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Rich Gaspari’s success in bodybuilding becomes even more incredible when considering his genetic limitations

    In this clip, bodybuilding journalist John Romano reveals just how incredible Rich Gaspari’s successes were despite his genetic limitations. A true example of willpower and perseverance overcoming hurdles to become a truly unique icon in the sport.

Rich Gaspari was not someone who would be considered a genetic marvel for bodybuilding success. He is short and he couldn’t pack on the mass monster muscle like many of his contemporaries. Put this in combination with being located in New Jersey, a far cry from the mecca of bodybuilding, and Gaspari’s dreams of becoming a bodybuilding champion seemed pretty unlikely.

But that’s what makes the story of Rich Gaspari so compelling – he was an underdog who overcame every single one of these hurdles to be an icon in the history of bodybuilding.

Today, many people discuss genetics in bodybuilding like it is fate that will determine a competitor’s future success. “If you don’t have the genetics you can never become a champion – or at least not one in a major competition,” many pundits and online commentators may note.

But Rich Gaspari has become an icon proving that the impossible can be possible. That willpower, hard work, and perseverance can overcome genetic limitations in the world of bodybuilding. Despite his natural shortcomings, Gaspari landed second in multiple Mr. Olympia competitions and was the first to win the prestigious Arnold Classic competition.

In GASPARI, John Romano, a well respected bodybuilding journalist and editor – spoke to just how amazing Rich Gaspari’s accomplishments were. You can watch the clip below:

Rich Gaspari proves the true key element that separates champions from the rest

While genetics can certainly aid or hinder an athlete’s bodybuilding journey – there is only one true element that sets a champion apart from the rest. Whether they have superior genetics or not – they need to have the mental ability to push harder than 99.9% of the rest of the human population.

This is why your average aspiring bodybuilder can’t simply copy Phil Heath’s bodybuilding diet and training routine and replicate his results. A workout, a diet plan, a supplement protocol – these are all useful blueprints towards success. But what separates a legend from everyone else all lies in the psychology of that individual.

Bodybuilding champions simply don’t have the lives like most normal people. They will sacrifice more than most. They will push harder and farther than anyone thinks is possible. They will convince themselves that literal impossibilities are achievable – it’s just that no one has done it yet.

And further to this – bodybuilding champions maintain this mindset before they have proof it will lead to success. The sacrifices may all lead to failure. The impossible barrier may never be broken. But they press on with everything on the line for that small sliver of a chance that they are different. That they can achieve something different.

Rich Gaspari is one of those individuals. He had no guarantee that his bodybuilding dreams would ever be realized – yet despite this, he still pushed harder and farther than majority of other bodybuilders in his time (and beyond).

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GASPARI Synopsis

Rich Gaspari is an iconic bodybuilder and the first ever to win the Arnold Classic title. He also revolutionized the sports nutrition supplement industry by being one of the first bodybuilders to start his own supplement brand. Now in his 60s, he has been through peaks and valleys in both his bodybuilding career, business endeavors, and personal life. Gaspari is the first authorized biography chronicling the life story of Rich Gaspari from past to present – while also giving insight into the heart and soul of one of fitness’ biggest icons.

Rich Gaspari, a name synonymous with excellence in bodybuilding, has left an indelible mark on the fitness world. With a remarkable career spanning decades, Gaspari’s dedication, discipline, and passion have made him an icon for aspiring bodybuilders worldwide.

How To Watch

GASPARI is available now on all major digital platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU, and Vimeo on Demand. You can stream or download the film today right here or by clicking the banner below.

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Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.