Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Classic Physiques of Reg Park and Steve Reeves

Reg Park (photo: left) was an English bodybuilder, businessman, and film actor. He won the Mr. Britain 1949, Mr. Universe 1951, 1958, and 1965 titles. After winning the Mr. Universe title again in 1958, he went on to star in five Italian Sword and Sandal films – a genre first popularized by Steve Reeves. His films include "Hercules in the Haunted World" (1961) and "Hercules and the Captive Women" (1963). In the 1950’s, he published The Reg Park Journal – a bodybuilding magazine featuring the best bodybuilders of that time.

Although Reg's physique seems bulkier and more massive than Steve Reeves (photo: right), actually their measurements were very similar. Reg's measurements were: height (6' 0"), weight (218 lbs), neck (18 in), arms (18 1/4 in), calves (17 1/2 in), chest (53 in), waist (32 in), forearm (14 1/4 in), wrist (8 in). Steve's measurements were: height (6' 1"), weight (215 lbs), neck (18 1/4 in), arms (18 1/4 in), calves (18 1/4 in), chest (52 in), waist (29 in), forearm (14 3/4 in), wrist (7 1/4 in).

This comparison shows that despite having different looking physiques (Reg's "appearing" more massive and bulky and Steve's "appearing" more sleek), both actually embodied the ideal of the classic physique. So, it doesn't matter whether you have thicker bone structure and a more massive appearance or a thinner bone structure, you can still build a classic physique!
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Park looks absolutely magnificent! A perfect balance of size and shape. Reeves lines to this day are unparalleled! I know there is a God who else could have produced these two perfect specimens!