybuilding competitions including the 1977 AAU Mr. America contest and the 1978 Gold’s Classic. Finally, Ken talks about his memories of some of the iconic bodybuilders of the Golden Era of Bodybuilding like Ken Waller, Kal Szkalak and Robby Robinson and the time when he sued Arnold Schwarzenegger for defamation.

Season 7, Episode 21 – Glenn Knerr

1986 AAU Mr. World and Mr. America Glenn Knerr is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Glenn talks about how he got into bodybuilding as a teen, winning local titles and progressing all the way to the national stage, competing against some of the best amateur bodybuilders in the country. Glenn also shares his memories of meeting Sergio Oliva for the first time, butting heads with future Mr. America Tim Belknap and competing against legendary bodybuilders such as Shawn Ray, Vince Taylor and Nimrod King.

Season 7, Episode 20 – Doug Brignole

Doug Brignole, one of the top amateur bodybuilders in the 1980’s, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his bodybuilding career. Doug began training at Bill Pearl’s Gym in Pasadena, California at only 15 years old in an effort to gain weight on his skinny frame. Doug talks about his progress in the sport including winning the AAU Mr. California in 1982 and winning his class at the 1986 AAU Mr. America contest. Doug also talks about meeting some of the legends of bodybuilding who trained at Bill Pearl’s gym over the years. Doug concludes the interview by sharing some of his knowledge of exercise physiology and which exercises work best in developing the physique.

Season 7, Episode 19 – Marc Martinez

Marc Martinez is in the process of making a movie about the Golden Age of Bodybuilding during the late 1970’s. Marc talks about the key figures in the bodybuilding world who he has interviewed for his upcoming film including former Gold’s Gym owner Ken Sprague, Bill Grant, Ken Waller, Pete Grymkowski and Pumping Iron author Charles Gaines. Marc also talks about his experiences training at Gold’s back in the late 1970’s and the bodybuilders who he met during that pivotal point in the Golden Age of Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 18 – Pat Neve

Pat Neve, one of the best amateur bodybuilders in the 1970’s, joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast this week to talk about his successful career in the sport. Pat was a top contender for all the major AAU National level bodybuilding titles during the 1970’s and he won the overall at the 1974 AAU Mr. USA. Pat talks about his onstage battles with top level bodybuilders such as Robby Robinson, Dave Johns, Danny Padilla and Kalman Szkalak. Pat also talks about his friendships with two of the greatest bodybuilders of all time – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane. At the conclusion of the podcast, John Hansen reads an article from the February, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine. The article is titled “The Compleat Man” and it was written by Rick Wayne in which he profiles Frank Zane shortly after Frank took a close second place to Franco Columbu at the 1976 Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 17 – Jerry Brainum – 1988 In Review

Bodybuilder Writer Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about the major events in the Bodybuilding World in 1988. John and Jerry talk about the 1988 Mr. Olympia and why it was one of the best Mr. Olympia contests in the history of the sport. Jerry also gives his opinion of why Lee Haney was such a dominant champion in the 1980’s, why Lee Labrada should have beat Lee Haney at the 1990 Mr. Olympia, Phil Williams impressive win at the 1988 Chicago Pro Show, why diuretics are so dangerous in bodybuilding, how much drugs matter in building a winning bodybuilding physique and who would have won at their respective bests, Arnold or Lee Haney? John also reads a contest report from the May, 1974 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine about the 1973 Mr. America/Mr. World and Mr. Olympia contest.

Season 7, Episode 16 – Jerry Brainum – 1978 In Review

Bodybuilding Writer Jerry Brainum joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to review the big events in the Bodybuilding world in 1978.

Jerry and John talk about Frank Zane winning his second Mr. Olympia title in 1978 over Robby Robinson, what made Frank Zane such a great bodybuilder, how bodybuilders used steroids in the 1970’s and ’80’s, Kal Szkalak’s controversial fifth place at the 1978 Mr. Olympia, Tony Pearson’s surprising win over Ron Teufel at the 1978 AAU Mr. America, Mike Mentzer winning the 1978 Mr. Universe with a perfect score, the benefits of High Intensity Training and the current trend of cell phones in the gym.

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Season 7, Episode 15 – Ed Corney Tribute

On January 1st, 2019, the Bodybuilding Legend Ed Corney passed away at the age of 85. Ed competed in the 1970’s during the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. He won the IFBB Mr. America and Mr. Universe contest before beginning his professional career and establishing himself as the Master Poser, elevating the sport of bodybuilding to a new level of artistry and class with his incredible posing ability. On this special episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, we pay tribute to the life and career of Ed Corney. Host John Hansen interviews Mike Katz who reminisces about competing with Ed Corney at the 1972 IFBB Mr. Universe in Iraq and former IFBB Head Judge Roger Schwab who talks about the iconic performances of Ed Corney in the Mr. Olympia contest in the late 1970’s. Finally, John reads an article written by Ed Corney in the December, 1976 issue of Muscle Builder & Power magazine where Ed describes his passion and desire for competing in the sport of Bodybuilding.

Season 7, Episode 14 – Jerry Brainum – 1968 In Review

To celebrate the end of 2018, host John Hansen welcomes guest Jerry Brainum to go back in time and talk about what happened in the world of Bodybuilding 50 years ago in 1968. Jerry talks about meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger when he first arrived in America in 1968, how Arnold used the psychological tool called Modeling to increase his confidence and become a success, the overwhelming dominance of Sergio Oliva who won the 1968 Mr. Olympia unopposed because the competition was afraid of competing against him, Frank Zane’s surprising win over Arnold at the 1968 IFBB Mr. Universe in Miami and the top amateurs fifty years ago including 1968 AAU Mr. America Jim Haislop and 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe Dennis Tinerino.

Season 7, Episode 13 – Phil Williams, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Phil Williams talks about winning the 1985 NPC Nationals and the 1988 Chicago Pro Show. Phil shares his memories of the training and nutrition strategies he used to win the biggest national title in the country over Lee Labrada and Ron Love. Phil also talks about training at Gold’s Gym in the 1980’s, his contentious relationship with gym owner George Turner and how he was able to win the Chicago Pro Show over mass monster Gary Strydom.

Season 7, Episode 12 – Phil Williams

Phil Williams, one of the best amateur bodybuilders from the 1980’s, talks about the training and nutrition principles he used to win his first national title, the 1984 NPC USA Championships. Phil talks about how he trained to maximize his recuperation and build muscle mass to win the top amateur titles in the NPC. Phil also relates the story of competing against Lee Labrada and Gary Strydom at the NPC USA and how he was able to beat them. Phil opens up about the steroids

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.

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 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 – Tony Pearson, Part One

Mr. America and Mr. Universe Tony Pearson talks about his incredible life for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Tony’s new autobiography Driven details his abusive childhood upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee and his drive to escape his unfortunate life and make something of himself. Tony talks about relocating to St. Louis with his highly abusive great aunt who raised him from the age of three. While in St. Louis, Tony discovered the sport of bodybuilding as a high school student while training at George Turner’s gym. After competing in a couple local contests, Tony made the bold decision to move to California with only $75 in his pocket at the age of nineteen years old. He began training at the world famous Muscle Beach in Venice, California and was soon discovered by Arnold Schwarzenegger who encouraged Tony to pursue his dreams. Two years later, Tony won the Mr. America contest at the age of 21 years old. In Part One of his interview, Tony talks in detail about the difficult circumstances he was raised in and having the courage and determination to change his life and make something of himself.

The Olympians – Berry DeMey, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview, Berry DeMey talks about achieving his lifetime best condition at the 1988 Mr. Olympia. Berry goes into detail about the training and diet programs he used to peak perfectly for the Olympia that year. Berry also talks about tearing his pec muscle in 1989, failing the drug test at the 1990 Mr. Olympia and his years with the WBF organization in 1991 and 1992. Finally, Berry explains the philosophy of his training program for building muscle mass including how he structures his workouts, his rest days and the method he uses to cycle his diet to fit his intense training program.

The Olympians – Berry DeMey, Part One

Berry DeMey, one of the most popular bodybuilders from the 1980’s, talks about his career for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Berry talks about starting bodybuilding as a teen while living in Holland, including his early competitions including winning the Mr. Europe contest at only 20 years old, competing in the 1983 and 1984 IFBB Mr. Universe against Bob Paris and Mike Christian and winning the 1985 World Games. Berry also talks about his experience competing in the Mr. Olympia contest from 1985-1987, how he developed his exciting posing routines and his brand new online nutrition program called DeMey88.com.

The Olympians – Albert Beckles

The legendary Albert Beckles is the guest on the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Albert talks about how he started training as a young man in Barbados before moving to England in his early 20’s. Albert started competing while living in England, quickly establishing himself as one of the country’s best bodybuilders. Albert talks about his career in bodybuilding including winning the Mr. Britain, the NABBA Mr. Universe and the AAU Mr. World before finally switching over to the IFBB to compete in the Mr. Olympia and other pro bodybuilding competitions. Albert’s career spanned from the 1960’s to the 1990’s where he was winning professional contests in his mid 50’s. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the July, 1984 issue of Iron Man Magazine called “World Professional Championships” written by Garry Bartlett about the 1984 IFBB World Pro Championships won by Albert Beckles.

The Olympians – Vince Taylor, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Vince Taylor talks about winning the 1992 Arnold Classic and dominating the Grand Prix contests after the Olympia. Vince also talks about his injury before the 1992 Mr. Olympia and competing against the new breed of bodybuilders from the 1990’s including Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone, Paul Dillett and Nasser El Sonbaty. Finally, Vince talks about winning the Masters Mr. Olympia title five times and some of the political obstacles he faced in competing in the biggest professional contests in the world. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1978 issue of IronMan Magazine called “Preparing for my Mr. Olympia win” by Frank Zane.

The Olympians – Vince Taylor, Part One

Vince Taylor, one of the best bodybuilders from the 1980’s and ’90’s, talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his amazing bodybuilding career in Part One of the interview. Vince talks about how he got started in bodybuilding after meeting Mr. Universe John Brown in Germany, working his way up through the amateur ranks and winning the NPC Nationals in 1988. Vince also talks about tearing his bicep during a guest posing exhibition and competing against some of the best bodybuilders of his era including Phil Hill, Shawn Ray, Rich Gaspari and Lee Haney. Vince shares his memories of competing in his first Mr. Olympia contest in 1989, the drug testing year at the Olympia in 1990 and his breakthrough posing routine at the 1991 Mr. Olympia. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the MuscleMag Annual 78/79 called “Arnold Came to Dinner” written by Robert Nailon.

The Olympians – John Hnatyschak

John Hnatyschak, 1984 IFBB Mr. Universe and NPC Nationals middleweight winner, is interviewed for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. John talks about how he started training at 23 years old in New Jersey and his quick rise in the sport. In only his fifth competition, John beat the best bodybuilders in the country to win the middleweight class at the 1984 NPC Nationals followed by his impressive win at the 1984 IFBB Mr. Universe contest. John also talks about competing as a professional bodybuilder for several years, including the 1987 Mr. Olympia contest. At the end of the interview, John gives his opinion about how symmetry and shape is rewarded compared to massive size and conditioning in today’s competitions. After the interview, host John Hansen reads an article about bodybuilding from the 1972 issue of Sports Illustrated written by Charles Gaines. This was the first article about bodybuilding that was featured in a mainstream magazine and it was the impetus for the book Pumping Iron which was published two years later in 1974.

The Olympians – Robby Robinson

Bodybuilding Legend Robby Robinson is joined by his friend and training partner Rick Valente to talk about his extensive career in bodybuilding for the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast. Robby talks about when he started bodybuilding while living in Tallahassee, Florida and his big breakthrough after winning the 1975 IFBB Mr. America title. Robby also remembers what is was like training at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Ken Waller and Frank Zane, competing in his first Mr. Olympia contest in 1977, winning the first Night of the Champions contest, competing against Sergio Oliva in 1980 and making his comeback in the IFBB in the late 1980’s while in his 40’s. Finally, Robby talks about winning the first Masters Mr. Olympia title in 1994 and what his current training and diet program are like to stay in shape at 72 years old. At the conclusion of the Podcast, John Hansen reads an article titled “How to Look Your Muscular Best at Contest Time” by Arnold Schwarzenegger as told to Rick Wayne. The article was published in the November, 1976 issue of Muscle Builder/Power Magazine and it is written from Arnold’s perspective of what it takes to compete at your best to win bodybuilding competitions.

The Olympians – Boyer Coe, Part Two

In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Boyer Coe talks about his years competing in the Mr. Olympia contest from 1976-1984, his thoughts on Frank Zane’s Mr. Olympia reign, the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia and his argument with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the competitor’s meeting before the contest, what happened to the television footage that CBS-TV filmed at the 1980 Mr. Olympia, his boycott of the 1981 Mr. Olympia and why he competed at such a low bodyweight for the 1982 Mr. Olympia. Boyer also talks about his relationship with the eccentric Arthur Jones, the owner of Nautilus equipment, his comeback at the 1994 Masters Mr. Olympia contest and how he took steroids to compete in bodybuilding competitions.

The Olympians – Boyer Coe, Part One

Bodybuilding Legend Boyer Coe joins the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast to talk about his incredible career in bodybuilding. In Part One of his interview, Boyer talks about how he began training for bodybuilding, competing as a teenager bodybuilder, winning the 1969 AAU Mr. America, competing in the 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe contest in London, his thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane and Bill Pearl and his transition from competing in the NABBA competitions to the IFBB. At the end of the Podcast, John reads an article from the February, 1977 issue of Muscle Builder/Power Magazine called “The Charisma of Bodybuilding” by Jack Neary. The article details the exploits of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robby Robinson guest posing at a contest in Canada in 1976.

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.

The Olympians – 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.

Franco Columbu Tribute

Bodybuilding Legend and 2x Mr. Olympia winner Franco Columbu passed away on August 30th, 2019 at the age of 78. On this special episode of the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, host John Hansen welcomes Jerry Brainum to the show to talk about the life of Franco Columbu. Jerry talks about meeting Franco when he arrived in the United States in 1969, seeing Franco train at the original Gold’s Gym, his great friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of his iconic competitions against Arnold, Frank Zane and Chris Dickerson. At the conclusion of the podcast, John Hansen reads an excerpt from his autobiography Coming on Strong (1978).

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 6 – Samir Bannout

1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout talks to the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast about his career after winning the Olympia. Samir explains what happened in 1984 when he dropped down to sixth place one year after winning the title. He also talks about leaving the IFBB and competing in the 1985 WABBA World Championships before making his comeback at the 1988 Mr. Olympia. Finally, Samir talks about his use of HGH at the end of his career and why bodybuilders look better without the use of insulin and growth hormone. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads an article from the March, 1984 issue of IronMan Magazine called “The Supermen of Mr. Olympia” written by Garry Bartlett about the 1983 Mr. Olympia contest.

Mr. Olympia Series, Episode 5 – Samir Bannout

1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout talks about finally reaching peak condition at the 1982 and 1983 Mr. Olympia. After years of struggling to fulfill his potential, Samir was finally able to put it all together in 1982 where he took 4th place at the Mr. Olympia that year. One year later, Samir looked even better and he won the 1983 Mr. Olympia in Munich, Germany. In this interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, Samir explains how he changed his diet to nail peak condition. Samir also describes the mental attitude he had going into the 1983 Mr. Olympia where he knew he would win.

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 really 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.