The Golden Age of Bodybuilding – 30 Photos of Bodybuilding Greats of the Past

Golden Age of Bodybuilding

The “home of bodybuilding” was moved to Muscle Beach Venice in the 1950s, with some of the greatest bodybuilders ever – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Draper, Larry Scott and Franco Columbo – all having trained at one point right on the beach!

Nowadays we would call this era (1950s to 1970s) the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, and it is easy to see why.

Back then there were fewer supplements, excuses and talk, instead there was more sweat and longer workouts.

Arnold and his contemporaries were only interested in one thing, and that was results. This meant they would focus purely on what worked.

Of course it is this focus that has resulted in the bodybuilders from that era still being admired to this day.

These guys were not circus freaks, but focussed on aesthetics as well as size.

Below you will find a few photos that will take you back in time to an era where bodybuilders were admired rather than scoffed at.

Frank Zane
Frank Zane

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Lou Ferrigno
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Lou Ferrigno
Dave Draper
Dave Draper
Mike Mentzer
Mike Mentzer
Sergio Oliva
Sergio Oliva
Serge Nubret
Serge Nubret
Franco Columbu
Franco Columbu
Backstage at The Mr. Olympia
Backstage at The Mr. Olympia
Tom Platz & Lou Ferrigno
Tom Platz & Lou Ferrigno
Ed Corney
Ed Corney
Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno
Arnold working the biceps
Arnold working the biceps
Jusup Wilkosz & Ed Corney
Jusup Wilkosz & Ed Corney
Rick Wayne
Rick Wayne
Samir Bannout
Samir Bannout
Frank Zane
Frank Zane
Robby Robinson
Robby Robinson
Chris Dickerson
Chris Dickerson
Jusup Wilkosz
Jusup Wilkosz
Robby Robinson & Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robby Robinson & Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mike Mentzer
Mike Mentzer
Working out at Muscle Beach
Working out at Muscle Beach
Sergio Oliva
Sergio Oliva
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robby Robinson, Joe Weider & Lou Ferrigno
Robby Robinson, Joe Weider & Lou Ferrigno
Mr Olympia 1974
Mr Olympia 1974
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Samir Bannout
Samir Bannout
Dave Draper
Dave Draper
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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