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esplendido
02-17-2009, 01:19 AM
2005.....

Esplendido on left (with hair and FAT face), Lou Ferrigno, back middle, Roger Bir on right (worked out with Golden Era boys at Gold's), and Ronnie Barrett squeezed front, center (Owner of Barrett Manufacturing, maker of the Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle used by Special Forces)

esplendido
02-17-2009, 01:22 AM
Me and Lou a few years back.

BigJD69
02-17-2009, 01:25 AM
Me and Vince Taylor

esplendido
02-17-2009, 01:32 AM
Me and Gunz (Mrs. esplendido) before she turned from figure to bbing

Bryan Hildebrand
02-17-2009, 10:46 AM
nice. did the Mrs charge you for the pic like Louie did? LOL!
shes smokin hot you know?

esplendido
02-17-2009, 11:17 AM
nice. did the Mrs charge you for the pic like Louie did? LOL!
shes smokin hot you know?
Poor Lou. Can't make a buck without getting a bad rap for it....LOL. No, I didn't pay for those picks. The Mrs. charged me my life for that shot (day after wedding)!!!

And she IS smokin' hot. I keep telling her that and she keeps denying it (but I get compensated all the same :D).

gman
02-17-2009, 12:11 PM
Awesome pics,

You look like you could be related to me.

You are blessed with a beautiful wife, and even better, she is into bodybuilding with you.

Gunz
02-17-2009, 07:51 PM
nice. did the Mrs charge you for the pic like Louie did? LOL!
shes smokin hot you know?

Yeah, he sold his soul to the "devil"!!!:D
And thanks for the compliment. Who doesn't look great on their wedding day?

hulkenpower
03-05-2009, 06:07 AM
me and Arnold 1991

SCRUBS
03-10-2009, 03:49 PM
Thanks for sharing the great pics.

Esplendido, what a transformation!

dougie
03-11-2009, 12:24 AM
Boy Esp. you were pretty chunky at one time!

esplendido
03-11-2009, 01:54 AM
Boy Esp. you were pretty chunky at one time!
You only know the half of it! :)

The Thinker
03-11-2009, 02:17 AM
So what's your story Esplendito? You obviously have been around the sport for decades and know all the whose who.

esplendido
03-11-2009, 03:05 AM
My story is spread out over threads here and on MD....but the short version is: started BBing in 1975 and quit altogether in 1990. 14 years later, I started again with a 285lb, fat, out of shape physique. I had 16" arms, 48" chest and 42" waist.
I currently weigh 285lbs with 20 1/2" arms, 56" chest, and 38" waist. I'm 6'-4" and have competed 4 times in the last 2 years.

I was an AAU national physique judge in the 80's, judging the Mr. America, Universe, and several state and regional level shows each year. I was the highest rated national judge for 2 years in 1989-90. I promoted shows in the 80's, too.

My best placing in my first go-round was 2nd in the AAU Jr. USA tall class in 1986.

I won the 50-over in the Central Classic BBing Championship in '07

I have several Golden Era bber's as friends and stay in touch with them.

I will compete again this August in the North American BBing Championships

Hope that helps......

SonOfPluto
03-11-2009, 07:31 AM
My story is spread out over threads here and on MD....but the short version is: started BBing in 1975 and quit altogether in 1990. 14 years later, I started again with a 285lb, fat, out of shape physique. I had 16" arms, 48" chest and 42" waist.
I currently weigh 285lbs with 20 1/2" arms, 56" chest, and 38" waist. I'm 6'-4" and have competed 4 times in the last 2 years.

I was an AAU national physique judge in the 80's, judging the Mr. America, Universe, and several state and regional level shows each year. I was the highest rated national judge for 2 years in 1989-90. I promoted shows in the 80's, too.

My best placing in my first go-round was 2nd in the AAU Jr. USA tall class in 1986.

I won the 50-over in the Central Classic BBing Championship in '07

I have several Golden Era bber's as friends and stay in touch with them.

I will compete again this August in the North American BBing Championships

Hope that helps......

You're one of the few competiting bodybuilders that is actually honest about his waist size..

Youngguns
03-11-2009, 07:55 AM
me and Arnold 1991

that's a wicked pic! How tall are you?

BigJD69
03-11-2009, 10:45 AM
He's 6'4"!

The Thinker
03-11-2009, 10:53 AM
My story is spread out over threads here and on MD....but the short version is: started BBing in 1975 and quit altogether in 1990. 14 years later, I started again with a 285lb, fat, out of shape physique. I had 16" arms, 48" chest and 42" waist.
I currently weigh 285lbs with 20 1/2" arms, 56" chest, and 38" waist. I'm 6'-4" and have competed 4 times in the last 2 years.

I was an AAU national physique judge in the 80's, judging the Mr. America, Universe, and several state and regional level shows each year. I was the highest rated national judge for 2 years in 1989-90. I promoted shows in the 80's, too.

My best placing in my first go-round was 2nd in the AAU Jr. USA tall class in 1986.

I won the 50-over in the Central Classic BBing Championship in '07

I have several Golden Era bber's as friends and stay in touch with them.

I will compete again this August in the North American BBing Championships

Hope that helps......

That definitely helps. I could always tell by your posts that you had a great understanding of the sport but had no idea that your experience level is that extensive. I bet you have some great "back in the day" stories!!!

gman
03-11-2009, 11:03 AM
You're one of the few competiting bodybuilders that is actually honest about his waist size..

When your chest is 56", a 38" waist is tiny!

My waist is 38 too, but my chest is only 43!

esplendido
03-11-2009, 11:39 AM
My waist drops to 35 when I'm dieted down for a show. I lose about 1/2" on my arms and nothing on my chest.

esplendido
03-11-2009, 11:47 AM
Here is Bill Grant from the Arnold this last weekend (with me in my usual pose....mouth open!)

thepump
03-19-2009, 06:20 PM
Here is Bill Grant from the Arnold this last weekend (with me in my usual pose....mouth open!)
both going to have to be asked for it


id lol looking nothing like you fit in the masters bodybuilding forum.

GerryT
03-23-2009, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the great pictures, Esp. Saw Bill Grant at a show and he still looks great!

sam the man
04-18-2009, 07:02 AM
u r legend mate

Dom
04-18-2009, 12:49 PM
Nice pics!

DRUNK
04-18-2009, 01:21 PM
Esplendildo, you look like a roast pig in some of your photos.

graybass
04-18-2009, 05:35 PM
Looking good Bro.
Hope for us old folks!!

Curt James
04-18-2009, 07:13 PM
Esplendildo, you look like a roast pig in some of your photos.

DRUNK again! :rolleyes:

Curt James
04-18-2009, 07:14 PM
Me and Gunz (Mrs. esplendido) before she turned from figure to bbing

That is a wonderul pic, esplendido. :beerbang:

Thanks for posting your short bio. Very interesting!

Sledge
04-18-2009, 08:57 PM
Great pics. I love this sort of stuff.

And Gunz is smokin hot.

esplendido
04-28-2009, 02:13 AM
Top

sassy69
04-28-2009, 02:17 AM
Top


Who is your Bottom then?



:rolleyes:

esplendido
04-28-2009, 02:22 AM
"shakes finger at Ms. 69" You are one ornery woman.....!

esplendido
04-28-2009, 02:24 AM
....but seriously, that would be YG, Foremanrules, thepump, and any other dweeb that tries to intellectually spar with me.....

sassy69
04-28-2009, 02:38 AM
"shakes finger at Ms. 69" You are one ornery woman.....!


Smile when you say that young man! :cool:

esplendido
04-28-2009, 02:43 AM
Smile when you say that young man! :cool:

.:D.