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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2016, 03:32:34 PM »

My inspirations are all of the old school, since GH came onto the scene in the mid 80's it really messed the game up in my opinion.

Even now looking at the Mr. Olympia's from the 70's and 80's and seeing the physiques and routines of legends like Tom "The Golden Eagle" Platz, Makkawy, Dickerson, Nubret and Padilla still take me back to being in my early 20's and really enjoying training on the intended path of competing.

Of all inspirations though Frank Zane is always in the top spot, I have such a deep respect with how overworked his condition, his training, his presentation and the amount of through and structure he put into prep. He will always stand head and shoulders above all other in my eyes as an example of finding a way to win.

Finally the bodybuilder I look up to for being an out and out winner is Arnold. I have read The Encyclopaedia of Modern Bodybuilding so many time from the age 12 up when I found it in my loft (it was my late fathers). the depth and the completeness of it as a study of bodybuilding from a competitors eyes are second to none and reflect well how he sees the skill of winning.


Right on!!! Cool...U and I have similar views brah!!!...Scary!!!!...I haven't read a post yet from u that I don't  thoroughly enjoy!!!!
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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2016, 09:21:14 PM »

Just seen someone called Chris Elkins on Instagram. Looks pretty impressive also!
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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2016, 11:24:04 PM »

Chris has a good physique for sure, a WNBF Pro.
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« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2016, 12:20:44 AM »

Very impressive. Block abs.

It's so much more motivating looking at natural physiques to aspire to.
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« Reply #34 on: July 11, 2016, 12:40:48 AM »

Christian Guzman 8 days out from his natural show. Men's physique. Such an amazing physique.

https://instagram.com/p/BHqzLzmD075/
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« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2016, 04:23:46 PM »

Has anyone mentioned Brian Whitacre?

He is the biggest inspiration for me.

His physiue but not only that the way he carries himself humbly and professionally and also how he has scratched and clawed his way to the top after years of hard work and also being successful in other areas of life such as family life and career. Top guy.
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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2016, 06:30:40 PM »

Has anyone mentioned Brian Whitacre?

He is the biggest inspiration for me.

His physiue but not only that the way he carries himself humbly and professionally and also how he has scratched and clawed his way to the top after years of hard work and also being successful in other areas of life such as family life and career. Top guy.

Yep, that is what I was going to add. Very inspirational in every aspect. A joy to watch.
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« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2016, 10:59:41 AM »

Think who I have looked up to has constantly changed as my goals and level of development changed. but having said that there's always one pic which makes me go wow and makes me wish I trained arms and chest more

http://www.simplyshredded.com/oak-roots-how-arnold-turned-his-biggest-weakness—-his-calves-into-a-showcase-muscle.html

arnold side on 'relaxed' in the gym
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« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2016, 12:34:05 PM »

Think who I have looked up to has constantly changed as my goals and level of development changed. but having said that there's always one pic which makes me go wow and makes me wish I trained arms and chest more

http://www.simplyshredded.com/oak-roots-how-arnold-turned-his-biggest-weakness-his-calves-into-a-showcase-muscle.html

arnold side on 'relaxed' in the gym

I had that exact pull out poster on my bedroom wall from the age of about 14! Awesome! That chest and arms too.
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« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2017, 12:11:36 PM »

Sorry to bump an old thread, but Jeff Nippard too. Guy has a great physique and so knowledgeable too. Love his YouTube videos.
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« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2018, 04:25:08 PM »

The top naturals in the UK such as Rich Gozdecki,Mark Oakes, Adrian Gray,Sam Watts,Nigel St Louis,Dean Garratt, Ben Howard and many others.  All younger than me but I look up to them in bodybuilding.
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« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2018, 10:06:33 PM »

Training with and watching Oakesy pose in the gym blew me away. He was leaner than I was on stage just for fun and so thick and detailed.

Competing with Sam Watt. I remember thinking, I don't think I can ever get that big clean. What am I doing here? Then I realised, no one else really can either, but he still got beaten by Ben than year as Ben had unbelievable condition. Then I knew what I had to do if I wanted to achieve what I wanted to achieve.

Mez, Jon Harris, Jon Heaton, Damo, Matt A. They're all the same. They're not Sam or Rich big, but they are incredible, shredded, shaped bodybuilders with excellent posing. That's where true quality is.

That's what inspires me in a competitive sense.
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« Reply #42 on: October 31, 2018, 09:52:24 AM »

Shame to see John Bridgeman go down the assisted route, was a great natural bodybuilder. Each to their own though, guy has massive potential so will be interesting to see how he gets on
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