Chris Lewis talks to Dennis James on the Menace Podcast about the early days of Gold's Gym in California, training there and then later training world champion bodybuilders.
All the top athletes and stars used to work out at Gold's Gym back in the golden era of bodybuilding: Charles Glass, Chris Cormier, Flex Wheeler, Kobe Bryant, Mike Tyson, Gregory Hines, Ray Liotta and more.
"I knew 'The Rock' when he was just a pebble."
I remember Flex said, 'When you doing a show?' No, no, I just wanna hang out. and Flex said, "No, we do shows. And we win shows.' "
"Chris Cormier would differ, but I was always stronger than those guys."
"Everybody loves the shows,...but I fell in love with the grass-roots level, 15-weeks out, and we gotta get going." Back in those days "they had to win. Or else they lost the contract, or the sponsorship got cut. It was just that simple. They had to look the best they did. So the level of intensity was super high."
"I fell in love with the prep part of the thing."
What I primarily do now is nutrition and diet and specific training for select clients. The difference between back then and now is the seriousness and intensity/mental attitude.