Danny recovered from the 1975 Olympia kick in the nuts to go on and win the 1977 Mr America and Mr Universe titles once the IFBB instituted weight divisions over height classes. He had came up second the previous year to a granite hard Mohammed Makkaway in 1976, but was admittedly a little out of shape for that show.
Competing in the 1979 Night of Champions it was a close race between him and Robby Robinson. Danny seemed to be the convincing winner clinching all the rounds with a perfect score of 300….only to lose to Robinson in an unprecedented upset during the final posedown round!
Fronting up to the 1980 Mr Olympia in Sydney there was no man on stage pound for pound bigger (or seemingly with as much patience and perseverance) than Padilla.
To quote bodybuilder and Olympia photographer, Vince Basille who was shooting that day:
“Someone said Arnold had the biggest upper body there. Yes, his chest was huge as were his arms. However, the biggest guy, muscle for muscle was Danny Padilla and he wasn’t compared even once in the prejudging. When I looked at the photos from the judging he clearly had the best overall physique there.”
Unfortunately, the judges stacked in Arnold’s favour did not feel the same and Padilla was lost in the shuffle with the resulting 10th place finish.
I’ll finish this little history lesson about the Padilla saga in my next blog post because as a teacher I know that information is best delivered in small chunks and small bites as to not overwhelm our limited attention spans these days.
BUT, if you love bodybuilding history, compete or follow the sport, you really have an obligation to know and understand the roots of the game and our iron fore-bearers.
I really recommend checking out Randy Roach’s brilliant, Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors series of 3 volumes as I guarantee you’ll not only learn some fascinating trivia and history, but also the nutritional and training methods that were used to develop the classic physiques before all the hype and hoopla obscured the truisms which delivered.
1000 Rep Arm Workout
Deviating slightly from my current Fortitude Training approach i wanted to take a friend and fellow iron aficionado through a volume workout to “thank” him for the HIT workout he put me through the previous week.
I’ve used this program many times before and think it’s one of the best programs out there to shock some new growth into the bi’s and tri’s.
I featured it before, but it’s an adaptation of Matt Kroc’s 1000 rep arm workout featured on T-nation a while back.
Was great to push through this with an equally motivated and dedicated partner. Grand-Master Craig admirably matched me rep for rep, set for set throughout despite this being a huge deviation to the low volume, high intensity approach he normally uses (to good effect).
20g Almond Butter
1 Chicken Drumstick
2 cups Rice
approx 600g chicken + skin
8 pieces chicken sushi
Pancakes with sugar free maple syrup
(2 cups gluten free flour, 2 1/2 cups Almond Milk, vanilla essence, 1 Cup egg whites)
Hard to get an overall calorie reading today, but the overall protein and fats were lower to accommodate the higher carbs. Total calories around the 2500-3000 mark.