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I reckon Sergio was one of the all time greats. His powerful shoulders and monstrous triceps were in a class of their own, absolutely unparalleled. Kudos to him.



Third Eye

Man, he inspired even a character in Grappler Baki, a true myth!


i love this photo


What the hell happened to Sergio in the top photo??? Is he dying of cancer or something?

I know he's in his late sixties now, but in this photo he looks like a guy who never worked out in his life.

In contrast, I have seen some recent pics of Serge Nubret at age 70 who is still in great shape with 20-inch arms.


Sergio's shape is at the moment much better than Serge Nubret's shape.looks arent eveything.


Sergio's shape is of a guy his age who might or might not be working out, but who is not taking any steroids at all. The old guys who still look in great shape are applaudable but the only way to have big muscles beyond a natural size, at 70 is to take synthetic Testosterone. The normal body does not produce such Testosterone amounts any more to maintain that level of musculature. Taking the drugs plus their muscle memory from the early bodybuilding days helps them have that shape if they train hard. I love the old school bodybuilders, and Sergio and Serge are simply legends.

Luz Pena

Es un orguyo saber que un Hispano haya alcanzado el titulo de Mr. Olimpia y de que se haya desarroyado en gran manera en el mundo del fisiculturismo.Un abrazo fuerte para serio Oliva!!

Johnny G

today Sergio looks like crap, like he never touched a weight as do most of the steroid era monsters(he is only in his 60's here) - is this what happens after the steroids are gone & forgotten - his shoulders look like a man in his later 80's - Steve Reeves looked unreal right before his death(74yrs old) and so did the true Golden Era of Bodybuilding(40's & 50's) pre steroids. Once steroids came into the picture and once these guys stopped using them they shrunk even more so if they were clean - Embarrassing is all I can say and yet we admire junkies !!!!!


So he doesn't look so good now, in his mid to late 60's? He is a legend and we have the pictures to prove it. To put it in better perspective, think of Sergio as any other older athlete that has achieved success in younger years and now is a retired, normal looking older guy. No one that has advanced in age can look like or have the same prowess as when they were in their prime. I believe Serge Nubret attempted it and sadly look what happened to him.

Johnny G

I know a ton of men in their 60's 70's and older who look better - you are not catching what I'm saying - When you look at Reeves and the guys who did not take part with the drugs is that it seems they stayed healthier looking longer then those who juiced - apparently you are a big Sergio fan, and so am I, but the facts are that later in life we all have to pay the piper so I rather be natural the a former juicer


I am not disagreeing with you JG; I am a natural bodybuilder pushing 60yrs old. There is always a price for glory and I'm sure many of the monsters of today will look quite average when they are older. That's the way life is. If you have seen the movie "Blade Runner" there is a very wise and telling saying in it that goes something like "the light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long. I firmly believe it's like that in all aspects of life. And, yes, I am a huge fan of Sergio and even met him once in 1971.


I have never seen a more impressive physique!

Jesus Perez

I was a member of Hialeah Gym back in the 80's and I had the privilege of meeting Sergio Oliva and his wife at the gym. Eddie Nieves who was the gym manager at the time, told me, look who's here today visiting us! Then when I looked over at the bench press, there was Sergio Oliva warming up on the bench with 4 plates on each side of the bar, totaling 405 pounds. I didn't approach Sergio until he was at the triceps machine, at that point, I asked Sergio if I could take pictures of him while he was training and he answered yes, he also added that "as long as I didn't interrupt his training,I could take all the pictures I wanted." That day I didn't train, I just stared at Sergio and followed him all around the gym looking at his huge physique and solid steel arms, he was amazing, like no one I had ever seen before. I took many photos of him, which I treasure in a photo album now days. Maybe I'll post them her on line, for the memories that we all love to remember him by. (Jesus)

Gordon Hunsel

Sergio Oliva is de best bodybuilder that ever lived on this planet. There is no other bodybuilder who could come even close to him. Read the comment of Arnold. Arnold said that Oliva whas way ahead (25 years)off his time. Today Oliva is in his late sixties. Who cares that he is way under his weight when he was competing. When we get older we shrink. That"s life. Gordon Hunsel

Julio anta

Jesus, I was there that day also. Please post the photos

curt jones

Shame on the detractors The Myth was and always will be the greatest when ANYONE GETS OLD THEY SHRINK.
Saw him compete in 87 at madison square gardens with lou and robby robinson when Lee haney won his first olympia what a show sergio brought the house down stepped to the podium and gave a speech to thunderous applause .
one of the highlights of my life I saw several legends that night will never forget let the haters hate the MYTH lives on!


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RF Johns

Here is the scientific proof that bodybuilders ignore all the time.By the mid 20's muscle cells and there are millions start dying off.You don't notice much until your 30's when you just can't maintain what you did no matter how you try even with steroids.That is why a bodybuilder must consider doing more for his heart and lungs and make sure his muscles have endurance plus some strength that will be stronger than others.One last thing work on your speed of movement because this is one area that goes quickly.

RF Johns

For more information go to one of the founders of running and exercise movement for plain and correct advice that will help you stay healthy and active when you get older.

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Julio Anta Bio

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    Julio Anta owns Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense one of South Florida’s most successful and recognized martial arts/fitness centers. He was born in 1957 and began studying martial arts at 14 years old. He began bodybuilding shortly after in his late teens. Anta was also a Corrections Officer for 10 years and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He currently writes a column for his community newspaper the Live Doral and Ciudad Doral. He is the author of "Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitness" Book. Anta created "Anta's Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying" program and DVD. He also created "Awakened the Warrior Within" Life Skills Program. Below are some of his credentials, certifications and awards:


    -Kung Fu Master
    -Judokickbox Red/Black Belt 2nd Dan (2nd degree black belt)
    -Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Instructor
    -Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Law Enforcement and Edge Weapon Instructor
    -Tran's Muay Thai Association certified instructor Level 3 Kru
    -Krav Maga certified instructor
    -Krav Maga Association Israeli Counter Terrorism
    -Haganah F.I.G.H.T. Instructor
    -Gracie Jiu Jitsu blue belt at Valenti Brothers Jiu Jitsu
    -Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 3 Instructor
    -Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association Action Strength Instructor
    -HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification
    -CICS Certified Indian Club Specialist
    -Elite Combat Fitness Instructor
    -Elite Kettlebell Instructor
    -Kettlebell Concepts Instructor
    -IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist
    -Battling Ropes Instructor
    -ICSDA SABER Edge Weapon Combatives Instructor
    -Fitness Kickboxing Instructor
    -Kardio Karate Instructor
    -Pilates Instructor
    -ISSA Fitness Instructor
    -Martial Arts for Peace Bully Busters
    -National Security Agency Child Safety
    -American Council of Martial Arts Cooper Institute

    -ICSDA (International Combat Self Defense Association) Advisory Board
    -2011 PMA Best Martial arts School in Doral
    -2010 Century Gold Award
    -2010 Dr Rolando Espinosa K-8 School Award
    -2009 Best of Doral Martial Arts Award
    -2009 Century Mark of Excellence Award
    -2006 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Kung Fu Master
    -2006 World Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame Life Achievements
    -2006 Miami Dade County Certificate of Appriciation
    -2006 Captain of the runners up in the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival 250 Meter Kung Fu Cup
    -2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Outstanding Martial Arts School”
    -2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Hero Award”
    -2005 Proclamation “Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense Day” City of Doral
    -2004 Miami Dade County “Martial Arts Excellence Award”
    -2003 Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Instructor of the Year”
    -2003-2004 Co-holders of the World Simultaneous Kicking Record
    -1998 Florida PBA Certificate of Appreciation
    -1983 2nd runner up Jr. Florida Bodybuilding Championships
    -1983 2nd runner up Miami Bodybuilding Championship

    For his full biography log on to Anta Kung Fu and Miami Kettlebell