The Classic Anabolic Stack
What the Guys from the 70’s Used
Among veteran bodybuilders from the so called Golden Era of the ‘60s and ‘70s, often when the topic of drug use is raised, a barrier goes up and the conversation becomes charged. The reason is that they are extremely proud of what they accomplished and do not want their success defined by drug use. That is the universal theme. Not individual amnesty, not outright denial, but protecting how future generations will view their accomplishments, their art.
Dedication, Discipline and Drive
So, harkening back to past conversations, and comments by people who claim to have been “in the know,” at that time as well as published interviews, we can “reverse engineer” much of the training and some of the drug used by classic legends. Prior to that, it is important to acknowledge that it is the same dedication, discipline and drive that creates any champion that made these men great. As fascinating and important as it is to read of their general drug use, remember their efforts, sacrifices and aspirations as their legacy.
The equipment used in gyms was evolving greatly during this time, and like any expanding field, improvements marched in side by side with the weird or dangerous techniques. The classic bodybuilders were not “specialists” as they are today. Most had a background in powerlifting; the majority had participated in sports. Older readers may recall Franco Columbu and Lou Ferrigno competing in the first World’s Strongest Man competition that aired on CBS in 1977.