Reg Park was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s idol and mentor. Park served as an inspiration to Arnold who became the most popular bodybuilder on planet Earth.
Due to the fact that Reg Park competed about 50 years ago 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.
Put down the pink glasses in order to see the truth.
Regardless of what your grandmother and the watered down articles say, anabolic steroids were first discovered in the early 30s and were used ever since.
Back in 1935 Karoly Gyula David, E. Dingemanse, J. Freud and Ernst Laqueur presented a powerful hormone contained in the tests. The hormone was revealed in a May 1935 paper On Crystalline Male Hormone from Testicles (Testosterone).
The chemical synthesis of testosterone was achieved in August same year, 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 more than 10 years prior to Reg Park’s debut on a bodybuilding stage.
Reg Park was as big, if not bigger, 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.
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 584 lbs on the bench press at a bodyweight of 220lbs. Ed Coan was also an enhanced lifter since he suffered a lifetime ban in the IPF powerlifting federation. This is just an example of what a 500 lbs bench actually is.
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 insane strength that makes people question his natural status.
The muscular development of Reg Park would win many bodybuilding competitions even today. Most true natural bodybuilders weight about 190lbs at 6’1″ when they are in contest condition and have low body fat. Reg Park weighted 40lbs more.
Conclusion: Reg Park was crazy big and wasn’t a drug free bodybuilder.