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John Hansen

The New Action Hero

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In light of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s disappointing box office performance since his return to the big screen last year, I started to think about what defines a movie action hero in the year 2014. Arnold, of course, is no longer in his prime. He is 66 years old now and, despite his return to roles in which he plays an action hero, he doesn’t possess the hulking, muscular physique that catapulted him to superstardom in the 1980’s.




A Light Goes Out Over Bodybuilding

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At the Arnold Classic this year, a feeling of melancholy came over me and never left all weekend. A sense of dread permeated the air, leaving me to feel depressed and sad as the weekend wore on.



The Promise of Something Big!

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One of the BIG storylines to come out of the 2014 Arnold Classic was the advancement of Cedric McMillan to the top level of the bodybuilding hierarchy. After last year’s impressive debut at the Arnold (which was sabotaged by lack of color and oil) and a very disappointing 12th place finish at the New York Pro, McMillan has now gotten a handle on his condition and is at last receiving the respect from the judges that his physique clearly deserves.















Memories of the Veterans Memorial – Part One

veterans2014 marks the 26th year for the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. However, the bodybuilding production team of Schwarzenegger-Lorimer goes back much farther than that. Arnold and Jim produced their first bodybuilding event with the 1976 Mr. Olympia at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. They went on produce eight more international bodybuilding competitions before finally starting the Arnold Classic in 1989. 

 This year also sadly marks the final year that the bodybuilding competitions will take place at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Although the Arnold Classic will remain in Columbus, Ohio (the hometown of Jim Lorimer), the Veterans Memorial will no longer be the site for the Arnold Classic. As this was the venue in which Arnold Schwarzenegger first defeated the incredible Sergio Oliva at the 1970 AAU Mr. World contest, there are obviously a lot of great memories associated with this classic auditorium. 


Bodybuilding in the Olympics!

Bodybuilding in the Olympics!


As I watch the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia, I can’t help but think how great it would be if bodybuilding was finally accepted in the Olympics. This was a lifetime ambition of the late IFBB President Ben Weider and it still seems a distant pipe dream. 


The Tijuana Incident

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The Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sergio Oliva rivalry came to a dramatic close in 1973. Although the two did not officially meet onstage in competition that year, they did face off against each other in two very wild and strange confrontations. It was a fitting conclusion to a heated conflict that had pitted two of the greatest bodybuilders of their generation head to head against each other


The Crucifixion of Kal

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Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, before the age of the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, there was the potential for more drama and fireworks onstage at a bodybuilding contest. In our present day society, everything is so PC (politically correct), the display of any negative emotion at the announcement of a low placing is looked down upon as bad sportsmanship and, worse, the possible destruction of any future career.
















Mr. America Shocker!

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The AAU Mr. America contest began in 1938 and was firmly established as the biggest contest in amateur bodybuilding in the United States by the 1960’s and 70’s. Whoever won the AAU Mr. America was the best bodybuilder in the country in the amateur ranks, hands down.


1984 Mr. Olympia – a New King Arrives, Part 2

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As the competitors for the Mr. Olympia contest lined up onstage at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden on November 3rd, 1984, the voracious New York City crowd roared its approval for one of the greatest collection of bodybuilders to ever compete for this coveted title. Champion bodybuilders from the past, present and even the future stood before the knowledgeable and passionate fans who knew top notch quality when they saw it.


2013 Pro Shows Review

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It’s a wrap! As 2013 comes to a close, let’s take a look at the crowded calendar of the 14 IFBB Pro Contests that we had to pleasure to witness over the last 12 months. This year surprisingly started as it began (“The Blade”) and it included three Arnold Classic competitions as well as one of the most anticipated Mr. Olympia contests in years.


The First NPC Nationals

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Thirty-one years ago, a new bodybuilding organization called the National Physique Committee (NPC) began promoting bodybuilding competitions in the United States. The NPC was created to work with the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) to provide an amateur organization of the United States to work in conjunction with the biggest bodybuilding organization in the world.


1984 Mr. Olympia – A New King Arrives, Part 1

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If there was ever a contest that included a combination of the old guard and the new blood, it was the 1984 Mr. Olympia. This historic event included three Mr. Olympia winners in the competitors list as well as a line-up that looked like a Who’s Who of some of the greatest bodybuilders from the 1970s and 80s.


“Pumping Iron” vs “Generation Iron”

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When it was announced last year that a new “Pumping Iron” was being made, I rolled my eyes after hearing the news. “Pumping Iron” was released way back in 1977 and, since the release of that soon to be classic film, there has always been talk of another “Pumping Iron”. However, it was always just talk and it never came to be.


Olympia Observations

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Now that the biggest and most highly anticipated bodybuilding competition has come and gone, what have we learned? The 2013 Mr. Olympia contest was hyped as one of the biggest and best Mr. Olympia contests in its 49-year history.


2013 Mr. Olympia – John Hansen’s Predictions

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In the movie “Casino”, Robert DeNiro portrays a character that was based on the true life story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, a gambling mastermind who ran Las Vegas for the mob for many years. Rosenthal was a genius at picking the winning team or individual in a sporting event. He would study every aspect of the players involved, the coaches, the weather conditions, the playing field, the trends, etc, etc.


Casey Viator – A Genetic Phenomenon

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Bodybuilding is a sport in which success, in large part, is dependent on the genetics that are inherited from your ancestors. When Mr. Universe Mike Mentzer was asked the secret to building his incredible physique, he answered “I picked the right parents.”


The 10 Most Exciting Mr. Olympia Contests

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The 2013 IFBB Mr. Olympia contest is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the 49 years of the most prestigious competition in Bodybuilding. The return of 4-time champ Jay Cutler, the debut of the massive Big Ramy, the threat of the incredible Kai Greene as well as the defending champ himself, Phil “The Gift” Heath, is going to make this year’s event one for the history books.


Arnold vs Sergio - Part 3

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1972 - Arnold Schwarzenegger versus Sergio Oliva was truly the Battle of the Giants in the world of bodybuilding. Although Arnold would face a bigger opponent in Lou Ferrigno in the coming years, it was his showdowns with the genetic freak of nature that was Oliva that pushed Arnold to be better than even he thought possible.


The Mr. Olympia Mystique

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When the IFBB Mr. Olympia competition began in 1965 it was not considered the number one bodybuilding contest in the world as it is today. Joe and Ben Weider wanted to establish a competition that would decide who was the best bodybuilder in the world.



Arnold vs Sergio - Part 2

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1971 - 1971 was the Year That Could Have Been in the Arnold vs. Sergio saga. After a disappointing year for Sergio in 1970, a year in which Arnold defeated him not once but twice, bodybuilding fans all over the world were excited for another showdown between these two genetic giants.


The Joy of Bodybuilding

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In his book, “Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding”, author Charles Gaines not only introduced Bodybuilding to an unsuspecting general public, he also vividly described the immense joy and satisfaction that the few men who engaged in the sport felt every time they trained.


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