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Christmas for bodybuilders and gym bunnies is always a difficult time: whether it be swallowing down that last protein shake after a full turkey dinner, navigating irregular gym opening times, or trying to convince Santa to pack 100KG of weights in his sleigh. To make it a bit easier for you, Sex, Weights and Protein Shakes® have compiled a handy list of all your training apparel needs for the coming year:
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From the '50s to '70s bodybuilders were usually frowned upon. Not being seen as intellectual lead to bodybuilders being reserved to play tough guys or extras.
Steve Reeves was probably one of the first bodybuilders to land a protagonist role, in which he played the leading role in Hercules (1958), an Italian film. As prominent as this role was, however, his voice was dubbed, due to the fact that they wanted a much deeper voice than matched his look and size.
Throughout Reeves' career, most of his films (apart from a select few) were dubbed. Most of the roles dolled out after this for bodybuilders included warrior, tribal, and pirate roles in which they where portrayed as barbarians or wondering around in a loin cloth.
It was only in the mid '60s that a bodybuilder called Peter Lupus managed to secure a role in the TV series of 'Mission Impossible' as an I.M.F member, chosen for his strength. However, he dressed in a suit and was seen as an equal intellect to the other cast members. Lupus' breakthrough role showed that bodybuilders could do more then just stand and pose.
Dave Draper was another Bodybuilder who secured a short series called 'The Gladiator', which he hosted. From this, he managed to get a role in a feature film called 'Don't Make Waves' in the 80's, in which he played a body builder.
And then we have Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the most famous bodybuilders in history, known for his many popular starring film roles. It started when he took to the main screen in 'Conan' which introduced him to the public and opened the door for many aspiring actors in the bodybuilding community. This leads us to the present day, where we can see an increase in bodybuilders in Film and TV cast for their talent, not just their physique.
As the days get colder, darker, and (for Britons at least) damper, finding the inspiration to leave the warmth and comfort of the sofa to hit the weights can be difficult.
Unless you’re on Instagram (like we are: @swpsapparel), where professional and amateur bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts give you a reason to keep going. We’ve listed five of our favourite UK bodybuilding accounts so far…
#5 Samantha Egan (@samgolift)
Relatively new to the circuit, Samantha caused waves after winning her first ever competition following just six months training.
A CNP Professional, Samantha’s lightning-fast journey to bodybuilding fame offers some great inspiration for beginners.
#4 Mike Thurston (@mikethurston)
The first (but certainly not the last) personal trainer on our list, Mike’s Instagram is chock-a-block with training videos and pictures.
And if you’re so impressed you want the real thing, Mike can provide training and advice both on and offline for all experience levels.
#3 Kate Austin (@k.austin26)
Kate Austin is a veteran of the UK and Welsh bodybuilding circuit. While her Instagram doesn’t provide the technical advice of others on this list, Kate’s great sense of humour means you will never be bored.
But don’t be fooled by the laughs – Kate is serious when it comes to training, owning the “biggest and best equipped” gym in Bridgend.
#2 Ricardo ‘Rudeboy’ Correia (@ifbbpro_rudeboy)
The double British champ and the 2013 overall British champ, Ricardo’s lively feed provides as much entertainment as it does insight into the top tiers of professional bodybuilding.
With frequent progress updates, the ‘Rudeboys’ Instagram is your chance to keep up with the pros.
#1 Myles Leask (@mylesleask)
This personal trainer-cum-model-cum-actor mixes great shots with eight years gym based training experience to create one great Instagram feed.