Larry Scott: The Original Mr. Olympia

The Legend

Larry Scott Before Larry Dee Scott, nicknamed “The Legend” and “The Golden Boy”, made his way into bodybuilding history by being the inaugural IFBB Mr. Olympia champion.

Scott began his journey to greatness at the young age of 16 when he first fell in love with the art of weight training. Only a few short years later, the young athlete would be crowned Mr. Idaho in 1959.

After his big win, Larry Scott made his way to “The Golden State” where he unsurprisingly won the Mr. California contest in 1960 and the Mr. Pacific Coast shortly after in 1961.

Not long after, Scott would move on to win the overall at the competitive Mr. America contest in 1962. Two years later, in 1964, the unbeatable legend reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning the Mr. Universe; which, at the time, was the highest achievement in bodybuilding.

A year later (1965), Joe Weider created the legendary Mr. Olympia contest, enabling all Mr. Universe winners to compete for the title of the world’s best-built man. The winner would be crowned the best of the best.

Larry Scott inagural Mr. Olympia WinnerThe Olympia, as new as it was at the time, rapidly positioned itself above the Universe in prestige and quickly became the “Superbowl of Bodybuilding”.

From 1965 to 1966 Larry Scott bested the likes of Earl Maynard, Harold Poole, Chuck Sipes, and Sergio Oliva on the Olympia stage and was crowned the inaugural Mr. Olympia champion.

After easily dominating the Mr. Olympia stage for two consecutive years, Scott shockingly decided to end his bodybuilding career. A few years later he did a short comeback but retired for the second time in 1980.

Larry Scott’s career is truly incomparable. Not only did he win every major bodybuilding contest known to man, but he also graced the covers of numerous bodybuilding magazines that have since inspired millions.

The Physique

Larry Scott The Golden BoyLarry Scott is the epitome of The Golden Era. Comparing his Olympia winning physique to the ones of today's generation is literally impossible.

If anyone could describe his physique in one word (which isn’t humanly possible) it would probably be “perfection”. Scott built a physique that can’t be easily matched even by today’s bodybuilding standards.

Even though he wasn’t the tallest or even the widest bodybuilder of his time – he still managed to best his competition due to his impressive shape, size, symmetry, and fullness.

Not many know that Larry Scott was the first bodybuilder in history to showcase 20-inch arms on a competitive stage.

While his gigantic football shaped biceps were enough to turn heads everywhere he went, Scott also had incredibly massive shoulders with a level of definition that was unheard of at the time. Scott’s chest was thick and perfectly shaped. His back was wide and full of lines that came to life when he hit his classical poses. His legs were Larry Scott Front Double Bicepsproportionately built in harmony to match his Olympia winning upper body.

Finally, Scott’s calves and forearms were the best of his time, not to mention that his extremely small waist gave his body the v-tapered look that so many bodybuilders lack today.

No one can say for sure what would've happened if Scott had never retired but I'm willing to take a risk and say that he would've added a few more Olympia wins to his already impressive contest history.

The Training

Larry Scott Classical Pose

Larry Scott argued that every single pound of muscle on his godlike physique was earned through hard work, dedication, and good nutrition.

His outlook on bodybuilding was actually very simple; he listened to his body and he did what worked for him.

He would train instinctively by incorporating movements that would induce muscle growth and he would stay away from what he felt was not needed.

The two-time Mr. Olympia used to train six times a week – exercising two or three muscles a day with three or four exercises per group, and working each muscle group between two and two-and-a-half times a week.

The unchallenged Mr. Olympia would perform eight to ten repetitions per set and six to ten sets per exercise. Calves and forearms would receive special treatment by being exercised in a high-volume manner.

Larry Scott and Arnold SchwarzeneggerScott would finish many of his sets with “burns” which is gym talk for fast and short paced repetitions at the end of the exercise.

Rest periods were kept minimal while striving to get “the pump” and the “burn”.

As it was previously noted above, the two-time and original Mr. Olympia believed that nutrition was a key factor that helped him build his powerful physique.

His diet consisted of meats, eggs, and dairy. He used to eat little carbohydrates and stayed away from vegetables. It is also well-known that he wasn’t a big eater, so he used to eat small spaced-out meals while implementing protein drinks into his daily diet.

The Legacy

Larry Scott and Joe WeiderBodybuilding fans know that the community that surrounds the sport is very small but very close; it’s almost like one big family. When the news broke, on March 8th 2014, that Larry Dee Scott passed away at the age of 75 – the whole community showed their support and shared their best memories of the legend.

I know that when new and younger people who are involved in bodybuilding get asked about which Mr. Olympia they would like to look like – they usually shout out names like Schwarzenegger, Yates, Coleman, and Cutler.

Older generations will most likely agree with me and say that Larry Scott had one of the best physiques to ever walk this earth. Scott’s physique wasn’t enormous nor was it freaky, it was simply perfect, like that of a Greek statue.

Joe Weider described Larry Scott as “The Perfect California Beach Boy”. I can personally say that there isn’t a single day that goes by in which I don’t strive to build a physique that radiates perfection just like Scott's did. Larry Scott was truly ahead of his time and his legacy will live on forever.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the photos used in this article. I will not be making any money from this article. The photos used in this article can be found on the links posted below. I also highly encourage you to take a look and follow Larry Scott’s Fitness and Nutrition Website.


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