Jun 10, 2011

Bob Paris: Muscle Icon



Bob Paris, author of Beyond Built and Gorilla Suit, two of the books that really got me into bodybuilding.



Paris was the 1981 Los Angeles champion, 1983 NPC Nationals heavyweight and overall champ, and 1983 Mr. Universe. He competed at the Olympia five times, his highest placing was 7th in 1984. His highest placing in the pro ranks was third - at the 1988 Night of Champions, 1988 Italian Grand Prix and 1991 Montreal Grand Prix (among others).

Paris came out as an openly gay bodybuilder in the July '89 issues of Ironman.



More info on Paris can be found at his website or Facebook.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob's physiques id one of classic beauty....thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting one of my favorite bodybuilders. Bob is everything today's stars aren't. Wish we could go back to this ideal instead of these mass monsters. His is a physique that's appealing, clean and defined yet packed with muscle. I think we've lost something in the pursuit of size. Also a great spokesman for the gay community. I can remember he and his husband (who's name escapes me) on Oprah and at that moment realizing "I'm gay." An inspiration in many ways.

Anonymous said...

Bob Paris wonderfull as bodybuilder and person.I noticed the remarquable similarity of Antoine Vaillant with the phisique of BP.From Brazil
Cláudio

Anonymous said...

inspirational? whatever. is he still with his partner? Nope. that says it all.

Cochynolo said...

I like the last comment.

Anonymous said...

"Is he still with his partner?" And what does that question prove? Gay relationships DO fail, just like all others. I admit I was disillusioned when I learned Paris's much-publicized affair had broken up during the publication and tour of his book "Straight from the Heart." Fact remains most of us gay men are horrible at relationships

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the 1st and 2nd comment really says it all. Bob is perfection on several levels.

Anonymous said...

I had the photo book that Bob and his then partner had done...tasteful, beautifully photographed...wonder what became of it???

Muscle Growth said...

wow, that is my ideal physique right there! The level of Muscle growth he has achieved is crazy. How do you think he fairs up vs zane in terms of aesthetics?

Anonymous said...

All relations either gay, strait, living together ext fail. not all gay men are terrible in relationships, so I guess that comment is false... I know gay men that have been in relationships for over 45 years and still counting, as well as heterosexuals, and I know relation that fail in less that a year either str8 or gay...