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twenty years of quotable quotes straight from the voice of champions

Lip service: twenty years of quotable quotes straight from the voice of champions

Did you hear what Lee Haney said? Jim Manion couldn’t have said that, could he? Shawn Ray said… well, of course he did. Throughout the 20-year history of FLEX, bodybuilders and those closest to the sport have spoken or written many surprising, and sometimes ridiculous, things. In honor of our 20th anniversary, we’ve assembled a selection of the more memorable remarks published in these pages over the past two decades. Some are prescient, others are regrettable, many are completely ludicrous, but all of them are 100% real.

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE, PART 1

It is time fox IFBB pro bodybuilders to start acting like men and not spoiled children who do as they please.

Current IFBB Pro Division chairman Wayne DeMilia (September 1983)

ON WEEKDAYS, HE GETS UP IEALLY EARLY

“I get up at 3 AM and by 3:30 I am at my breakfast table having a cup of herb tea and doing some reading or a crossword puzzle. My workout starts at 4 AM and lasts till about 7 AM.”

Bill Pearl, describing a typical day (January 1984)

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANCE, PART 2

It’s time to take the jerk element out of the press.

Current Editor-in-Chief Peter McGough, under the misspelled byline Peter McGrerigh, reviewing press coverage of bodybuilding (February 1984)

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE, PART 3

“As to the femininity-vs.-muscularity controversy — I’m bored with the whole thing. If you really understand what bodybuilding is, you shouldn’t have to worry about questions of that sort.”

Rachel McLish

(April 1984)

LATER, HE SUMS WRESTLED SAMIR BANNOUT

“As he retreats behind his Japanese training self, Cahling’s speech becomes predominantly Japanese: guttural, oriental sounds.”

John Balik on Andreas Cahling, who is Swedish (July 1984)

BUT WE’RE EAGER TO LEARN

“A man doesn’t know about a woman’s body.”

Mary Roberts (September 1985)

AND DE NIRO COULD BE A PRO BODYBUILDER WITHOUT TRAINING

“I don’t know if I have to take [acting] lessons. [Acting is] not that hard and it’s what I want to end up doing.”

Then-19-year-old Shawn Ray (December 1985)

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY

“Actually, women tend to be more emotional when they judge women. Because they are unstable and insecure about themselves, they tend to take it out on the women contestants they are jealous of. But I don’t think they do so intentionally.”

NPC President Jim Manion (May 1986)

THEY LOVE THE WAY HE WADDLES

“When I go out there onstage, I want to be more than just a blocky guy who waddles onto the posing platform. I want the girls to feel something.”

Tom Platz (September 1986)

RONNIE ANSWERED “YES” 14 YEARS LATER

“Do you think the Olympia lineup is apples and oranges?”

Interview question by Mae Mollica to Cory Everson (April 1987)

THUS, THE COKE-AND-PRETZEL DIET FLOPPED

“But you can’t just sit around the fireplace and sip Cokes and eat pretzels and get an attitude of confidence. You have to put in hard work.”

Lee Haney (March 1987)

TELL THAT TO SHAWN RAY

“I’ll try taking some acting classes in the near future – you know, I’m trying to prepare myself for the opportunity when it really comes along. You can’t just jump into the movies right off the street.”

Gary Strydom (January 1988)

HE WAS NEVER WELL-OILED

“I’ve made many good friends in bodybuilding, though there are few I’d trust to oil my back.”

Lee Labrada (November 1988)

THEY WERE CALLED “BOY SCOUTS”

“I was the leader [of a gang]. But it was a very nonviolent gang … I recall instances where we would build clubhouses in the forests and things like that.”

Phil Hill (May 1989)

IT’S TITLED “STINKY POO-POO”

“My parents have a painting that I did when I was just two years old.”

Then-22-year-old amateur Chris Cormier (November 1990)

WE CHECKED BACK AFTER HE’D WON 17 PRO SHOWS

“I’m not a very happy person.”

Then-23-year-old amateur Flex Wheeler (December 1989)

HE’S THE ONLY MEMBER OF HIS SUPPORT GROUP

“My biggest problem now is keeping my calves from growing.”

Mike Matarazzo (March 1992)

DO THE LAUNDRY AND REALLY CUT LOOSE!

“I m pretty much an action-oriented person. Most of the time I do what I want, and that’s whatever comes to mind on the spot. I might go to the store, stop by the gym and talk with friends, pay bills, go to the post office; I always find something to do.”

Then-rookie-pro Ronnie Coleman (April 1992)

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“The level of competition is so staggering that it gives me a hot fire under my ass.”

Chris Duffy (July 1993)

WHIPPING UP WORLD PEACE

“If lions and donkeys and sheep can be trained to live together in the circus, why can’t we human beings learn to live together?”

Victor Richards (November 1993)

ONLY IF GAS EFFICIENCY IS THE CRITERION

“Dorian Yates and I have nothing in common, physically speaking. He’s a Volkswagen; I’m a Porsche.”

Shawn Ray (April 1994)

AND HE KEEPS SLIPPING OFF THE PARALLEL BARS

“I could put oil on a gymnast and he’d be shredded to the bone, but that’s not bodybuilding.”

Paul Dillett (June 1994)

HIS CONTEST-PREPGURU WAS RON JEREMY

“When I get closer to a show and have to back off from training and cardio, I use sex as an aid to help me burn calories. Look at it this way: The risk of getting injured is zero to none.”

J. J. Marsh (June 1995)

SOME OF OUR BEST FRIENDS ARE BIG AND BLACK

“Actually, if you’re big and black and real cool, that can be to your advantage. Many whites want to have a big black athlete as a friend.”

John Brown (November 1994)

TWO HOURS LATER HE RESUMES HIS WORKOUT

“Most people use common sense and usually wait to talk to me after my workout is finished. But with others, I sometimes have to sit them down and politely explain what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, what is required to get the most out of my workout, and how a distraction could result in a career-ending injury.”

Michael Francois (May 1995)

THEN HE’LL MUTILATE MICKEY MOUSE

“I’m an extremist, and I hope to be remembered that way: noncompliant and an artist. I do not want to be remembered as a nice guy. I want to be the slayer of Bambi.”

David Dearth (September 1996)

BECAUSE IT’S OUR JOB

“Why do ask such stupid questions?”

Nasser El Sonbaty, replying to a FLEX interviewer (April 1997)

PACING J. J. MARSH

” [Sex] could deplete your glycogen. That is perhaps why it’s better that bodybuilders don’t do it before a show.”

Milos Sarcev (January 2002)

PLEASE, ASK MORE STUPID QUESTIONS

“I’ve been of being too nice, but that’s how I am…. Nothing bothers me, really.”

Gunter Schlierkamp (August 1998)

THEN BOB CICHERILLO RACES BY ON A JET SKI

“I take all the covers off the bed and lie down flat, with nothing touching me. There’s no sound in the room, no distractions. I close my eyes and picture myself on a raft in the middle of a’ stream. I ‘feel’ a cool breeze blowing, and I just let myself drift.”

Tom Prince (September 1998)

AND A BEAUTIFUL MIND IS BASED ON THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

“I liked Titanic but The Poseidon Adventure was a better film, and quite honestly I think that Titanic was based on The Poseidon Adventure.”

Kenny Jones (April 1999)

STILL MORE STUPID QUESTIONS

WHY NOT X-RAY VISION AND A TIME-TRAVEL MACHINE?

“I wish to be the first multimillion-dollar-contract athlete in bodybuilding.”

Alq Gurley (May 1999)

“I do not like to talk about myself. And the questions – ‘favorite book, favorite movie’ — I think a lot of people don’t read, they just make stories up. I don’t like to make stories up because I haven’t read a book in three years…. I don’t have a favorite color or movie or favorite anything.”

Nasser El Sonbaty, on why he wouldn’t be interviewed for “The Big Picture” (January 2000)

FEEL LIKE A COMPLETE A-HOLE

“One ‘secret’ in the bodybuilding world is to use Preparation H when you tan during the last two weeks before a contest. It’s supposed to tighten up your skin. Personally, I don’t think it does anything.”

Craig Titus (August 2000)

THE POSEDOWNS USED OT BE WILD

“Despite all the muscle [Ronnie Coleman] carries on his frame, he knows that I’m a threat and I strike fear in his heart. He remembers the days I used to spank him onstage.”

Kevin Levrone (April 2001)

“BIG PICTURE” SURPRISES

Favorite musician: Pavarotti (Kenny Jones); Yanni (Milos Sarcev); Tchaikovsky (Paul Dillett)

Favorite writer: Agatha Christie (Paul Dillett); FLEX Senior Writer Jim Rosenthal (Kenny Jones); comic-book creator Stan Lee (Bob Cicherillo); Plato (King Kamali)

Favorite food: cheese and crackers (Laura Creavalle); grits with bananas (Michael Francois); buffalo (Milos Sarcev)

What you would want to be if you weren’t a pro bodybuilder: Indy-car driver (Alq Gurley); veterinarian (Dave Palumbo); politician (Mike Matarazzo); ice skater (Kenny Jones)

Favorite color: silver on black (Paul Dillett)

HIS HEAD STILL SPINS AFTER LEARNING HIS PLACING

“I started break dancing in 1986. You know, all those moves, spinning on my head, back spins, moonwalking, everything…. I was able to spin on my head for a long time.”

Dennis James (November 2002)

GOOD AD-VICE

“I think I’ve quit all the vices that I don’t like.”

Tom Prince (January 2003)

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