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    The Guy Who Owned the First Gym I Joined

    Glenn Knerr. He was a Mr. America, Mr. World, and national level competitor. In fact, I have a autographed photo of him at the Nationals in the light heavies. This was quite the lineup. In the picture are Ronnie Schweyer (sp?), Vince Taylor, Glenn, and one more future pro whose name escapes me at the moment.

    Anyway, here are a couple of shots.

    http://clay_b869.tripod.com/KnerrGlenn/GKnerr0032.jpg

    Here he is with another Phoenix based pro, Vince Comerford, a.k.a. "The Blond Myth".

    http://clay_b869.tripod.com/KnerrGlenn/GKnerr0007.jpg

    http://clay_b869.tripod.com/KnerrGlenn/GKnerr0034.jpg

    He really did have Platz-like legs

    http://clay_b869.tripod.com/KnerrGlenn/GKnerr0001.jpg

    I am 99% sure this next pic is of the gym, Hoppe's

    http://clay_b869.tripod.com/KnerrGlenn/GKnerr0033.jpg

    This guy also trained there

    http://www.darkwoods.com/bodybuilder...e/lannag03.jpg

    He went on to be the manager of Gold's Gym in Venice. I have no idea what he is doing now.

    This gentlemen also trained there. Mike Ashley. He won the Arnold Classic one year. The thing I remember about him was that like Glenn, he was always in shape and the veins on his forearms were like ropes. I could not believe how much they stuck out. The other thing I remember was that he was always stinking up the joint. He would bring these tupperware containers full of the nastiest smelling food you can imagine. You always knew when he was eating.

    http://www.darkwoods.com/bodybuilder...e/ashley03.jpg

    When I think back, this was my first gym. Hardcore, small hole in the wall. Great equipment. To this day, the best equipment I have ever used. I loved that place. I loved seeing these huge guys. It was motivational for me. Of course, I also remember thinking I could be as good or better, LOL. My ego, with regards to weights, started early. In any event, it was a sad day for me when Hoppe's was shut down. I remember things got so bad that Glenn stopped using the A/C. Now, think about that, Phoenix in the summer, no A/C!
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    chris, none of the images hosted on tripod can be viewed. they have anti-leeching stuff set up so that you cannot link to photos stored on the site from other sites....
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    You have go to properties and copy and paste the image into a new browser.

    In the first pic, his arms are amazingly huge.
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    To see them, people have to copy/paste the URL into their browser. A direct request will go passed the filter.
    Big? Not really. I'm 5'7" 196 lbs.
    Strong? Like a bull!

    Bodyfat currently at : dropping
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    Bench - 440 (raw)
    Squat - 600 (belt & wraps)
    Deads- 585 (belt)

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    What about his legs? Freaky! That is another that really got me, his waddle. He had to waddle to walk, his legs were so darn huge!

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    Those quads are looking freakish. His chest isn't too great, especially after looking at Arnold's pic.
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

    Richard Dawkins


    "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."


    Richard Dawkins


    "Bah. You know I hate poor people."

    Paul Stagg

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    Was this Gold's Gym? I thought I seen a sign in the background.

    Are they a nationail chain or what? I know we have them here in Missouri.

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    Great pics! That dude freakish. We have Gold's Gym out here in Oregon as well, so my guess is that it's a chain.

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    Awesome Chris, My gym was a bit like that in the beginning, 3-4 hardcore guys, and I was always telling them how I was gonna lift more then them to annoy them, hehe, but they changed to another gym, so blehh...

    To bad "hoppes" shut down, places like that, they are seldom.
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    The picture of Darren was at Gold's in Venice, but that was not my first gym (would have been nice). Darren used to live in Phoenix and trained at Hoppe's. Hoppe's was certainly not a chain gym. Gold's is a massive chain. Pete Gymrowski (sp?) and another gentleman own the franchise.

    Glenn's upper body was not as impressive as his lower, but he was pretty darn good overall.

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    Chris, great pics!

    I remember training there for a while. It was a great hardcore gym - and what a dungeon!

    I was talking to my girlfriend about Hoppe's gym, and it turns out that she used to workout there all of the time when she was in highschool as the gym was just down the street from her. She is cool...

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    you're right about platz-like

    the 2nd pic is positively inspirational

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    I wonder if she trained there at the same time I did. She would have been there before me for sure, I didn't join until some point in my senior year.

    Anyway, you're right, that is cool. I remember there were a decent number of Shadow Mountain kids that trained there.

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