“We Bust Our A** To Look Like This”: Lou Ferrigno Gave a Befitting Reply to People Calling Bodybuilding a Freak Show In 2017

Published 11/20/2022, 8:30 AM EST

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Lou Ferrigno is inarguably one of the most successful bodybuilders in the history of bodybuilding. Not only is he a successful bodybuilder, but is also a renowned actor. While Mark Ruffalo may be famous as the Hulk now, Ferrigno is the OG actor for that character.

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In 2017, Lou Ferrigno appeared in an exclusive interview with Shawn Ray for the Generation Iron Fitness Network. In the interview, Ferrigno spoke about his childhood, his career, and his posy retirement journey. The interview was first posted on the channel’s YouTube video on November 1, 2017.

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Ferrigno on the growth of the bodybuilding

Over the years, bodybuilding has developed a lot as a sport. When asked about the difference in the sport during his time and now, the star pointed out the loss of symmetry. He pointed out the key difference in the structure of the distinct divisions. Lou shared that instead of focusing on symmetry, the entire focus now is on how thick one could be or how many packs are on their frame. He cites this as the reason for the classics’ unpopularity at present.

The bodybuilder also spoke about the hardships related to bodybuilding. He said that people don’t love bodybuilding and expect a freak show from the builders. Ferrigno said, “Don’t get me wrong, I love bodybuilding, but I just think that you know it’s kinda hard because the general public don’t love it. He further added, “… Some think bodybuilding is a freak’s show because people want to see freaks. You want to see the biggest and the baddest and bet that’s what bodybuilding is and then we bust our a** to look like this it doesn’t come out of a bottle, it’s genetics and hard work and everything.”

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About the original Hulk: Lou Ferrigno

Throughout his career, Lou has earned various titles, making him one of the most successful bodybuilders out there. In 1969, Ferrigno won his first title – IFBB Mr. America. Following that, in 1973, Lou won the IFBB Mr. Universe. However, Lou rose to fame with his documentary.

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Since joining the Mr. Olympia competition in 1974, Lou had trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger. His documentary, Pumping Iron, released in 1977, focused on his attempts to surpass Schwarzenegger. Apart from bodybuilding, Lou has also acted and done voice-overs for various Hollywood movies; his most famous character being The Incredible Hulk.

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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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