Like it or not steroids has been a big part of bodybuilding culture, but steroid use was nothing in 60’s and 70’s compared to today. 60’s and 70’s produced classic physiques like John Grimek, Steve Reeves, Clancy Ross and George Eiferman who embodied not only ascetic bodies but were also very strong men. They had more of compound exercises and weight lifting routines in their workout program and less or no steroids compared to today’s standard.
The 70’s was the peak of bodybuilding with greats like Bill Pearl, Larry Scott, Dave Draper, Reg Park, Sergio Oliva, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu and Ken Waller and many more. Each one of them had unique physique and had their own trade mark when it came to standing out on a competition stage. Even though it was the Austrian Oak who put bodybuilding on the map through his awesome personality and extraordinary achievements, each one of these other legends have contributed and paved way for bodybuilding to be in the mainstream. The era was more of hard work and toil in the gym to create these awesome physiques rather than become chemical infected bloated bodies.
The steroids available during 60’s and 70’s was dosage of D-Bol , deca , Androl, Anavar and Winstrol. The pro’s then were probably cycling once in two years or a year at the most. Contrary to today where pro’s hardly get of the cycle. Today’s pro’s have access to and use TEST,D--Bol , deca , Androl, Anavar and Winstrol, IU's, HALOTESTIN, ARIMIDEX, CYTOMEL, Growth Hormone and Insulin and whole lot of other stuff.
This is the main reason you see the difference is physique and difference in weight to a great degree. Arnold weighed around 225 – 235 pounds for competition, where as when you see guys like Ronnie Coleman outweighs Arnold by 60- 70 pounds. The reason for this no big secret it’s because of the evolution of Steroids.
The sport which embodied Greek God Physique has been reduced to mere competition of being the biggest mass monster. The pro’s cannot be blamed to as at the end of the day its business and many support their living by pro bodybuilders so they need to go with the flow.