|1970 IFBB Mr. Europe and 1971 IFBB Mr. Universe Contest DVD
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This DVD was similar to the 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe DVD featuring classic bodybuilding stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and Sergio Oliva. The format was that a collage of bodybuilders posed on stage with a variety of music playing in the background. For that reason, it wasn't structured like the majority of bodybuilding contest DVDs by GMV. The overall feel and quality was as you would expect from the era and I have to say that despite the lack of sports technology available at the time, the physiques were pretty good. I would definitely aspire to the look of pretty well any of the bodybuilders competing at the contest.
When Franco hit the stage, his conditioning impressed me. For a bodybuilder of 5'4, even today Franco would fare well. Dave Henry is around the same height and weighs in at around 205 in contest. Franco was around 185 and was no slouch in terms of dense muscularity or conditioning. I would say Franco could perform well in contests today, especially with his very wide back. His height would hold him back today just as it used to, but overall there is an element of timelessness in his physique.
What I find in the bodybuilding magazines these days is that everyone tries to sell bodybuilding as if it is an exact science. Looking at the physiques that were present at this 1970 contest, and given that there was not nearly as much knowledge on training, nutrition, and supplementation, not to mention there the supplements and steroids were not nearly as advanced, you have to wonder if bodybuilding is really as complex as it is being sold as. Let's not forget that GH, insulin, IGF-1, etc, etc, were not even available to use back then and that the bodybuilders present either developed their physiques naturally or using steroids only. Is bodybuilding difficult? Sure. Is it complex? Definitely not. The only "trick" is consistency: eat big, train hard, and if you choose to go down that route - use supplements or performance enhancing drugs. In truth, there really is not much more to it than that. At the very most elite level of competition today, there is some degree of complexity (or at least, individuality) when it comes to the specifics of contest preparation, but to become big and shredded is never an exact science. Being a pro bodybuilder or top amateur level bodybuilder is a slightly different story, but even then, the basics ARE the basics.
Serge Nubret hit the stage and he was another extremely impressive bodybuilder. He was 6'0 in height and around 200 pounds. There are ample young gym rats today who would love to have a physique like his - powerful yet moderate, big yet human. These days, every pro is a cartoon character and I don't think many people aspire to that look because they know that it is either totally unrealistic or not possible without years of big eating, heavy training, and serious juicing. I do like the pro physiques today, but moreso for their entertainment value.
1971 IFBB Mr. Universe
When the 1971 IFBB Mr. Universe contest started, the song "I'm not the man I used to be" by the Fine Young Cannibals played. The caliber of physiques was very good and probably beyond the level of a local show I attended in June. Later on in the contest, the song "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood played in the background of the DVD. It was a little difficult to gauge the approximate height and size of each competitor since I didn't have anyone to compare them to, e.g., if the 5'9 and 1/2 Frank Zane had showed up, I would be able to compare the heights of the other bodybuilders to him. Back then, there were height classes in the IFBB and at the end of the show the class winners would be compared to determine and overall winner. I noticed that a lot of the bodybuilders of the day were in comparable condition to each other, but not close to the condition of bodybuilders today. There were some exceptions of course, but it was interesting to see how bodybuilding has evolved. How interesting that Franco Columbu and Serge Nubret were both at a level of conditioning frequently seen today, while most of the other bodybuilders were not. It goes to show how far ahead those two were for their time. Also, some of the bodybuilders I noticed did not shave all body hair or have a tan or oil on. Times have changed and these days there are a lot of specifics like that to contest prep. Albert Beckles was another pro in the contest who looked closer to a modern day bodybuilder in terms of his conditioning than the bodybuilders he competed with at the time.
Mike Katz was at the contest, and although he was huge at 6'1 and around 230 pounds, he was not in good condition by modern standards, although he was in good condition for the time. When Albert Beckles posed it was interesting to note the comparison between his posing at this show and at the 1987 Mr. Olympia. His posing had evolved in later years but kept some of the same basic touches. The song "I'm not satisfied" by the Fine Young Cannibals played in the background of the DVD. When Mike Katz posed, he did look smooth as I mentioned and as was pointed out in Pumping Iron, he had a huge torso for his relatively small arms and calves and did look sort of like a spider when he hit poses. While Mike did look good for his era, as soon as other bodybuilders at the time came out with better conditioning, it was hard for Mike to look favourable when compared. Finally the awards were presented and the respective winners received their trophies. Mike Katz was shown and as I mentioned earlier on, he looked big, just not shredded or balanced. Had he had those qualities I think it's safe to say he would have done better in his career. As it was, he did do ok.
I consider this DVD to be much the same as the 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe DVD as mentioned above. It had much of the same formatting and the caliber of contestants was the same. I do like the NABBA DVD better though, since it featured Sergio Oliva, Frank Zane, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. There were some greats in this contest as well and it's nice to have a little bit of bodybuilding history recorded that otherwise wouldn't be there if not for GMV.
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