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LOU FERRIGNO: THE INCREDIBLE HULK

CLASSIC MUSCLE LOOKING BACK

Lou reflects upon his bodybuilding comeback after 17 years.

When Lou Ferrigno placed third in the heavyweight class at the 1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia, he instantly became the most famous bodybuilder in the world. Not simply because the moment is captured forever in the cult classic, Pumping Iron. It was also due to the fact that Arnold had just announced his retirement, and “Big Lou” appeared poised to take his place.

Lou had all the necessary ingredients to become the next Mr. Olypmia. At 6’5” and 268 pounds, he had the biggest arms and chest in bodybuilding, and the drive and desire to match. Instead, he became even more famous by winning the title role in the television series Incredible Hulk and didn’t stand on a bodybuilding stage for another 17 years!

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