The world of bodybuilding suffered a huge loss over the weekend when two-time Mr. Olympia champion Larry Scott passed away. Scott won the inaugural Mr. Olympia competition in 1965, and then he came back and successfully defended it the following year. He retired after the second victory, and remains the only undefeated Mr. Olympia champion. "The Legend" was known for his incredible arms, which he built by adhering to this arm routine. Our Executive Editor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, another member of the most exclusive club in bodybuilding, paid tribute to Scott on Twitter:
Bodybuilding lost an icon today. We’ll all miss the Legend, Larry Scott, a great man who inspired millions. My thoughts are with his family.Advertisement
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 9, 2014
Current Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath also took to Twitter to pay his respects:
— PHIL HEATH (@PHILHEATH) March 9, 2014
Our Editor-in-Chief, Shawn Perine, tweeted about his fond memories of Scott, both inside and outside the gym.
@muscle_fitness Larry was not just an icon in bodybuilding and fitness, but a truly good human being as well. RIP my friend.
— Shawn Perine (@shawnperine) March 8, 2014
Muscle & Fitness Senior Editor Joe Wuebben was once fortunate to get the chance to do a Q&A with Scott, and he asked him the following:
Q: Larry, can you suggest an exercise for my deltoids that’s unusual and will give me “cannonball” delts like yours?
LARRY SCOTT: If you really want “cannonball” delts, you have to work them until you feel they’re falling of the shoulder girdle. Here’s a really great exercise for making those delts grow! I call it the three-way seated side raise. Grab a pair of dumbbells and sit down on a fat bench with your abs braced. Raise the dumbbells to the side and all the way overhead until they touch; lower and repeat for four reps. Without stopping, raise the dumbbells to the side to shoulder height, then bring them together in front of the body until they touch; keeping the bells on the same level, return them to the sides and then lower them back to the starting position. Do four reps this way. With no rest, raise the dumbbells out to the side to shoulder height for as many reps as you can do—but don’t stop here; do some forced reps by having a training partner assist you for several more reps until you can’t do another no matter what. When you finish five sets of this torture-bombing movement—resting no more than 45 seconds to one minute between sets—the delts will be pumped to the maximum, right down to the bone.
Here is a fan tribute video to Larry Scott, who died March 8, 2014, at 75 years old: