Accolades for the Classic Physique
Grover L. Porter
Arecent survey by IRON MAN uncovered the fact that the majority of bodybuilders would prefer having a classic physique. The natural classic physique of the late Steve Reeves received 25 percent of the votes in the survey and exceeded the percentage of votes received by anyone with a so-called freaky physique.
Steve was also the most admired bodybuilder during the 1950s and ’60s. He won all the major physique contests, including Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr. Universe. Then he went on to star in Hercules and several other classic hero movies. He inspired millions of young men, including me, to become bodybuilders.
Steve’s philosophy of life was “one of adaptation and to lead a balanced life.” He also said, “I honestly believe that any boy or man who wants to can build his body to very good proportions. It is a matter of sticking to it.”
Steve developed his classic physique by following a physical culture lifestyle that included weight training, power walking, power biking, good nutrition and natural supplements. He never used steroids or any other illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
As noted in the August ’05 issue of the Association of Oldetime Barbell & Strongmen Journal, “It seems that anyone with any significant muscle and/or strength is immediately presumed to be a juicer today.” It’s time for our favorite sport—bodybuilding—to return to the physical culture lifestyle that existed before steroids invaded America in 1960.
As Steve said, “Let’s give future bodybuilders a sport that has integrity and honor—and a method of training that will not only give them wonderful physiques but also provide them with a lifetime of health, vitality and peace of mind.”
Editor’s note: The quotations attributed to Steve were excerpted from Dynamic Muscle Building, by Steve Reeves with John Little and George Helmer (Malibu, CA: Classic Image Productions, 2003).