Evolutionofbodybuilding.net loves giving exposure to the past legends of the sport. We managed to catch up with IFBB Legend Jusup Wilkosz and talked to him about various subjects related to his career and the sport of bodybuilding.
What made you get involved in weightlifting?
I started bodybuilding as compensation and balancing to weightlifting. At that time weightlifting was my wish, I did it because I was convinced of it.
What was the moment that made you decide to take up bodybuilding?
In the 70s my wife Ruth made bodybuilding accessible to me and I stopped weightlifting. Bodybuilding was always great fun to me and I became more and more ambitious and started to concentrate on it.
You trained and competed against some of the legends of the sport. How was it like being around Arnold Schwarzenegger and did you ever against him?
I never competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger but we did our training sessions together. I think we were the most successful training team at that time.
After 8 weeks of training with Arnold, he had to leave and went to Australia where he won the Mr. Olympia competition. 1980 I won the world championship, Mr. Universe in Columbus/Ohio.
Would you like to share a funny moment that possibly happened with Arnold?
We had a lot of fun during our training and we laughed a lot. We were at the Gold’s Gym/USA and Colombo brought a bottle of white wine which we had together. There was a lot of laughter and we had great fun.
Arnold once told us a funny story: Arnold met De Laurentiis, the producer of Conan The Barbarian. He said to De Laurentiis, “such a little man in such a big office” and De Laurentiis said “in case you will become Mr. Olympia you will get the role. If you won’t get Mr. Olympia you will neither get the role.” Arnold got the role…
What was your training routine and diet like off-season and during competitions?
Between the competitions I did my training as usual. Of course I went on a diet before competitions, but I continued to train very hard.
That’s why my diet always was not very rigor. I preferred to train more and harder than to stick to a diet. During the diet phase I had about 3000 calories and during build-up I consumed about 4000. But I never really counted them, most of the time I relied on my senses.
You always placed in the top ten other than your last Olympia in 1986. What injuries kept you out of the sport?
I had problems with my knee and with my bicep of my left arm which was slightly ripped. By the way, the same happened to Tom Platz. Due to those problems I stopped my training for competitions in 1988.
How do you see today’s competitors compared to your generation?
Exaggerated. Too extreme and too much mass. And a lot of bodybuilder’s have a belly. Formerly aesthetics was very important, today it’s too much in the background. A swelled belly is not aesthetics.
Do you see the new IFBB Classic Physique division as a good thing since it is bringing back the old classic look?
I don’t like the long pants hiding the thighs, because you can’t see the muscles and how good they are trained. At least the look is no longer so massive and also the bellies disappeared.
Are you still involved in the sport today? And if so what plans do you have for the future?
Yes, I still do my training. Currently I train the whole body twice a week. I have no more plans to participate in competitions, but of course I will continue my training.
Do you believe that Phil Heath can continue to break the record of Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman’s eight Olympia victories?
I don’t follow the bodybuilding competitions in details but I think that Phil will be Mr. Olympia the next time as well.
Any last words for your fans?
Train hard, eat right – than you gonna make it. Keep pumping.
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1979 German Bodybuilding Championships – 1st
1979 World Amateur Championships – 1st
1979 Mr. Universe – 1st
1980 IFBB Pro Mr. Universe – 1st
1981 Mr. Olympia – 6th
1982 Mr. Olympia – 10th
1983 Mr. Olympia – 6th
1983 Grand Prix Switzerland – 4th
1983 Grand Prix Sweden – 3rd
1983 Grand Prix World – 3rd
1984 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
1986 Mr. Olympia – 12th