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Is the Golden Age of Bodybuilding Coming Back?

The route of modern day bodybuilding has come under fire by several influential and insightful bodybuilders -Arnold Schwarzenegger being one of the biggest voices.

Arnold publicly addressed his view of the what modern day bodybuilding has become at the Arnold Classic 2015. In his speech, Arnold reflects on the classic bodybuilding ideals and its aesthetically pleasing qualities that he says have been replaced by “mass monster” physiques. He compares the early ages of bodybuilding to today’s bodybuilding standards where “bottle-shaped” bodies are more prevalent, and more emphasis is placed on who has the biggest muscle and “the thickest neck” -he even addresses the big stomachs some bodybuilders come on stage with.

He urges those that are not happy with the state of bodybuilding to call out Jim Manion and the judges to bring about change. See Arnold’s full statement and call out in the video below.




However, while we’ll have to wait and see what new changes will come to the bodybuilding stage, if any, we couldn’t help but notice something truly interesting going on with the Men’s Physique division.

Numerous individuals among the bodybuilding and fitness community have started noticing and comparing similarities between the state of Men’s Physique division today and the physiques and aesthetics of bodybuilders during the 70’s and 80’s -commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Bodybuilding.

While there are numerous bodybuilders from the 70’s and 80’s with physiques that exude amazing proportions, symmetry, and are aesthetically pleasing, here is a look at some of the more popular names from that era.



Serge Nubret


Arnold Schwarzenegger


Jusup Wilkosz


Frank Zane


Many are starting to see the Men’s Physique competitors today as a reflection of the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, mirroring the same standards and aesthetics of the 70’s and 80’s. Blatant comparison between 2014 Mr. Olympia Physique runner-up Sadik Hadzovic and 3x Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Frank Zane have been made. Sadik actually posted the most notable comparison on his instagram page with a side-by-side shot, take a look. (Sadik-Left, Zane-Right)

Sadik Hadzovic



While we’re not necessarily saying the Men’s Physique division are exactly like the bodybuilders of the 70’s and 80’s, we can definitely pick up on some similar attributes and characteristics from the Golden Age bodybuilding aesthetics. Take a look for yourself, here are some of the top Men’s Physique Competitors that will be competing on the 2015 Mr. Olympia Men’s Physique stage.

Jeremy Buendia



Ryan Terry

A photo posted by Ryan Terry (@ryanjterry) on


Chase Savoie


Jason Poston



It’s important to note that men’s physique apparel on stage covers quite a bit more of the quads and hamstrings, as compared to the bodybuilders who pose off on stage in smaller posing trunks. Who knows, with the way Men’s Physique is shaping up this year for the 2015 Mr. Olympia, and depending on what physique judges have in mind, hike up the shorts a little bit on stage, change up the posing, and Men’s Physique may very well be on its way towards the classic Golden Age aesthetics.

We’re asking you be the judge. What do you think about the state of bodybuilding today, or about the direction of Men’s Physique? We want to know, so comment below!


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