Back before I realized I’d never cut it as a bodybuilder, I could not do enough reading about these guys. I loved to read about the bodybuilding routines of Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler, and it seemed really important to know what Lee Priest was doing for his leg workouts.
Not that I really wanted legs like Lee Priest (or that I could have developed them), but…look at those! That is a massive man, very different than a bodybuilder like Frank Zane. I was curious to know how tall he was, and that’s when I learned that, despite looking like giants, a lot of professional bodybuilders are average height, or shorter. I’ve seen Mr. Priest listed as both 5’5″ and 5’4″. I’m not sure how tall Lee Priest 2011 is.
I’m 6’8″ so all thoughts of these legs, for better or worse, evaporated. Another very interesting statistic to me was that Lee would bulk up by as much as 75 pounds more in the offseason than he would compete at. There is a famous photo of him in the offseason looking quite different than “the Blond Myth” that would walk out onto the posing stage. I’m not going to link to it because I’ve often seen it held up as an example of how unhealthy or grotesque bodybuilding can be. I don’t see it that way. I wouldn’t want Lee telling me what to do or judging my morals, so I’m not interested in judging his.
I can admire the commitment and dedication of these men, but it is a lifestyle I do not think I could handle. Maybe that’s why I’m no champion!