Old School Bodybuilding vs New School Bodybuilding
It depends on which side of the fence you sit as bodybuilding has changed dramatically since the good old days. Training, diet, supplementation and the competition itself has changed from the beauty and aesthetics of the 1950's and 1960's to the drugs and deformity of today, makes it look like a different sport.
The pursuit of the perfect body is a complex process combining art, science and a regulated disciplined lifestyle. The objective of any bodybuilder is to methodically reconstruct the muscle tissue while reducing body-fat levels to the maximum. This requires an in-depth knowledge of human physiology, chemistry and basic biology.
The Golden Age bodybuilders trained longer and harder than bodybuilders do today but the difference in the bodies we see onstage today are completely different to what we saw onstage 30 or 40 years ago. Golden age or old school bodybuilders were big thinkers that believed in their ability to train hard and not some new fancy drug that will improve strength.
The basic fundamentals of muscle gain and nutrition have not changed in the last 50 years. The way our body’s process fats, carbs and protein has not changed, what has changed is the deliberate manipulation of these in order to carry more muscle.
Bodybuilders in the old days never used Ketosis diets, or eliminated carbohydrates completely, the old school bodybuilders did not stop training when they have done 45 minutes like today. They instinctively knew that it takes more than an hour of pushing to the max in order to gain muscle.
The old school bodybuilders would train for 2 or 3 hours, sometimes doing this twice a day. The objective for any good old school bodybuilder is to use the minimum amount of steroids, today it seems that the objective is to use the maximum amount.
If we look at the way that the multi Mr. Olympia winner Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler trained for many hours, set after set using a heavy weight, similar to the old school bodybuilders. But it seems that science has taken the next step for bodybuilders.
Unfortunately the complete reliance on drugs to continue adding more muscle has made the top professional bodybuilders look like freaks and not highly tuned athletes. Drugs like HGH (human growth hormone) and the various peptide hormones including insulin and other crazy additives have turned the athletic sport of bodybuilding into a freak show.
If we look at the massively disproportionate or imbalanced physiques of top bodybuilders of today it can only be attributed to the fancy new drugs that seem to force everything to grow, including the internal organs. Today we see bodybuilders standing 5'5" weighing the same as Arnold who is 6’2” looking like bloated morphs with distended bellies.