Larry scott

This legendary bodybuilder, who twice won the Mr. Olympia tournament, was born on October 12, 1938, in Blackfoot, Idaho, USA.

In fact, Larry Scott is a representative of the still old school of bodybuilding, but his achievements are worthy of admiration and imitation due to the fact that then they achieved high results exclusively by training, without the use of special nutritional supplements. The fact is that, as a teenager, he did not differ in any outstanding sports data, but thanks to his strength of mind and determination he was able to achieve unique results. Larry believed in the power of this kind of sport, and thanks to this belief he was able to build a muscular body, without any additional funds in the form of steroids, especially since in those days there was no such abundance as in our days.

Most specialists were skeptical about the athlete's future results, as he had narrow shoulders and a wide pelvis. Despite this, he managed to prove the opposite, thanks to his character and everyday training. Even at the age of 70, he managed to look better than some modern 20-year-old athletes.


  • 1 Anthropometric data
  • 2 Biography
  • 3 Achievements and trophies by Larry Scott
  • 4 Life after sports
  • 5 3-day Larry Scott Starter Training Program
    • 5.1 Monday (day one)
    • 5.2 Wednesday (second day)
    • 5.3 Friday (third day)

Anthropometric data

Larry Scott had excellent anthropometric data:

  • Height - 170 cm.
  • The size of the biceps is 50 cm.
  • Hip Size - 64 cm.
  • Chest girth - 128 cm.
  • The size of the waist is 76 cm.
  • Off-season weight - 102 kg.
  • Competitive weight - 94 kg.

This athlete was distinguished by large deltoid muscles and a huge arm size. Scott's bench is a well-known simulator designed to work out the muscles of the hands and invented by this athlete. The program of training hands proposed by Scott, and to this day is the most popular among bodybuilders. In addition, this is the best technique in our time. The training system includes super sets that are very effective in bodybuilding and which many eminent athletes turned their attention to at the dawn of the development of this sport.

The first exercise is working with dumbbells, weighing 27 kg. The first approach consists of 6 repetitions, and then four more partial ones. Immediately after lifting the dumbbells, lifting the bar with a straight bar. 6 repetitions are performed right away, and then four more partial ones. Rod weight 59 kg. Cheating in this exercise is not allowed due to the significant weight of the bar. Further action is lifting the EZ-bar with a reverse grip. The weight of the bar is 38 kg, it is possible to use cheating. The scheme is the same: at first 6 repetitions are performed, and then 4 partial ones.

The second exercise is the French EZ bar bench press, weighing up to 83 kg. 8 repetitions are made in the first approach and three partial in the second. The last exercise is to extend your arms with dumbbells weighing 27 kg, in an incline. In total, 8 to 10 repetitions are performed.

From 3 to 5 series of similar exercises are performed, between which it is necessary to take small breaks. With the help of such movements with such weights, Larry Scott trained all the muscles of the shoulder girdle, as he knew very well how to work out the trapeze at home.

At the same time, he always repeated that to obtain the maximum effect for an athlete, high-quality nutrition is required. Success in this sport is 80% purely dependent on the nutrition scheme, therefore nutrition for this legendary athlete played a very important role, along with the training process. Each day, the bodybuilder additionally drank almost 4 liters of milk and 2 cups of protein powder with a complex of amino acids. Like all bodybuilders, this athlete ate a lot, so a lot of money was spent on food.


Larry Scott comes from an ordinary family, but his parents were distinguished by excellent genetics, as they were tall and had a strong physique. His father was a strong enough man. Larry could not defeat him in armwrestling even after he became the winner of the Mr. Olympia tournament. But nature deprived Larry of physical data, not endowing him with the same strong physique as his parents.

In his youth, Larry was distinguished by a weak body and the lack of any physical data, compared with his peers. American football and basketball were the favorite sports of American youth, but even for Larry they were not of any interest, since achieving at least some tangible results was problematic. Therefore, he decided to do gymnastics and acrobatics. He could achieve not bad results by practicing on a trampoline.

Already becoming a high school student, he became acquainted with bodybuilding, in the person of George Eiferman, who arrived at their school to give a lecture on a healthy lifestyle. But Eiferman did not impress the guy even with his achievements, since Larry believed that such sports achievements were not for him, or rather, not for his physical characteristics.

After that, when he was 16 years old, a magazine with photos of George Payne fell into his hands. It was this athlete who was able to inspire Larry Scott, after which he began to engage in bodybuilding. The reason was the inscription, which indicated that in just one month you can achieve similar results, so Larry began everyday grueling training. At the initial stages of training, rather heavy, the athlete’s muscles were in no hurry to increase in volume, but this did not stop him and he persistently continued to work with weights. After some time, he was able to increase the girth of the arm muscles to 30 cm. After that, he decided to finish the job to the end, not stopping there. A friend once asked him why Larry needed this and he confidently answered that he wanted to win the “Mr. America” tournament. Unfortunately, the only friend did not understand Larry and said that he does not have such genetics to achieve similar results. This served as another impetus to continue training and move towards a cherished dream. He practically did not leave the gym, without missing a single workout. In those days, Larry trained in Bob Tyda's circular pattern.

After some time, he realized that amateur activities alone were not enough for him and made a decision to join the College of Aeronautics, which is located in California. This city is famous for the fact that it has a lot of large spacious gyms. By this time he studied at the university with a degree in sports refereeing. Parents were against it and he quits university and just leaves home.

Near the college was located the Health Center. B. Goodrich. In this center, Larry continued his training, but already with the mentor Lou Den, who was famous at that time. It was he who helped Larry overcome the thorny path to his cherished dream. His mentor was not the only person with whom Larry was lucky. Here he was noticed by the famous photographer Bob Dalmontik. So the famous photo of Larry was seen, where he was sitting on the roof and was wearing only leopard swimming trunks. This photo was printed in the magazine "Man of Tomorrow" and made the athlete popular among photographers.

Thus, the athlete began to earn extra money, but he still didn’t have enough money, because the housing was very expensive and he decided to return to his native Idaho. Here he accumulates some funds to return to California and continue training, but already under the guidance of the famous bodybuilder Vince Gironde.

Larry was developing his biceps in the “preacher bench” that Vince had invented. Over time, they became friends and, Larry learned everything from Vince, recording his every word and gaining experience in posing, since in this matter Gironde was an unsurpassed master.

Larry Scott Achievements and Trophies

Taking part in the competition “Mr. Los Angeles” in 60 years, he was subdued 3rd place, for which he was indebted to his mentor Vince. After some time, he participates in the tournament "Mr. California" without the hope of victory. He had the desire to take at least 5th place, but in the end he was the first, which was extremely surprised. After his first victory, he realized that the title "Mr. America" ​​could also be obeyed.

In 1962, he turns his dream into reality and becomes the owner of the prestigious title "Mr. America." In 1963 and in 1964, he won the Mr. Universe tournament and became the owner of almost all the prestigious titles of that period.

In 1965, he became the owner of another prestigious title "Mr. Olympia." This tournament was created by Betty and Joe Wyder, inspired by Larry Scott himself. Winning this tournament, he receives a red crown encrusted with pearls. The next year he again becomes the first, but for the first place he takes a check for 1 thousand dollars. At that time it was a lot of money. And here, after such victories, he announced that he was completing his sports career when he was only 28 years old. In 1979, he again decided to take part in the competitions "Grand Prix of Vancouver" and "Canada Diamond Pro", but he could not achieve high results.

Life after sports

This athlete quit sports in order to create his own family. It is difficult to find another athlete who would give up his career, all the more promising. In 1966, his family changed their place of residence and moved to Salt Lake City. As a result of his family life, 5 children were born.

Larry Scott created a company that engaged in the production of fitness equipment and accessories. He managed to write about 30 books on bodybuilding. The most famous of them is “Loaded Guns”, in which the athlete describes in detail the training process.

His name appeared in 1999 at the IFBB Gallery of Glory.

In 2010, the athlete fell ill and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In March 2014, when Larry Scott turned 75, the famous athlete died. At the same time, he forever remained the legend of bodybuilding.

3-day Larry Scott Starter Training Program

Monday (day one)

  1. Squat with a barbell: two approaches of 10-12 times (easier option: 7-8 times in one approach).
  2. Hyperextension (without additional weights): a pair of approaches 12 times (easier option: 10 times in one approach).
  3. Waist bar pull: one set of 10 reps.
  4. Bench press using the Smith Machine: a couple of sets of 10 times.
  5. Dumbbell traction along the body: a pair of sets of 8 times (easier option: 5-7 times in one set).

Wednesday (second day)

  1. Leg extension in the simulator (sitting): a pair of approaches 15-16 times (easier option: 12-14 times with one approach).
  2. Leg bending in the simulator (lying down): a pair of approaches 15-16 times (easier option: 12-14 times with one approach).
  3. Rises on socks while standing to strengthen the lower leg: a pair of approaches 15-16 times.
  4. Wide grip push-ups on the uneven bars: a pair of approaches 12-15 times.
  5. Thrust in the Hammer simulator on the back: a couple of approaches of 10-12 times (the lightweight version is performed the same amount by repetition, but in one approach).
  6. Stand press above the head: 14-15 times in one trip.
  7. Side bends with dumbbells or kettlebells: a pair of approaches 24 times.

Friday (day three)

  1. Leg press in the simulator: a couple of approaches 20-25 times (lightweight version of 15-20 repetitions in one approach).
  2. Deadlift: a pair of sets of 8 times.
  3. Sitting Shin Strengthening Exercise: a pair of sets of 15 times.
  4. Dumbbell bench press on a Scott bench: a pair of approaches 12-16 times.
  5. Dumbbell pullover: a couple of approaches 10-12 times.
  6. Bench press using the Smith Machine: a couple of sets of 10 times.
  7. Twisting or other abdominal exercises: a pair of sets of 20 times.

The program is recommended for beginners and is suitable only for the first stage of an athlete's classes, as the body begins to get stronger, you should choose another, more suitable set of exercises.