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The dude in the background scares the shit outta me
I met Rich around 1986. it was off season and he was guest posing at a show. He was massive. He looked like he had 20" guns when I saw him. He dwarfed all the competitors at the show as well. Wasn't he around 220 versus 195 for the shows?
His pecs are lagging because it definitley looks like a pec tear in the later pic.
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I want to say that it was late 80's early 90's that the IFBB actually got serious about drug testing. Then they dropped it as you can tell by the massive size increases starting with Dorian Yates 6 Mr.Olympia wins. I believe Yates was one of the first mass monsters on stage.
Rich Gaspari realized there was no money in pro bb'ing and intelligently got into the supplement biz.
I read somewhere he hurt himself doing deads. Actually paralyzing half his body... He was out for a while and weider had canceled his contact.. Thats when he decided he couldn't count on his body to make money and started the supp bussines.
He is making millions selling his own line!!!!! I think that is way better thing!! and Liz looks awesome as well!!
My left pec is exactly the same. I gave up on ever competing after I did that injury.Its nice to see him in there still, with that left pec tear and his condition is so much better in the second picture. Maybe more tren and less drol.
I remember when Rich won the Arnold in 1989. I think There were many decisions that led to him leaving. Bodybuilding went to another level in the early nineties, with the likes of Kevin,Porter, and Matarazzo. I'm not saying these guys did but Insulin,implants and the use of synthol really took off, but that's my opinion.
I believe he was interviewed and listed all the things that happened in his life, like starting his own supplement line. It took a toll on him. I for one would pick the 94 profile over the 85 one. Look at the definition of the quads alone.
Under the Weider regime the Night Of Champions was a show to highlight new talent and considered a good starting place for a new pro to establish themselves .Gaspari even doing such a show would be merely to show his face and get paid ,for sure he had some of the issues mentioned and at this particular show I think Tony Pearson and a few others competed without their hearts being '' in it ".
Gaspari was one of my heroes as a young man, and I followed his career throughout the 80s and 90s. He still has a great physique, but not really competitive against the likes of a Cutler, Coleman, or even Heath. That pec tear was obvious to those of us rooting for him, and it really affected the look of his upper body. Also, the early 90s was a big posh to "clean up" bodybuilding, so guys were coming off the gear early enough before the show to pass a random drug test, especially after Shawn Ray was stripped of his Arnold Classic title for failing his test, so that affected the look as well.