Rusty Jeffers who won Teenage Arizona bodybuilding show at age 14 (and for the next three years in a row) talks with Dennis James about his long career in bodybuilding, training with Lee Priest, training bodybuilders, competing in the Masters, coaching and more.
In earlier days, your posing routine counted as 40% of your total score so you could win based on posing, not just mandatories and your physique.
"I remember Carlos Rodriguez saying, If you start dancing onstage, we are going to turn your music off. This is not a dance competition." - Rusty Jeffers
"Melvin Anthony was probably one of the greatest posers of all time with a phenomenal physique. He had everything you needed to be a champion."
"Unless you can nail those mandatories,...know how to do them correctly. Know how to squeeze. Know how to breathe...No matter how good (the rest of) your routine is, it is really not going to matter all that much. I am still doing ten rounds a day. You can really bring out a ton of detail just by posing.
Today, the physiques are getting so much more massive, so much more definition and so much more striations,...big and shredded. Back a few decades ago, nobody seemed to have any waistline.