What bodybuilders of the "silver era" looked like: 1941.

Diesel59

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Some of these guys have legitimately great physiques, even though they wouldn't come close to qualifying as bodybuilders today.

Others had no place on the stage, even in 1941.
 
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But taking into account the poor equipment of that era (especially the old way of doing bench from the floor or similar stuff I read some time ago) and seriously low knowledge, it was actually relatively hard to achieve some good physique.
The second guy is a typical dad coming to the gym :D
 

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That was some good stuff.

Honestly, we've come a long way with our knowledge, look at a life-time natty guy. Lifetime natural guys look so much better now.
 

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40 to 45 the Germans tested Testosterone on soldiers and prisoners , even Hitler himself according to his physician was placed on it.

After the war it was used to counteract the effects of muscle wasting on pow's and concentration camp survivors with good success.

1950 -51 was when the Russians went ape shit with it and took over the world of weightlifting.

55 good ol John Zeigler invented Dbol , it was released in 58 and the rest is history.
 
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Since testosterone was first synthesized in 1935, isn't it possible that these men are enhanced?
 

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Since testosterone was first synthesized in 1935, isn't it possible that these men are enhanced?
I thought that as well but it wasn't generally available at all then and the first experiments with it were done with samples taken from animals. It was approved for medical use in '39 so ,, It is possible some of them might of been experimenting.

As far as I've ever been able to read and find , the earliest it started showing up in weight lifting and body building was the early 50s when the Russians blew up and then by 54 it was readily available.
 

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