Lee Haney Says Today’s Bodybuilders Have Squatty Shape: “The New Frankenstein Era”

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Lee Haney believes today’s bodybuilders have the same shape.

Lee Haney is one of the top bodybuilders of all-time. He is known for his insane conditioning and symmetry on stage, which led to eight Olympia titles. The bodybuilding physique has changed since Haney took the stage. Recently, he spoke on the new “Frankenstein era” of bodybuilding.

Haney is tied with Ronnie Coleman for the most Olympia wins ever. From 1984-91, Haney was unbeatable in Men’s Open. He was able to defeat other all-time greats such as Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, and Lee Labrada. Since Haney’s reign, the division has changed completely. Now, the overall size of the competitors has increased year after year. Bodybuilders work to condition their physiques but it seems as though size has taken over as the main factor.

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Recently, Haney discussed the new age of bodybuilding and how physiques are put together in “weird” ways.

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Lee Haney Talks Today’s Physiques

Lee Haney began by breaking down the complete physique in bodybuilding. The overall shape of each muscle does not flow and he asked if it was all the same.

“Is it just me or does the 90% of the current group of bodybuilders have the same squatty shape? Wide waist, big arms, overly developed quads, small calves, and weird shoulders.”


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Haney described it as the “new Frankenstein era” where athletes are focused on size more than anything else.

“It looks as though somebody closed their eyes and threw muscle at a dartboard without giving it any thought. The new Frankenstein era.”

Lee Haney’s Workout

Day 1 – Chest and Arms

Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Press 4 6-8
Dumbbell Bench Press 3 8-10
Incline Bench Press 4 6-8
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 3 8-10
Barbell Curl 4 8-10
Preacher Curl 4 8-10
Cable Tricep Extension 4 10-12
Skullcrusher 4 6-8

Day 2 – Legs

Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Extension 4 12-15
Leg Press 4 10-12
Squat 4-5 8-10
Stiff Leg Deadlift 3-4 8-10

Day 3 – Back and Shoulders

Exercise Sets Reps
Front Lat Pulldown 4 8-10
Barbell/T-Bar Row 4 6-8
Cable Row 4 8-10
Military Press 4-5 6-8
Side Lateral Raise 4 8-10
Upright Row 4 6-8

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.