Reg Park was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s idol and mentor. Due to the fact that he was an old-school bodybuilder, many people use him as an example of what can be achieved naturally without the usage of anabolic steroids. We are here to tell you that those people are wrong and need to get their information in check.
Were steroids available during Reg Park’s era?
Regardless of what your grandmother and the watered down articles say, anabolic steroids were first discovered in the early 30s and have been part of the human world ever since.
Back in 1935, Karoly Gyula David, E. Dingemanse, J. Freud and Ernst Laqueur presented a powerful hormone contained in the testes. The hormone was revealed in a paper entitled ‘‘On Crystalline Male Hormone from Testicles (Testosterone)” published in May 1935 .
The chemical synthesis of testosterone became a reality in August 1835, when Butenandt and G. Hanisch published a paper describing “A Method for Preparing Testosterone from Cholesterol.”
Clinical trials on humans, involving either oral doses or injections of testosterone propionate, began as early as 1937.
Testosterone propionate is mentioned in a letter to the editor of Strength and Health magazine in 1938. This is the earliest known reference to an anabolic steroid in a U.S. Weightlifting or bodybuilding magazine.
Reg Park’s first bodybuilding contest was Mr. Britain in 1949 which he won.
Conclusion: Steroids were available 10 years prior to Reg Park’s debut on a bodybuilding stage.
Reg Park Was As Big As Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reg Park was as big, if not bigger on occasions, than Arnold Schwarzenegger who has admitted to steroid use in a video. In 1970, Arnold and Park competed together in NABBA Mr. Universe and took respectively first and second place.
Conclusion: Reg Park competed well against well-known steroid users in untested shows.
Reg Park Was The First Bodybuilder To Bench Press 500lbs
In April 1954, Reg Park became the first bodybuilder to bench press 500lbs.
What was his secret…
The most legendary powerlifter of all time, Ed Coan, lifted 584lbs on the bench press weighing 220lbs. Ed Coan was also an enhanced lifter and suffered a lifetime ban in the IPF powerlifting federation.
What are the chances that a lean bodybuilder will be able to bench press 500lbs at about 235-250lbs of bodyweight naturally when a legendary powerlifter like Ed Coan did ‘only’ 84 lbs more after a lifetime dedication and drug use?
Conclusion: Reg Park had an insane strength that makes people question his natural status.
Reg Park Was 235- 250lbs at 6’1”
The muscular development of Reg Park would win many bodybuilding competitions even today. True natural bodybuilders don’t weigh over 200lbs @ 6’1 when they are in a contest condition.
Conclusion: Reg Park was crazy big and strong, but there is a lot of information suggesting that he wasn’t a lifetime natural bodybuilder.