Author Topic: Steve Reeves- the man  (Read 3644 times)

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Steve Reeves- the man
« on: September 14, 2023, 03:22:46 AM »
I have always been amazed at how quickly Reeves got in contest shape -
Did he use Steroids?  He always denied this but not sure.


Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2023, 05:31:47 AM »

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2023, 05:33:31 AM »

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2023, 05:36:38 AM »
for people who do not know who Brad Harris was


oldtimer1

  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 17337
  • Getbig!
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2023, 03:00:09 PM »
It's funny he trained back in the day at Gold's but he never competed once that I can remember. He said he never trained lower body. He liked to run distance and sprints for legs.  He said he trained 9 sets a body part in general with three exercises so 3 sets and three exercises. Arnold tried to get him to compete but he had no interest.

oldtimer1

  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 17337
  • Getbig!
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2023, 03:05:41 PM »
Regarding Reeves he looked amazing at 15 training.  Most of the big names looks like hell once they stop juicing. Reeves was in shape most of his life until his health unexpectedly failed him. Even in World War II in the Pacific Islands he was nick named the Shape. Was he juicing during the war?  In his own words in his book he says he's against steroids so I will take him at his word.

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2023, 08:42:14 AM »
It's funny he trained back in the day at Gold's but he never competed once that I can remember. He said he never trained lower body. He liked to run distance and sprints for legs.  He said he trained 9 sets a body part in general with three exercises so 3 sets and three exercises. Arnold tried to get him to compete but he had no interest.
amazing physique for any age

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2023, 08:45:34 AM »
Regarding Reeves he looked amazing at 15 training.  Most of the big names looks like hell once they stop juicing. Reeves was in shape most of his life until his health unexpectedly failed him. Even in World War II in the Pacific Islands he was nick named the Shape. Was he juicing during the war?  In his own words in his book he says he's against steroids so I will take him at his word.
yes i spoke a few times to George Helmer on the phone who ran his publicity & books
he said he was a natty but no one will know for sure

TheShape.

  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 6216
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2024, 05:17:38 PM »

In his book he mentions this as the largest his arms ever got, around 18” which look huge here. Great shape and shoulder width.

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2024, 02:58:41 AM »
In his book he mentions this as the largest his arms ever got, around 18” which look huge here. Great shape and shoulder width.
I have his book building the Classic Physique & itīs a great read, infact one of the best books iīve read on Natural training.
Itīs amazing how he got in shape for films as he wrote he never trained all year round.
some people say he was on the juice but i donīt believe it looking at his physique.
His incline curls were special in that he fixed a bar onto the incline bench so that when he curled his arms were motionless like using an arm blaster but on an incline, also he used an off set grip.

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2024, 05:13:09 AM »
I donīt think people realise how well built he was. That was the look back in the day, small waist wide shoulders. No padded shoulders for Mr reeves  :)


funk51

  • Moderator
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 40178
  • Getbig!
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2024, 12:34:10 PM »
It's funny he trained back in the day at Gold's but he never competed once that I can remember. He said he never trained lower body. He liked to run distance and sprints for legs.  He said he trained 9 sets a body part in general with three exercises so 3 sets and three exercises. Arnold tried to get him to compete but he had no interest.
  harris trained with william smith when they were young men , Smith didn't train his legs very hard either.
F

funk51

  • Moderator
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 40178
  • Getbig!
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2024, 12:39:20 PM »
I have always been amazed at how quickly Reeves got in contest shape -
Did he use Steroids?  He always denied this but not sure.


    https://www.starkcenter.org/igh/igh-v5/igh-v5-n4-v6-n1/igh0504-0601u.pdf     
     
&t=242s    two biographies of reeves one not very flattering.
F

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2024, 03:48:58 AM »
    https://www.starkcenter.org/igh/igh-v5/igh-v5-n4-v6-n1/igh0504-0601u.pdf     
     
&t=242s    two biographies of reeves one not very flattering.

I remember some years back i had a couple of phone calls with Bob Kennedy & he mentioned Reeves, said his wife was playing around & Reeves was very hurt ( as any man would be) but he said it couldīve contributed to his later illness. The stress so maybe he wasnīt the Stud we all think of.
I canīt remember her name but iīm assuming it was his later relationship as Kennedy mentioned health problems.

IroNat

  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 34028
  • "Woke is a cult." -- Joe Rogan
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2024, 08:01:03 AM »
Reeves only went in a few contests.

Retired from competing by age 24.

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2024, 06:57:55 AM »
Reeves only went in a few contests.

Retired from competing by age 24.
He retired from films at an early age too, not exactly sure when.

IroNat

  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 34028
  • "Woke is a cult." -- Joe Rogan
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2024, 04:07:38 PM »
He retired from films at an early age too, not exactly sure when.

1968  Age 42

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2024, 04:00:39 AM »
1968  Age 42
yes iīm sure he mentions it in his book that i have. Havenīt read it for a while, well not properly.
Iīve got many books on training & Anatomy

funk51

  • Moderator
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 40178
  • Getbig!
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2024, 08:50:44 AM »
     
   
Steve Reeves

[image] [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Height 6'1"

Weight 213

Born January 21, 1926 Glasgow, Montana

Died May 1, 2000

description of Mr Pacific Coast Contest

[ website ]

[magazine articles]

1946

Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Overall Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Tall, 1st

1947

Mr America - AAU, Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Winner
Mr Western America - AAU, Winner

1948

Mr USA, 2nd
Mr Universe - NABBA, 2nd
Mr Universe - NABBA, Tall, 1st
Mr World, Winner

1949

Mr USA, 3rd

1950

Mr Universe - NABBA, Overall Winner
Mr Universe - NABBA, Tall, 1st

Magazines

1947   Vol 7, Num 5   IronMan
1947 August   Vol 2, Num 8   Chicago Bodybuilder
1947 August       Strength and Health
1947 September   Vol 7, Num 6   Your Physique
1947 October   Vol 2, Num 10   Chicago Bodybuilder
1947 October   Vol 3, Num 5   Muscle Power
1947 November   Vol 76, Num 21   Health and Strength
1948 April   Vol 9, Num 1   Your Physique
1948 September   Vol 6, Num 4   Muscle Power
1948 October   Vol 77, Num 21   Health and Strength
1949 January   Vol 9, Num 1   IronMan
1949 January   Vol 10, Num 4   Your Physique
1949 February   Vol 78, Num 3   Health and Strength
1949 April   Vol 7, Num 5   Muscle Power
1950 January   Vol 12, Num 4   Your Physique
1950 April   Vol 13, Num 1   Your Physique
1950 July   Vol 79, Num 14   Health and Strength
1950 August       Strength and Health
1950 August   Vol 13, Num 5   Your Physique
1950 October   Vol 79, Num 20   Health and Strength
1951 February   Vol 80, Num 3   Health and Strength
1951 June   Vol 15, Num 3   Your Physique
1952   Vol 1, Num 2   Mr Universe
1952 March   Vol 16, Num 6   Your Physique
1952 May   Vol 6, Num 5   The Bodybuilder
1953   Vol 1, Num 8   Mr Universe
1953 May   Vol 7, Num 5   The Bodybuilder
1953 August   Vol 82, Num 16   Health and Strength
1954 April       Reg Park Journal
1954 May   Vol 17, Num 4   Muscle Power
1954 August   Vol 3, Num 1   Muscle Builder
1955 February       Reg Park Journal
1955 March       Reg Park Journal
1956 January       Reg Park Journal
1956 April   Vol 6, Num 3   Muscle Builder
1957 March       Reg Park Journal
1957 May       Reg Park Journal
1957 June   Vol 86, Num 13   Health and Strength
1958 May   Vol 1, Num 4   Mr America
1958 July   Vol 1, Num 6   Muscle Sculpture
1958 July       Reg Park Journal
1964 October   Vol 1, Num 10   Muscular Development
1964 December   Vol 14, Num 10   Muscle Builder
1965 December   Vol 7, Num 12   Muscle Builder
1966 July   Vol 95, Num 15   Health and Strength
1967 December   Vol 96, Num 25   Health and Strength
1968 April   Vol 5, Num 4   Muscular Development
1970 March   Vol 99, Num 3   Health and Strength
1970 November   Vol 7, Num 11   Muscular Development
1976       Muscle Mag Annual
1977 September   Num 62   Muscle Training Illustrated
1977 November   Num 63   Muscle Training Illustrated
1983 May   Vol 44, Num 5   Muscle and Fitness
1992 November   Vol 4, Num 3   Hardgainer
1995 May   Vol 54, Num 5   IronMan
1996 July   Vol 122, Num 3   Health and Strength
2000 July   Vol 12, Num 1   Hardgainer
2000 October   Vol 126, Num 4   Health and Strength
2002 January   Vol 128, Num 1   Health and Strength
Đ MuscleMemory
F

Donny

  • Competitors II
  • Getbig V
  • *****
  • Posts: 15907
  • getbig Zen Master
Re: Steve Reeves- the man
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2024, 04:28:19 AM »
Steve Reeves loved incline DB curls placing a bar behind his arms (on the bench) to make it strict as possible.
He knew about creating a classic physique