The classic bodybuilders era was very different from what it happens today in this field. A lot of things have changed since that time when this sport was very famous and when those men of iron inspired a lot of people. The main actors from many films were also bodybuilders, so this sport was an amazing trend. Throughout time, it changed gradually, but one of the early muscles pioneers are Eugene Sandow and Charles Atlas. Between the 40’s and the 50’s, the most popular bodybuilders were Vince Gironda, John Grimek, Steve Reeves, as well as Jules Bacon, George Eiferman and many others. In this period of time, many displays of strength, balance took place and an incredible look combined with weight lifting was a popular trend. The end of the era took place in the 80’s. In the 70’s, new drugs that strengthen and increase the muscular mass have been released. The element that marks the end of this era was the retirement of Lee Haney.
Although a long time has passed since that era, the workout is still very difficult and those who practice this sport have to follow a rich in proteins diet and to exercise daily. Bodybuliders have a busy schedule, but still they don’t give up as they like this sport too much. Over the years, workout routines have evolved, but in the past, the main focus was on working the whole body during every workout. During the 60’s, bodybuilders had very high volume routines and steroids were very important, the best examples being Franco Columbu, Frank Zane and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the early 70’s, the main trend was a low volume and workouts were intense and brief.
Since the era of classic bodybuilders, workouts have changed, current trends varying from a low volume, high intensity methods to a high volume.The new workouts are somewhere in the middle and each bodybuilder has to decide what works best for him. Going back in the past, classic bodybuilders are worldwide known and will remain a great example even if many years will pass as they inspired a lot of people and many teenagers wanted to look like them. Moreover, the films in which these incredible bodybuilders appeared were an instant success. This sport has become a very appreciated, popular and healthy lifestyle. The daily workout routine is very difficult and it may also be damaging. Bodybuilders are usually abiding people, very passionate about this sport and also very ambitious, so they deserve a lot of respect and admiration.