Dan Lurie has achieved it as soon as extra. After an prolonged retirement from bodybuilding promotion, Dan has organized for his first WBBG (World Physique Developing Guild) Hall of Fame awards in 27-years, what might probably be the most important ensemble of legendary bodybuilding stars ever seen beneath one roof.
From 1965 by the use of to 1988, Dan was an on a regular basis fixture on the bodybuilding scene, one in all many important avid gamers throughout the burgeoning bodybuilding and well being enterprise collectively together with his Journal Muscle Teaching Illustrated – established in 1965 – and his bodybuilding federation, the WBBG – started in 1967.
His WBBG contests, which included the Skilled Mr. America, USA and World, Mr. Olympus, Mr. Galaxy, Mr. North America and Mr. Worldwide, have been contested by bodybuilding’s largest stars and his reputation as a promoter and former champion himself, preceded him wherever he went.
When he began promoting his very first contests once more throughout the late 1940s, Dan quickly realized he had a aptitude for getting the most important names to compete in his reveals. After a hiatus from promotion – television duties often called – Dan re-entered the fray in 1967 staging his first event, the Skilled Mr. America, acquired by the great Harold Poole, who would moreover win this title in ’68.
And the very best experience Dan managed to attract did not end with large Harold. Between ’67 and 1980, the WBBG attracted immortals akin to Sergio Oliva, Boyer Coe, Chris Dickerson, Serge Nubret and Warren Frederick.
Early on, Dan well-known a shortage of recognition given the very best champions of the day and set about altering that. In 1965 his inaugural Hall of Fame event honored Sigmund Klein, an individual Dan went toe to toe with as a competitor in 1946. Subsequent years would see him induct into what would grow to be the WBBG Worldwide Well being and Sports activities actions Hall of Fame, politicians, actors and well being and bodybuilding icons who most interesting represented the beliefs of well being for effectively being and properly being.
Politicians Ronald Reagan, Prince Ranier of Monte Carlo and New York mayors, Abe Beame and Ed Koch, actors Burt Reynolds, Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe, Mae West, Sylvester Stallone and Clint Eastwood, wrestlers Well-known particular person Bill Graham and Ivan Putski and bodybuilders Reg Park, Steve Reeves, Sergio Oliva and Chet Yorton are among the many many many Dan has honored.
Since his retirement, Dan has maintained an lively curiosity in bodybuilding and has stayed educated on all the sport’s principal events. Now, at age 84, he’ll as quickly as as soon as extra contribute to its historic previous collectively together with his re-birthing of the WBBG, the Hall of Fame and Muscle Teaching Illustrated journal along with a e book on his life to be revealed in 2008 and a bodybuilding newspaper, the Muscle Teaching Newspaper, out now.
He’ll kick points off with the Hall of Fame awards, alongside facet the WBBG North America Bodybuilding and Decide and Well being Championships, to be held in South Portland, Maine, on August 25.
The itemizing of confirmed inductees reads like a veritable who’s who of bodybuilding superstars and well being icons. 14 former champions will be honored along with awards given throughout the memory of immortals Steve Reeves, John Grimek and Charles Atlas.
Dan Lurie With President Reagan.
The Inductees Are
- Tony Atlas
- Samir Bannout
- Paul Bernstein
- John DeFendis
- Leon Brown
- Warren Frederick
- Sergio Oliva
- Steve Michalik
- Robby Robinson
- Well-known particular person Billy Graham
- Harold Poole
- Anibal Lopez
- Kellie Everts
- Bob Gajda
- Steve Reeves
- Charles Atlas
- John Grimek
The Inductees Converse
Steve Michalik has revolutionized the way in which during which bodybuilders apply collectively together with his “Depth or Insanity” bodybuilding system. Commonly known as one if the very best consultants on bodily well being on the earth and as an anti-drug campaigner, Steve, a triple-crown bodybuilding champion (Mr. Universe, USA and America) has recognized Dan Lurie since he was 10 and was repeatedly featured in Dan’s magazines and loads of completely different bodybuilding publications worldwide.
“To be inducted into the WBBG hall of fame is to acquire the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of ones place in historic previous. NO higher current can one attain than the recognition of his fellow man for his humble makes an try at immortality. I first grew to develop into acutely aware of Dan when my mother and I would watch him as a Sealtest sturdy man on TV current, “The Large Prime”.
My subsequent acquaintance was after I bought his 110lb barbell set and wall chart practice system. I was spherical ten years earlier on the time. Any particular person suggested me that Dan lived in North Woodmere, the next metropolis over from me. I couldn’t think about it! It took me just a few years to get ample guts to go over his dwelling and ring his doorbell, nonetheless I lastly did it.
To my amazement there was Dan, bigger than life, standing on the door. Dan was all of the issues I dreamed he’d be and additional. He was muscular and extremely efficient, and as well as kind and understanding. Dan didn’t hesitate to ask me in. I suggested him of my ambition to develop right into a bodybuilding champion and Dan was very encouraging. From that day forth, I on a regular basis knew I might have a pal in Dan Lurie.”
- Mr. Universe
- Mr. America
- Mr. USA
An in depth pal of Steve Michalik and former bodybuilding scholar of Mr. “Depth or insanity”, John stable his large, proportional physique by the use of years of teaching with the type of 60-plus models routines that might go away mere mortals working for the closest gymnasium door.
John, who moreover obtained his start with a Dan Lurie barbell, is now a revered coach who’s credited with serving to tons of to understand their effectively being and well being aims over his 35-year occupation throughout the well being enterprise.
As a 1988 Mr. USA and educated coach – who has acquired Florida’s coach of the 12 months for the earlier 9 years – John is worthy of the very best recognition as one who’s on the vanguard all through the personal teaching enterprise.
It is a good honor and a very humbling experience since I am being positioned in a class of oldsters that I idolized and was impressed by. Dan Lurie was the first to introduce me to my first bodybuilding journal, barbell set and contest. (WBBG events in New York) and Dave Draper, Arnold, Larry Scott, Samir Bannout, Steve Reeves and Warren Fredericks have been Champions that I revered, admired and was impressed by.
Jack LaLanne was and is an unbelievable icon of Well being and Effectively being and a legend that has helped tons of of hundreds of people. I’ve admired his passion and his life’s work to help others. Last and most crucial are the two greatest mentors and other people which have ever stepped into my life: Mr. America Steve Michalik and Bodybuilding and Vitamin Genius, Bob Gruskin.
Steve and Bob have been there for me since I was 16 years earlier and they also have expert me, educated me, impressed me, held me accountable and motivated me. With out Steve Michalik and Bob Gruskin, none of this might have been potential. They’ve imbued in me the essence of Success. Our friendships have lasted almost 35 years and may go on into eternity.
“My life’s work has been to encourage and encourage others to attain their well being aims. I’ve managed over 250 personal trainers beforehand 5 years and I at current deal with a bunch of 55 Extraordinarily Match Personal Trainers. This honor will give me one different platform to attain further of us and help further of us discover their aims and allow us to help them receive these aims.
“A champion is someone that models a goal and goes after it with relentless pursuit until they attain their goal. A legend is someone that makes use of their achievements to encourage and help others attain their specific particular person aims.
“My goal now may very well be to take the Champions that work with me (my trainers) and allow them to grow to be legends by serving to others be the best that they’re typically!
“I am very grateful that I have been chosen to be throughout the Well being and Sports activities actions Hall of Fame. As quickly as as soon as extra, it is a good honor.”
- Mr. USA
- Film star personal coach
- Member of the board of directors for the ISSA
- Member of the board of directors for the IFPA
It was throughout the Air Stress that Paul acquired formal bodybuilding teaching beneath Dr. Ivan Kusinitz, a pioneer in Sports activities actions Medicine, sooner than beginning a long-lasting occupation throughout the effectively being and well being enterprise collectively together with his normal New York Metropolis effectively being center.
Sgt. Bernstein acquired fairly just a few lodging as a veteran of the Korean Warfare, which included the Nationwide Safety Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from his navy duties in 1956. Paul opened his first effectively being membership, the World In depth Effectively being Spa in 1957, in Beaumont Texas.
He was one in all many first to conceptualize what in the meanwhile are generally called “Effectively being Golf gear”. His flagship spa lastly grew to develop into definitely one in all better than 70 all by way of twelve states, one in all many largest effectively being membership chains throughout the nation. Paul developed his physique to such a stage that he was bestowed with the title Mr. Bodily Well being USA. He stays in tremendous type at age 74.
“Bodybuilding has been my life since I was 13 years earlier. It helped me to get an coaching beginning with turning right into a bodily therapist and sports activities actions medication specialist throughout the Air Stress. Physique Developing blessed me with the ability to found and private a nationwide enterprise that took care of my family and gave me the prospect to change of us’s lives for the upper.
“By way of Physique Developing I’ve had the prospect to fulfill of us I’ve admired all my life. I owe a debt of gratitude to the sport of Physique Developing for my good effectively being and the reality that I nonetheless have many good years to be energetic and an asset; not a obligation at age 74.
“I Owe A Debt Of Gratitude To The Sport Of Physique Developing.”
“Although I am flattered, I am humbled by this honor that acknowledges the problems I’ve achieved by the use of and for Physique Developing. Getting outdated is inevitable; rising earlier is non-obligatory.”
- Mr. Bodily Well being, USA
Anibal Lopez acquired his first bodybuilding current, the 1965 AAU Mr. Wagner, and since then has racked up the victories. In 1969 he was topped Mr. New York State and in 71 he took the Mr. East Coast title. Nonetheless, it was in 1978 that he would make his largest have an effect on: on this 12 months, as an knowledgeable, he acquired every the WBBG Skilled Mr. America and Skilled Mr. World contests.
Anibal is usually a worthwhile personal coach who has appeared on fairly just a few television reveals. He has travelled the world giving exhibitions, often in his functionality as an individual of God. As a spiritual Christian, Anibal spreads the good phrase at any time when he can.
“I actually really feel honored to be counted amongst such good bodybuilders and to be inducted into the WBBG Worldwide Well being Hall of Fame.
“As quickly as as soon as extra the WBBG is giving me the prospect to proceed being acknowledged on the earth of bodybuilding, just because it did when in 1978 I acquired the WBBG Skilled-Mr. America and despatched me to London to compete throughout the NABBA Mr. Universe. I thank Mr. Dan Lurie and the WBBG for the prospect to be part of these honorable events.”
- WBBG Skilled Mr. America 1978
- WBBG Skilled. Mr World 1978
As a former Mr. Universe, Mr. USA and Mr. America, Bob Gajda has spent his life shaping his physique to perfection. Along with sustaining a muscular physique presently, he is acknowledged as a result of the founding father and chief in corrective therapeutic movement, a division of treatment that focuses on stability, stability teaching, posture, coordination, fluctuate of motion, firming and strengthening of the physique’s core along with all of the musculoskeletal system. Bob will be an creator, advertising and marketing marketing consultant, inventor and wellness educator.
“I actually really feel good pleasure and honor to be inducted into the WBBG Worldwide Hall of Fame. Most likely essentially the most thrilling problem to me is that Dan Lurie, a legend throughout the enterprise, often called personally to inform me of my induction. I wait for meeting as quickly as as soon as extra with the ‘earlier’ Iron sport associates. My specific resulting from Randy Roach.”
- Mr. America
- Mr. USA
- Mr. Universe
An actual bodybuilding icon, Sergio Oliva is famous for being in all probability essentially the most genetically gifted bodybuilder of all time. A Three-time Mr. Olympia winner (in ’77, ’78 and ’79) and the first bodybuilder to combine large measurement with enviable aesthetics, Sergio was generally called the Fable on account of his type and muscularity was outstanding sooner than acquired right here on the scene to dominate the rivals throughout the late 1960s and early 70s. Born in Habana, Cuba, Sergio grew to develop into the county’s main weightlifting champion.
In 1961, he was the favorite to win a Gold Medal in weightlifting on the Pan American video video games in Kingston, Jamaica. Nevertheless after a heated commerce of phrases with the Cuban Chief, Fidel Castro, Sergio fell out of favor in his homeland. Risking his life, he escaped to the American Embassy whereas being adopted by the Castro Secret Police and Jamaican Police.
In America, after working 12 gruelling hours a day in a medal foundry, he found the will to work out for an additional three hours and to moreover analysis English with a function to dwell the American Dream. That dream impressed him to beat many obstacles, significantly by way of the turbulent situations of the 60s when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak. No matter all of this, Sergio somehow found the tenacity to grow to be definitely one in all bodybuildings most enduring champions.
Extreme elements in Sergio’s occupation moreover embrace wins on the 1972 WBBG Mr. Galaxy and 75, 76 and 78 Mr. Olympus reveals.
“Effectively being, well being, energy, entrepreneur, and the determine Dan Lurie are synonymous. A pioneer of the sport who continues contributing to the well being world. A champion himself and Founding father of the WBBG. An actual icon.”
- IFBB Mr. Olympia 1967, 68 and 69
- WBBG Mr. Olympus 1975 and 76
In reality, she was the first female bodybuilder to be featured on the quilt of a muscle journal – the December 1974 model of Muscle Teaching Illustrated. A extreme stage in her bodybuilding occupation was her inclusion on the American group to attend the NABBA universe in 1974.
Since her rivals days, Kellie has written extensively on bodybuilding, effectively being and well being (‘The Last Woman’ 1981, first bodybuilding e book with and by a female, Leitner Enterprises author), with many articles and 6 newest books to her credit score rating. Instantly she nonetheless trains arduous with weights and may shortly present her physique on site, Youtube.
“Dan Lurie is a very efficient specific particular person. I like him enormously for his braveness panache, current enterprise savvy, enterprise acumen, the love he has for his family, and his gigantic, good coronary coronary heart. I like moreover his publicity skills; he had everyone beat in that house. His involvement with celebrities like President Ronald Reagan speaks loudly. Dan has persevered and presently he is as good as ever and re-building his bodybuilding empire.
Look world, I’m once more, the WBBG is once more, Dan Lurie is once more, and we’re making an have an effect on. Life is sweet when lastly, after just a few years, a straightforward issue happens, the reliable to goodness particulars are lastly suggested, the fact is acknowledged.”
“Look World, I’m once more, The WBBG Is Once more, Dan Lurie Is Once more, And We Are Making An Impression.”
- The Progenitor of Female Bodybuilding
Well-known particular person Billy Graham
Extensively thought of in all probability essentially the most influential wrestler in skilled wrestling historic previous, Well-known particular person Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman), a former WWE World Champion and Hall of Famer, will be well-known as having been one the strongest athletes of his time (he positioned seventh throughout the 1980 World’s Strongest Man rivals no matter being injured in one in all many events).
A bodybuilder sooner than he grew to develop into a wrestler, Well-known particular person competed throughout the WBBG and was the first man to popularize muscular development all through the wrestling enviornment. Sooner than and after his retirement from the mat, many tried to emulate Graham’s wrestling persona, trend and charisma. None succeeded. He retired from wrestling in 1988.
- NWA World Tag Employees title
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion 1977
First African-American to win the IFBB Mr. America and the one man to have competed throughout the first three Mr. Olympia’s (in ’65, ’65 and ’67), Harold Poole, a pure competitor all by way of his occupation, is presently, at age 63, teaching arduous for a bodybuilding comeback.
Harold will be recognized for being the youngest man ever, at age 21, to contest the Mr. Olympia (in 1965). A precocious athlete, Harold was an achieved all-rounder sooner than he began his bodybuilding occupation at age 16 the place he acquired the Junior Mr. Indianapolis and placing 16th throughout the AAU Mr. America.
- 1963 IFBB Mr. Universe
- 1964 IFBB Mr. America
- 1967 WBBG Skilled Mr. America
- 1968 WBBG Skilled Mr. America
1983 Mr. Olympia and former IFBB World championships winner, Samir has had an prolonged expert bodybuilding occupation, which has spanned 53 contests over 17 years. He is recognized for his balanced muscularity – he has no weak physique components – and marketable attractiveness.
- World championships winner 1979
- Mr. Olympia 1983
Commonly known as the Black Prince, Robby Robinson, a Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr. Universe, is famous for his distinctive conditioning, phenomenal bicep peaks and full muscular development. Occupation highlights embrace wins on the primary Night time time of Champions in 1979 (now often called the New York Skilled) and the first Grasp’s Olympia held in 1994.
- IFBB Night time time of the Champions 1979
- IFBB Masters Mr. Olympia 1994
Having wrestled in every federation at one time or one different since 1975 when he started out with the NWA (Nationwide Wrestling Alliance), Tony Atlas has confirmed himself to be a number of the prolific mat stars in wrestling historic previous.
The six foot two, 260 pound 2006 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, is usually a revered personal coach and competed as a bodybuilder on the 1979 WBBG Skilled Mr. USA. As a bodybuilder Tony acquired the Mr. USA in 1980 and the Mr. Universe in 1985.
- Mr. Universe 1985
- Mr. USA 1980
- Ranked amount 171 of 500 prime wrestlers by Skilled Wrestling Illustrated – 2003.
- AWF North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWE Hall of Fame – 2006
- WWE World Tag Employees Championship – with Randy Jackson
From Staten Island, New York, Leon began his bodybuilder occupation in 1966 placing second throughout the teenage fast class on the Mr. Japanese America Championships. He achieved fourth place on the 1968 and 1971 WBBG Skilled Mr. America contests collectively together with his dazzling muscularity, showings that helped him to grow to be New York’s bodybuilding delight.
In complete, Leon has competed as a bodybuilder for 40 years, remarkably competing yearly other than ’76, ’77, ’82 and ’85. Being a big bodybuilding star in Staten Island throughout the 60s, it was solely pure that Leon and Dan Lurie would cross paths. When Dan first met Leon, the Brown Bomber was a youthful man in his late youngsters and Dan instantly seen his potential.
Leon finally made his methodology into the WBBG fold and was repeatedly featured in Muscle Teaching Illustrated. Although he on no account acquired a big expert title, Leon had his share of extreme elements: he narrowly misplaced the 1967 Japanese America to Frank Zane, beat two-time Mr. Olympia winner Franco Columbu for in all probability essentially the most muscular and most interesting once more titles on the 1970 Mr. Worldwide, an achievement he would repeat in opposition to large Lou Ferrigno on the 1973 Nationals.
- Mr. East Coast 1972
- NPC Masters USA 1988
- Masters Nations 1989
Warren Frederick And Dan Lurie Onstage With Lou.
Warren Frederick was recognized all through his rivals days for his balanced muscle mass and tremendous vascularity. It is thought that, subsequent to Sergio Oliva, Warren Frederick had the type of monumental assemble that for his interval, captivated audiences. His legs and arms, in proportion to the rest of his physique, have been merely breathtaking and his posing was dynamic and extremely efficient.
Warren’s lifetime occupation was with the US Navy Specific Forces. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s he was an on a regular basis Muscle Teaching Illustrated star athlete, having featured on the quilt of this journal in 1968 and twice in ’74. 1974 was an enormous 12 months for Warren as he acquired the WBBG Skilled Mr. America and was on the very prime of his sport.
He was moreover the one man ever to have acquired the WBBG Skilled Mr. North America, which was held solely as quickly as, in 1972. Warren retired from bodybuilding after placing eighth on the WABBA World Championships.
- WBBG Skilled Mr. America 1974
- IFBB Mr. America fast class winner 1969
- PBBA World Cup Skilled Universe
Born in Glasgow, Montana on January 21, 1926, Steve Reeves would later declare his place as a result of the epitome of bodily perfection. Early in his occupation Steve moved to California the place he grew to develop into one in all many world’s greatest bodybuilders no matter competing for lower than 5 years – from 1946 to 1950.
In Oakland, California, Steve expert at Yarick’s Health middle, a spot recognized for its all-star stable of bodybuilding and weightlifting notables. Steve, at six foot one, 215 kilos (rivals weight) of in all probability essentially the most proportionate muscular physique seen anyplace in the meanwhile, was its prime performer.
As a bodybuilder, Steve would win the 1947 AAU Mr. America, 1948 Mr. World and 1950 NABBA Mr. Universe. As one in all many prime male actors of his time, having begun his film occupation in 1948, Steve gained show immortality as a result of the star of the late 1950s Hercules films. His performing occupation resulted in 1968 with western, A Prolonged Expertise to Hell.
Steve Reeves handed away on Might of 2000 and may on a regular basis be remembered as having a number of the aesthetically pleasing and ruggedly muscular physiques of the 20th century.
The ultimate twenty years of Steve’s life was spent in Valley Coronary heart, California, on a ranch he shared collectively together with his partner, Aline. In his later years, Steve maintained a weight-training schedule and stayed in good bodily type.
Of Steve Reeves, Dan Lurie, who inducted Reeves into the WBBG Hall of Fame in 1973 and ’77, as quickly as acknowledged on an look on WOR-TV, New York Metropolis, “Steve Reeves is the very best determine throughout the historic previous of bodybuilding, the very best for the next 2000 years.” Many would agree.
Steve Reeves’ Bodybuilding Titles
- 1946 – Mr. Pacific Coast
- 1947 – Mr. Western America
- 1947 – Mr. America
- 1948 – Mr. World
- 1950 – Mr. Universe
Steve Reeves’ Bodily Profile
- Peak: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
- Weight: 216
- Neck: 18 1/4″
- Chest: 52″
- Waist: 29″
- Biceps: 18 1/4″
- Thighs: 26″
- Calves: 18 1/4″
Born on June 17, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, John Grimek began teaching throughout the 1930s for weightlifting, then bodybuilding contests, finally turning right into a champion in every. As a York weightlifting good, John represented America on the 1936 Berlin Olympic video video games, after turning into the American heavyweight weightlifting champion the similar 12 months. A 12 months prior he held the very best complete of any on the York weightlifting group. On the time was recognized for his all-round good development, athleticism and phenomenal energy.
Such was John Grimek’s dominance as a bodybuilder, having acquired every the 1940 and 41 Mr. America’s, AAU officers decided to ban the winner of this contest from re-entering (a stipulation generally called the “Grimek clause”). He stays the one man to have acquired two Mr. America titles.
A standout second in his bodybuilding occupation acquired right here when, at 38 years earlier, John defeated a loads youthful Steve Reeves to take the 1948 NABBA Mr. Universe title in London, England. The subsequent 12 months he would conclude his bodybuilding occupation by taking the Mr. USA title.
John Grimek handed away on November 20th, 1998. In 1999 he was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame. Many actually really feel John was the best all-round energy athlete and bodybuilder of his time, a perfect melding of muscularity and pure vitality.
John Grimeks’ Bodybuilding Titles
- 1939 York Wonderful Man
- 1940 Mr. America
- 1941 Mr. America
- 1946 Most Muscular Man In America
- 1948 Mr. Universe Transient & Whole
- 1949 Mr. USA
John Grimeks’ Bodily Profile
- Peak: 5’eight half of”
- Weight: 195 lbs.
- Neck: 17 inches
- Arm: 17.5 inches
- Forearm: 14 inches
- Chest: 47 inches
- Waist: 31 inches
- Thigh: 25 inches
- Calf: 17 inches
- Wrist: eight inches
- Ankle: 9.eight inches
Born Angelino Siciliano on October 30, 1892, Charles Atlas is extensively recognized for his pioneering work as an advocate for bodily well being. His promoting and advertising and marketing approach for selling his dynamic rigidity bodybuilding packages, which featured the now well-known pre-bodybuilding weakling having sand kicked in his face by the muscular bully sketch, glad tons of of youthful males to assemble their our our bodies to a further respectable diploma.
Actually the skinny youthful man used Atlas’ methods to finally outmuscle the bully. Atlas himself constructed a wonderful physique for his day, ample to win the title of, “The worlds most fully developed man” in 1922, a contest held in Madison Sq. Yard and promoted by Bodily Custom Journal author, Bernar MacFadden.
From his days as proprietor of the world’s most good physique though to his later years, Atlas continued to effectively market his teaching course, which labored on the system of dynamic rigidity, or of statically contracting the muscle tissues in opposition to an object to understand an isometric contraction.
He lived the well being life-style to the very end, dying at age 80 of a coronary coronary heart assault whereas partaking in his every day jog on the seaside. It was discovered that his coronary coronary heart draw back was hereditary.
The determine “Charles Atlas” will ceaselessly be synonymous with the bodybuilding and well being enterprise and his legacy lives on throughout the tons of of hundreds who adhere to teaching for muscular development.
- The worlds most fully developed man – 1922