For me personally, I believe that the 90’s was the golden age of bodybuilding rather than the 70’s. I know, I’ll get a lot of flak for saying that because Arnold Schwarzenegger made a name for himself and for the sport of bodybuilding during this time. First through the film “Pumping Iron” and then through all the other movies that he did throughout his acting career.
However, though the 70’s was sort of bleak and boring when it came to the competitors and competitions and you must understand that his was due to the sport being relatively new. Not many people understood what bodybuilding is and many didn’t understand why people would pump up and be muscular and massive. Also, not to mention there where not a whole lot of fitness centers in the world in general, during this time!
It was not until the late 80’s and early 90’s when bodybuilding was finally mainstream and was gaining momentum, in terms of popularity. People fully embraced the sport of bodybuilding the public where going to fitness centers, watching bodybuilding shows, taking bodybuilding supplements and so on. It was even on national television (ESPN).
The 90’s was the peak of bodybuilding, today, however, that is a different story. Bodybuilding is slowly declining in popularity and not to mention the physique division is gaining immense popularity and it might pass bodybuilding in terms of popularity.
Not to mention the pros of today simply can’t compare with the pros of the 90’s. There’s no blood and guts anymore and just like in the 70’s the of professional bodybuilding shows of today are quite bleak and boring. Back in the 90’s guys where breathing down the other competitors neck, that’s how interesting and intense the competition was. You had guys like Dorian Yates, Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Nasser El Sonbaty, Kevin Levrone, Ronnie Coleman and so on, all fighting for first place. Not to mention back then you had a way lot more bodybuilding shows then compared to now.
Overall, what I am trying to say is that as much as I respect the professional bodybuilding athletes of today, bodybuilding is not the same like it was at its peak, which was the late 80’s and 90’s. Also, I predict in the near future that the physique division will become more and more popular, eventually over shadowing bodybuilding. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does it will be a very sad day.