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France’s sensational Jacques Neuville, winner of the recent World Games. In third, same place he occupied last year, was Finland’s Blond Bomber, Keijo Reiman.
In the heavyweight competition, Lance Dreher of the United States dominated the formidable Norwegian, Gunnar Rosbo, by his better proportion and superior muscularity. Still, Rosbo — with 21’/2-inch arms — was a memorable competitor. The gigantic (6’5″, 260 lb.) Czech, Josef Vesely, was third.
Next month Muscle & Fitness will have superb color coverage of this event, along with Bill Reynolds’ behind-the-scenes report. Don’t miss this issue! □
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Doris, Susan and Kim agreed that their first task should be to improve the quality of judging at women’s contests.
“Prior to the formation of the AFWB there was absolutely no judging format for amateur contests. The girls came out, the light went on and whatever you did was acceptable,” said Susan.
They decided the first step would be to establish a set of rules (including a list of compulsory poses) for women’s amateur competition. This effort would be followed by a series of judging clinics where judges could be trained on how to consistently evaluate contestants.
In March of this year the AFWB established a set of judging standards for women’s amateur contests.
“Now if women enter an AFWB-sanctioned competition they know exactly what the criteria will be,” said Kim, the AFWB Treasurer/Sanction Secretary. She said that the organization is growing so quickly that soon the membership list will be computerized so she can keep better track of the membership and contest results.
As well, Sheila Herman, head of the AFWB Judges Committee, will maintain a record of how consistently each individual judge performs and how often each person has an opportunity to judge a competition.
To further ensure that women’s amateur bodybuilding is well-organized and fairly judged, the AFWB will soon require that all contest promoters obtain sanctions prior to a contest. Until now these sanctions have been optional, but after January 1, 1982 they will be compulsory. In the past promoters received their sanctions from the National Physique Committee, the men’s amateur governing body. However, now that the AFWB exists, this will no longer be the case. Competitors who compete in non-sanctioned events will risk being restricted from further AFWB or IFBB competitions.
The AFWB also plans to establish rules regarding age restrictions, contest qualifying standards and drug testing. As Doris points out, without these kinds of standards the sport will not gain respect and credibility.
In the future Muscle & Fitness, now the official AFWB magazine, will publish a monthly list of AFWB-sanc-tioned contests. And the regular Coming Events section of Muscle & Fitness will be expanded to include more AFWB news. SPA will continue to publish SPA News, a fast-growing newsletter devoted entirely to women bodybuilders.
Recently the AFWB affiliated with the men’s National Physique Committee. They joined together to work towards their common goal: to make bodybuilding one of the Olympic sports.
“Without this union we could never hope to achieve our dream of becoming part of the Olympic Games. Now we can work together as men and women in one unified sport. We can support each other, and learn from each other. Affiliating with the men’s amateur group was really a positive step for the sport,” said Susan Fry.
At present the AFWB members are working on the development of an official constitution. This important document should be completed by the end of 1981.
Of course, each of these AFWB projects take time and energy on the part of the group’s volunteers. And, like so many volunteer organizations, the AFWB is always looking for individuals who believe in its goals and who are willing to help out. Finding this kind of assistance has become even more critical as the sport continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the AFWB is welcome to contact the organization through Doris Barrilleaux, Kim Cassidy or Susan Fry. If you would like to help with the promotion of women’s amateur bodybuilding, or if you are interested in becoming a judge or representative, you can reach them by writing to one of the following addresses:
Doris Barrilleaux, AFWB Headquarters, P.O. Box 937, Riverview, FL 33569
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had been made out of pipe joints, and said, “You know, this equipment could fall apart at the wrong time. I’ll teach you how to make something a bit more solid.”
And just like that, Joe fell upon a new career as a welder.
The gym lasted a little more than 16 months. A series of managers had handled business in one unprofitable way or another while Joe and his friend shipped out on banana boats.
“We’d found out that running a gym is about the most boring job you’d ever want to get caught up in,” Joe explained. “So we’d go to sea and return to New Orleans every two weeks or so.”
Finally, the gym proved too expensive for Joe and his friend. They closed down and became full-time seamen. Joe continued to dream of running a successful gym, only now he knew California would be the place next time. In the sun, where being well-built meant something. In New Orleans a man could disguise his skinny frame with the appropriate clothes. The shape of his body was something strictly between him and his reflection
— and the dark, maybe.
By 1964 Joe had returned to his vacationing ways; part seaman, part bon vivant. He was then a member of the Muscle Beach Weightlifting Club, converted from what was once the basement of a Vic Tanny establishment, in Santa Monica, Calif.
It was clear to Joe that sooner or later he and his colleagues would be turned out of the “dungeon.” For $7000 he had bought a lot in nearby Venice that would be the ideal place to build a gym. He offered to sell the lot to his gym friends for $9000. If they bought it, he would be prepared to set up a gym there. No way. Bodybuilders have never been particularly good businessmen. The Schwarzeneggers were a long way off. The way Joe had the deal figured, if the club’s 100 members agreed to throw in $150 each, there’d be enough money for a decent gym. Oh, those were the days. But his proposition fell on deaf ears. Undaunted, Joe went ahead and built his gym on Pacific Avenue anyway. By now he was a cool hand at welding, so he made his own Leg Press machines, his own benches, his own lat machines. He’d buy a heap of scrap metal and then convert it into shiny equipment.
He opened the first Gold’s Gym in
1965. (The earlier place, the one in New Orleans that had failed, had been named Ajax.)
Joe is quick to give credit to Joe Weider’s Muscle & Fitness as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu for the almost immediate success of his first California gym. He had built the first “musclehead gym” in the area, maybe in the world. There was no room for people who merely wanted to shake their fat while strapped to a vibrator machine. But without the magazine and the two stars, he says, the whole idea might well have gone the way of Ajax.
Arnold and Franco arrived in 1967 and fell in love with the Gold’s atmosphere. They couldn’t speak highly enough about the equipment they found at the gym. They struck up a friendship with Joe and before long were requisitioning more bits and pieces from the proprietor. Joe built supports on benches, he created additions for the lat machine and generally made the bodybuilder’s lot an easier one. He built special racks, so that everything was at hand; you didn’t have to be running around setting up dumbbells and so on, as was the practice in every other gym.
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