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  • Bob Paris

    24 14.20%
  • Sergio Oliva

    19 11.24%
  • Steve Reeves

    5 2.96%
  • Porter Cottrell

    1 0.59%
  • Samir Bannout

    0 0%
  • Frank Zane

    41 24.26%
  • Shawn Ray

    22 13.02%
  • Milos Sarcev

    4 2.37%
  • Danny Padilla

    10 5.92%
  • John Terelli

    1 0.59%
  • Mohammed Makkawy

    2 1.18%
  • Francis Benfatto

    5 2.96%
  • Berry DeMey

    2 1.18%
  • Lee Labrada

    9 5.33%
  • Chris Dickerson

    1 0.59%
  • Serge Nubret

    23 13.61%
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    For me legs of a size of a small country are one of the things that doesn't! go with the proportions. Although I think Zane's or Serge's legs are a little too small to gain perfect proportions, I will never say that I like legs of any of today's pros.

    V - yes, X - no.

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    I would say Oliva.He was massive for his time,plus met him a couple times when i lived in Chi-town real nice guy

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    When i look for proportions i look at skeletal structure first, then muscular structure and size.

    Narrow clavicles and ribcage vs hips,short limbs,long torso, flat ribcage, all these throw off the proportions.

    Second, i look at muscular proportions,if there's any muscle group too big/too small for the others; if some muscles have too short/too long insertions and it throws off proportionality between skeletal/muscular systems.

    Third,i look at musclar size vs skeleton size- how much has a bodybuilder brought his muscular size to maximize his skeletal structure.

    Based on these criteria, i pick Lee Labrada first, the guy had flawless proportions, with Bob Paris a close second. I think Paris with an extra 30-50lbs of muscle would have been just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esplendido View Post
    Nubret had no chance in winning the Olympia because he had to compete against Arnold....and no one was going to beat Arnold. In fact, Nubret intended to compete in the '75 Olympia and was weighing over 220 a few weeks out. Weider visited him and saw that he could very well give Arnold a run for his money and told Nubret he was persona non grata....no Olympia for him. Nubret proceeded to lose nearly 20 lbs over the weeks leading up to the Olympia and Weider ONLY THEN allowed him to compete. That's why Butler comments as Nubret is introduced that he was a "Late entry". Nubret tells this himself on another BBing forum.

    This man had THE most balanced and aesthetically pleasing physique of all time. His calves were hardly small and his legs were perfectly balanced with his upper body. Was he perfect? No....but you can find flaws in anyone. But the total package was perfect for his day and his aesthetics can't be matched by contemporary athletes....in my not-so-humble opinion :-)
    That is a myth, probably created by Nubret himself.


    He is one of the best IMO, too bad he did not compete post 1975.

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    Mr. Ray all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules View Post
    That is a myth, probably created by Nubret himself.


    He is one of the best IMO, too bad he did not compete post 1975.
    And how are you certain this is a myth, especially if told by the man himself?

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    Olivia, Zane, Paris, Labrada, and another little guy from Eygpt 70s-80s, (pardon my memory). That order. Dave Draper was the one that got me in the gym as a young teen.

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    s can see the choice(s) you selected. Poll Options

    Best Proportions of all time

    Bob Paris- his thighs seem too big for his calves, lacks traps and back

    Sergio Oliva- every muscle group is huge.

    Steve Reeves- best in his era.

    Porter Cottrell- not in the league of others on this list.

    Samir Bannout- was almost perfect in 83.

    Frank Zane- calves were too snall for his thighs, arms weren't very big, chest was never huge. Great triceps, back.

    Shawn Ray- freaky, but narrow. Lower quads dominated uppers.

    Milos Sarcev- arms were not great.

    Danny Padilla
    - no weak points.
    John Terelli- not up to the level of others here.

    Mohammed Makkawy- lacked traos, had everything else.

    Francis Benfatto- great for a lighter guy

    Berry DeMey- arms and back not up to the level of his thighs, not even top 20.

    Lee Labrada- could have used thicker wider back, everything else was great.

    Chris Dickerson- good tris- no biceps, pecs looked like boobs. Best legs of his era.

    Serge Nubret- chest, delts, and arms were fantastically shaped. Not a huge guy. Legs were NOT big- lacked huge size- check out Pumping Iron, he looked small next to Arnold and Lou,
    Sergio or Danny from this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esplendido View Post
    And how are you certain this is a myth, especially if told by the man himself?
    Because he never looked any better than he did in 1975, so it's just an excuse for losing.

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    Frank Zane
    Steve Reeves
    Sergio Olivia

    Just my opinion. Out of 50 people probably 50 different perspectives.

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    no love for Porter? Mass with clas all the way!!! Zane was great but well under 200 lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBowden View Post
    Damn.
    This is a tough one.
    I am going to have to go with Zane, based on overall symmetry.
    Close between Zane and Paris however.
    I saw a star, reached for it...and MISSED

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    i think i have to go with Shawn... very tough... but although narrow his actual muscularity is all very proportionate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard View Post
    Close between Zane and Paris however.
    Yeah,
    It's a tough call.

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    I finally went with Oliva. Best proportions. If we talk symmetry or 'flow' it would be one of the others perhaps.

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    went with mr zane but you can make a valid argument for some of the guys on the list.
    great poll foreman

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