Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Larry Scott R.I.P.

The Iron Game lost another legend. I have to admit that as far as training goes, Larry Scott represented the antithesis of everything I believe to be important. But, I still liked him. What are the differences? He was one of the original "pure" bodybuilders who trained for aesthetics only. He was not training for performance, but for appearance. Although a gymnast and wrestler in his youth, when he began training it was purely for bodybuilding competition. He disdained squatting as a disciple of Vince Gironda, "Trainer of the stars". They taught that squatting widened the hips and made your butt too large. Like another late legend John Grimek (who was an athlete as well as a bodybuilder) once told me, "Squatting won't give you a fat @$$ unless you are a fat @$$ to begin with." As the article below mentions, Larry was the first Mr. Olympia and was famous for his legendary arms above all. He is credited with the exercise known as Scott Curls, done with arms draped over a bench that was inclined like a podium and known as a "preacher bench". He advocated doing exercises in a precise fashion with a variety of grips and angles to target certain parts of a muscle. Myself, I don't really buy into that and believe that we can't really target particular parts of a muscle. I think it's better to find the most comfortable and natural way to do a movement then do it heavy and hard. But I was never Mr. Olympia either. While I really never bought into Larry's approach to training, I have to admit that his physique was inspiring and he was a genuinely good individual who truly believed in his methods and was always ready to share his methods. He lived and advocated a healthy approach to training that has been lost in the current the bodybuilding world. May he rest in peace and condolences to his family.

Larry Scott, bodybuilding star to Utah and world, dies at 75
By Erin Alberty and Nate Carlisle

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Mar 10 2014 08:41 pm • Updated 1 hour ago        
Larry Scott, a skinny kid from Idaho who became a chiseled bodybuilder and the sport’s biggest star of the mid-1960s before settling in Utah, died Saturday.

 Scott was 75 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Scott’s death was announced on the Facebook page for the company that bears his name, Larry Scott Fitness & Nutrition, of Kaysville. Neither where he died, nor funeral plans, were disclosed as of Monday.

Scott’s admirers included the bodybuilder turned actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. On Sunday, Schwarzenegger tweeted:

 Schwarzenegger won most of the same bodybuilding contests a few years after Scott. Scott called Schwarzenegger a friend.

With 20-inch biceps (the average for a man is 13), pectorals that looked like hindquarters on a thoroughbred, a washboard stomach and a grin worthy of a television star, Scott’s influence spread beyond competitive bodybuilding. A weight lifting technique called the Scott Curl, sometimes called the Preacher Curl, is named for him and used by anyone wanting better-looking arms.

The technique requires placing one or both arms at the top of an inclined bench, extending the arm or arms down to full extension and lifting the weight up again. Scott credited the exercise with helping him build his biceps, which were often described as shaped like footballs.

Larry Dee Scott was born Oct. 12, 1938, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Wayne and Thea Scott. His father was a machinist. At age 16, the younger Scott was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds.

At the city dump, he found a bodybuilding magazine. Scott took it home and started exercising in the back yard. His first barbell was a tractor axle he used for doing curls and presses.

"At first, I thought those muscle men looked ridiculous and overdone," Scott told The Tribune in 1979. "The advertisement [in that first magazine] said, ‘You, too, can have arms like these.’ It blew my mind."

Four years later, he won the Mr. Idaho contest. He moved to California, continued lifting and entering contests while also working in a southern California bike repair shop. In 1960, he won the Mr. California title and won Mr. Pacific Coast the following year.

 Then in 1963, Scott began started conquering the biggest bodybuilding events in the world. That year he won first place in the medium division at Mr. Universe. He won it again in 1964 and also took first-place overall.

Then in 1965, Joe Weider, the bodybuilder and entrepreneur, staged the first Mr. Olympia contest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Scott entered as bodybuilding’s biggest superstar and didn’t disappoint. He won the inaugural event. He won Mr. Olympia again in 1966.

The bodybuilding contests brought him notoriety and money. He was driving a Porsche in Los Angeles when he spotted a Rachel Ichikawa on a street corner. He made a U-turn and approached her. The couple married Oct. 29, 1966.

She survives him as do three of the couple’s children: a daughter, Susan Scott; and two sons Erin, and Nathan Scott. One son, Derek Scott, died in a motorcycle accident in 1992. Another son, Michael Scott, died the next year.

Scott retired not long after winning Mr. Olympian in 1966, but in 1978, a few weeks short of his 40th birthday, Schwarzenegger invited Scott to pose at that year’s Mr. Olympian contest. Scott received a six-minute ovation.

The next year, Scott began training for a comeback. By then his weight lifting was a family exercise. His wife Rachel cooked him separate meals that he’d wash down with a protein shake and wheat bread with honey substituted for sugar. His children rarely received candy or other treats. A Mormon who would fast on Sunday, it would take Scott three or four days to gain the weight back.

But Scott couldn’t regain his success. Injuries hampered his regimen. He took ninth place in one Canadian contest and did not place in another, according to Scott’s website.

By then he had other interests. He ran a mail-order bodybuilding program and later owned his own store selling supplements to generations of bodybuilders who recognized his name. He went on to own multiple gyms and spas in Utah.

More than once, Scott heard someone call him a freak. But Scott found peace in exercise and the body.

"Bodybuilding is like hearing a symphony," Scott told The Tribune in 1979. "The more you hear, the more you know, the more you enjoy. To see and appreciate a beautiful male body at its peak takes education."


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  1. The original Power Burst worked really well for me at that point, although I was 21 and unemployed so training for 6 days a week wasn't as hard.

  2. Larry Scott was and still is one of the greatest inspirations of the bodybuilding world. I have followed his example since I first started bodybuilding at age 15 years old. Truly a fine human being .

    Frank A.