How would you explain this? You didn’t hear about Arnold getting drunk and drugging out- he wasn’t one of those guys. He watched and listened, scored and toured, improvised and learned. Then all of a sudden I got onstage and participated in a couple of rounds and it looked pretty much like I was going to whip some behind. Even through the 80s people would go there to train for competitions. So everybody is different. I think that the fact that there wasn’t any money in it early on made it like that. Frank Zane: Yes, he basically was able to display the appropriate behaviour when it was required for winning a competition. We had no time for all the bullshit. David Robson: Please elaborate on your training Danny. I really specialised I what I called “precursor loading”. David Robson: Ed, what was it like training with Danny. Click here to see all Oldschool Bodybuilder gym clothes. What went on between our ears and minds is anyone’s guess. I trained so hard and I think had I of had not loved bodybuilding so much I would have sued. Those were the days. No such thing. Frank Zane: I don’t go by what other people think. In fact in 1981 (Danny placed a controversial 5th the at the 1981 Mr. Olympia – many say he should have won) I was on a high carb diet and in the last two weeks went on a low carb calorie controlled diet. David Robson: how long did you train for Dave? But I told him once: “Arnold, you have a good sense of humour, but only when the joke’s not on you.” And that is true. Saturday night I took a girl there and you got the whole gym there and they all had their dates. And then Mike Mentzer came out with the Heavy Duty principal but even he did multiple sets I believe because you just couldn’t get enough out of one set. Frank Zane: What we used to do early on is we pretty much would do the same workout. So either you cut out the calories or increased them. Smaller in the waist, bigger in the thighs.” There you go. I don’t want to be bothered until after I’m done.”. I think it is like a pit, like a slum. David Robson: So he would inspire people to work much harder than they otherwise would. I would start at about 300 carbs and keep lowering them until I found a niche for me where I could train comfortably and not be so weak. But they are rewarded for that so why shouldn’t they do it. Danny Padilla: Yes that was going on also and most of the guys did that. In the first instalment Frank Zane, Dave Draper, Danny Padilla, Ed Corney and Bill Grant speak candidly about their days at The Mecca. Of course now, some of us did have regular jobs remembering that there was not a lot of money back then. But he still got great workouts. I can remember also when Roger Callard used to work for a security agency, from which he also got jobs for a lot of the guys at the gym. Ed Corney: I learned about his focus and determination, which was very similar to mine. It is what you look like that matters. Then you had the mystique. You would all train on the same days, eat in the same way, and help each other out and then you would get up onstage and they would pick the winner. And there it was. He got there around September of 68 and I arrived there in May of 69 but one thing about Arnold is he never let little things bother him. Bought by some big corporation. Dave Draper: Quality supplements were important then and are important now. Then basically there was a protest and I was taken out again. David Robson: What were some of the things that motivated you to become a better bodybuilder Ed? I really wanted to participate and basically my love for the sport blinded me and I just said, “To hell with it.” Very little was written about how I was cheated and I ate it because I wanted to compete. David Robson: So style wasn’t a factor for you Ed? Ed Corney: Very similar, and we would all help each other. Was there an underground drug culture like there is today? They had the over and under-200 pound classes. Because actually we only had each other to rely on for everything that we did, such as eating together training together, going to the beach as a group and hanging out on the weekends together. Do I need to get bigger, better?”. The methods were not yet analysed, over-intellectualized and named. I never took the sport real serious and I believe that was one of my biggest downfalls. More, no matter what.” He pissed me off and that is when I said, “God Damn!” You know how an automobile responds when it goes uphill – that chug, chug, chug slowing down. They are not gonna spot for you not gonna lift your weights. The Public perception at the time was all brawn and no brains. Being a top bodybuilder was easier, once you got past discovering the sport, becoming fascinated with it, and engaging it with passion and zeal long enough to understand it and achieve some muscle and might. What it showed was the hard work that goes behind getting in shape and how there were mind games; it was almost like a freakin game, like a basketball or football game, except we were using iron. Please try again. They seemed to ride their own wave, the crest I might add, and they a pair of middle European decent. However, we didn’t flaunt it in tight shirts, in fact, we wore very loose clothing but anyone could tell that the muscle was there. David Robson: Today people say you will risk overtraining if you train beyond one or so hours, but back then guys routinely lifted for two hours or more, yet got amazing results with only half of the drugs that are used today. A lot of people get mad at him but he wins them over. Danny Padilla: Well believe it or not all the guys got along pretty good so we would go to the beach and everybody would see everybody down there. Ed Corney: It was kind of basic, meagre. David Robson: How many weeks out would this have been Danny? Dave Draper: I offer a narrow picture of “training at Gold’s” during the ‘70s. Bill Grant: Well first of all I think the general perception of bodybuilders was quite negative. Below are a few of our favourite pieces at the Urban Gym Wear HQ. In the 70s we saw bigger mags, more coverage, and greater participation in the gyms, contests and audiences worldwide. In fact it could be said that bodybuilding’s Golden Age took place in and around this hallowed place of bodybuilding worship. Everybody has gone their own way and is in different parts of the country. I asked him about this and he said, “Well if I don’t have a routine, then I can’t get a bad workout because I have nothing to compare it to.”. People were drawn to you guys with your massive physiques. There was some TV, a few side jobs to pay the bills and I had some friends in both Vince’s gym (Howorth, Scott, McArdle) and the Dungeon (Zabo and some neat local lifters). I was a loner who, like a wolf, knew and trusted and attended his own territory. limited time only: free shorts and socks with every order over $70. No one wore designer gear, carefully torn sweatshirts and look-at-me low slung tank tops. He was a pretty smart kid. Were there any standout moments for you competing in South Africa? David Robson: Ed mentioned a moment ago that diet, in addition to hard training, was a major factor in achieving top shape. So when I first met Arnold what I saw was a hard working guy who had goals and he would basically get almost everything he was after. Maybe Las Vegas is now a bigger center for bodybuilding than Southern California is. He was a big loss to bodybuilding. Danny Padilla: I remember back in our day we tried to start a union. The workouts were focused and intense, yet loose and easy. And if you were dieting real hard you even ate up a little bit. 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