Bodybuilding Historian &
Film Maker Recounts His Story
From Arnold's first appearance on
the international stage in 1970 to the 2016 Arnold Classic
Australia, Wayne Gallasch has been on the scene. NABBA Mr.
Universe, IFBB Mr. Olympia, AAU Mr. America, Wayne's camera has
been rolling. Other historians have written about and perhaps
observed the sport of bodybuilding, but no one
else has recorded it on film like Wayne Gallasch.
Interviewed on John Hansen's
Bodybuilding Legends Show, Wayne relates his memories of
filming the greats of bodybuilding. He tells how he began
lifting weights in a local gym in Australia and ended up filming virtually every top
bodybuilder in the world over the next 46 years. Wayne is a
friend, but we were amazed at the torrent of memories
that streamed out of his mouth during the 78 minute interview.
His recall and articulation is
This iconic photo, taken
from GMV's DVD "The Myth,"
shows Wayne photographing Sergio Oliva in a wetland area outside of London
As Wayne describes
the epic battles between Arnold, Sergio, Bill Pearl, and Frank
Zane, the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia and on and on, his
videographic recordings stream across your monitor. Not only
does he capture events on stage, he records magic moments
such as young Arnold and Franco posing and pumping by a pool and
Frank Zane posing in a London park for three and a half minutes without
repeating a single pose. Some years later, he narrates classic footage of the
Mentzer brothers posing together on a California beach and Mike again the
week before his untimely death, and the extremely popular
Dorian Yates "Blood & Guts" workout video. And more recently, awesome footage of Ronnie
Coleman lifting all-out in the gym.
Before he's done, you will have
seen and heard
about Casey Viator, Tom Platz,
Kevin Levrone, Mr. America's Dale Adrian and Joe Meeko, Bertil
legends Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and Juliette Bergmann, and the
one of a kind Kai Greene.
Wayne has filmed every Mr.
Olympia, including Dorian Yates, Lee Haney, and Phil Heath.
Wayne also worked with Larry Scott, the first Mr. Olympia, in the
years after his landmark victory. You name them, and Wayne has
him or her on film.
Wayne 43 years later on his
video platform at the last Olympia
He also reflects on Bill Pearl's
professional aura on stage and Arnold's ability to psych out his competition on and off stage.
In their first and only real conversation (by the pool), Arnold
said that he was destined to be famous.
Perhaps the most
riveting commentary is Wayne's explanation--body part by body
part--why he could see Arnold winning the much debated 1980 Mr. Olympia
and why Chris Dickerson was a close
second. He says Mike Mentzer probably should've placed third
instead of fifth. Frank Zane was good all over, but not quite as
big as the others.
If we didn't already know that Wayne has
one of the sharpest eyes--and memories--in the world of bodybuilding, we know it now.
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Does Three-Part Interview
Clarence has just finished three
wide-ranging interviews over three weeks with Vlad Ionut Coste.
"My dream is to help people to
understand how the human body works and which are it's needs,"
Vlad told us in an email. "I want to promote the true legends of
the sport, longevity, real information, realistic expectations
and motivation of success stories. I hope in future to receive
support from a large company to be able to expand my plan
worldwide because richness is in health."
Sounds like a pipe dream, but we
have come to believe in Vlad's mission. He's the real thing.
Coste is one of the
most active interviewers on YouTube. His most recent interview
subjects include professional sports climber Jurgen Reis and China Study author T.
Colin Campbell, PhD.
The only son of a poor Romanian farmer,
has been on his own since the age of 15. Now 10 years later, he has
married and earned
degrees in communication science and journalism. He is also the
CEO of Power Tech, a company that specializes in plant based
nutritional supplements. An active CrossFit competitor, his
latest venture is opening his own CrossFit gym.
Homebodies, we began by locating Romania on
our globe of the world and were eager to learn more. Vlad tells
us that bodybuilding is practically a national sport in Romania.
Their fitness centers rival those in any other country. Many
professional bodybuilders have appeared there at one time or
another. Needless to say, we are excited to build connections in Romania.
A unique feature of Vlad's
interviews is that he provides about as much information as he
elicits. His interviews are a two-way street. In spite of the 3-to-1 age difference he
was at home with
Clarence, offering his own views of modern-day bodybuilding, the
fitness industry, and other health related topics.
Taken together the
interviews are an overview of Clarence's life in fitness,
including what he has learned over the last 65 years.
The first interview runs 43 minutes and introduces Clarence to
Vlad's audience--and Vlad to ours. The focus is on big picture
topics such as inspiration, documented record of fitness, changing perceptions of weight training,
athleticism, longevity, health, current bodybuilding scene, genetics,
anti-aging medicine, lifetime leanness, and help yourself.
The second interview (58
minutes) is about Clarence's training and includes: Getting
started, three Olympic lifts, the squat, home training, 1 to
5 reps, compare power lifting, Bob Hoffman and York BB, volume
training vs single set, importance of rest, strength & muscle mass, physique
competition, sodium and cuts, athletic points in Mr. America,
Steve Klisanin, John Grimek, separation of lifting and
bodybuilding, impact of CrossFit, indoor rowing rankings, ski
erg, one minute sprints, stress and rest, whole body workouts,
warm-up and 1 set, Keiser machines, move between workouts, keep
trying to improve, workout
frequency, building on success, goal setting, training and busy
life, take care of yourself first, most relevant person in
The third interview is the
longest, 74 minutes. About the "How" and "Why" of healthy
eating, it includes the following topics and more: Clarence's
early interest in nutrition, Vlad's supplement company, when
supplements are needed, protein supplementation the last thing
most people need, pro and con of plant-based diet, importance of
whole foods in weight control, importance of chewing, need for animal protein, lifting
the limit on dietary fat, vegetable oil and triglycerides, eggs,
fatty fish, whole milk over skimmed, omega 3 fat, sardines low
on food chain, lifestyle and HDL "good" cholesterol, low fat
diet and processed carbohydrate, fruit juice and Coca Cola,
Clarence's coronary calcium level, CTA shows blood flow in
heart, dietary cholesterol no longer concern, importance of
fiber in unprocessed foods, whole fat dairy not fattening,
breakfast biggest meal, avoid hunger, no food off limits,
vegetable stew for lunch, nutrition-packed dinner salad, bedtime snack,
uniform eating, intermittent fasting, water intake, avoid extreme diets, my
way or the highway, find diet that suits you, don't stop at one
diet book, never stop learning, PhD
in nutrition, Vlad learned from obesity and health problems, free
website full of science.
Want to see Vlad compete in CrossFit--and
July 1, 2016
Getting Fit in Memphis
Longtime visitors will remember
Yvette Smith from her eye-catching appearance on
our Success Stories page. (SS 9, Contest Condition in Five
Weeks) Following the advice on peaking for
competition in RIPPED 2, she won the lightweight
division in the 2006 Tennessee Bodybuilding and Figure
Championships. (She also purchased a DVD on
posing and wore our competition suits in both the pre-judging
and the evening show.)
This photo shows the spectacular
condition she achieved.
That is only a small part of her story. A successful
personal trainer for 20 years now, she has an A.S. degree in applied
Nutrition, B.A. in Exercise Science, and an M.B.A. with a
specialty in entrepreneurial Technology. In 2009, she became an adjunct
professor in the health science department at the
University of Memphis.
After being featured as
a personal trainer on Fox 13 News and Good Morning Memphis, she
started her own TV show called "Getting Fit in Memphis" 17 years ago.
Along with meal preparation, exercise and other things, she
features clients she has helped, which include many
doctors, attorneys, and even the mayor. Her four-year-old
daughter Olivia has also become a popular guest.
There's more, but you get the
idea. Her mind, her body, and lot of hard work have taken her a
very long way.
We didn't know a fraction of this until
Clarence began preparing to appear on her show.
As you'll see, Yvette asked very good
questions and gave Clarence time to answer fully;
it may be the most comprehensive interview he has done. The
photos inserted as the interview progresses were well-chosen
and added perspective.
You can watch and listen to
all 28 minutes:
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
PS: You'll also find other recent
segments of Yvette's TV show nearby, including one with
her live-wire daughter.
April 1, 2016
STILL RIPPED--And in FLEX
Author Mark Barroso did Clarence
proud by including just about every topic they discussed, along
with two photos taken 30 years apart to
highlight the longevity theme--on one page.
With a multi-generation age gap
separating them, we feared a breakdown in communication. But
Mark soaked everything up like a sponge and organized it
brilliantly on the magazines' "Over 40" page. The only slip-up was
putting the Cooper Clinic in California.
Clarence was honored to be in the
same issue with contemporaries Dave Draper, Serge Nubret, Albert
Beckles, and Leroy Colbert, along with the modern day behemoths. How
things have changed!
Thank you Mark and FLEX! We look
forward to working with you again.
March 1, 2016
FLEX Interviews Clarence
We were pleased and surprised to
receive an interview request from FLEX
Associate Editor Mark Barroso. He later told us that
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Perine suggested Clarence for their "Over
40" page. This was a surprise because we've had no
contact with the stable of magazines launched by Joe
Weider since Clarence stopped writing his RIPPED column for
Muscle & Fitness in 1996. (We have had contact with Joe
and Betty Weider, but no one at the magazines.) Shawn Perine is a serious trainer
and we are pleased to know that we are on his radar.
Mark Barroso, also a Contributing
at Men's Fitness and Assistant Editor at Muscle &
Fitness, is clearly a man on the way up in
journalism. We sent him a narrative
description of Clarence's training and sample strength and
aerobic workouts, along with two photos. Clarence and Mark then
talked for about an
hour. Clarence had a lot to contribute about the growing
importance of training after 40, when decline begins in earnest
for the untrained person. Every subject seemed to
lead to another.
We are eager to see how FLEX
it all down to a single page. We know that Mark will do his best
to tell readers what has kept Clarence training at a high level
for so long--and how they can benefit from his example.
2016 issue with the piece on Clarence will be on newsstands near
the end of January, so we'll soon know.
Our thanks to Mark and Shawn and
everyone at FLEX for reaching out to us.
Power-Quest Features Clarence--Again
climber and prolific podcaster Jurgen Reis and Clarence
connected once again on December 2, 2015--morning in Albuquerque and
evening in Austria. It was their third Christmas season interview and
the ninth overall.
visited with us in 2007 and we have been in regular contact
since then. You can read about him on our Fitness Personalities
the world for interesting sports personalities to interview. He
strength expert and sports reporter Dominik Feischl man Europe's
biggest and most ambitious fitness podcast. Launched in November
2007, Power-Quest.cc has averaged a new podcast every five days.
With so many
to choose from, one can't help but wonder why they keep coming back
to Clarence. We don't have the answer, but we can tell you that
Jurgen does his homework and comes to each interview
with an infectious enthusiasm. With Clarence, he focuses mainly on the recent past and the future.
This time around, he got Clarence to talk about a serious injury that
he has not felt comfortable discussing previously. Always the
optimist, Clarence has found a way to make the rehab process
energizing, rather than an impediment to his training.
about that and much more, log on to the 45 min interview. The
introduction is in German, so you'll have to fast forward to the
which is in English:
marvelous photo of Jurgen on the climbing wall: