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Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« on: July 11, 2015, 03:56:26 PM »
The final Reg's attempt for the Mr Universe title when he was 43 years old.  With 1958 Mr Universe, this is the contest that we have less information, till now, Thanks to Thomas Knott (see http://weightrainer.proboards.com/thread/2560/reg-park-rare-videos-interview for more information about this)  who have found two videos of that contest that light this obscure contest. Why I said this? Because we know what happended in previous contests: in 1970 he had trained not well for the previous three months:
1970 was kind of a missed year. I was very busy with my business. We opened three more gyms and I was too busy to train properly 
In 1971 he showed a phantastic shape, but he resulted lighter compared to Bill Pearl and Sergio Oliva; the time for the victory of the smaller guys like Frank Zane was still in the future:
Bill Pearl announced his intentions of entering the 1971 Mr. Universe along with Arnold and Oliva, so I wanted to be in my best condition. I decided to experiment with my physique and erroneously reduced my bodyweight to 216 pounds. This proved to be my downfall, because my two main competitors, Pearl and Oliva, both were over 230 pounds (Arnold did not enter).
In 1972 he return to being over 220 lbs and in the photos of that time it's clear that he showed more mass, like he was in the 60's, but he was still in not his best form due to the amount of work. So his physique showed weak points (like his midsection) Of course we must not forget he was olver 40 years old and the body is not the same than twenty years younger.
The first photo I want to show you is a piece of an interview to Reg in 1973 when he talked about the time he trains: 
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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 04:16:46 PM »
ISo simple and so hard! Do yo a full time job and laterales you have to study or be with your family? It' s easy. You go to bed at 22:30 and get up at 5:00 o'clock. So you'll have three hours for doing your workouts! I did for three weeks in march and enjoied three hours hard cycling sessions before Go to job. I was alone in the road. It was phantastic.
Now, some photos of the contestó. Sorry for the pour qualiy of the video source.

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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 04:21:54 PM »
You can see  the good amount of mass and definition. He was really competitive and the looking after huge muscles that is prevalent even today put him in a unjust classification.

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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 04:25:56 PM »
The back always magnificente in Reg, as many other poses he excel.
But the midsection was not as good as other years:

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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 04:28:13 PM »
There are some poses that the man that do them is perfect due to his proportions. Like the first of this two:

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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2015, 04:30:09 PM »
The final two. The frontal doble bíceps pose showing his great serratus and las:

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Re: Reg Park in the 1973 mr Universe
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2015, 04:38:52 PM »
Now I put her all the other images of the contest I already had: