A True Bodybuilding Legend
These comments are Dr Siffs and his take on the SWIS Symposium. One particular comment of his caught my attention and it was on bodybuilding legend Lee Haney.
"The opening address by Lee Haney was a real pleasure to listen to.
Though he spoke about his own achievements over his illustrious career in
bodybuilding, he couched any egotism in such disarming, amusing and natural
terms that everyone was captivated by all that he had to say, despite the
fact that his beliefs about strength training often bore little relationship
to the findings of science. Nevertheless, his talk on the "Power of
Preventative Treatment" would have served as a useful guide to the aspiring
bodybuilder - it was easy to follow, made no reference to trite or redundant
ideas or beliefs like Times Under Tension, Superslow, special training toys,
complicated periodisation schemes, intricate split routines or guruesque
secrets. Just lots of personal experience, common sense and a charming
ability to get away with a little murder when his facts needed some revision.
Lee was animated, interesting, always beaming that huge grin of his and still
in excellent shape, unlike so many of those grossly misshapen other
bodybuilding heroes and heroines whose heads and facial skin have been
mutated by excessive use of "ergogenic aids". Sadly, most of the women
bodybuilders there at SWIS looked facially ill, wrinkled, flat-chested and
prematurely aged, even though their muscular bodies may have looked otherwise
from a distance. In this respect, it is apparent that many bodybuilders need
to learn how to optimise rather than maximise their stacks of steroids and
Lee, like Bill Pearl, that real master of politeness, humility and
helpfulness, are a huge credit to the game of bodybuilding. Many others in
bodybuilding (and many other sports) would do well to learn from these two
how to communicate and treat everyone else with interest and respect - and
let one's achievements speak for oneself instead of one's overinflated egos.
Unfortunately, I could not attend Bill's closing speech, because I had to
catch my return flight to Denver, but I did manage to spend some time with
him in between presentations. Anyway, knowing Bill, I am certain that his
talk must have been supremely genuine, interesting and uplifting - maybe
others who were there can comment."