“Classic bodybuilding should have never left!”

IRON CINEMA – Every Monday we connect you with Generation Iron director Vlad Yudin. Get a first hand look at the entire journey of the bodybuilding industry – ranging from athlete interviews, behind-the-scene looks at major events, and insight into the Generation Iron Fitness Network‘s original shows and films.

Lee Haney was the first bodybuilder to break and hold the world record for most Mr. Olympia wins at 8 Sandow trophies. Ronnie Coleman later matched this record while also solidifying a new type of physique – the insane mass monsters. Now decades later it seems that the classic physique aesthetic is becoming more popular with athletes and fans demanding a new look. We are still a far cry from mass monsters in Men’s Open from fading away… but the introduction of a new Classic Physique shows the continued progression and change in this industry.

While I was filming Generation Iron 2 I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lee Haney – the man who held the world record not with ridiculous mass but a classic physique. I wanted to know his thoughts on the introduction of the new division as well as the rise of YouTube bodybuilding gurus becoming more and more popular. The entire interview could not make it into the film – but it’s all worth hearing. That’s why today we are releasing the extended clip. You can watch it above.

– Vlad Yudin 



  1. All you ass wipes here that is agreeing with Lee is acting like Flex was some classic physique guy like the classic physique today Flex was about 245 lbs ripped to shreds when he competed in 1998 when Ronnie won his first title Flex was right there he place 2nd to Ronnie.

    • I think Lee was referring to the post 2002 big gut Ronnie that most newbie bodybuilding fans normally refer to whenever Ronnie’s name is mentioned as opposed to the çlassic type physique that Flex brought, weight has nothing to do with your physique type you can weigh 280 and still have a classic type physique, Cedric McMillan is an excellent example of this.

  2. It can’t keep going the way it’s going, this size at all costs is killing BBing in more ways then one. Mainstream sponsors are pulling out, and money calls the shots. I own a gym, used to be every kid through the door wanted to be a BBer, right now I have none, NONE! They want to be PLers, Strong men, Physique stars, I ask 20yr kid why he doesn’t want to be a BBer, he says he isn’t interested in getting so big he can’t do anything, he’s afraid of all the drugs and chemicals he’d have to take. WTF HAPPENED SINCE HANEY WON HIS LAST TITLE!!!


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