Body Building Champion

In his book entitled West Coast Bodybuilding Scene (the Golden Era)—a collection of articles written when he was a West Coast editor for Joe Weider’s magazine Muscle Builder—Dick Tyler writes: “It is with reluctance that I must admit I don’t like Rick Wayne. I mean, how could anyone? Here’s a guy with enough talent for ten men. He’s good looking, has one of the most muscular physiques in the world, is an excellent singer and entertainer, is strong and intelligent, and to make matters worse, he’s one of the most exciting writers in the muscle business. As if this wasn’t enough, he has now joined the Weider family as the editor-in-chief of the magazine you’re now reading. I know most of you are thinking I must be some kind of stupid, jealous jerk. You probably think I wish I had Rick’s physique or that I could sing like him or was as powerful. Well, you’re wrong. Why, I’ll bet you even think I wish I had Rick’s brains and writing ability. Are you kidding? Why, dat didn’t even make me tink twicte. I knows dat Joe Weider, my great boss, won’t never let no one tink I ain’t got brains or dat I can’t tink as good as no one else. So, who cares about Rick Wayne and what a great writer Joe thinks he is? I do. Aside from his listed attributes, Rick also happens to be one heck of a nice guy and it’s great to have him on our side.”

For his part, George Butler, who co-authored with Charles Gaines the book Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding and produced the movie of the same name, this is how he describes Rick Wayne: “The most intellectual bodybuilder alive. More important, my good friend.”

Bill Reynolds, one-time editor of Muscle & Fitness and the author of several books on weight-training observed in his book about the Gold’s Gym phenomenon: “Rick Wayne was not only the winner of titles such as Professional Mr. America and Mr. World, but he was also one of the most highly respected writers in the history of the sport. He was for years the editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness. In California, Rick regularly worked out at the original Gold’s Gym with Arnold Schwarzenegger and other leading stars of the day.”

The following is by Alan Palmieri, 5-time mayor, author and fitness authority: “Rick Wayne must be included in any list that recognizes the world’s greatest bodybuilders. Long recognized for his wit and sharpness of words from his pen, he was also famous for his fantastic arm development. The first time I met Rick was in the mid-1960s, in New York. No chance he would remember the encounter. I was a bodybuilding nobody and he was featured monthly in the bodybuilding magazines. That was before he signed on as a writer and later editor with Weider Publications.

“I had the chance to not only watch him pump his arms but also talk with him about his training. As with all things, sometimes experience brings about some regrets. I never thought to ask some questions that today, being more advanced, I would have asked. I know routines were changed periodically but never asked Rick how often he changed his exercise schedules or how much weight he actually used for certain exercises. Rick had legitimate 20-inch arms at a height of about five-nine. Back then, far too many bodybuilders were claiming their 18-inch biceps measured 20 inches. Not many could honestly report an upper arm of that size but Wayne could. Rick told me he believed good nutrition contributed greatly to his development.

“From what I later observed, Rick didn’t use really heavy weights. And that surprised me. He said it was most important to feel the muscle action while performing an exercise and insisted that extremely heavy weights interfered with his concentration and ‘muscle isolation.’ ”

Palmieri recalls a backstage meeting at the famous Brooklyn Academy of Music with several of the stars of a Mr. Universe event, among them Harold Poole, Don Howorth and Rock Stonewall: “After about an hour Rick Wayne joined in. Now talk about being expressive and having a point of view and being direct with it! Rick Wayne is that person. Not only was he interested in, and able to discuss, the politics of bodybuilding, he was also a formidable debater on world events. His interest was more global than the relatively narrow path of bodybuilding. He had a knack for using words that ignite controversy. Oh, was he good at that! He wrote countless articles on bodybuilders and their world. His book Muscle Wars is a must read for a glimpse of the actual things that took place behind the scenes of bodybuilding in the sixties through the eighties.”

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Titles Won

  • 1964     Mr Europe - FICH | World - Universe - FICH
  • 1965     Universe - IFBB
  • 1966     Universe - Pro - NABBA
  • 1967     Universe - IFBB | Mr World - IFBB
  • 1969     Universe - IFBB
  • 1970     Pro Mr America | Mr World - IFBB
  • 1974     Pro Mr World