Appearing in Next Month’s COLLECTOR’S ISSUE!
Twelve months after its debut at the Sydney Opera House, the monster that many believed had since died of shame gave a wholly unexpected â€” but far more revolting â€” repeat performance at the 1981 Mr. Olympia contest in ColumÂbus, Ohio.
More than 4000 stunned fans â€” inÂcluding Joe Weider â€” were sick to their stomach the night of Oct. 9 when Oscar State announced the results of the once highly respected event. The booing and catcalling rose to a deafening volume when Franco Columbu was declared Mr. Olympia 1981 â€” and winner of the $20,000 cash prize â€” over an amazÂingly improved Tom Platz, a flawless and ripped Danny Padilla, an outrageÂously muscled Roy Callender.
It was bodybuilding’s Good Friday, that never-to-be-forgotten Saturday night when a group of self-seekers nailed bodybuilding to the cross of disÂillusionment.
Be sure to read the full story of the most exciting Mr. Olympia ever staged â€” and the regrettable finale that turned the whole event into bodybuilding*s darkest hour.
In our next issue we’ll give you a blow-by-numbing-blow account of the 1981 Mr. Olympia, with 32 pages of super color photos to back up our reÂport.
Big Arm Bonus
Also in our next issue you’ll find BerÂth Fox’s amazing biceps routine, fully illustrated, reported by Rick Wayne. See how Bertil built his twice-split 22-inch upper arms.
Mike Mentzer will take you through an outlandish triceps course, showing you how he built a pair of the most amazing triceps in bodybuilding history.
Order Your Collecter’s Copy Today Be sure to read the next issue of Muscle & Fitness and discover what professional bodybuilders have deÂcided to do about the sorry state of their sport. Full of regular features plus surÂprises, it’s a collector’s item not to be missed! â–ˇ _______
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longer distinguish between the two, it howled in distress.
Conditioning can be used to good advantage in bodybuilding training. Any stimulus can be used as a condiÂtioning stimulus. You have to find an unconditioned stimulus that causes the response you want.
Massive muscle and great strength are satisfying because of their associÂation with other stimuli, with other reÂwards. The praise and respect of those important to you are powerful reÂwards. So are trophies and titles. Money is a strong motivating force. Money, for its own sake, is not intrinÂsically satisfying, but we will strive for it, often to the point of self-destrucÂtion, because of its association with other desirable stimuli.
When you train alone, you have to rely on your own devices, essentially the basic reinforcers that make your efforts worthwhile. The rewards, howÂever, are projected. They may hopeÂfully become realities in the future.
The training partner, on the other hand, offers instant realization. His presence alone is a form of respect. He elects to train with you because he sees you as a worthwhile partner. His simple affirmation of “Good!” after your monstrous effort on an exercise is instant praise that reinforces. He moniÂtors your growth on a daily basis, and his positive assessment is an instant reward that continues to motivate you.
The additional pair of eyes and hands offer a security and assurance unavailable alone. Two people are stronger than one. The individual can draw on this strength. He develops conditioned responses that are strong and frequent. Thus reinforced, he beÂcomes a better bodybuilder faster.
And isn’t that what every bodyÂbuilder, male or female, wants? â–ˇ
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SQUAT â€” This is the basic thigh movement. It boosts the body’s metabolism and helps you to gain lean muscle mass. Many bodybuilders call the Squat the “king of bodybuilding exercises.”
Start with your feet set at about shoulder width, your toes angled outÂward at about 45 degrees on each side. Rest a heavy barbell behind your neck across your trapezius muscles and balance it in place with your hands. Stand erect and focus your gaze at shoulder level throughout the
movement. This will keep your heac up as you squat and prevent you back from rounding during the move ment. Tense your back muscles anc keep them tight for the whole set.
From this basic starting position squat down until your thighs are be low an imaginary line drawn parallel tc the floor. As you squat down, you torso should be held as erect as pos sible, and your thighs should trave outward at 45-degree angles directly over the line of your feet. Do no bounce at the bottom of the moveÂment. Simply stop the movement once your thighs are below parallel and ther return to the starting point by straight ening your thighs. Repeat the move ment for the required number of repe titions.
You should wear a weightlifting bel when doing your Squats. If you ex perience difficulty doing your Squat; flatfooted (a sign of ankle inflexibility) you can rest your heels on a 2X4-incl board while squatting.
FRONT SQUATS â€” This movement is very similar to Squats, except that the bar is held across the upper chest anc shoulders during the movement, rathe than across the upper back and shoul ders. Front Squats place more stres; on the muscles just above the knee: than do regular Squats.
LEG PRESS â€” Many bodybuilder use Leg Presses in place of Squats because Leg Presses place less straii on the lower back. Start by lying witl your head at the lower end of ai angled board and your hips directl under the movable platform. Plac< your feet on the board at shoulde width and straighten your legs. Re lease the safety stops of the machine Bend your legs as fully as possible then straighten them. Repeat for th required number of repetitions.
HACK SQUATS â€” I’ve found this t be an excellent movement for en hancing thigh cuts and shape. Plac your feet on the angled platform wit your heels about 12 inches apart an your toes pointed outward at 45 degree angles on each side. Ben< your legs fully and rest your bac against the sliding platform. Grasp th handles beside your hips to stead your back against the sliding plai form. From this position, straighte and bend your legs for the require number of repetitions.
LUNGES â€” This is a basic move ment for enhancing definition, and should be used prior to a competitior It is particularly good for improvin your upper thigh muscularity. Start i the same position as you would for (Continued on page 91