Pro Athletes Remember Joe Weider

Weider athletes share memories of the Master Blaster


Per Bernal

Joe was the pioneer of bodybuilding. This photo was taken in Joe's office at Flex Magazine the day that I signed. I was a young 23-year-old amateur and got to meet Joe Weider for the very first time. Recovering from recent back surgery, Joe had actually snuck into the office even though he was advised to recover at home.

He wasn't supposed to leave his chair, but when we met, he insisted on standing up and shaking my hand. He had so much enthusiasm and passion, and as frail as his body was, his mind was sharp. He was so passionate for everything bodybuilding and witty, too. He will have a never-ending impact in my life and on millions around the world thanks to all his achievements in media, supplements, weights, and so much more. Joe, you will be missed but you will never ever be forgotten.

We all love you, and on behalf of all the fitness industry, thank you for changing the game.

-Flex Lewis